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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 • 564 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!

    096: BinBreeze Composting Powder: Reducing wood waste and making composting less gross with CEO Taylor McCarten

    096: BinBreeze Composting Powder: Reducing wood waste and making composting less gross with CEO Taylor McCarten

    Taylor McCarten is the Co-Founder and CEO of BinBreeze, the world's first non-toxic and all-natural composting powder. A University of Victoria graduate, Taylor created BinBreeze as he was finishing his MBA at the school. He went on to appear on season 15 of CBC's Dragons' Den with his product and successfully teamed up with Dragon Arlene Dickinson. BinBreeze is now in over 500 retail locations across Canada and counting.
    Want to try BinBreeze for yourself? Use the promocode ASM25 at BinBreeze.com!
     
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    In this episode Marjorie and Taylor discuss:
    The challenges with indoor compost What inspired Taylor to create BinBreeze The dangers of burning wood and the benefits of circular economy (upcycling wood dust) Tips for eco and social entrepreneurs just starting out Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Trevor Handcock (wiki), 1st candidate for Green party in Canada, sustainability is a human rights issue Climate Tech VC - https://climatetechvc.co/ Mindset by Carol Dweck (Audible/Amazon)*- https://amzn.to/3yhZWD6 Connect with Taylor and the BinBreeze Team:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/binbreeze/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/binbreeze LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/company/binbreeze Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7szK_8cczPpO1yYyi_V2Vw Taylor's LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/taylormccarten/ 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!
     
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    • 44 min
    095: Developing Environmental Education & Curriculum: Resources for business owners, teachers, and students with Katelyn Armbruster of Sustainable Earth

    095: Developing Environmental Education & Curriculum: Resources for business owners, teachers, and students with Katelyn Armbruster of Sustainable Earth

    Katelyn Armbruster is the Program Manager for Rob & Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service within the Global Futures Lab at Arizona State University. In this role, she leads sustainability education, outreach, and engagement for a number of initiatives and projects including the Sustainability Solutions Festival, Sustainability Solutions Science Fair, Sustainable Earth, and the Sustainable Earth Small Business Awards
     
    Today’s Sponsor:
    Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Katelyn discuss:
    Growing up exposed to multiple cultures around the world with seemingly opposite relationships to the environment and how that impacts the adult you become The importance of sustainability education for all ages and what makes some material more accessible or beneficial for learners than others How Sustainable Earth is tapping businesses, research professionals, and young people for new and exciting resources that other businesses and young people can learn from  
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Sustainable Earth’s Educator Awards (coming soon): https://sustainable-earth.org/activities/ Sustainable Earth’s Small Business Awards (applications close July 1, 2022): https://sustainable-earth.org/small-business-awards/ Plant You, planet-based chef on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plantyou/ The Garbage Queen on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thegarbagequeen?lang=en How Not to Die, book by Dr. Michael Gregor: https://nutritionfacts.org/book/how-not-to-die/  
    Connect with Katelyn Armbruster and the Sustainable Earth Team:
    Website: https://sustainable-earth.org/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sust_earth/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sust_earth Katelyn’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katelynarmbruster/ Sustainable Earth’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sustainable-earth/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6zhnLJ9QOZosSPruoIuqUw  
    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
    Baba Bags: Handmade Reusable Bags & Social Entrepreneurship with Fedia Kourbatov

    Baba Bags: Handmade Reusable Bags & Social Entrepreneurship with Fedia Kourbatov

    Fedia Kourbatov is 23 years old and the founder of Baba Bags, a reusable bag social enterprise. Fedia founded Baba Bags in his college dorm room 2 years ago at the University of Oklahoma. Baba Bags' mission is to eliminate single-use plastic bag usage and give back to impactful nonprofits. In 2 years they have saved an estimated 50,000 single-use plastic bags from being used! Baba Bags currently are handmade, come with a lifetime warranty and come in 2 colors. Their green & white bag is partnered with Action Against Hunger and their orange & white bag is partnered with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Each time the respective color is purchased Baba Bags donates to the partnered charity!  
    Today’s Sponsor:
    Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Fedi discuss:
    Starting a business with a social goal as part of its primary mission. The personal history behind the design of the Baba Bag and the people behind the handmade bags. The future of gamification as an earth-friendly habit-building tool. Valuable advice for any entrepreneur. Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    How I Built This Podcast - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/how-i-built-this-with-guy-raz/id1150510297 Sooner Innovation Fund - ********https://www.ou.edu/entrepreneurship/sooner-innovation-fund National Pediatric Cancer Foundation - ****https://nationalpcf.org/ Action Against Hunger - ****https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/ SCORE Mentorship program - https://www.score.org/find-mentor Evernote - https://evernote.com/ OpenIDEO - https://www.openideo.com/ Start Something That Matters by the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie - https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/201230/start-something-that-matters-by-blake-mycoskie/ Connect with Fedi and the Baba Bag Team:
    Website: https://www.baba-bags.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itsbababags/?hl=en Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsbababags/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsbababags 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!

    • 34 min
    Sustainable Fashion: Recycled Clothing for Unique Everyday Wear with Jess Grech of The Grandad Company

    Sustainable Fashion: Recycled Clothing for Unique Everyday Wear with Jess Grech of The Grandad Company

    The Grandad Company is a closed-loop upcycling brand whose mission is to breathe life into reclaimed vintage menswear for a new unisex generation. Rooted by the love and admiration for Grandads, founder and designer Jess Grech adopted her philosophy and core values from her stylish grandad. The brand uses her Grandad's un-wanted items and combines them with vintage clothing her Grandad would wear, to create a limited edition item that could never be made again. Today’s Sponsor:
    Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. To get your free trial and check out their new documentary Solving for Zero go to Wondrium.com/ASM.
    In this episode Marjorie and Jess discuss:
    How Jess’ childhood and relationship with her grandfather inspired her to start a recycled clothing company. How Jess comes up with her design ideas and creates one-of-a-kind recycled fashion pieces. Sustainable business and the importance of creating opportunity in an ever-changing market. Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Bethany Williams Bepple Pub Facebook Group The Sustainable Handbook The Fashion Business Manual Connect with Jess and The Grandad Company:
    Website: https://thegrandadcompany.com/.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thegrandadcompany/ Depop: https://www.depop.com/thegrandadcompany/ 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

    • 39 min
    092: Reusable cups: form and function, with Vince Dickson, co-creator of HUNU

    092: Reusable cups: form and function, with Vince Dickson, co-creator of HUNU

    After finding out that over 165 million single-use cups end up in landfills every day, Vince Dickson and Megan Williams went looking for a reusable alternative that was convenient and easy to carry around all day, every day. They couldn't find one so they created HUNU, a reusable cup that folds down small enough to fit into even the tightest pockets.  Today’s Sponsor: Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM
    In this episode Marjorie and Vince discuss:
    Consciousness about personal environmental impact and what determines a person’s choices about things like reusables. What led to Vince and Megan coming up with the design for the HUNU cup and what features make it unique. The important role that usability, portability, and aesthetics play in popularizing reusables. Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    EcoAge Sustainable business experts: https://eco-age.com/ Good on You sustainable clothing: https://goodonyou.eco/ Sea Shepherd: https://www.seashepherdglobal.org/ Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: https://amzn.to/3r0A1vM Connect with Vince and the HUNU Team:
    Website: wearehunu.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wearehunu/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw_aYKhyT7Acmx5ZjJ3JFyg 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!

    • 50 min
    091: Publishing the UK’s Largest Ethical Lifestyle magazine with Jarvis Smith of My Green Pod

    091: Publishing the UK’s Largest Ethical Lifestyle magazine with Jarvis Smith of My Green Pod

    Proud hippie, eco-warrior, thought leader and renowned retailer Jarvis advises brands including Natwest, HSBC, Deloitte, Citrix, the Parliament Trust, House of Lords’ group Peers4Planet. His magazine GREEN was published with National Geographic from 2008, then The Guardian in 2010, evolving into the world's biggest ethical lifestyle magazine My Green Pod magazine from 2013. Jarvis launched the P.E.A. (People Environment Achievement) Awards which is the UK’s leading sustainability awards and honours individuals and teams for their contribution towards sustainability. Jarvis' online eco-conscious store www.mygreenpod.com leads the field in ethical shopping and in the next decade Jarvis’ intent is to provide an ethical alternative to Amazon, with real purpose and proper values.   
    Today’s Sponsor: 
    Wondrium offers documentaries, series, lessons, how-to's, and more, on any topic you can imagine. Watch on any device and on the go! To get your free trial go to Wondrium.com/ASM
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Jarvis discuss:
    The experience that caused Jarvis to commit his life to the environment and ‘business for good’  My Green Pod’s early partnerships with Nat Geo and the Guardian in the UK and the impact Jarvis and his team are hoping the site will have on the community in the coming years Why the term consumer is problematic and more empowering frames of reference for purchasing essential and non-essential products Our shifting relationship with nature and how that impacts our awareness, attention, and treatment of the environment.  
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Kriya Yoga: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga Octopus Energy: https://octopus.energy/ Project Drawdown: https://drawdown.org/  Nature TV: https://www.mygreenpod.com/naturetv  
    Connect with My Green Pod & Nature TV:
    Website: https://www.mygreenpod.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mygreenpod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mygreenpod/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mygreenpod LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jarvis-smith-09201b10/   
    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 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
564 Ratings

564 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.

Vane H ,

Great topics and guests.

Great selection of topics and fantastic guests. I always learn something new. Just feel that sometimes the host’s “questions” are too long; they become a mix of personal opinions and explaining the problems, instead of leading the guest to explain the problems, express their views and answer one or two questions at the time. But overall, love the show.

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!

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