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Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

Sustainable Minimalists Stephanie Seferian

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    • 4.6 • 82 Ratings

Creating eco-minimalist, non-toxic homes (without the extra work).



Although minimalism has experienced a rebirth in recent years, the "less is more" movement has been around for centuries. Yet today's minimalist influencers have resurrected minimalism with a decidedly consumerist spin, as modern minimalism is nearly synonymous with decluttering. While there's a lot of chatter about tidying, it's radio silence and crickets when it comes to sustainability. 



The result? Aspiring minimalists find themselves on an endless hamster wheel of buying, decluttering, buying more, and purging again. Overemphasizing decluttering and underemphasizing the reasons why we overbuy in the first place is thoroughly inconsistent with slow living as a movement; consumption without intention is terrible for the planet, too. 



Your host, Stephanie Seferian, is a stay-at-home/podcast-from-home mom and author who believes that minimalism, eco-friendliness, and non-toxic living are intrinsically intertwined. She's here to explore the topics of conscious consumerism, sustainability, and environmentally-friendly parenting practices with like-minded women; she's here, too, to show you how to curate eco-friendly, decluttered homes (without the extra work). 

    The Distorted Mirror

    The Distorted Mirror

    Cyberpsychology is an emerging field that examines the ways in which technology influences human behavior. On today's show we discuss what happens to our purchasing habits when psychology, sociology, and 21st century tech collide.

    Here's a preview:

    [1:30] Who you think you are is influenced by others (hello, looking glass self!)

    [8:30] It's human nature to compare and compete: Here's how and why we internalize social media messaging

    [16:00] 3 reasons why shoppers feel better when they purchase items that contribute to self-repair

    [20:00] 2 ways dopamine and online algorithms work together and entice us to buy



    Resources mentioned/Further reading:

    Join our (free!) community here
    Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube
    Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com
    The Digital Looking Glass Self (via Psychology Today)
    Buying: The Effect on Self-Worth Feelings and Consumer Well-Being 
    Why TikTok Made Us Buy It (via Psychology Today)
    Stay Free App

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    • 30 min
    Introcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show

    Introcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show

    I hope you'll enjoy the Jordan Harbinger Show as much as I do! Check it out.

    • 2 min
    How To Quit

    How To Quit

    Quitting is aerobics for your brain; it's also the counterintuitive secret to success. Today I bring you a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Julia Keller about how to view quitting not as a pejorative but instead as a tool for swapping one destiny for another.

    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] How the self-help movement created our anti-quit bias

    [9:00] The similarities between honeybees and Simone Biles, with a nod toward strategic quitting

    [17:00] How do you quit a high-stakes situation? (Answer: quasi-quitting!)

    [23:00] Words of encouragement for listeners concerned they'll regret it later

    [27:00] How parents listening can best support their children when they want to quit

    Resources mentioned:

    Pre-order Quitting: A Life Strategy (to release April 18)
    Orlo Nutrition
    Join our (free!) community here
    Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube
    Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com


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    • 35 min
    When Minimalism Feels Overwhelming

    When Minimalism Feels Overwhelming

    Organizing mega-influencer Marie Kondo made headlines earlier this week when she admitted to "kind of giv(ing) up" on tidying after having her third child. If, like Marie, you're feeling overwhelmed and disillusioned with minimalism, today's episode is here to help. 

    Here's a preview:

    [6:00] Let's first reign in our expectations: minimalism won't solve EVERYthing (but it'll certainly help)

    [9:00] Simple organization strategies over complex ones, with real-life examples

    [12:30] The Number One benefit to eating the biggest frog first

    [17:00] If you find yourself with precious pockets of free time, utilize them this way

    [21:00] Why decluttering, organizing, and tidying are acts of self-love


    Resources mentioned:

    Episode #152: How To Organize For Your Personality
    Join our (free!) community here
    Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube
    Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com

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    • 30 min
    The Gifting Experience

    The Gifting Experience

    When we return an unwanted gift to the manufacturer, it goes back on the shelf to be resold, right? Wrong. Most returned gifts (5.8 billion tons, to be exact) end up in landfills each and every year.

    The solution lies in responsible gifting, which alleviates the consequences associated with massive finite resource waste; it also saves shoppers time, money, and unnecessary stress.

    Today author Tracey Lynch explains how to tweak your gifting philosophy to save our planet while also ensuring every gift you give is actually wanted and used.

    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] Sad statistics alert: Exactly how the gift giving exchange impacts the planet

    [9:00] Reverse logistics is similar to driving backwards, and here's why

    [18:00] How to give gifts that provide 100% satisfaction to the recipient

    [32:00] Stephanie's 5 Rules for responsible gifting

    [35:00] The why and how behind aiming not for surprise, but for delight


    Resources mentioned:

    Donum: Creating A Sustainable Gifting Experience
    Qwant
    Neeva
    Episode #313: Thousands Of Data Points
    Join our (free!) community here
    Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.
    Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.

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    • 38 min
    Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

    Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

    Thanks to its rich supply of antioxidants, dark chocolate has long been revered for its health benefits. But there's a dark side to dark chocolate: Recent research has found heavy metals in many of our favorite brands. The worst part? These heavy metals - cadmium and lead - are linked to serious health problems including cancer in both children and adults. 

    Today we round out Chocolate Week with a bang: Dr. Jim Rogers discusses what heavy metals in the cacao supply means for regular consumers; he also offers his best tips for shopping smarter and safer the next time we're in the chocolate aisle.  


    Here's a preview:

    [2:00] Everything you need to know about cadmium and lead

    [6:00] Exactly how heavy metals find their ways into the chocolate supply

    [11:30] Traceability, trust, and responsibility: Addressing the industry's lack of corporate accountability

    [18:00] Chocolate's best offenders, worst offenders, and every brand in between

    [20:00] Does 'organic' matter with regard to heavy metals?

    [22:00] Action steps for concerned chocolate consumers



    Resources mentioned:

    Lead and Cadmium Could Be in Your Dark Chocolate (via Consumer Reports)
    Sign the petition and tell candy makers to educe risky heavy metals
    How Ethical Is Your Chocolate? Listen to Part 1 of Chocolate Week here

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Ford1295; ,

Realistic

I love that Stephanie and her guests provide realistic and attainable ways of decluttering not just our physical space, but, our mind, body and spirits.

Frenchy86ab ,

Great podcast

Super informative love this podcast

MojeD ,

Talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk

Some interesting topics and guests for sure but then supports the incredibly wasteful Hello Fresh. Lost all credibility when I kept hearing that add. Maybe try a guest that can teach about proper and non-wasteful meal planning and prep

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