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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

    • Leisure
    • 4.7 • 35 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). 

    O Christmas Tree

    O Christmas Tree

    Ah, the holidays. The 5-ish weeks between Black Friday and New Year's Day tend to be an extended party of sorts in which many of us overspend, overeat/drink, overdecorate, and excessively waste. The excesses associated with the holidays come with a hefty environmental cost: on average, US households produce 25% more trash than normal between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day; worse, wonton wastefulness can (and does) add more than half a metric ton onto our annual carbon footprints.

    I believe it's entirely possible to have a joyous December without the waste and so, on today's show, we discuss practical ways to spread holiday cheer with the planet in mind.


    Here's a preview:

    [2:00] Artificial, local, root ball intact, and more: Breaking down the Christmas tree conundrum via Steph's handy dandy grading rubric

    [17:00] 4 of the most impactful (and practical!) ways to spread good tidings without being wasteful, according to mathematics

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    Resources mentioned:

    Organic Christmas Tree Farms Near You Database
    The Carbon Trust's Tips For A More Sustainable Christmas (via Carbon Trust)
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    Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com

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    • 24 min
    Introcast: Didn't I Just Feed You

    Introcast: Didn't I Just Feed You

    I hope you'll enjoy Didn't I Just Feed You as much as I do! Check it out.

    • 2 min
    From FOMO To JOMO

    From FOMO To JOMO

    Joy Of Missing Out (JOMO) is about actively turning from the external stimuli that neither serves nor ignites. And whereas Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is rooted in external validation, obtaining JOMO is a giant leap toward serving your internal self.

    During the holidays and always, it pays to get intentional about All. The. Things: Our priorities, our precious free moments and, of course, our long-term goals. On today's show we first discuss our collective affinity as human beings for simplistic comparisons; we also break down 4 action steps toward a more intentional (and self-soothing!) way of being.



    Here's a preview:

    [2:30] The historical origins of social comparison

    [10:30] Don't compare yourself to others, compare yourself to yourself: Here's how

    [12:00] The Number One question people pleasers should ask themselves before committing

    [21:00] 7 effects of cortisol on the body, plus practical thoughts on *actually* slowing down



    Resources mentioned:

    Episode #178: Digital Minimalism
    Sustainable Minimalists free Facebook group
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    • 25 min
    Life Lessons

    Life Lessons

    Parenting the eco-minimalist way is, well, difficult. It's also an 18-ish year commitment that goes directly against societal norms.

    I'm no expert, but I do believe that impactful parenting starts by capitalizing on teachable moments. On today's show I speak with Elizabeth Ireland about *exactly how* she passes 3 central eco-minimalist lessons onto her children.



    Here's a preview of the 3 life lessons we discuss today:

    [9:30] Teaching children how to give

    [20:00] Preparing our progeny for life: The 'why' and 'how' behind decluttering

    [27:00] Imparting the elusive skill of not needing to get everything we want



    Resources mentioned:

    Alltruists Impact Kits
    The Kindness Elves
    The Tree Lady
    Ten Things I Can Do to Help My World
    We Are The Water Protectors
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    Thrive Market: head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for 30% off your order and a free gift.
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    • 36 min
    The Attitude-Behavior Gap

    The Attitude-Behavior Gap

    The attitude-behavior gap is a fancy schmancy research term that describes the discrepancy between what we say and what we do. When it comes to eco-minimalist living, many of us quietly experience an oversized gap between our values (save the planet! live minimally!) and our actions (buy single use plastic! purchase on impulse!). 

    On today's show we are diving into the recesses of this, well, gap. Why does it exist for the vast majority of us, and how can we close it?

    Here's a preview:

    [2:00] A breakdown of the 5 distinct consumer personas: Which one are you?

    [11:00] 5 reasons why the attitude-behavior gap exists

    [18:00] 5 steps to closing your own attitude-behavior gap



    Resources mentioned/Further reading:

    How To Bridge The Intention-Behavior Gap
    Closing the Attitude-Behavior Gap: The Case of Solidarity Purchase Groups
    When You Feel Blue About the Environment, Act Green (via Psychology Today)
    How Brands Can Embrace the Sustainable Fashion Opportunity (via Bain & Company)

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    • 32 min
    Minimalism And Well-Being

    Minimalism And Well-Being

    Many minimalists boast that living simply has improved their well-being in a myriad of ways. The problem, however, is that such statements are anecdotal. Does research back up these personal stories? What - if anything - does science say about minimalism's benefits?

    On today's show Shannon and Gerry Arner and I marry research findings re: simple living with day-to-day experience. 



    Here's a preview:

    [5:45] The link between materialism and loneliness

    [10:00] How living simply on purpose impacts well-being

    [14:30] Cortisol be gone: The negative correlation between clutter and mental health

    [20:00] How to use minimalism as a re-centering tool

    [22:00] Practical ways to infuse slightly more minimalism into your daily life



    Resources mentioned:

    Arner Adventures on Instagram
    What Can Minimalism Do For Mental Health? (via Psychology Today)
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Aka4077 ,

A life changer

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

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!!

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