In our podcast, we bring to you businesses that are mindful in their practices and processes. A mindful business adopts and employs sustainable social, economic, and environmental practices. Some of our past guests are Redecker, from Germany, MUDD Jeans from the Netherlands, Ricron Panels, Phool Co from India, Alabama Chanin, Reel Toilet Paper from the USA, Hinterland, Unscented Co from Canada, and Desserto from Mexico. We launched our first episode on July the 22nd., 2019 with a new episode every two weeks. Keep in touch with updates by subscribing to our newsletter at https://www.mindfulbusinessespodcast.com
REVO ZERO - A Revolution Towards Zero-emissions
REVO ZERO is revolutionizing the transportation industry by bringing now to market the most innovative, practical, and cost-effective technologies to support a zero-emission economy of the future. We talk to Ruben Creus a serial entrepreneur with a passion and drive to create a zero-emission vehicle. He takes the best of the Electric Vehicle (EV) technology and the Plug-in Fuel Cells (PFC) and balances them to create a cost - efficient vehicle for local trips and quick refueling for longer trips. REVO ZERO is working on three different models of cars. In addition, they are creating an ecosystem of hydrogen generation, storage and fuel cells that is a the perfect alternative for a clean, healthy and sustainable zero - emission future. Learn more on our latest episode.
TOPUP TRUCK - Mobile Zero-Waste Shop
With a vision to shopping plastic-free, Ella Shone, founder of TOPUP TRUCK drives a milk float around Hackney, East London, refilling consumables that her customers, pre-order. Ella and I chatted virtually over a cup of tea - she had her classic English Breakfast with oat milk and I had an African Rooibos. She recounts her journey with laughter and enthusiasm in her voice in founding TOPUP TRUCK - the refill store that floats to your door.
When she was furloughed at the beginning of the pandemic, Ella volunteered at the local food pantry. She found it very fulfilling as she biked around Hackney during the lockdown dropping meals to those who couldn't come to the community kitchens to pick up their meals. With a head full of various business ideas, Ella came up with the idea of the TOPUP TRUCK. She wanted to reach out to the reluctant environmentalists and make it easier for them to shop plastic-free. She partnered with Re-Stor, a local refill store, and started TOPUP TRUCK.
Learn more about her journey right here on Mindful Businesses.
Rhino Machines - Silica Plastic Blocks
When Manish Kothari, Managing Director of Rhino Machines and a second-generation entrepreneur involved in the casting and foundry industry in India, saw how dark, dusty and dangerous this industry was to the environment and the workers - he decided to do something about it. A social entrepreneur with a passion for innovation decided to tackle the dust and sand waste that the foundry creates. He reached out to Shridhar Rao, a partner in the architect firm R + D studio to make a brick by combining the foundry dust with plastic to create the first Silica Plastic Block (SPB). The SPB tested 2.5 times stronger than regular brick and it was comparable in cost to the regular bricks in Indian metro cities. They have created a sustainable alternative to traditional brick.
Manish is adamant about not patenting his innovation and in fact, believes in assisting and sharing the know-how with other sustainable entrepreneurs. Learn more about these enterprising, creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs on Mindful Businesses.
Emoss - Future Inside
We talk to the energetic Karan Shah, director of Emoss, an Indo - Dutch company an independent supplier of fully electric and hybrid powertrains. Based on over 20 years of experience in the development and production of EV and HEV, Emoss not only offers complete electric powertrains for all your vehicles, but it also supplies high-end battery systems, fuel cells, range extenders, generators, power electronics, and control systems suitable for different industries.
Karan talks about how Emoss is working to shape the commercial EV landscape in India. Can such innovations be successful in a nascent market like India and what can legislations and governments do to assist industry? Karan a Harvard Business School ' 2016, reflects on how being amongst peers from varied backgrounds gave him a broader perspective and helped him become a better leader and entrepreneur. Listen more on Mindful Businesses.
Cannon Design - Living Centered Design
Whether designing for equity in education, accessible healthcare, inclusive communities, new scientiﬁc discoveries or the “next big idea” in business, Cannon Design leverages a full suite of end-to-end services to help organizations and the people and communities they serve to flourish.
Cannon Design does this through a design approach we created called Living-Centered Design. Living-Centered Design realizes that to create a world where people continuously flourish, we must address the complex interdependencies that exist between people, businesses, communities, society and the environment.
We talk with Eric Corey Freed, director of sustainability at Cannon Design, about how a well-designed building can not only have an environmental impact but also increase productivity. How can we achieve that? Listen now to Eric on Mindful Businesses.
Amäzi Foods - Snack on Purpose
Renee Dunn, Founder of Amazi Foods, studied abroad and did her thesis research in Uganda. While living there, she was blown away by their organic tropical fruits, bursting with flavors unlike back at home in the US. But stand after stand, people traded fruits raw or looked for cheap ways of processing or exporting. She had heard stories about cocoa farmers never seeing a chocolate bar. Those at the resource were completely separate from the opportunity and innovation that existed in the global market—resulting in high unemployment and food waste. This summed up a lot about our supply chains as a whole.
Meanwhile, back at home, consumers looking for products that serve a higher purpose, there was a huge opportunity missed not only for local industry and job creation but also to satisfy a growing need for US consumers. Amazi Foods source directly from farmers, keep production in-country by partnering with Ugandan businesses. By creating over 150 jobs and paying 2-3x the local wages, paying farmers up to 67% above market price, prioritizing women and smallholder farmers, and committing to contribute over $13 million to the Ugandan economy over the next 4 years, they bring 100% made-in-Uganda products to the US markets. Listen now only on Mindful Businesses.
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This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to. The host does an excellent job in introducing us to different mindful businesses, natural and sustainable brands. It is also fascinating to hear how these entrepreneurs started their businesses/brands. I really enjoy listening to this podcast!
Interesting topics with knowledgeable speakers
For a long time meditator like me (25+ years), I have always been drawn to mindfulness and natural, sustainable products. This podcast has become my one stop shop for identifying great products and learning about other areas that offer sustainable, ethically sourced and innovative products. I particularly like hearing the backstory of the speakers and the insights I get about the businesses. Interesting topics. Keep them coming!