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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). 

    A Better Bag

    A Better Bag

    When it comes to trash bags, there's plenty of confusing verbiage. Compostable? Biodegradable? Bags with post-consumer recycled content? While one could certainly make the argument that biodegradable and compostable trash bags aren't worth the money since they're headed to the landfill anyway (those pits aren't vegetable gardens, after all); the more cynical amongst us could say there's no such thing as an eco-friendly trash bag if it holds bad-for-the-planet waste.

    Purchasing eco-friendly-ish trash bags doesn't give us carte blanche to throw away as much as we want, but buying the right bags is a simple and accessible lifestyle switch. On today's show I'm divulging what to know (and which trash bags to buy) moving forward.


    Here's a preview:

    [3:15] Are biodegradable trash bags eco-friendly? (What does 'biodegradable' even mean?)

    [6:00] Everything you need to know about compostable trash bags: pros, cons, and everything in between

    [16:00] Breaking down (see what I did there?) all-things plastic bags with post-consumer recycled content

    [22:00] Stephanie's handy-dandy rubric to assess your trash bag purchases moving forward

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    Resources mentioned:

    Green Polly trash bags made of recycled content
    HoldOn compostable trash bags (Want 15% off? Use code SUSTAINABLE)
    Episode #277: All-Things Eggs

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    • 26 min
    Introcast: The NewsWorthy

    Introcast: The NewsWorthy

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    Productive Pantries

    Productive Pantries

    Your pantry can be your friend or your foe. When it's well-stocked and organized it will support your health goals, but disorganized spaces will likely derail your long-term wellness objectives.

    The worst part? Pantry staples that are marketed as healthy (ahem ... bars, protein powders, and crackers) are oftentimes the main culprits contributing to brain fog, weight gain, and belly bloat.

    Today I speak with Board Certified Functional Medicine Health Coach Leeann Rybakov about how to declutter and organize your pantry for optimal wellness. Leann walks us through what to look for when stocking our pantries with nut butters, protein powders, dressings, sauces, bars, and grains so we can eat with intention (and on autopilot!).


    Here's a preview:

    [8:00] Pantry staples known to cause inflammation and brain fog (declutter them, and STAT!)

    [11:30] The problems with "quick-grab" pantry staples (and what to grab-and-go instead)

    [15:00] All-things salad dressings and sauces: ingredients to seek out versus ingredients to avoid

    [19:00] How to organize the pantry, plus: healthy foods to keep stocked

    [28:00] Specific foods to avoid to reduce belly bloat and brain fog



    Resources mentioned:

    Leeann's list of vetted pantry staples
    Schedule a free consultation on Leeann's calendar

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    • 28 min
    The Minimalist Phone Movement

    The Minimalist Phone Movement

    The first iPhone hit the market in 2007 and most of us jumped on the smartphone bandwagon without looking back. 15 years later, countless studies document the pitfalls associated with reliance on powerful tech at our (literal) fingertips: impaired cognitive functioning, loss of self-esteem, and increased depression and anxiety are just a few.

    The minimalist cell phone movement seeks to take back what smartphones have taken from us, and it advocates for the return of simple phones without distractions, apps, or advertisements.

    On today's show I answer a listener's question about the Wisephone. Do minimalist cell phones actually give us our lives back, or do they simply seek to target a very particular subset of buyers?


    Here's a preview:

    [4:30] Why you should be concerned about your cellular data and privacy (plus: how a minimalist cell phone can protect you)

    [9:00] What research says about the human tendency to become psychologically dependent on technology

    [14:30] 3 benefits to the "pure and simple" Wisephone

    [19:30] 3 real-time problems with the minimalist cell phone movement

    [25:00] How and why smartphones are necessary for participation in today's economy (and how to fight back)

    [27:30] Weighing long-term, intangible benefits with short-term, tangible ones when deciding whether a minimalist cell phone is right for you


    Resources mentioned:

    Interview with Elana Mugdan, the ‘Scroll Free for a Year’ winner
    Episode #208: How To Protect Yourself From EMFs At Home

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    • 27 min
    The Pinch At The Pump

    The Pinch At The Pump

    Gas prices are through the roof and we're feeling the pinch at the gas station. Is now the right time to invest in an electric vehicle?

    There's no sugarcoating it: Automobiles leave a big footprint. Extracting petroleum products from the earth and shipping them around the planet is both energy-intensive and damaging (let's not forget about oil spills!). There's also the tailpipe emissions problem: vehicles in the US are responsible for a whopping one-third of all air pollution in the country.

    The rollout of electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and traditional hybrids is good news if you’re looking for an alternative to the combustion engine, and that's because these models provide energy-efficient transportation while lowering/eliminating tailpipe emissions, diminishing noise, and reducing operating costs.

    On today's show my guest and I outline 5 things to consider before purchasing or leasing your next vehicle. Jon Linkov is the Deputy Autos Editor at Consumer Reports and he brings a wealth of real-world knowledge as both a tester of cars and an owner of an electric vehicle to our conversation.


    Here's a preview:

    [2:30] The major differences as well as the minor intricacies that distinguish hybrids and plug-in hybrids from electric vehicles

    [9:00] The price problem: Weighing sticker prices with federal and state rebates and gasoline costs

    [13:00] Everything you need to know about the $7500 US Federal Tax Incentive on (some) electric vehicles

    [17:30] Should we be concerned about running out of charge? All-things charging, charging stations, at-home charger installation, and the average driving ranges of top EV models

    [22:00] Do EVs and hybrids need more frequent — and more expensive — maintenance? (Hint: the answer is no.)

    [24:00] Jon's thoughts on whether alternate technologies are actually fun to drive


    Resources mentioned and further reading:

    How to Decide If a Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, or Fully Electric Car Is Right for You (via Consumer Reports)
    The Environmental Impacts of Cars, Explained (via National Geographic)
    More Americans Would Buy an Electric Vehicle, and Some Consumers Would Use Low-Carbon Fuels, Survey Shows

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    • 28 min
    Late Stage Capitalism and Self-Care

    Late Stage Capitalism and Self-Care

    Underneath all of life's burdens, many of us experience the triple losses of time, freedom, and mental space. Self-care is generally touted as burnout's antidote, and advocates argue that regular self-care routines lower stress, anxiety, and frustration while simultaneously improving energy, concentration, and overall life satisfaction.

    Sounds wonderful, right? But there's a problem with #selfcare culture: In a capitalist society, anything and everything becomes a sellable product or service, self-care included. Indeed, these days the term 'self-care' is often used synonymously with spa days, last-minute getaways, and other actions that require a financial transaction.

    On today’s show we attempt to answer this very 2022 question: Is self-care a commodity that is best purchased, or is the idea that taking care of ourselves must be outsourced the epitome of late stage capitalism?


    Here's a preview:

    [1:15] Differentiating between an expanded view of self-care versus a narrow, contorted one

    [4:33] Understanding the ways in which capitalism misconstrues our collective notion of self-care

    [8:15] Defining late stage capitalism (with real life examples!)

    [12:20] The 4 categories of self-care

    [18:30] Communal care is self-care: 3 benefits to thinking of others - not the self! - first



    Resources mentioned:

    Why the Phrase 'Late Capitalism' Is Suddenly Everywhere (via The Atlantic)

    We Need To Move On From Self-Care To Something That Cannot Be Captured By Capitalism (via The Guardian)


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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
602 Ratings

602 Ratings

julieschultz54 ,

Wonderful podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast! I consider myself a very well-educated environmentalist, but I always learn a lot from Stephanie and her guests. I highly recommend listening!

AsherArnold ,

Easily my favorite podcast

I’ve always felt the pull between being minimal but not wasteful and have struggled at times knowing when to save and reuse/repurpose versus minimizing. Stephanie speaks to both sides beautifully and so much more. Her “chatting with a friend” vibe alongside hard-hitting facts feels like a perfect approach to learning about sustainable minimalism. Not only have I learned so much from her podcast, but listening regularly holds me accountable to keep making and maintaining small changes. I love learning to minimize my impact on our environment while keeping my immediate environment simple and minimal.

bittersweet56 ,

Amazing content

One of my favorite podcasts! Content is always top notch and I’ve learned so much this podcast. Keep up the great work!

*update: not the biggest fan of all the extra ads. I understand the need for them as far as funding the podcast but some of these ads don’t even go with the content of the pod and it just doesn’t flow for me.

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