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I’m Miranda Black, the DeGrowth Diva. In this podcast I talk about my real life Degrowth journey with retailers, businesses and fashion influencers. How do we reduce our carbon footprint in retail? What alternatives are there...what are some easy solutions we can realistically apply to our lives without sacrificing style?Turns out, there are tons of lower carbon choices right here in Canada. Shopping is hard. Acquiring and ethically disposing all our STUFF has never been so complex and fraught with issues from sustainable fashion to garment worker justice to shopping local to zero waste! Who best to get advice about shopping than a former retailer. What's This Place? goes behind the Clicks and Mortar of small businesses at the forefront of the DeGrowth movement to discuss shopping, retailing, caring for and rehoming all your inventory. What’s This Place? Let’s go inside and find out.

What's This Place? Behind the Clicks and Mortar with Miranda Black Miranda Black

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I’m Miranda Black, the DeGrowth Diva. In this podcast I talk about my real life Degrowth journey with retailers, businesses and fashion influencers. How do we reduce our carbon footprint in retail? What alternatives are there...what are some easy solutions we can realistically apply to our lives without sacrificing style?Turns out, there are tons of lower carbon choices right here in Canada. Shopping is hard. Acquiring and ethically disposing all our STUFF has never been so complex and fraught with issues from sustainable fashion to garment worker justice to shopping local to zero waste! Who best to get advice about shopping than a former retailer. What's This Place? goes behind the Clicks and Mortar of small businesses at the forefront of the DeGrowth movement to discuss shopping, retailing, caring for and rehoming all your inventory. What’s This Place? Let’s go inside and find out.

    Day 2 No New Clothes

    Day 2 No New Clothes

    Ever thought about the journey your favouritest piece of clothing?
    Hold onto your needles and threads, because we're about to explore the world of mending and repairing!
    Try to spot my very first invisible mending job on a damaged cashmere sweater, and join me as I journey into the realm of visible mending with Elysha from Worth Mending. We dive into the benefits of mending services in retail stores and how it could be a game changer in the fashion industry.

    But this is not just about stitching up worn-out clothes; it's a call to arms against exploitative practices in the fashion industry. We expose the harsh reality behind a luxury brand (Who could it be?!).
    Hopefully my mending journey inspires you to take up the needle and thread not just to breathe new life into your clothes, but as a subversive act against fashions unethical practices. So, join me, Miranda Black, on this second day of Remake's #nonewclothes mini challenge!
    Stitch by stitch, we'll transform how you perceive your clothes and the industry that creates them.
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    • 8 min
    What Is #NoNewClothes?

    What Is #NoNewClothes?

    Am I about to become a nudist?!
    Noooo!
    #NoNewClothes is a is a challenge just like pouring ice water over your head or eating a spoon of cinnamon except way less cold and dangerous!
    Can I do it?!!
    Can I go without buying ANY NEW TEXTILES for 90 days?!!
    Let's go inside to find out!


    Hey, I'm Miranda Black, the DeGrowth Diva and this summer I set out on the No New Clothes challenge - a 90-day commitment to abstain from buying new clothes. In this episode, I share my unexpected revelations, and the steps I took to get my family onboard with the challenge. Trust me, you'll want to hear about the hilarity that ensued during my kid's PJ emergency!

    As an ambassador for Remake - a not-for-profit championing climate and wage justice in the fashion industry - I encourage you to try the No New Clothes challenges. This annual movement is a call to arms to change our relationship with what we wear.
     
    Across the next five episodes, we'll delve into the origins and life stories of our garments. Whether you're itching to take up the challenge yourself, or simply wish to understand more about sustainable fashion, this episode takes you on a mindful journey into the world of clothes that might just change your shopping habits forever.
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    • 8 min
    From 0 to 8000 Preloved Pieces in Less Than 2 Years? Who IS Caitlin Martella?!

    From 0 to 8000 Preloved Pieces in Less Than 2 Years? Who IS Caitlin Martella?!

    Caitlin Martella had never been a second hand shopper prior to starting her second hand business.  In fact, She had a lot of pre-conceptions about what thrifting meant and decided long ago that it was not for her.  Like me when I ran my store, she had never even heard of the circular economy and now…well, I’m going to let her describe how she ended up on this path.


    So, who is Caitlin Martella and what is Curated Cubs?


    In this episode we talk about the Circular Economy (click to get more info on what that looks like).

    Curated Cubs donates their overstock to Jessie's Center, and you can too!
    They also donate stained baby cashmere to Rapt and Held to be used as kids glove lining.  ADORBS!!!

    Join us as we shine the spotlight on Caitlin Martella, a remarkable sustainable clothing entrepreneur.
    If you are curious about shopping preloved for your kids visit Curated Cubs! Your participation can greatly reduce the amount of textile waste that will ultimately be passed on to our children!!
    Together we can DEgrow that waste :)


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    • 36 min
    What Is Pain DeGrowth?

    What Is Pain DeGrowth?

    Medication and surgery works for all sorts of different diseases.
    But they frequently do not work to cure chronic pain...and I know this very well because I have been living with chronic pain for well over a year and nothing doctors gave me worked.

    So I have been on a pretty intense journey to heal myself and I've discovered a number of non-drug non-surgery ways to significantly reduce the amount of pain I feel in a given day.
    They work for me. And from what I can tell, they work for hundreds of thousands of other people.
    I am not 100% "cured", I still have bad days...but I have SIGNIFICANTLY reduced my reliance on pain medication.  And, most importantly I have discovered how to stay hopeful and happy despite the pain.  This is true for almost everyone who uses these tools.

    If you or someone you care about suffers from chronic pain (migraines, back or leg pain, elbow or neck pain...ANY PAIN that's long term and wont go away) I strongly recommend you give these things a try.
     You dont have to believe they work.
    You dont have to want to do them.
    Just give them a try!

    My five ideas to help ease your chronic pain:
    1. Go to Curable Health and try it out for a month:  https://www.curablehealth.com/
    2. Listen to some doctors explain the pain cycle...and how to break it:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tell-me-about-your-pain/id1503847664
    3. Listen to some people who significantly reduced their pain which can give you the inspiration you need to believe you can get better: https://www.curablehealth.com/podcast?gad=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIveqXyarhgAMVw4VbCh0pjwUOEAAYASAAEgItQfD_BwE
    4. Watch some videos on Cold Plunging with Wim Hof: https://www.facebook.com/reel/6995193690493339
    5. Read a book on the science and  history of breathing by James Nestor: https://www.mrjamesnestor.com/

    And a bonus: listen to my episode on how to gradually reduce your pain medication.
    You can also follow me on instagram @whatsthisplacepodcast.

    I would love to hear how the process was for you.  Email me at miranda@theodore1922.com.
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    • 24 min
    What is "Grow-With-Me" Clothing? With Lindsay Down from Pure Colour Baby

    What is "Grow-With-Me" Clothing? With Lindsay Down from Pure Colour Baby

    Everyone thinks that December is peak  "fat pants" month.  But I'm going to suggest that March  could give December fat pants are run for their money.
    In December you're still coasting on the last remains of summer energy:  going for walks or riding your bike to work. 
    But then January. 
    And God, February! 
    The bike has been locked up for weeks.  Summer energy is a distant memory. 
    And all that hibernation stuff that I talked about in the chat GPT episode, the slowed metabolism, the inward journey, the quiet season...it's really great for your mental wellbeing but it can take a toll on your waistline. By the end of March, the pinch of those pants, it is too much to bear. You need to let them out.
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    • 31 min
    How NOT to Business Like Elon Musk with Jesi Whelan

    How NOT to Business Like Elon Musk with Jesi Whelan

    Every business creates waste but imagine turning that waste into a NEW business?

    That's what Jesi Whelan did with her kids clothing company, Phoenix Pre-Worn.  The clothing that's too torn or stained to be sold gets used in her second business she started with Samantha Hulst from June Bird.
    Together they teamed up to create a craft subscription box using textile waste from kids clothing called Canary Kids Club.
    Jesi talks about the misconception she had about Big E Entrepreneurism...it's not all Elon Musk and Stock Options!...and how her perception shift made the leap to opening her own business less scary.
    We talk about Ghost Energy on thrifted clothing...does it exist?!
    What is this place?!
    Let's go inside and find out.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Mya Hailey ,

Amazing!

Amazing! Love learning about different sustainable fashion brands!

SimplyColour7 ,

Great interviews, fun to listen!

I discovered Miranda and her podcast a few months ago and I really love her show. She has a fun and friendly interview style and interesting guests. I was recently a guest on the show and had a great experience.

Run Hugh ,

Great story

I loved listening to What is a bespoke tailor. Pasquale was great and a provided a wonderful view into how people grew up into the trade and art of tailoring in Italy.

I also enjoyed Miranda's story about inadvertently become the one responsible for running a menswear store. That she could take that on and learn everything she needed to be successful is amazing and inspiring.

Looking forward to more great shows.

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