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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). 

Sustainable Minimalists Stephanie Seferian

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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). 

    The Gifting Experience

    The Gifting Experience

    When we return an unwanted gift to the manufacturer, it goes back on the shelf to be resold, right? Wrong. Most returned gifts (5.8 billion tons, to be exact) end up in landfills each and every year.

    The solution lies in responsible gifting, which alleviates the consequences associated with massive finite resource waste; it also saves shoppers time, money, and unnecessary stress.

    Today author Tracey Lynch explains how to tweak your gifting philosophy to save our planet while also ensuring every gift you give is actually wanted and used.

    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] Sad statistics alert: Exactly how the gift giving exchange impacts the planet

    [9:00] Reverse logistics is similar to driving backwards, and here's why

    [18:00] How to give gifts that provide 100% satisfaction to the recipient

    [32:00] Stephanie's 5 Rules for responsible gifting

    [35:00] The why and how behind aiming not for surprise, but for delight


    Resources mentioned:

    Donum: Creating A Sustainable Gifting Experience
    Qwant
    Neeva
    Episode #313: Thousands Of Data Points
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    • 38 min
    Introcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show

    Introcast: The Jordan Harbinger Show

    I hope you'll enjoy the Jordan Harbinger Show as much as I do! Check it out.

    • 2 min
    Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

    Dark Chocolate's Dark Side

    Thanks to its rich supply of antioxidants, dark chocolate has long been revered for its health benefits. But there's a dark side to dark chocolate: Recent research has found heavy metals in many of our favorite brands. The worst part? These heavy metals - cadmium and lead - are linked to serious health problems including cancer in both children and adults. 

    Today we round out Chocolate Week with a bang: Dr. Jim Rogers discusses what heavy metals in the cacao supply means for regular consumers; he also offers his best tips for shopping smarter and safer the next time we're in the chocolate aisle.  


    Here's a preview:

    [2:00] Everything you need to know about cadmium and lead

    [6:00] Exactly how heavy metals find their ways into the chocolate supply

    [11:30] Traceability, trust, and responsibility: Addressing the industry's lack of corporate accountability

    [18:00] Chocolate's best offenders, worst offenders, and every brand in between

    [20:00] Does 'organic' matter with regard to heavy metals?

    [22:00] Action steps for concerned chocolate consumers



    Resources mentioned:

    Lead and Cadmium Could Be in Your Dark Chocolate (via Consumer Reports)
    Sign the petition and tell candy makers to educe risky heavy metals
    How Ethical Is Your Chocolate? Listen to Part 1 of Chocolate Week here

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    • 26 min
    How Ethical Is Your Chocolate?

    How Ethical Is Your Chocolate?

    Ah, chocolate. While those decadent brown rectangles enjoy near-universal consumer love, the reality is far less sweet: Chocolate is one of the most unethical and unsustainable foods we eat. 

    We can continue to enjoy chocolate by purchasing smarter. Today's show is Part 1 in a 2-part series about chocolate, and today - just in time for Valentine's Day! - we unearth the ethical and environmental implications associated with harvesting cacao on the global scale (I've also included 7 tips for being a conscious chocolate consumer, too).



    Here's a preview:

    [4:00] Machetes, pesticides, and kids: Child labor and slavery in the cacao industry

    [11:00] The environmental problems associated with monocultures 

    [16:00] Some good news: 5 promising updates from the cacao industry

    [17:30] How to enjoy chocolate by purchasing with intention: 7 ideas



    Resources mentioned:

    Episode #187: Palm Oil 101
    Well + Good's list of sustainable and ethical chocolate companies

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    • 21 min
    Intentional Screen Time and Slow TV

    Intentional Screen Time and Slow TV

    70% of American parents worry their children spend too much time on screens. Are you one of them? 

    Here's a preview:

    [3:00] The implications of multiple screen shifts on attention span and executive functioning

    [5:00] Exactly how much screen time children *should* get versus what they *actually* get

    [7:00] School performance, inactivity, and more: 4 consequences associated with too much screen time and too many screens

    [18:00] 5 Practical television reduction tips for newbies

    [22:00] Creative ways to set screen limits in your home

    [27:00] What's slow tv, exactly?



    Resources mentioned/Additional resources:

    The National Library of Medicine's full list of screen-related guidelines
    1 Million Screen-Free Activities For Kids 
    Create your family media plan here 
    Take It Slow… The TV Trend That Will Chill You The F Out (via the handbook.com)
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    • 30 min
    Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae

    Defend The Eco-Trend: Algae

    Algae is having moments in many spotlights. First, innovators are using microalgae - not petrochemicals - to create disposable packaging. Elsewhere, macroalgae is fed to cows to reduce their methane emittance. And pesky algae blooms? There's actually a company that first captures then transforms algae blooms into our favorite sneaker's cushiony foam.

    Still, algae's biggest potential comes within the field of human nutrition. Is microalgae an alternative to fish for omega 3s and, if so, can this oft-overlooked photosynthetic organism solve our oceans' overfishing woes?

    Here to unpack algae's emergence on the environmental scene is proud omega 3 evangelist Corinna Bellizzi, who believes algae is worth paying attention to for its array of both planetary and human health benefits.

    (Psst ... If you're new to Defend The Eco-Trend episodes, this series dives deep into a product or innovation in the sustainability sphere with big promises. Is the hype legitimate (or is it greenwashing?).

    Here's a preview:

    [3:00] Half the oxygen we breathe comes from algae, plus other fun algae-related facts

    [6:00] Recent innovations in the algae space

    [16:00] Hey there, omega 3s! Microalgae's emerging place as part of the human nutrition solution

    [19:00] 3 must-dos for optimal health

    [21:00] Fewer fish, more algae: The Top 5 environmental and human health benefits associated with algae for omega 3s


    Resources mentioned:

    Orlo Nutrition (use code SUSTAINABLE10 for 10 percent off!)
    Care More, Be Better podcast
    Bloom Materials
    Notpla algae-based disposable packaging
    Want more episodes like this one? Check out #295: Defend The Eco-Trend: Bamboo
    Nutrition Without Compromise podcast


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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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664 Ratings

664 Ratings

ghoebne ,

Excellent Content

She covers angles of this subject/idea/philosophy from many angles: Domestic, financial, ethical, scientific, global, social/emotional, economic, psychological, environmental especially, and so forth. As someone with an environmental science background, although it’s no longer the field I’m in, I do find I can learn here, as well as simply enjoy a pleasant banter of various ideas. And that’s valuable.

Olivia XVX ,

Obsessed!!

I absolutely LOVE this podcast. I refer to episodes in daily conversations… multiple times a day. Very informative. Thought provoking. A wonderful tool when looking to create a more sustainable minimalist lifestyle.

21stmommy ,

Useful life education

I started being an minimalist with my stuff a year ago but wanted more on minimalist way of living and parenting hence the podcast search.

All of Stephanie’s topics are relevant and she also give her tips that come from experience in addition to inviting experts to her podcast.

For first time moms, just like me, or just any overwhelmed parents please listen to this podcast! You will learn how to remove all the mental discomfort and stressors, even the ones you didn’t know you had or every thought about!

The other thing about Stephanie is that she’s real about being a a parent, I like the honesty because that makes her even more relatable if she is t already.

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