Cost of Goods Sold is a Podcast about the environmental and social costs of the things we buy. In each episode, we explore topics like sustainability, innovation, social entrepreneurship, the circular economy, conscious consumerism and how we all can effect change. Be inspired by thoughtful designers and responsible creators and curators using business to create positive impact. Listen in to hear the stories of those taking on the world’s biggest challenges and making meaningful contributions towards a better future.
Hosted By Jennifer Myers Chua. Interested in sustainable practices, product design, recycled and biodegradable materials, and upcycling? Curious about living wages and fair-trade? This is the place for you to hear the stories of small business owners building carefully-curated retail shops, and brands built on inclusivity and giving back.
New episodes every other Tuesday. Let’s learn how to do better, together. For transcripts and more information visit https://thecostofgoodssold.com/
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The Carbon Almanac Origin Story, Idea to Project in 24 Hours and Coming Together in Community to Change Culture. With Seth Godin & Niki Papadopoulos
This is a rebroadcast of an episode of the Carbon Alamanac Collective. A part of the Carbon Almanac Network of Podcasts.
Featuring Carbon Almanac Founder, Best-Selling Author and Culture Changer Seth Godin & Portfolio Editor in Chief Niki Papadopoulos.
In this episode, Jennifer is joined by Seth and Niki to explore the spark behind The Carbon Almanac. Seth shares why he started this, where the idea came from, what he accomplished in 24 hours and how he chose the Almanac format for the book. We learn from Niki about her role in the Almanac and how this project is different from others that she has worked on.
The conversation explores the early phase of writing the book as well as the establishment of the Almanac community. Seth dives into how the community has evolved and both Niki and Seth explain their most challenging moment so far. They share the personal impact this project has had on them and where they hope the project will be in a year from now while reminding us that it is not too late to join the Carbon Almanac project and create meaningful contributions.
Rebroadcast: B Corp, Green Blushing, Conscious Consumerism. This is the Critical Decade with Kristy O’Leary & Brianna Brown from Decade Impact
To celebrate the Cost Of Goods Sold's first birthday, we are rebroadcasting the most popular episode of the last year. It's not a surprise why this one has the most downloads. Brianna and Kristy are generous, knowledgable and share a lot of useful information for Impact businesses and businesses wanting to explore B Corp certification, they also give a lot of insight into greenwashing, green blushing and what you should look for when looking to support "conscious" brands. If you missed this one the first time, it's definitely worth a listen. On to year two!
For a transcript of this episode, visit thecostofgoodssold.com
Preventing Plastic Pollution, Companies Upcycling Ocean-Bound Plastics & Supporting Informal Waste Workers in Developing Countries with NextWave's Kendall Glauber
Kendall Glauber from Lonely Whale and the NextWave Plastics Consortium went from summers in Southern California to the non-profit world, keeping plastic waste from entering the ocean. In this episode, we learn how her efforts through Lonely Whale are helping to drive recycling systems change and how NextWave’s member companies are using ocean-bound plastics to create new goods. We discover the impact of ocean-bound plastics and explore how informal workers in developing countries are a critical part of the system, and why waste is being mismanaged. And learn how multinational corporations and small businesses can help prevent plastics from polluting our oceans and how the circular economy supports social change.
Package-Free Retail, Community Building & Post-Pandemic Shifts to Zero Waste Living with The Tare Shop's Kate Pepler
Kate Peppler from the Tare Shop was feeling overwhelmed with the doom and gloom narrative of our earth’s health and decided to do something about it. In this episode, we learn how Kate’s lifelong relationship with the water and a move to a coastal town influenced how she sees the world/. We discover how Kate’s passions including sailing and environmental education and community building led her to entrepreneurship, we chat about why Kate decided to open a package-free store and cafe, how shopping habits are shifting, why reducing plastic pollution is so important to her, how we can influence the world around us by choosing to support and shop mindfully, and how the interest in reducing waste, and a strong community focus had led to the Tare Shops success.
Emotional Well-Being, Accessibility, Outreach & Activism. Skateboarding as a Vehicle to Achieve Social Change with Yash Presswalla from Impact Skateboard Club
Yash Presswalla from Impact Skateboard Club left a career in music behind to start a nonprofit focused on supporting youth. In this episode we learn why he's chosen to use skateboarding as a vehicle for social change. We discover how Impact's programming, empowers children and youth to develop healthy self-esteem, resilience and other necessary life skills on and off the ramps. We hear how Impact teaches so much more than skateboarding. How their focus on accessibility, outreach and activism allows kids of all abilities and backgrounds to become skateboarders and champions for equality.
If you want to learn more about Yash, Impact Skateboard Club's, programming, or to send a kid to skate camp visit www.impactskateclub.com. Have an empty warehouse in central Toronto? Or a lead on a suitable space for indoor programming? Impact would love to hear from you. You can follow along with Yash on his mission to help kids learn more about emotional wellbeing and social skills through skateboarding and social action. On Instagram @impactskateclub.
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Luxury Candles with Purpose. Giving Light, Love and Access to Clean Drinking Water to Someone in Need with Janey Snelgrove and Shannon Fisher from Pillars of Light
Janey Snelgrove and Shannon Fisher from Pillars of Light came together in the darkest part of the pandemic, with the goal to spread love and light throughout the world. In this episode we learn how the two explored the one-for-one model and other ways to give back, before settling on a partnership with GivePower. We discover why they chose luxury candles and why they went from pouring their own to partnering with a manufacturer in Montreal. We bring to light the unique challenges of launching a product in COVID times, learn what it means to be purpose- first. Hear what they learned about candle safety and funding for female-founded companies, and why after committing to bringing clean drinking water to 1 Million People, they feel so hopeful for the future.
Jennifer is bringing stories to light of how everyday people can make a difference.
She is a talented interviewer and her episodes will leave you inspired!
Inspirational and empowering!
I love hearing these stories- the host is a pro and keeps the conversation on track, with thoughtful stories and incredible guests.
The place where businesses who want to make change should be!
One of the best podcasts I’ve started in 2021. Jen is so good - she asks the hard questions, makes you think, and wants to dig deep into the things brands should be doing in order for our future to be different from the path we ‘re currently on. She is a natural on the mic and it shows. I learn something new each and every episode. Keep it up!!!!