Every week, the REV podcast - “REV On Air” - will explore conversations and address key questions around sustainable fashion, natural beauty, wellness, organic food, politics, and conservation and discuss how we can all be living more consciously within these realms. The podcast will be a forum for honest dialogue, which will maintain its independence from the e-commerce platform and will welcome esteemed guests, who are passionately and progressively breaking down conventions, pushing boundaries and inspiring a new breed of thinking and being that is in harmony with the natural world.
REV On Air With Sidney Etienne: Individual Impact For An Agricultural Revolution with the founder of Grown in Haiti
Today on REV On Air we have on Sidney Etienne, the incredibly inspiring founder of Grown in Haiti - an organisation focused on reforesting Haiti and building community based solutions to food insecurity and environmental degradation. Grown in Haiti was founded in 2014 with the creation of a small nursery of diverse food bearing trees. Since then, they have planted and freely distributed well over 6,000 trees that people are not only already eating from, but also profiting from harvests.
As Sidney recently described to Vogue: “Food security is definitely an important issue. My neighbours literally own mountains, huge fields, and I watch them on a yearly basis working these entire fields, barely making $100 annually. The fact that the whole commercialised food system has driven even farmers out of the loop of their own food source is very upsetting, to say the least. [This is about] finding a way to feed ourselves and our families, share with our neighbours and still find a way to seek profit if we care to, without destroying the land and the planet in general.”
This is a conversation about the incredible power we all have as individuals to create serious change in the world, and Sidney’s dedication to the earth and the people of Haiti is hugely heartening, particularity as the island reels from one climate change caused disaster after another.
Cora and Sidney discuss the benefits and the absolute necessity of regenerative agriculture, how to dismantle colonialist food systems and work on food insecurity on local levels and with local communities, and how every individual can spark a bit of a revolution in their own way.
Follow Grown in Haiti and their work here: https://www.instagram.com/growninhaiti/
REV On Air: Healing and Thriving with Nature with Erin Lovell Verinder, author of Plants for the People
Today, Erin and Cora talk about how incredibly beneficial plants can be to our overall health, how to go about sourcing and using them sustainably, and also more nuanced approaches to holistic well-being. This is such a good conversation for anyone wanting to use nature as a source of healing.
Talking Points include:
- The importance of rest to heal us.
- Sustaining a healthy work/life balance.
- The connection between food and fertility.
- Benefits of plants and herbs in medicine and cooking.
Erin is a fully qualified Herbalist, Nutritionist and Energetic Healer who has worked in the healing realms for twenty-one years. She works deeply to enable clients to bring about profound change for their health and well-being by bridging together herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, energetics and lifestyle changes to decode health and ultimately to support her clients to heal. Walking the plant path, Erin is a woman in tune with the natural world. On a full hearted mission to educate, assist and up-level how we can all heal with the rhythms of nature, through the bounty of plant medicine and gentle innate interventions to unearth thriving health and wellbeing. Erin holds a Bachelor of Western Herbal Medicine, an Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine and a Diploma of Energetic Healing. She is a member of the (ATMS) Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
Today Cora and Erin discuss how plant based living can help with immunity and stress, as well as a connection to nature.
Follow Erin and her work here: https://www.instagram.com/erinlovellverinder/
And purchase her beautiful books here: https://www.bookdepository.com/Plant-Clinic-Erin-Lovell-Verinder/9781760761417?ref=grid-view&qid=1625822486270&sr=1-2
REV On Air: Fighting Deforestation To Save The Planet with Glenn Hurowitz of Mighty Earth
Today we have an important conversation on how to save the planet through battling deforestation and unsustainable businesses who are putting profit over preservation. Glenn Hurowitz is the CEO of Mighty Earth, and has led environmental campaigns around the world for many years. He is a globally recognised leader on forests, agriculture, and climate change, and running strategic campaigns. Glenn has also worked extensively in politics. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed book Fear and Courage in the Democratic Party, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, Politico, The American Prospect. He’s appeared on many national media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, FOX, CBS, and NPR. He is a graduate of the Green Corps fellowship and Yale University, and also holds posts as Managing Director at Waxman Strategies and a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy so needless to say we are thrilled to have him on today.
Cora and Glenn discuss his battles against deforestation, why eating less meat is one of the best things we can all do to prevent climate catastrophe and biodiversity loss on a grand scale, as well as how any of us can campaign against big business even in our own small ways. Glenn's dedication and knowledge is incredible to hear, so we are thrilled to bring you this conversation today!
Please learn more about Glenn's work here: https://www.mightyearth.org/
And follow Mighty Earth here: https://www.instagram.com/standmighty/
REV On Air: Nature Based Solutions to the Climate Crisis with Johanna of Detox Life
Today we are thrilled to have a woman on who has inspired us so much when it comes to natural living and approaching the climate crisis with passion, optimism and creativity. Our guest is the lovely Johanna Ljunggren who is a creative entrepreneur running the incredibly inspirational sustainable platform Detox Life. Johanna grew up in four continents, developing at an early age, a vast knowledge and interest in food and culture. Later, after years working as a fashion stylist, yoga teacher, and self-taught culinary artist, Johanna developed a bigger interest in trying to influence her audience to explore and to live healthier lifestyles. Her constant exploration of new ways of creative communication, made her the influential figure she is today. She continues adapting new ways to share important messages around yoga, art, beauty, fashion, food, and sustainability and today we talk about how we need to change the lifestyles we aspire to and how we can all reconnect with a love of nature to help solve the climate crisis in a way that is both effective and nourishing. It’s a talk about changing mindsets and goals to be more in harmony with nature and how this can be done whilst still acknowledging the reality of the word we live in today. We talk about sustainable food, nature based solutions to the climate crisis, regenerative agriculture and how to connect to the earth in order to help live a more conscious life.
REV On Air With Nadine Artemis: The Importance of Holistic Health and Natural Beauty with the Founder of Living Libations
Today we are speaking to the amazing natural living enthusiast, Nadine Artemis - founder of Living Libation which is an exquisite line of serums, elixirs, and essential oils for those seeking the purest of the pure botanical natural health and beauty products on the planet, and author of Renegade Beauty, which deep dives into various holistic was of looking at our health. Today we will discuss the ways all of us can be using the healing powers of nature to optimise our wellbeing, and also discuss some of the toxic marketing that has lead to us being exposed to chemicals and pollutants that do not serve either our personal health or the health of our planet.
As we move into the summer months, we thought this was an incredible conversation to bring to you all as considering sunshine, sunscreen and toxic chemicals is something we discuss and weigh up all the time here at REV. Nadine will lend us some wisdom on how we can responsibly enjoy the sunshine in the most organic way possible, as well as looking into things like oral and breast care that is preventative rather than reactive or too aggressive.
For a bit more background, Nadine is a gifted aromacologist and visionary who gathers and works with the purest ingredients from around the world. Through Living Libations, Nadine offers beauty and natural health products that bring out the strength of the botanicals without reliance on synthetics.
Nadine is a key speaker at health and wellness conferences and a frequent commentator on health and beauty for media outlets. She has received glowing reviews for her work in Goop, Vogue, Yoga Journal, Natural Health, W Magazine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times.
Needless to say her expertise is highly sought after and we are very pleased to be able to share it with you all today. We will discuss the importance of adopting not only a clean beauty routine, but taking a holistic look at our overall healthy and trying to live moe in harmony with nature and all it has to offer. Nadine’s enthusiasm for this subject is just intoxicating and we hope you learn as much from it as we did. As always, please remember to subscribe, share and leave us a review to let us know what you thought!
REV ON Air With Lesley Thornton: How Social & Environmental Justice Drove Klur, An Eco Inclusive Luxury Beauty Brand
Lesley Thornton is the founder of Klur. A purpose-driven, eco-inclusive, botanical skincare line. Before founding Klur, Lesley made her way across the beauty industry spectrum, beginning at Estee’ Lauder as a beauty trainer. She then transitioned to working as a freelance makeup artist specialising in editorial and advertising. From there Thornton was cast as an on-air beauty expert for the TLC network.
In 2010 she obtained her aesthetician’s license and started her own private practice. After years in the industry, she was equally frustrated by the harmful but hard-working conventional beauty products, but also the lack of rigorous R&D and science to back up green beauty products.
Today we speak first about Lesley's experiences as a young woman volunteering in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and how her experiences of social injustice and environmental racism there impacted her life forever. It led her to believe that community based action was a powerful antidote to the status quo, and it's obvious that the passion from those life changing experiences still drives her today.
After a decade in the beauty industry, she realised that there was little to no representation for people of colour in the clean beauty space. She realised that the real issue lay in the lack of consideration for science and data, prioritisation of Eurocentric beauty, and absence of education available to most consumers. So, she quietly built Klur, from top to bottom, with no team or funding, relying on her own relentless desire to build responsible products that deliver consistent results through elegant and luxurious formulations.
Cora and Lesley move on to discuss the importance that clean beauty be inclusive of everyone, and also how other factors of wellness play such a huge role in the effectiveness or any clean beauty regime. They also talk about the importance of eating well, and how anyone, no matter what their background or economic situation, can engage with a better way of eating - from farmer's markets to growing your own vegetables wherever possible. They also touch upon how all consumers can better support black owned businesses and black voices in the fight for a better, more just world.
This is an incredibly powerful conversation with a woman who believes that social justice, health, beauty and environment all go hand in hand.
Just what we need.
LOVE this podcast. Cora has meaningful and honest conversations with real, imperfect, passionate figures making an impact in the sustainability scene. I have learned so much about each of the industries highlighted each week. This podcast affirms my individual efforts to live more sustainability. We all have a choice and we all have a voice. I am looking forward to more from the Rev team!