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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). 

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast Stephanie Seferian

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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). 

    How to Declutter Your Home without Trashing the Planet

    How to Declutter Your Home without Trashing the Planet

    How to Declutter Your Home without Trashing the Planet

     

    Many minimalist influencers trademark decluttering plans to show you how, exactly, to declutter your home. The most well-known? Marie Kondo’s Konmari method, of course.

    But what if you desire to declutter without sending items that no longer “spark joy” to the landfill? And while possessions that are broken or obsolete will inevitably be trashed, sustainable minimalists work tirelessly to send as little to the landfill as possible throughout the duration of the job.

    I believe that decluttering is a single step on a much larger journey. The end goal is not a tidy home; the end goal is a fundamental shift in one’s relationship with possessions. Over time, this shift alters purchasing behavior, and often quite drastically.

    On today’s show I’m thrilled to combine both minimalist and eco-conscious ideals by outlining The 5 Pillars of Responsible Decluttering.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [5:50] The concepts of utility and true value, and why they’re important

    [9:30] Which questions you should be asking as you declutter (Hint: They aren’t about sparking joy!)

    [12:00] How and where to find homes for your unwanted possessions

    [19:30] 3 pandemic-specific decluttering tips

     

    Happy listening!

     

    Access this week’s Show Notes here.

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

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    * Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: On the app, hit the Library tab, make sure you’re subscribed, scroll to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review.

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    • 22分
    5 New Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

    5 New Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

    5 New Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

     

    Plastic waste is everywhere, am I right? (Hey there, plastic-wrapped cucumber!).

    If you’ve ever looked around and wondered why on Earth everything is wrapped in plastic—and if you’ve wondered whether such overreliance on a single-use product derived from fossil fuels is completely contradictory to common sense—you aren’t alone.

    Here’s the answer. Because plastic production requires fossil fuels, fossil fuel companies are investing billions of dollars into new plastic production facilities (source).

    That’s right: plastic production is set to *increase* by a whopping forty percent in the next decade. You will likely observe more and more nonsensical items wrapped in plastic in the coming years, and it all has to do with profit (ahem … cucumbers). 

    The plastic pollution crisis is here to stay, and so it has never before been more important for you and me to curb our reliance on plastics starting in our own homes. On this week’s episode I offer 5 new and never-before-mentioned strategies to reduce plastic waste and extend your Plastic-Free July efforts into August and beyond.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [4:00] Why and how to give yourself reusable ultimatums

    [6:30] Why, exactly, the supermarket depends on plastic (Hint: Money!)

    [9:50] The health and environmental benefits associated with homemade snacks

    [11:30] How to conduct a restaurant audit

     

    Resources mentioned in the episode:



    * Berkey water filter

    * Soda stream (for homemade seltzer)



     

    **THANK YOU to all the listeners who have left reviews, reached out personally, and told friends about the show. I appreciate you!

    Happy listening!

     

    * Want more episodes like this one? Check out #062: 5 Ways to Take Home Less Plastic from the Supermarket.

    * 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.

     

    • 20分
    Raising Good Humans with Minimalist Parenting Guidance

    Raising Good Humans with Minimalist Parenting Guidance

    Minimalist Parenting Guidance for Raising Good Humans

     

    Parenting is hard; parenting during a pandemic is even harder. Still, guidance experts argue that raising children with both sanity and joy is possible.

    If you feel like you’re always on—and if you’re utterly exhausted—know that it’s A-OK to be minimalist in your parenting strategy, because doing less fosters resilience.

    My guest this week is nationally renowned parenting expert and mentor Sue Groner. Sue is on the show to discern what kids actually need from their parents versus what they don’t. Sue comes armed to our discussion with  8 actionable strategies—complete with 8 quick wins!—to both simplify parenthood and raise good humans, too.

     

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [6:25] Why facilitating is better than fixing

    [9:20] Which battles are worth fighting (as well as which ones aren’t)

    [14:45] The inherent problems associated with overindulging

    [23:10] How scheduling family donation time fosters empathy

    [24:30] The benefits to replacing chores with contributions

     

    Resources mentioned in today’s episode:



    * The most important thing you can do for your kids? Eat dinner with them.

    * Parenting guidance: Don’t praise your children!

    * Boredontunity: Why boredom is the best thing for our kids

    * Pre-order Sue’s new book on Amazon



     

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

    * 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.

     

    • 33分
    How to Buy Nothing By Embracing the Gift Economy

    How to Buy Nothing By Embracing the Gift Economy

    How to Buy Nothing By Joining a Gift Economy

     

    Have you ever heard the popular saying, “Nothing in life is free”? Thanks to Buy Nothing groups, this platitude isn’t *exactly* true.

    Gifting has been around for almost as long as humans, and such economies rely on relationships—not personal gain—to spread love and share resources. And although market economies have pushed gifting aside in recent centuries, gifting is making a comeback in a big way.

    The benefits of Buy Nothing groups are many; the drawbacks are few. Such groups foster social bonds, strengthen communities, encourage responsible decluttering, and prevent new items from entering the waste stream.

    My guest this week is Jennifer Lansdowne Rockenbaugh. Jennifer divulges the ins and outs of joining a gift economy; she outlines her extensive volunteer experience with The Buy Nothing Project, too.

    Here’s a preview of today’s episode:

    [12:00] Is intrinsic privilege associated with gift economies?

    [15:45] 2 ways to embrace gifting in a capitalist society

    [20:25] The fundamental differences between your local Buy Nothing group and a Buy/Sell/Trade group

     

    Happy listening!

     



     

    Want more episodes like this one? Check out #104: Eco-Friendly Communities and Why We Need Each Other.

    Want to support the show and help it grow? Here’s how (and thank you!):



    * Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: On the app, hit the Library tab, make sure you’re subscribed, scroll to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review.

    * Leave a review on Facebook.

    * Tell a friend (or two!)

    * Reach out on Facebook or Instagram (I promise to respond!)



     

    • 27分
    Advanced Simple Living Tips for Seasoned Minimalists

    Advanced Simple Living Tips for Seasoned Minimalists

    Advanced Simple Living Tips for Seasoned Minimalists

     

    Simple living is a lifestyle that refuses to accept busy and harried as normal. Instead, intentionality is about removing unnecessary conflicts, excessive to-do items, and pointless distractions as a means of experiencing all life has to offer.

    But if you Google “how to live slow” (or some facsimile thereof), you will likely see the same strategies touted over and over: Turn your phone off. Walk in nature. Read. And while these strategies offer solid starting points for beginners, many find themselves seeking guidance that delves deeper.

    On this week’s show I offer 5 advanced simple living strategies for novices and intermediates alike.

    Here’s a preview of the episode:

    [5:20] Why stepping away from interpersonal conflicts is a sign of strength

    [9:15] How, exactly, to work smarter (not harder!)

    [16:45] What other cultures get right (and what America gets wrong)

    [21:00] What “standing and staring” means for busy adults

     

    Happy listening!

    Access this week’s Show Notes here.

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

    Support the show and help it grow! Here’s how (and thank you!):



    * Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: On the app, hit the Library tab, make sure you’re subscribed, scroll to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review.

    * Leave a review on Facebook.

    * Tell a friend (or two!)

    * Reach out on Facebook or Instagram (I promise to respond!)

    • 25分
    5 Carbon Footprint Facts You Likely Didn’t Know

    5 Carbon Footprint Facts You Likely Didn’t Know

     

    5 Facts Carbon Footprint Facts You Likely Didn’t Know

     

    Carbon footprints are confusing. What’s a carbon footprint, exactly, and how is yours related to climate change?

    Carbon footprints are a handy-dandy metric that makes clear how severely your lifestyle impacts the planet.  Your diet, travel habits, and your home’s cooling and heating practices are just some lifestyle considerations that may increase (or decrease!) your unique footprint.

    If you live in the United States or another developed country, your carbon footprint is likely around 16 metric tons per year. Yet the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change warns that it’s imperative to prevent a warming of 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2050. To achieve this, every human on Earth must reduce their carbon footprints to just 2 metric tons per year.

    Sounds impossible, right?

    The sad reality is that bringing reusable shopping bags to the supermarket isn’t enough. On this week’s episode, we take a good, hard look at the big picture: If we are serious about doing our parts, we must forego the notion that we can continue to live the cushy lives so many of us are accustomed to.

     

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

    [5:00] How affluence and environmental impact are uniquely intertwined

    [7:35] The 4 behaviors that *most substantially reduce* one’s carbon footprint

    [14:00] Why national politics matter to American environmentalism, and what the 2020 election means for global warming



    Resources mentioned in the episode:

     



    * Carbon footprint calculator

    * The relationship between affluence and carbon footprints

    * The 100 most polluting companies responsible for 70% of greenhouse gas emissions

    * Show Notes



     



    This episode is generously sponsored by Rent-a-Romper.

    Want more episodes like this one? Check out #112: The NItty-Gritty Behind Microplastic Pollution.

    Want to support the show and help it grow? Here’s how (and thank you!):



    * Leave a review on Apple Podcasts: On the app, hit the Library tab, make sure you’re subscribed, scroll to the bottom past all prior episodes, then click on the stars to leave a review.

    * Leave a review on Facebook.

    * Tell a friend (or two!)

    * Reach out on Facebook or Instagram (I promise to respond!)

    • 20分

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