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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). 

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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). 

    Leather Versus Faux Leather

    Leather Versus Faux Leather

    Got yourself some leather boots? How about a faux leather handbag? The fashion industry relies heavily on both the durability and aesthetic of leather and, these days, vegan leather is rapidly rising in popularity as an ethical alternative to animal-based hides. But what is vegan leather, exactly, and does it stand up to the hype?

    On this episode, I’m answering a listener’s question about the environmental and ethical considerations associated with all-things leather and leather alternatives.

    Here’s a preview:

    [3:45] Animal-based leather’s dirty little secrets

    [10:15] What is vegan, cruelty-free, plant-based, faux leather?  Is it as great as it sounds?

    [15:00] Everything you need to know before buying an exotic leather

    [17:30] 5 tips for making informed leather and vegan leather purchases

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * 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.

    * Episode #200: Navigating The Eco-Contradiction Minefield

    * Episode #109: What Are Eco-Friendly Fibers?



     

    * Thank you to Greensbury Market for sponsoring this week’s episode! Use code PODCAST at checkout for 10% off your order of $50 or more.

    * Thank you also to SoaPen for sponsoring! Head over to SoaPen.com to see how easy hand-washing can be.



    * Join our (free!) community here.

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

     





     



     

    • 21 min
    Conscious Nursery and Kids’ Room Design

    Conscious Nursery and Kids’ Room Design

    Fairy lights for our little girl? A dinosaur theme for our baby boy? When designing our children’s nurseries and, later, their big kid rooms, it’s natural for parents to get caught up in the aesthetics. After all, designing is fun; researching ethical and eco-friendly products is decidedly not.

    But sustainable interior design is more accessible today than it has ever been before and with a bit of forethought it’s entirely possible to curate beautiful spaces for our children that use lower impact materials.

    This week’s guest is author Rachel Fowler. Rachel combines her knowledge as both a nurse and sustainable interior designer to give us her best ideas for creating nurseries and kids rooms that are safe, minimalist, eco-friendly, and fun.

     

    Here’s a preview:

    [6:00] Ten items that should never be in your child’s room for health and safety

    [9:30] What to consider before painting a room’s walls and ceiling, with a nod toward wallpaper

    [16:00] The problems with carpet and vinyl floors

    [20:00] How to make informed furniture decisions

    [24:00] What to use instead instead of blackout blinds

     

    Resources mentioned:



    * My Happy Place: Healthy, Sustainable And Humane Interior Design For Life And Work

    * Auro paint

    * Episode #190: Curating A Healthy House



     

     

    *Thank you to Greensbury Market for sponsoring this week’s episode! Use code PODCAST at checkout for 10% off your order of $50 or more.

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



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

     







     



     

    • 27 min
    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

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