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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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    • 4.7 • 33 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). 

    All-Things Bidets

    All-Things Bidets

    “I’d love to hear a podcast episode about a bidet for toilet attachment … Our family recently got one, and we love it but I know a lot of people have questions about them, including myself.”

     

    I did it. I bought a bidet attachment, installed it myself and, on this short and sweet episode, I’m answering a listener’s question all about whether bidets have a place in a modern family home (and if yes, how).

    Here’s a preview:

    [2:15] Sleek and (kinda) sexy? The features and benefits of today’s bidet for toilet attachment

    [4:00] Toilet paper’s financial and environmental problems

    [5:15] 5 oversized benefits to embracing a bidet attachment

    [11:00] My thoughts on bidets in homes with kids

    [15:00] This week’s eco-tip: A creative way for reusing stained kids’ clothes

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Why Don’t Americans Use Bidets? (via The Atlantic)

    * Episode #120: Your Sustainability Questions, Answered

    * Tushy bidet attachment 

    * What are you gifting your loved ones for the holidays? Call (508) 960-9046 and leave your first name followed by your gift idea. Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.



     

    * Thank you to Unidragon for sponsoring this week’s episode! Use code MINIMAL for 10% off your order.



    * Join our (free!) community here.

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

     

    • 18 min
    Pushing Back Against Convenience Eating

    Pushing Back Against Convenience Eating

    Cooking takes time, and few of us have time to spare. Convenient food options—like processed snacks, meal subscriptions, and even takeout—solve problems for busy adults who feel the pull towards what’s quick and easy, and those with disabilities view such options as daily necessities. But for those of us who are able and do indeed have a bit of time? Convenient alternatives have disconnected us from our food. Worse, such options have pushed us farther from cooking, an essential self-sufficient skill.

    Today I’m speaking with Kate Flynn. Kate is the co-founder and CEO of Sun & Swell, the world’s first online, plastic-free health food store. She’s on the show to suggest first steps for ways for making fewer convenience-driven food choices in our (hectic) daily lives; she offers tried-and-true hacks from her own kitchen that simplify food routines, too.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [4:00] Three big reasons why the packaged food industry is broken

    [8:00] Practical ways for those of us who can to fight back against the allure of convenience food options

    [11:00] What needs to change so that healthy food becomes available to everyone

    [14:00] How to make smarter choices at the grocery store (without committing to buying only fruits and veggies)

    [24:00] Food routines that prioritize healthy eating when you’re hangry

    [30:00] My 6 cooking tips for beginner home chefs

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Malk non-dairy milks

    * Honey Mamas chocolate

    * Siete tortilla chips

    * Sun & Swell cookie bites (Use code SUSTAINABLE25 for 25% off your first order!)



     

    *Thank you to KiwiCo for sponsoring this week’s episode! Get 50% off your first month plus free shipping with code SUSTAINABLE at kiwico.com.

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #177: Becoming A Zero-Waste Chef.

    * Join our (free!) community here.



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

    * Watch the unedited version of this interview on Youtube here.

     





     



     

    • 36 min
    How To Read a Cleanser's Label

    How To Read a Cleanser's Label

    Non-toxic, eco-friendly living is rapidly growing in popularity, and many corporations that sell home cleansers are modifying their marketing (not their products!) to garner more sales. We may not have the time or energy to DIY our own cleaning products, and rampant greenwashing muddles our best attempts at finding the products aligned with our values. What are green cleaners, exactly, and where can they be found?

    On this episode Megan Mikkelson and I outline tried-and-true ways for finding safe home cleansers so you can avoid the biggest pitfalls that defeat most people as they seek to support companies doing things right.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [4:00] The FDA’s lack of chemical regulation benefits corporations, not consumers. Here’s how

    [7:30] 3 reasons why it’s incorrect to assume that just because your parents/grandparents used a certain product, it’s safe

    [9:45] What are green cleaners amidst greenwashing galore? (Also: the problem with Mrs. Meyers)

    [13:50] Are apps and websites all that helpful when determining a product’s safety?

    [18:45] The Sharpie Method’s first steps for listeners who want to declutter their cleaning products

    [29:20] For intermediate and advanced listeners: 3 new ingredients to avoid in cleaning products

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Free masterclass with live Q&A: 3 Home Detox Secrets For Beginners

    * The Home Method Online Course

    * Episode #042: Green Cleaning Made Easy

    * The Chemicals Of Special Concern List

    * Healthy Living App

    * Meliora cleaning products



     

    * Thank you to One Day University for sponsoring this episode! Use code SUSTAINABLE at checkout for half off annual subscriptions.

    * Watch the full and unedited version of this episode on Youtube.

    * Leave a voicemail with your question and I’ll answer it on-air! Here’s how: State your name then leave the show a message at (508) 960-9046. (This new feature only works with audience participation, so don’t be shy!)

    * Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.



    * Join our (free!) community here.

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

     

    • 32 min
    Functional Entryways That Flow

    Functional Entryways That Flow

    Excessive amounts of shoes. Keys that are somehow always lost. We feel it when our entryways *don’t* flow, sure. But in what ways can we elevate an entryway’s function while also ensuring that it remains aesthetically pleasing?

    My guest today believes that tidy homes elevate personal style. This week I’m speaking with globally recognized home organizing expert Shira Gill who’s here to offer up her best organized entryway ideas for creating spaces that both function and flow.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [2:45] Shira’s 5-step process for getting your home in order right now

    [8:00] 7 items that should never reside in your home’s entryway

    [9:00] Organized entryway ideas for storing all the shoes

    [14:00] The best way to store masks and sanitizer

    [16:30] Your home’s outbox: How to best handle library books and other borrowed items

    [22:30] Creating the illusion of an entryway in older or smaller homes

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Minimalista: Your Step-by-Step Guide to a Better Home, Wardrobe, and Life

    * Shira on Instagram



     

    * Did you know there’s a (4.8 star) book based on this podcast? It’s available as an e-book, an audiobook, and as a paperback, and I so appreciate you supporting my work!

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #076: Declutter your Home with the Shoebox Method.

    * 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
    Simplifying Kids’ Craft Clutter

    Simplifying Kids’ Craft Clutter

    “Do you have any tips for making kids arts and crafts more sustainable? I have a craft shelf that the kids love. I keep it stocked and love to encourage their creativity, but it feels so wasteful!”

     

    Pom pons, glitter glue, and googly eyes, oh my.

    While we all want to provide our children with opportunities to express their creativity, I believe there’s a fine line between offering artistic inspiration and being wasteful. (While we’re at it, there’s also a fine line between tidy art spaces and out-of-control crafting.)

    On this short and sweet episode, I’m answering a listener’s question about how sustainable minimalists handle arts & crafts.

    Here’s a preview:

    [2:45] Why I suggest you stop buying art supplies for your kiddos (and what you should stock for their creative endeavors, instead)

    [5:45] Where to find eco-friendlier art supplies on the market

    [7:00] The ins and outs of a 21st century scrap bin

    [10:15] Thoughts on instilling a culture of slow creation (with a focus on functional art) in your home

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Kraft paper tape

    * Scissors made from recycled plastic (note: not for kids)

    * Beeswax crayons without petroleum

    * Acid-free construction paper with recycled content

    * Biodegradable glitter

    * Crazycrayons.com for petroleum-based crayon recycling



     

    * Leave a voicemail with your question and I’ll answer it on-air! Here’s how: State your name then leave the show a message at (508) 960-9046. (This new feature only works with audience participation, so don’t be shy!)

    * Prefer to send an email? Reach out at MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.



    * Join our (free!) community here.

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

     

    • 14 min
    Career Minimalism

    Career Minimalism

    Your Minimalism-Guided Life And Career

     

    67% of workers say excessive meetings keep them from getting their best work done, and up to half of an employee’s day is wasted on unproductive effort (source). While we are well-versed in the whys and hows of slow living in our personal lives, our professional ones may be hindered by societal expectations and workplace norms.

    This week, Chris Lovett and I examine the ways in which hard work, materialism, and busyness collide. Chris had a series of lightbulb moments that led him to sell the majority of his stuff, leave his stable but unfulfilling job, and challenge the limiting beliefs that no longer served him.

    In the first part of today’s interview Chris details his journey from living on autopilot to living with intention. In Part 2, Chris and I discuss why it’s important to apply the tenets of minimalism life to our professional endeavors; he also offers tangible steps (with a hefty dose of wry British humor) on how to start.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [6:00] Work hard, play hard? Why we tend to associate hard work with material rewards

    [7:00] Reading between the “busyness” lines: What we’re really saying when we proclaim we’re busy

    [12:15] How becoming a “specialist” perhaps holds us back

    [16:30] Tips for listeners who are working too hard and are spending too much

    [21:45] Why gently pushing back against a “work until you die” culture starts with challenging assumptions

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * Discovery of LESS: How I Found Everything I Wanted Underneath Everything I Owned

    * Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

    * Have an eco-tip you’d like to share? Call the show’s voicemail at (508) 960-9046.

    * Watch the extended version of this interview on Youtube (and check out Chris’s big hair).



     

    * Did you know there’s a (4.8 star) book based on this podcast? It’s available as an e-book, an audiobook, and as a paperback, and I so appreciate you supporting my work!

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #108: 6 Minimalist Lifestyle Tips For Overarching Simplicity.

    * Join our (free!) community here.

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

     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

CJL UK ,

Big fan

Been listening to Stephanie for a while and always a pleasure to have her in my ears! Keep up the good work!

jennyb191 ,

Fan from the UK!

I look forward to every Tuesday to listen to Stephanie whilst I cook. Even I find my son listening along while I think he’s too engrossed on the games console! Stephanie has a style which keeps me listening every week, which I haven’t really felt with other long running podcasts. She’s very well researched and delivers the facts in such a down to earth way. This is my ultimate favourite podcast. Thank you Stephanie, I’ll be listening for a while longer!!

Aka4077 ,

A life changer

So much information that will blow your mind. I always knew the world could be a better place and by use doing just a little change can help loads. I now love by ‘less is definitely more’ great podcast!

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