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A lifestyle podcast for women who want tidiness without trash.



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 and eco-friendliness 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). 

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A lifestyle podcast for women who want tidiness without trash.



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 and eco-friendliness 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). 

    Becoming A Zero Waste Chef

    Becoming A Zero Waste Chef

    Becoming a Zero Waste Chef

     

    The daily habits zero waste chefs rely on to reduce food and packaging waste can seem daunting to the rest of us, to say the least. But in the era of meal delivery kits and takeout culture, cooking from scratch and ensuring nothing gets wasted may indeed be self-sufficient skills that consumers are in danger of losing.

    On today’s episode, Anne-Marie Bonneau, better known as The Zero Waste Chef, and I discuss cooking as a both an art form and a skill our grandparents had down to a science. Anne-Marie offers her best tips from her new book on how you and I can create less waste without overwhelm, too.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [4:30] Is zero-waste in 2021 even possible?

    [7:15] Anne-Marie’s motivation for listeners who don’t like cooking

    [10:00]  The what, how, and why behind freestyle cooking

    [12:30] A discussion of fermentation (plus Anne-Marie’s secret for perfect sourdough)

    [24:00] The convenience factor: Why so many of us buy instead of make despite excess cost and waste

    [24:50] 5 reasons why knowing how to cook is really darn important

     

     

    Resources mentioned:

    Anne-Marie’s new book

     

    * This episode is sponsored by Outrage + Optimism. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts for new episodes every Thursday.

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #093: How (Exactly) To Cook Zero Waste Meals.

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     



     



     

    • 29 Min.
    Why 1000 Hours Outside?

    Why 1000 Hours Outside?

    The benefits of 1000 hours outside

     

    Most of us understand intuitively that spending time outdoors – 1000 hours outside, in fact! –  is important. But what does science say about the role of nature in our lives? How can we make the outdoors a staple of our children’s childhoods without tears?

    The 1000 Hours Outside campaign seeks to match nature time with screen time, and that’s because kids spend approximately 1200 hours per year in front of electronic devices. I’ve dedicated my family to the lofty goal of spending 1000 hours outside this year in ways that are structured, completely unstructured, and everything in between. (Full disclosure: I’m a bit behind!)

    Today I speak with Molly Ridic and Austin Rempel. Molly is a representative for b4 Adventure; Austin is a Forest Restoration Manager for American Forests. Together b4 and American Forests have teamed up to plant thousands of trees across North America.

    Molly and Austin are on the show to outline research-backed benefits of extended playtime outdoors for adults, children and even nature; they offer practical tips, too, to help you and me prioritize nature play in all kinds of weather.

     

    Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:

    [6:15] Why is it important to spend time outdoors? Here’s what the research says

    [10:30] The connection between fostering nature love and creating environmental stewards, plus an exploration on the benefits of trees

    [17:30] Why adventure is an important component of nature love

    [21:30] Pragmatic motivation for listeners with obstacles, including living in an urban environment, experiencing challenging weather, and more

     

    Resources mentioned in this week’s episode:



    * The 1000 Hours Outside Campaign

    * The Slackers Play to Plant Partnership



     

    * This episode is sponsored by Outrage + Optimism. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts for new episodes every Thursday.

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #099: How to Raise Eco-Conscious Kids.

     



     

    • 32 Min.
    Accessible Sustainable Consumption

    Accessible Sustainable Consumption

    Sustainable Consumption for you and me

    Sustainable Minimalism (the book!) is available as an e-book, audiobook, and paperback now, and it dives *far deeper* into the topics we discuss on this podcast. Thank you for supporting my work!

     

    Sustainable consumption is confusing. What does it mean to be an intentional eco-consumer, exactly, and how does the identity differ from being a conscious one?

    There are problems associated with greenwashing, too. Assuming you want to be more sustainable in your purchases, how on earth can you find the good guys amidst the uncorroborated claims and outright lies on the packages of many “green” products?

    This week I chat with “Sustainability Policeman” Steven MacMaster from Impact Snacks. Steven and I discuss all-things sustainable consumption, including how to be eco-intentional in our purchasing decisions and best tricks for spotting (and avoiding!) greenwashing.

     

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [6:15] How sustainable purchasing differs from conscious consumption

    [9:50] What greenwashing looks like in 2021

    [12:30] Skepticism as the first step to sustainable consumption

    [15:30] How to use timing in your favor

    [22:45] The Number One change we can all make toward becoming eco-consumers

     

    Resources mentioned in this episode:



    * Episode #153 with Marci Zaroff: The Future of Sustainable Fashion

    * Episode #154 with Corey Nobile: Eco-Resolutions The Benefit the Collective



     

    * Social distancing is the *perfect* time to review your favorite podcasts! On the Apple Podcasts app, hit the Library tab, scroll allll the way to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review. (Thank you!)

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     



     

    • 31 Min.
    “Good Enough” Environmentally Friendly Parenting

    “Good Enough” Environmentally Friendly Parenting

    Environmentally Friendly Parenting that’s Good Enough

     

    Parents are tired. So tired, in fact, that adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle may seem impossible.

    But the goal is progress—not perfection!—and so this week’s show is dedicated to parents who want to do better but don’t want to completely upend their lives.

    Today I am speaking with Stace Dixon and Taylor Shearer of DYPER. Together we outline low-waste parenting strategies that are *good enough* in that they don’t require lots of time or extra money. My goal is to encourage you to move toward environmentally friendly parenting without burnout by taking baby steps.

     

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [8:00] Practical tips for reducing food waste

    [10:15] Why municipal composting may be the solution for listeners who don’t want to compost

    [11:45] Practical toy guidelines to ask for in advance of a birthday or holiday

    [14:15] No slow fashion for kids: Solutions to the kids’ clothes conundrum

    [20:15] How to be ruthless with your child’s art and art supplies

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Romp + Tumble kids clothes rental

    * Episode #130: Eco-Conscious Gifts for Baby (That Are Actually Useful)

    * Beeswax crayons



     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #021: Low Waste on a Low Budget.

    * Social distancing is the *perfect* time to review your favorite podcasts! On the Apple Podcasts app, hit the Library tab, scroll allll the way to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review. (Thank you!)

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     



     



     

    • 29 Min.
    How to Simplify Picky Eating

    How to Simplify Picky Eating

    How to simplify picky eating

     

    It’s the bane of parents’ existences: Picky eating. And while some children are certainly pickier than most, most moms and dads worry whether their kids regularly consume a variety of nutrients – and in the right quantities! – for optimal growth and development.

    What kids eat matters, and so this week I’m speaking with a certified nutritionist to help us both understand and simplify all the intricacies around feeding our children.

    My guest is Kaitlin Cushman. Kaitlin is the Director of Product Development and Education for Healthy Height, a nutritional shake to help kids grow.

    Here’s preview of today’s conversation:

    [7:30] 3 ways in which parents can prevent picky eating in young children

    [9:15] How to best encourage our kids to have positive relationships with food

    [13:30] Dessert best practices

    [16:15] How to inspire our children to try new foods

    [21:30] Why and how to use snack time as your secret nutritional weapon

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Healthy Height kid’s growth shakes

    * USDA’s MyPlate graphic



     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #014: How to Reduce Food Waste at the Grocery Store.

    * Social distancing is the *perfect* time to review your favorite podcasts! On the Apple Podcasts app, hit the Library tab, scroll allll the way to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review. (Thank you!)

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.

     

     



     

    • 23 Min.
    Minimalist Tips To Manage Time

    Minimalist Tips To Manage Time

    Minimalist tips to manage time

     

    Time: There never seems to be enough of it. And while the internet flows with tips to manage time, minimalists understand that we can gain more time by having less stuff.

    Today I’m speaking with my friend and fellow podcaster Diane Boden. Diane is the host of the Minimalist Moms Podcast; she also has a new book by the same name. Today Diane and I discuss tangible ways in which we can pare down our obligations and apply the tenets of minimalism to time management.

     

    Here’s a preview of this week’s episode:

    [3:30] Why your RSVPs should either be a “no” or a “heck yes”

    [7:30] Thoughts on managing relationship dynamics, obligation, and guilt

    [15:15] How to limit choices as a means of gaining time

    [19:30] The benefits to unsubscribing, unfollowing, and unfriending

    [24:15] Why quitting can sometimes mean winning

     

    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:



    * Diane’s new book: Minimalist Moms: Living and Parenting Simplicity

    * Minimalist Moms Podcast

    * Charlie Banana reusable cloth diapers (Last Chance! Use code MINIMAL at checkout for 31% off your order!)

    * Sustainable Minimalism (the book!) is available now!



     



    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #094: Secrets to Parenting the Simpler Way.

    * This episode is sponsored by Charlie Banana. Use code MINIMAL at checkout for 31% off your order!

    * Like the show? Help it grow by leaving a quick review! On the Apple Podcasts app, hit the Library tab, scroll allll the way to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review. (Thank you!)

    * Join our (free!) community here.

    * Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Pinterest.



     

     





     

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