29 episodes

Inspiring heroes who are working hard and often beyond the conventional to make sustainability real, and not just a fuzzy word. These are people working for social good impact with small to big decisions. In each episode, Cindy J Lin, Co-Founder of Hey Social Good, interviews people who've taken a huge step towards sustainability, giving back, and social good. She digs deep into how making a positive impact can mean fighting the system in ways we never thought possible. Sometimes all we need is a GOOD SMACK to wake us up to the issues facing our world and small steps we can take. From sustainable fashion to upcycling airbags to giving opportunities to school girls in the U.S., India, and Africa, each of us can make decisions that impact.

The Good Smack for the Planet Podcast by Hey Social Good Cindy J Lin

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Inspiring heroes who are working hard and often beyond the conventional to make sustainability real, and not just a fuzzy word. These are people working for social good impact with small to big decisions. In each episode, Cindy J Lin, Co-Founder of Hey Social Good, interviews people who've taken a huge step towards sustainability, giving back, and social good. She digs deep into how making a positive impact can mean fighting the system in ways we never thought possible. Sometimes all we need is a GOOD SMACK to wake us up to the issues facing our world and small steps we can take. From sustainable fashion to upcycling airbags to giving opportunities to school girls in the U.S., India, and Africa, each of us can make decisions that impact.

    Crafting Sustainable Beers, Building Community, and Embracing Environmental Responsibility with Topo Topa Brewing Company Founder Jack Dyer

    Crafting Sustainable Beers, Building Community, and Embracing Environmental Responsibility with Topo Topa Brewing Company Founder Jack Dyer

    Topa Topa Brewing Company, founded by Jack Dyer, distinguishes itself in the competitive craft beer market through a strong commitment to sustainability and community engagement. 
     
    Emphasizing core values shaped by Dyer's background as a teacher, the brewery prioritizes giving back to local nonprofits and supporting environmental causes. 
     
    They have collaborated with Patagonia provisions on regenerative agriculture, specifically working with Kernza wheatgrass, despite challenges. Using organic ingredients like Kearns, organic turo, and organic mosaic hops, Topa Topa Brewing creates a unique, high-quality beer, with their Chief Peak IPA being a best-seller.  
     
    Despite industry challenges such as declining market trends and volatile ingredient prices, Topa Topa Brewing remains focused on producing exceptional, sustainable beers while anticipating a shift towards local products in the beverage industry. They encourage others to join the 1% for the Planet organization for a collective impact on environmental change. 
     
    Tune in, sip along, and be part of this episode—where every beer has a story, and every story has a purpose! 
     
    [Website Blogpost: https://heysocialgood.com/podcasts/
     
    Highlights:
     
    (01:03) Chief Peak IPA's Unique Theme: "Shrubland to Woodland to Highland."
    (03:20) "Topatopa" Name and Its Local Tie.
    (06:17) Starting Topa Brewing in a Competitive Craft Beer Market.
    (08:30) Jack's Career Journey and The Value of a Good Business Partner.
    (10:38) Early Challenges and Commitment to Sustainability.
    (15:21) Substantial Contributions to The 1% for The Planet Network.
    (22:08) Topotopa's commitment to regenerative agriculture and Kernza.
    (23:59) Jack Dyer's insights into Kernza, its challenges, and Topotopa's role.
    (26:27) Details on Kernza beer, recipe, and market release plans.
    (28:46) Brands supporting causes, influenced by Patagonia's impact on Topotopa.
    (33:03) Concerns about challenges in the craft beer industry and the impact of climate change.
    (37:13) Jack Dyer on climate change's impact on brewing water supply.
    (39:49) Emphasizes collaboration with hops and Kernza partners.
    (41:46) Quickfire Q&A on Jack Dyer's beer preferences.
    (46:50)Predicts classic beer flavors and local focus on future trends.
    (47:50) Topotopa beer distribution, mainly in Southern California.
     
    Links:
    Website: topatopa.beer
    LinkedIn: Topa Topa Brewing Co.
    Facebook: Topa Topa Brewing Company
    Instagram: topatopabrewingco

    • 43 min
    Empowering Women and the Planet with Fashion: A Conversation With Kajal Kajal Goel, of Kajal New York

    Empowering Women and the Planet with Fashion: A Conversation With Kajal Kajal Goel, of Kajal New York

    In a world where fast fashion dominates the market, there is a growing need for thoughtful brands that prioritize sustainability and positively impact the environment. Enter Kajal New York, a brand that is revolutionizing the fashion industry, focusing on sustainability and empowering women. 
     
    In today's episode of Good Smack for the Planet Podcast, Cindy J. Lin is joined by Kajal New York Founder Kajal Goel to discuss the brand's mission and the challenges they face in sourcing natural and sustainable fabrics. Together, they explore the concept of eco-luxury and the importance of transparency in sustainable fashion brands. 
     
    Join us as we delve into this fascinating conversation and discover how Kajil is paving the way for a more conscious and eco-friendly future in the world of fashion.
     
    Highlights:
     
    (00:56) Primary Core Values of Kajal NY
    (02:53) Kajal's Sustainable Fashion Collection
    (04:33) Challenges of Sourcing Sustainable Fabrics
    (07:20) Conveying Sustainability in the Brand
    (12:48) The Purpose of Sustainable Fashion
    (14:15) Eco Luxury: Transparency and Challenges
    (20:31) Luxury Fashion and Manufacturing Challenges
    (23:33) Kajo Goal's Journey into Fashion and Sustainability
    (28:32) Promoting Women's Equality in Sustainable Fashion
    (32:33) Collaboration with Master G
    (33:49) Future Trends in Sustainable Fashion
    (40:22) Balancing Consumer Demands and Sustainability
     
    Links:
    Website: Kajal New York, Shop Sustainable Luxury Womenswear
    Pink Maison – PinkMaison
    LinkedIn: Kajal Goel 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kajalnewyork 
    Instagram: Kajal Goel (@_kajalgoel)
    https://www.instagram.com/kajalnewyork/ 
     

    • 42 min
    The Plot, A Zero Waste Restaurant with Jessica Waite

    The Plot, A Zero Waste Restaurant with Jessica Waite

    Food is an essential part of our daily lives, and it has a significant impact on our planet. More and more people are starting to realize the importance of sustainable eating habits and their contribution to a better world. 
     
    In this episode of The Good Smack for the Planet Podcast,  your host Cindy J. Lin joined by Jessica Waite, who co-created the first zero waste restaurant in San Diego County. They share their personal journey with veganism and how it has influenced their approach to living a conscious life that minimizes waste and contributes to something more beneficial. They also discuss the importance of building relationships with local farmers, supporting them, and paying attention to where our food comes from and what it contains.
     
    Join us on this exciting journey into the world of sustainable eating and discover how small changes can make a big impact on our planet.
     
     
    Highlights:
    (01:38) The Journey Towards a Zero Waste Restaurant
    (04:42) Zero Waste Restaurant: Creative Ways To Use Food Byproducts
    (09:04) Adapting a Restaurant to Pandemic Takeout: The Story of Plot Express
    (15:13) The Power of Collective Thinking
    (19:01) Sustainable Living and Finding Creative Solutions
    (22:48) Very Good Food: The Journey of a Local and Regenerative Food Movement
    (29:19) Building Relationships and Getting to the Source of Food
    (32:18) Importance of Sourcing Local and Organic Food for Takeout
     
     
    Links:
    Website: https://www.pickledgingercatering.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessica-waite-mba-54a9324a/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PickledGingerCatering/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cateringpg/
     

    • 36 min
    • video
    Good Smack for the Planet

    Good Smack for the Planet

    Welcome to Season 3 of Good Smack for the Planet! We are grateful to learn from fashion brands and supply chain experts making sustainability on the ground real. Discover how experts on the ground are meeting the challenges and making sustainability work!

    • 54 sec
    Educating for Change: Building a Sustainable Fashion Industry

    Educating for Change: Building a Sustainable Fashion Industry

    The fashion industry has been increasingly focusing on sustainability and ethical practices, but achieving sustainability can be a complex task.
     
    Welcome back to another episode of Good Smack for the Planet Podcast, with your host Cindy J. Lin joined by Holli Gibson, co-founder of Direct to Source, a company that specializes in sustainable and ethical apparel manufacturing located in Colorado and Guatemala. Holli shares her knowledge of the hurdles of sustainability in the fashion industry, the value of education, and the significance of responsible choices in manufacturing. 
     
    Listen in on this illuminating conversation to discover how Direct To Source plays a part in building a more sustainable future.
     
     
    Highlights:
    (00:18) Transparency in the Fashion Industry
    (03:07) Direct to Source's Mission
    (05:10) Building a sustainable factory with brand partners
    (11:05) The Disconnect Between Brand Designers and Factory Workers
    (12:09) Steps of apparel manufacturing and sourcing explained
    (14:57) The Complexity of Sustainability and the Importance of Education
    (19:32) The Impact of Offshoring on the Manufacturing and Retail Industry
    (24:50) Sustainability and the issue of greenwashing
    (27:35) Shifts in Production Trends for Brands
    (28:56) Challenges and Prospects in Sustainable Fashion
    (33:19) The role of data in the conversation between brands, consumers, and manufacturers
    (36:20) Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Business Practices
    (43:06) Managing a Factory during the Pandemic: A Story of worry and Resilience



    Links:
    Website: Direct Source 
    LinkedIn: Holli Gibson - Co-Founder - Direct To Source, LLC
     

    • 44 min
    How do you do Sustainable Textile & Fashion Manufacturing? Meet Daniel Chalem, President of Tejidos Gulfer

    How do you do Sustainable Textile & Fashion Manufacturing? Meet Daniel Chalem, President of Tejidos Gulfer

     
    Welcome to the Good Smack for the Planet podcast! Today's episode explores a topic that often goes overlooked in the fashion industry: the people and processes behind our clothes. Have you ever stopped to think about who makes your clothes and how they're made? 
     
    Our guest, Daniel Chalem, president of Tejidos Gulfer, a textile manufacturing company in Colombia. Daniel shares his company's sustainable mission and how they're working to avoid polluting the environment by using rainwater and wastewater treatment methods. He also provides valuable insights into the process of finishing fabrics and how they minimize waste.
     
    Tune in to hear more about the challenges and benefits of natural and synthetic fabrics, as well as the importance of balancing sustainability with product quality. 
     
     
    Highlights:
    (03:08) Sustainable garment production
    (07:05) Fighting against environmental disregard
    (10:21) Sustainable practices in fabric production
    (18:43) The Challenges of Sustainable Investments
    (22:54) The Hardest Part in Building a Sustainable Business
    (28:02) The Pros and Cons of Synthetic and Natural Fabrics
    (34:00) Recycled Polyester: Is it the Solution for the Apparel Industry?
    (40:23) The Importance of Buying Quality Clothes
    (45:47) NYX Shaper: A shapewear that aims to empower women
     
     
    Links:
    Website: https://tejidosgulfer.com/ 
    LinkedIn: Daniel Chalem
    Facebook: Tejidos Gulfer
    Instagram: Daniel Chalem (@dchalem1)
     

    • 41 min

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