133 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.

    131: Natural Beauty: Wildcrafting, Science-Backed Skincare + Making Your Dreams Reality | Kendra Kolb Butler, Alpyn Beauty

    131: Natural Beauty: Wildcrafting, Science-Backed Skincare + Making Your Dreams Reality | Kendra Kolb Butler, Alpyn Beauty

    Kendra Kolb Butler, founder of Alpyn Beauty, traded NYC for Jackson Hole five years ago and never looked back. Today, she’s sharing what she’s learned about skincare, the potency of plants, starting a beauty brand in Wyoming, and making your dreams a reality.







    A former Manhattanite and 20-year beauty industry veteran, Kendra first created Alpyn Beauty for the clients at her Jackson Hole apothecary, Alpyn Beauty Bar. She’s led sales, marketing and public relations initiatives at leading luxury beauty companies from Givenchy and Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare to Clarins and Coty, yet her proudest achievement to date has been finding the courage to trade her high-power NYC lifestyle for (quite literally) greener pastures. The WY forests of arnica, chamomile, lavender, and sage… became the basis for Alpyn Beauty.







    Alpyn Beauty is the first sustainably sourced natural skin care line formulated with wildcrafted and hand-cultivated alpine botanicals grown in the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole, WY. At the core of each Alpyn product is the PlantGenius™ complex, a proprietary blend of wildcrafted actives sustainably sourced in our home laboratory. Plants are genius—and wildcrafted ones, which have fought for their survival, and flourished and become stronger as a result, even more so.







    If you’d like more on foraging/wildcrafting, check out ECO CHIC Episode 112 with Rosalee de la Foret: Kitchen Herbs, Natural Medicine, + How To Eat More Plants







    Find me online! I’m on Instagram @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez, on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’d like to check out our store closing sale, shop totallyecochic.com!

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    130: Thrift Tips, Garment Workers Protection Act, Ethical Secondhand | Emily Stochl, Pre-Loved Podcast

    130: Thrift Tips, Garment Workers Protection Act, Ethical Secondhand | Emily Stochl, Pre-Loved Podcast

    We are joined by secondhand expert Emily Stochl of Pre-Loved Podcast! We are discussing the global and domestic secondhand economy; supporting garment workers and the Garment Workers’ Protection Act; scratching the surface of the gentrification of thrift; and tips on shopping for vintage or pre-loved items. I am on Pre-Loved Podcast this week!







    Also check out:







    Episode 90: How to Shop for High-End + Luxury Pieces Secondhand; Designer Resale; Making Money from Vintage Finds | Meredith Fineman







    Find me online! I’m on Instagram @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez, on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’d like to check out our store closing sale, shop totallyecochic.com!Audio Player

    • 36 min
    129: Sustainable Minimalism: How to Declutter and Set Boundaries for Eco-Friendly Living | Stephanie Seferian, Sustainable Minimalists Podcast

    129: Sustainable Minimalism: How to Declutter and Set Boundaries for Eco-Friendly Living | Stephanie Seferian, Sustainable Minimalists Podcast

    We’re joined by Stephanie Seferian of Sustainable Minimalists! Stephanie of Mama Minimalist is a mom inspiring others to reevaluate their “stuff” without compromising on their environmental commitments. Stephanie and I discuss her philosophy of the sustainable minimalism lifestyle; she shares how to declutter, plus types of clutter we may be emotionally attached to. Stephanie also gives tips for navigating the holidays while supporting this lower-waste lifestyle; how to set boundaries and expectations for receiving, and also how to give in a more minimal way.







    Find me online! I’m on Instagram @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez, on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’d like to check out our store closing sale, shop totallyecochic.com!

    • 31 min
    128: Vegan Businesses + Living Your Values | Taryn Rasgon, Vegetaryn

    128: Vegan Businesses + Living Your Values | Taryn Rasgon, Vegetaryn

    We’re joined this week by Taryn Rasgon of Vegetaryn! Vegetaryn is a vegan lifestyle brand based in positive, welcoming plant-based activism. Taryn herself is an excellent example of an entrepreneur that is very truly living her values through every business decision and lifestyle change. 







    Taryn and I discuss: her vegan journey and her subsequent vegan entrepreneurship journey; welcoming, happy activism; social media; design theft; running a small business during the pandemic; conscious consumption and supporting other small businesses.







    Mentioned: Episode 75 with Christina Vidal of Jetet Christina: When a Fast Fashion Brand Steals from a Creator







    Find me online! I’m on Instagram @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez, on Facebook, Twitter, and if you’d like to check out our store closing sale, shop totallyecochic.com!

    • 49 min
    127: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before An Impulse Purchase

    127: 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before An Impulse Purchase

    Between Prime Day, upcoming holiday season, and Instagram ads… it can sometimes be challenging to keep your values of conscious consumption and sustainability in mind before impulse shopping. Today, I’m sharing ten quick questions you can ask yourself before “adding to cart.” We’re considering who you’re buying from, why you’re buying, and how you can replace that urge to purchase with a little creativity and tapping into your circles.







    Let’s hang out! Instagram is @ecochicpodcast / @lauraediez, + I am now on Twitter, @lauraediez. We’re on Facebook, ECO CHIC Podcast.







    Sign up for my Monday newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/f9324e3609e4/eco-chic. Email me at laura@lauraediez.com. You can shop our store closing sale at totallyecochic.com – our shop is currently liquidating, so prices are significantly reduced!!

    • 17 min
    126: Climate Anxiety: How to Turn Worry Into Compassionate Action| Dr. Renee Lertzman

    126: Climate Anxiety: How to Turn Worry Into Compassionate Action| Dr. Renee Lertzman

    We are talking climate anxiety, trauma, and validating our feelings with Dr. Renée Lertzman, a renowned psychologist, author and sustainability strategist who uses psychological insights to change our approach to the environmental crisis. Applying her training as a psychosocial researcher specializing in deep human insights, Dr. Lertzman uses frameworks and methods that empower people to take action (which she shares with us!). Renée is the founder of Project InsideOut, a unique resource hub launching this week that brings together activists with clinical psychologists to drive sustainable behavior change for our planet. Her TED Talk, ‘How To Turn Climate Anxiety into Action,’ completely shifted my own feelings and validated my sometimes-overwhelming sense of eco-guilt.







    Dr. Lertzman works with companies, nonprofits and governments looking to strengthen climate and sustainability initiatives, develop more effective campaigns, and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve big problems. Her perspectives have appeared in  CNN, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Ecologist, Climate Access, Sustainable Brands, and on the stage via her TED Talk. She has also designed and taught courses on the psychology of climate change and environment since 2001, and is a founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance.







    Let’s hang out! Instagram is @ecochicpodcast / @lauraediez, + I am now on Twitter, @lauraediez. We’re on Facebook, ECO CHIC Podcast. Sign up for my Monday newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/f9324e3609e4/eco-chic. Email me at laura@lauraediez.com. You can support our shop at totallyecochic.com – our shop is currently liquidating, so prices are significantly reduced!!

    • 46 min

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