96 episodes

A lifestyle podcast for the eco-conscious. Each week, Laura Diez, M.S., is diving into sustainability + practical climate science. This podcast explores fashion, economics, food, conscious consumerism... just about everything in our lives is tied to the environment.

ECO CHIC Laura E Diez

    • Society & Culture

A lifestyle podcast for the eco-conscious. Each week, Laura Diez, M.S., is diving into sustainability + practical climate science. This podcast explores fashion, economics, food, conscious consumerism... just about everything in our lives is tied to the environment.

    94: Why Is Sustainability Sometimes Stigmatized As “Feminine”? : Chic Chats

    94: Why Is Sustainability Sometimes Stigmatized As “Feminine”? : Chic Chats

    Perhaps our most thought-provoking call-in episode yet! We’re exploring today the social psych concept of environmentalism and green habits often being associated with femininity. Are you less “manly” if you’re carrying a reusable bag or opting for a fuel efficient vehicle? We’re hearing thorough breakdown from two environmentalist working through this issue in their own circles, Ryan and CJ. Ryan opens up our episode laying the foundation for better understanding these generalized groups of men, and CJ has some meaty research to back up his environmental mission among machos.







    Follow us on social – @ecochicpodcast on Instagram, @lauraediez on Instagram, ECO CHIC on Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter + support the show on totallyecochic.com.







    Listen to the last episode CJ joined us on, Episode 72: The Value of Experiential Education + read his blog post on today’s topic here, Climate Change and the Fragile Male Persona!







    Listen to Episode 28: ECOFEMINISM: Women + The Environment







    Read more about the social psych research around this topic here, here + here

    • 49 min
    93: What is Greenwashing? How To Spot Misleading Environmental Claims

    93: What is Greenwashing? How To Spot Misleading Environmental Claims

    It’s easy to be impressed by all the “sustainable” products entering stores, but it’s also easy to be tricked into believing deceitful eco-friendly labels. Today, we’re discuss greenwashing: a marketing tactic leading consumers to assume a company’s products are more environmentally sound than they truly are. This episode gives an overview of items currently in market, plus campaigns and habits that we should be thinking more critically about regarding their environmental impact. We discuss certifications to look out for, questions to ask your brands, and overall mindfulness in the marketplace.







    Follow us on Instagram @ecochicpodcast / @lauraediez or on Facebook, ECO CHIC Podcast. Sign up for our newsletter at totallyecochic.com (where you always get 10% off with code ECO CHIC). Email me directly at laura@lauraediez.com.

    • 9 min
    92: Sustainable Investing, Smarter Savings, Breaking Down ESG | Charity Driggs, Morningstar

    92: Sustainable Investing, Smarter Savings, Breaking Down ESG | Charity Driggs, Morningstar

    We’re taking our conscious consumption one step further today! We’re speaking with Charity Driggs of Morningstar, an investment research firm. Charity is shedding light on lots of topics across the financial landscape for us individuals. Because we aim to be more eco-conscious in our daily lives, we should also start thinking more deeply about our savings. We know that the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to major corporations… and if you have a 401K, you’re an investor! Charity educates us on how to make sure your savings profile puts your money towards causes that align with your values, and how to assess where your dollars currently are. We also learn more about ESG, environmental social governance, a rating criteria for corporate actions.







    We spoke last week with Christine Bader about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), listen here.







    We spoke about corporate sustainability on the latest Chic Chats call-in episode, listen here.







    Email me! laura@lauraediez.com. Find us on Instagram, @ecochicpodcast / @lauraediez. We are on Facebook, ECO CHIC Podcast. Sign up for our newsletters + support the show on totallyecochic.com

    • 26 min
    91: BP, Amazon, + Corporate Idealism; Careers with Impact; Social Responsibility as a Driving Economic Force | Christine Bader

    91: BP, Amazon, + Corporate Idealism; Careers with Impact; Social Responsibility as a Driving Economic Force | Christine Bader

    This episode is such a treat! Christine Bader is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil. In her book, she recounts her experiences working for BP on social impact on major projects around the world. Christine was working in corporate social responsibility (CSR) before it was truly a dedicated concern for organizations. Christine goes on to a United Nations mandate dedicated to human rights, and various teaching and speaking roles. Later on, she is the Director of Social Responsibility at Amazon, where she bettered supply chains and ethical, sustainable operations. Christine is sharing her perspective on corporate idealism; there are people in all organizations genuinely interested in doing “the right thing.” She encourages us to think broader about our careers and personal roles in corporations, plus gives a positive perspective on where environmental, ethical efforts are headed.







    Connect with us on Instagram, @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez; ECO CHIC Podcast on Facebook; sign up for our newsletter on totallyecochic.com (code ECOCHIC always gets ya 10% off!). Email me at laura@lauraediez.com.







    Episode 84: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, How Humanitarian Concerns Are Tied To Climate | Claudia LaRue, United Nations

    • 36 min
    90: How To Shop for High-End + Luxury Pieces Secondhand, Designer Resale, Making Money from Vintage Finds | Meredith Fineman, It Never Gets Old

    90: How To Shop for High-End + Luxury Pieces Secondhand, Designer Resale, Making Money from Vintage Finds | Meredith Fineman, It Never Gets Old

    Shopping secondhand can be a treasure hunt… and luxury secondhand is a whole new ballgame. We’re chatting today with Meredith Fineman, host of It Never Gets Old: A Firsthand Account of All Things Secondhand. Meredith is sharing tips on how to begin finding designer pieces for a fraction of their retail prices. We’re talking about authentication, where to look for your high-end pieces, and what brands hold the most value. We also discuss how to begin reselling goods and looking at your closet as a business. Meredith is sharing insight on the different label associated with the resell economy: resale, consignment, vintage, thrift, pre-loved… they all have surprisingly different meanings that the fashion industry is still working through. If you’re coveting an item that feels a bit out of reach, this episode will give you the best tips to start your luxury secondhand hunt.







    Connect with us! @ecochicpodcast on Instagram, @lauraediez + ECO CHIC on Facebook. You can also join our Facebook group, Low Waste Shoppers.







    Sign up for our newsletter at totallyecochic.com







    UIC Summer Institute for Sustainability and Energy: uicsise.com







    Episode 85: Practical Minimalism, Streamlining Your Closet

    • 34 min
    89: How Climate Change Affects Natural Disasters, Why The Australian Fires Are So Bad, Hurricanes Impacting Bahamian Islands

    89: How Climate Change Affects Natural Disasters, Why The Australian Fires Are So Bad, Hurricanes Impacting Bahamian Islands

    The Australian Fires are unprecedented in their size, destruction, and duration. The staggering number of lost lives, homes, and wildlife is heartbreaking. We’re all wondering: is this happening because of climate change? We’re exploring today how and why climate change exacerbates natural hazards. First, we’re clarifying the difference between weather and climate, and then getting into human-induced climate change as a risk multiplier. Beyond breaking down the impact of temperature rise and low rainfall on the Australian bushfires, we’re also briefly discussing the severity of hurricanes in the Caribbean.







    Follow us @ecochicpodcast + shop totallyecochic.com (use code ECOCHIC for 10% off – the sale for silicone storage bags is still on!) Personal page is @lauraediez + you can email me laura@lauraediez.com







    Some great organizations to donate to if you’re willing and able are the Australian Red Cross, Australian Salvation Army, NSW Rural Fire Service, and Wires Wildlife Rescue.







    Information, stats, and inspiration for this particular episode was drawn from this USGS collection of research + this news article + this NPR piece.

    • 9 min

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