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A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!

A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast Marjorie Alexander

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    • 4.6 • 583 Ratings

A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!

    Trash Academy: Communicating Consumption and Waste through Activism & Advocacy with Ron Whyte

    Trash Academy: Communicating Consumption and Waste through Activism & Advocacy with Ron Whyte

    Trash Academy, a project of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Environmental Justice department, is an intergenerational collaboration of young people, seasoned activists, artists, non-profits, local government, and concerned citizens of diverse backgrounds. These interventions are geared to complicate and deepen people’s understanding of litter, consumption, and waste and shift attitudes from passive acceptance to proactive responses to the waste stream. Collectively, they design projects that add surprising and interesting elements to the urban landscape using fun group activities and games, teach-ins, workshops, and three Trash Mobiles providing on-site art and creativity studios at neighborhood events and locales.

    Today’s Sponsors: 
    Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204

    In this episode Marjorie and Ron discuss:
    Some of the challenges with waste in Philadelphia and how Trash Academy is educating people of all ages about the true impact of waste in our communities How the Trash Mobile and other activities use concepts like gamification to have a lasting impact that traditional PSAs and non-interactive signage have not been able to accomplish How parents can help their children better understand the concept of trash Good first steps for how to get involved in issues you care about in your own community
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Vanessa Nakate - read her UN profile here: https://www.un.org/youthenvoy/vanessa-nakate/ Vanessa’s organization: Youth for Future Africa: https://www.facebook.com/YOUTH-for-Future-Africa-112041190182345/ Archive.org, is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more Silent Spring by Rachel Carson: http://www.rachelcarson.org/SilentSpring.aspx  
    Connect with Trash Academy:
    Website: https://www.trashacademy.org Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trash.academy/  
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 36 min
    Vegpreneur and the State of Plant-based Business with Noah Hyams

    Vegpreneur and the State of Plant-based Business with Noah Hyams

    Noah Hyams is a serial entrepreneur who started VEGPRENEUR to create a global community of entrepreneurs and investors building sustainable, plant-based businesses. Through VEGPRENEUR, Noah has interviewed and brought together founders, investors, and thought-leaders in the plant-based space. Most recently Noah was featured on Bloomberg Radio where he talked about the state of the plant-based economy. Noah is also an active startup advisor and has been invited to speak/mentor in entrepreneurship programs at New York University, the City University of New York, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

    Today’s Sponsors: 
    Tentree is an earth-first sustainable clothing company. Check out their selection of eco-friendly clothing and accessories at https://www.tentree.com and use promo code ‘ASM’ for 15% off your first purchase.
    Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204

    In this episode Marjorie and Noah discuss:
    Some of the major challenges for plant-based businesses and how to overcome them The status of the plant-based economy and opportunities for growth in the coming years Invaluable advice for entrepreneurs in any space, especially during covid-19
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Vegpreneur.org and their newsletter with monthly investment opportunities  Bolt Threads mushroom leather partnership with Adidas Impact Snacks, snacks with edible wrappers NutritionFacts.org VeganCheatSheet.org Disclosure, by Earthling Ed   
    Connect with Noah Hyams:
    Website: https://www.vegpreneur.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vegpreneur Twitter: https://twitter.com/vegpreneur Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vegpreneur/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/noahhyams/   
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 45 min
    Sustainable Compostable Palm Leaf Tableware with Pallavi Pande of Dtocs

    Sustainable Compostable Palm Leaf Tableware with Pallavi Pande of Dtocs

    Pallavi Pande started Dtocs three years ago with three things in mind, sustainability, community, and usability. Dtocs offers a line of compostable tableware from naturally fallen palm leaves from farms where she has personal relationships with the owners and farmers. Pallavi is also a woman of color and a mother of two young Dtocs brand ambassadors. She is hoping that Dtocs can be an elegant, sturdy, and affordable solution for a plastic-free world.
    Use the promo code DTOCS10 for 10% off any order at www.Dtocs.com!
     
    Today’s Sponsors: 
    Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season 1 now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. https://pod.link/1592523204

    In this episode Marjorie and Pallavi discuss:
    Raising eco-conscious children The wide range of uses and the durability of palm leaf products How palm leaves are grown and retrieved and the process they undergo to be made into reusable flatware and tableware The impact that Dtocs is having in the community where the leaves are harvested
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Julia Butterfly Hill, activist and author of The Legacy of Luna Business Wars podcast Mamavation Book: Atomic Habits  
    Connect with Pallavi Pande:
    Website: https://Dtocs.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DtocsL LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/57414687/admin/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dtocsplates Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dtocsplates/   
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 40 min
    The Democratization of Energy - Understanding your power bill, energy regulation, and the shift to decentralized clean energy with Seth Mansur

    The Democratization of Energy - Understanding your power bill, energy regulation, and the shift to decentralized clean energy with Seth Mansur

    Seth Mansur is a longtime sustainability advocate and Marine Corps veteran, and over the last decade, he has developed a deep understanding of a multitude of energy management solutions. Seth's work serves the energy needs of Commercial, Industrial, and Non-Profit Organizations and his primary objective is to help organizations take a proactive approach to evaluating and taking action on their energy needs. 
     
    Today’s Sponsor: 
    Climate Talks is a new podcast exploring sustainability and the ways that we communicate about the climate. Catch season one now as host Sophia Li interviews climate optimists, investigating the steps we can take to work towards a more sustainable future. Listen here: https://pod.link/1592523204

    In this episode Marjorie and Seth discuss:
    What exactly is energy management, why does it matter, and how does it differ between residential to commercial buildings Why are energy bills so difficult to read! The role of energy audits and energy monitors and determining if your situation would benefit from these tools What peak energy means and why it’s so expensive Community choice aggregation or deregulated energy options What the energy grid of the future could look like and what happens to energy monopolies when a majority of users switch to renewables
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Ecovillage Findhorn in Scotland Station A - the first AI-powered clean energy marketplace Seth’s mentor Dr. John Gerber, Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming at the University of Massachusetts William McDonough, founder of Cradle to Cradle design Book: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things Solar Ready Vets program  
    Connect with Seth Mansur:
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sethmansur/   
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Compostable Packaging & Circular Food Systems w/ Kate Flynn

    Compostable Packaging & Circular Food Systems w/ Kate Flynn

    Kate Flynn, CEO & Co-Founder of Sun & Swell, has an MBA from Harvard, is a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert, and has a background in strategy consulting in the retail food industry.
    Several years ago, she set out to build a new kind of packaged food company - one that is better for both people and the planet. Sun & Swell uses only healthy, organic, whole foods that are free from harmful ingredients and chemical additives, and is a pioneer in the packaged food industry when it comes to using compostable packaging - one of the very first company’s in the US to sell their foods in compostable packaging.
    Kate has met her fair share of challenges along the road to transition her company to fully compostable packaging but remains focused on her goal of disrupting the food industry and pioneering a circular food system.
    Special discount for ASM listeners! Use promo code “SustainableFoods25” at https://sunandswellfoods.com.

    Today’s Sponsors: 
    Novak Hair Studios is Fort Worth’s first zero-waste salon and one of the largest in the nation. With luxury amenities, Green Circle Certified sustainability initiatives, and unparalleled customer experiences, Novak is a leader in the beauty industry. Learn more at https://novakhairstudios.com/eco-friendly.
    Tentree is an earth-first sustainable clothing company. Check out their selection of eco-friendly clothing and accessories at https://www.tentree.com/ and use promo code ‘ASM’ for 15% off your first purchase.

    In this episode Marjorie and Kate discuss:
    The many considerations and challenges of compostable packaging in the food industry. Prioritizing non-negotiables in business and how that enabled Sun & Swell to thrive in the niche of organic food sold in compostable packaging. Local waste, recycling, and composting infrastructure and why some composting facilities are tossing your bio-degradable items into the landfill. New opportunities in the food space for eco-conscious entrepreneurs, brands, and consumers.
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Financing the Circular Economy Report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation  The Waste-free World book    Kiss the Ground documentary Regrained Pulp Pantry Imperfect Foods To Good to Go app  
    Connect with Kate Flynn and Sun & Swell Foods:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sunandswellfoods/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sunandswellfoods LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-flynn-15187726/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sunandswellfoods/_created/   
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 47 min
    Sustainable Healthcare with Dr. Rosie Spooner

    Sustainable Healthcare with Dr. Rosie Spooner

    Dr. Rosie Spooner is a British Pediatrician who is currently an Education Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, an NGO working on mainstreaming sustainability practices into planning and delivery of health services. Rosie is a practicing clinician who works alongside medical schools and postgraduate education programs to support the integration of sustainable healthcare into mainstream healthcare teaching. She became more concerned about the connection between the climate emergency and health after a year sailing with her husband on a 12-meter boat for 12,000 miles, crossing the Atlantic twice. On this journey she saw how climate change is already destabilizing the world's natural systems and witnessed the catastrophic effects this can have on human health. She is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and has campaigned for them to divest from fossil fuel investments and declare a climate emergency.

    Today’s Sponsors: 
    Brightmark is on a mission to reimagine waste, transforming organic waste into renewable natural gas and creating innovative approaches to plastics renewal. Learn more at Brightmark.com.
    Tentree is an earth-first sustainable clothing company. Check out their selection of eco-friendly clothing and accessories at Tentree.com and use promo code ‘ASM’ for 15% off your first purchase.

    In this episode Marjorie and Dr. Rosie discuss:
    How delivering healthcare impacts the environment and what some health professionals are doing to reduce the impacts What role patients and clients play in the sustainability of the healthcare How hygiene and infection control practices impact both sustainability and patient comfortability The complexities of transitioning to more earth-conscious healthcare strategies when product availability and contracts dictate much of the reusable and disposable supplies
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    SustainableHealthcare.org (https://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/) Health Care Without Harm ChoosingWisely.org The Planetary Health Report Card Outrage + Optimism with Christiana Figueres  
    Connect with Dr. Rosie Spooner and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare:
    Website: http://sustainablehealthcare.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentreforSustainableHealthcare/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SusHealthcare Twitter: https://twitter.com/spooner_rosie LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosie-spooner-37581218a/   
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/ Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
      Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
583 Ratings

583 Ratings

avocet1850 ,

Thank you!

Just found this podcast and love it! Marjorie does a fantastic job interviewing the guests on sustainability. Can’t wait to listen to more episodes.

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Marjorie, host of the A Sustainable Mind podcast, highlights all aspects of the environment, sustainability and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Arlie K ,

A must listen!

This is the podcast that I tell all my friends about! With incredible guests, high-quality information, and captivating conversations, every single episode is an A+. Very grateful for this resource!

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