100 episodes

This or Something Better is a podcast dedicated to the stories of innovators and positive changemakers committed to making the world better. Each week you will hear from founders and CEOs, Olympic athletes, health and wellness professionals, authors, motivational speakers and those whose passion and work is dedicated to Something Better. Guests will provide listeners with insights, advice and inspiration on how to bring positive change to your own life, work and world.

This or Something Better is a life mantra of the host, Regan Nelson. Regan is a lifelong learner and self-development junkie, an outdoor enthusiast, and an advocate for more health-protective legislation over the personal care industry. Regan lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband and daughter. Follow her adventures on Instagram @this.orsomethingbetter or connect with her on Facebook at The This or Something Better Podcast.

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    • 5.0 • 70 Ratings

This or Something Better is a podcast dedicated to the stories of innovators and positive changemakers committed to making the world better. Each week you will hear from founders and CEOs, Olympic athletes, health and wellness professionals, authors, motivational speakers and those whose passion and work is dedicated to Something Better. Guests will provide listeners with insights, advice and inspiration on how to bring positive change to your own life, work and world.

This or Something Better is a life mantra of the host, Regan Nelson. Regan is a lifelong learner and self-development junkie, an outdoor enthusiast, and an advocate for more health-protective legislation over the personal care industry. Regan lives in Sun Valley, Idaho with her husband and daughter. Follow her adventures on Instagram @this.orsomethingbetter or connect with her on Facebook at The This or Something Better Podcast.

    Making Sustainable Choices For Your Closet with Alden Wicker

    Making Sustainable Choices For Your Closet with Alden Wicker

    Today we are diving into the very important topic of sustainability in the fashion industry. There are all sorts of statistics thrown around about sustainable fashion, many of which aren’t actually true. Bad information can be shared in greenwashing campaigns trying to sell you something, or it may even be shared, unintentionally, through channels like this. 
    The goal of today’s guest is to dispel myths, share reliable, honest and science based information on how to make more sustainable choices when it comes to your closet. Alden Wicker is an award-winning independent journalist and expert who investigates the fashion industry’s global impact on the planet and people. She is the founder of EcoCult.com where her goal is to bring you the most trustworthy and helpful information about sustainable fashion on the internet, and her book To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick comes out in June 2023. 
     
    About Alden
    Alden Wicker is an award-winning independent journalist and expert who investigates the fashion industry’s global impact on the planet and people. She splits her time between managing her internationally recognized website EcoCult.com and contributing to publications like The New York Times, Vox, Wired, The Cut, and more. Her book To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick comes out in June 2023 and is available for preorder wherever you buy books. 
     
    Connect with Alden
    Personal website http://www.aldenwicker.com  EcoCult https://ecocult.com  Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ecocultcom/  Pre-order the book https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/705645/to-dye-for-by-alden-wicker/   
    Support the Podcast
    Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
     
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 48 min
    Creating the World’s Most Sustainable Dyes with Michelle Zhu and Tammy Hsu of Huue

    Creating the World’s Most Sustainable Dyes with Michelle Zhu and Tammy Hsu of Huue

    Nearly everyone owns at least one pair of jeans, if not multiple. There is so much to love about denim: its range of shades, faded appearance, it’s versatility. We all love denim so much that it’s estimated that billions of jeans, and with that 70,000 tons of indigo, are produced each year.
     
    What you may not know is that synthetic indigo and most dyes are made from fossil fuels and are processed using toxic chemicals. Indigo, along with many other dyes used in the textile industry pollutes waterways, damages local ecosystems, and impacts the health of the people working in the mills and factories.
     
    Michelle Zhu and Tammy Tsu are on a mission to change that. They are the founders of Huue, a biotech company that is using genetically engineered microbes to create the natural indigo dye. While they are starting with indigo, Michelle and Tammy’s larger vision is to create the next generation of sustainable dyes that are better for people and the planet. 
     
    I’m grateful to Diana Kapp who shared their story in her book, “Girls Who Green the World”. You can listen to my conversation with Diana in Episode 74 (listen here). 
     
    About Michelle Zhu
    Michelle Zhu is CEO & Co-founder of Huue, a biotechnology company creating the world's most sustainable dyes for the industries that are shaping the future of the Earth, starting with the indigo in your jeans. Its mission is to minimize the number of toxic chemicals used in the dye production and application process. With a family background in fashion and a career in business operations and strategy, Michelle currently manages all aspects of Huue's operations, fundraising, and sales efforts. She has been recognized as a 2021 Inc Female Founder, a 2022 Forbes 30 Under 30, and a 2022 Entrepreneur Woman of Influence. Michelle received her BSBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
     
    About Tammy Hsu 
    Dr. Tammy Hsu is a scientist working at the intersection of biology and sustainable fashion. She is the Chief Scientific Officer of Huue, a Berkley-based startup working to revolutionize the dyes and colorants industry, starting with indigo for denim. Their bio-based solution removes the need for toxic chemicals in the indigo production and dyeing processes. Tammy completed her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley at John Dueber's prestigious synbio lab, where her doctoral research laid the foundation for Huue’s technology. Prior to that, she earned a BS at Stanford University. She is Inc Female Founder 100, one of Newsweek's America's 50 Greatest Disruptors, an MIT 35 Under 35, and a 2022 Entrepreneur Woman of Influence.
     
    Connect with Huue
    Website https://www.huue.bio 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/huuebio/ 
    LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/huue/ 
     
    Support the Podcast
    Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
     
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 44 min
    Diving Deeper into Clean Beauty with Mia Davis of Credo Beauty and Pact Collective

    Diving Deeper into Clean Beauty with Mia Davis of Credo Beauty and Pact Collective

    If you listen to the podcast regularly or follow me on social media, you know that ingredient safety and transparency in the beauty industry is something I am particularly passionate about. And, while I have an immense amount of knowledge on this topic, I am certainly not an expert. Fortunately, today’s guest is. 
     
    Today I am talking with Mia Davis, VP of Sustainability & Impact at Credo Beauty, the largest clean beauty retailer. Mia is also the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Pact Collective which she created to start to make a dent in hard-to-recycle beauty waste, and to bring beauty stakeholders together to move toward circularity.
     
    Today’s episode will give you a deeper understanding of what “clean beauty” really means; helping us understand some of the nuances, we’ll go deeper into ingredient transparency, safety and also packaging. 
    You will walk away from the episode with easy ways to make safer and more sustainable choices when it comes to your beauty products. 
     
    About Mia
    “I am an expert Corporate Social Responsibility strategist. I set the high bar for meaningful safety and sustainability standards for the beauty industry and other consumer products. I forge authentic paths for brands so that they can deliver positive social and environmental impact.
    I am the VP of Sustainability & Impact at Credo Beauty, the largest clean beauty retailer. I created the Credo Clean Standard, including the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines-- retail's strongest "clean" formula and packaging standards.
    In 2021, I co-founded the nonprofit membership organization Pact Collective to start to make a dent in hard-to-recycle beauty waste, and to bring beauty stakeholders together to move toward circularity.
    I was one of the first hires at Beautycounter, where I developed the company's stance on safety, including the industry-leading "Ingredient Selection Process." I led sustainability and social responsibility efforts, including partnerships/giving, and I oversaw our legislative advocacy work. I was proud to bring Beautycounter into the B Corp community, and to pilot the Chemical Footprint Project.”
     
    Resources Mentioned
    Credo Beauty https://credobeauty.com 
    Pact Collective https://www.pactcollective.org 
    Our Stolen Future https://a.co/d/8oN80wW 
    Connect with Mia on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/mia-davis-ba0b213/ 
     
    Support the Podcast
    Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
     
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 53 min
    Regenerative Agriculture with David Leon of Farmer’s Footprint

    Regenerative Agriculture with David Leon of Farmer’s Footprint

    I will admit that I used to think the people standing outside Trader Joe's asking me to sign a petition against glyphosate and Monsanto were crazy. I didn’t really know anything about Monsanto or about Glyphosate or anything about farming, for that matter. 
     
    All of that changed when I heard Dr. Zach Bush on the Rich Roll podcast. Suddenly, my eyes were opened to the impact of pesticides on our declining health, our food systems and on our soil. That is when I really started paying attention. 
     
    Today’s guest is David Leon, the Executive Director of Farmer’s Footprint, a non-profit organization that he co-founded with Dr. Zach Bush. Their mission, to expose the human and environmental impacts of chemical farming and offer a path forward through regenerative agricultural practices.
     
    You will walk away from this episode with a deepened understanding of the role pesticides play on our health and what you can do to be a part of the movement for change. 
     
    Resources Mentioned Zach Bush on Rich Roll Podcast
    https://www.richroll.com/podcast/zach-bush-353/ 
    https://www.richroll.com/podcast/zach-bush-414/
    https://www.richroll.com/podcast/zach-bush-456/ 

    About David David Leon is a purpose-driven executive whose experience spans early-stage venture building in funds, tech, non-profits, and consumer brands. He’s a co-founder and Partner at Biome Capital (a regenerative ag real asset fund) and a co-founder and Executive Director at Farmer’s Footprint (a non-profit working to accelerate the universal adoption of regenerative agriculture).
     
    Previously he was Principal at Odocava (a growth-centric strategy & ops consulting firm), CEO at Saint Inky’s (a personal care CPG brand), and co-founder of Yogijii (payments and scheduling platform in health and wellness). David serves as a board member at Ho'iwai Fund, Project Biome Australia, and the Lana'i Chamber of Commerce. He lives on the island of Lana’i with his partner, Arielle, and son, Remy.
     
    Connect with Farmer’s Footprint Website https://farmersfootprint.us/ 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/farmersfootprint/ 
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/farmersfootprint/ 
    Email david@farmersfootprint.us 
     
    Support the Podcast Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
     
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 56 min
    Balance is B******t with Alicia McKenzie

    Balance is B******t with Alicia McKenzie

    We, and I am going to speak directly to women right now, do, on average, more household work and more of the child related work than men; and in many cases, while also trying to maintain full-time professional careers. So, is there really a way to actually balance all of that without making sacrifices? I’m going to go out on a limb and say “no”.
     
    My guest today, Alicia McKenzie, knows a thing or two about the struggle to maintain balance, and she is writing all about it in her new book, Balance is B******t. Alicia is Wellness Coach, Mentor, Wife, & Mother of 5. She wrote this book to Challenge the narrative of work/life balance. She believes it’s less about balance and more about integration. 
     
    You’ll walk away from this episode with tools that help you prioritize changes in your routines and small steps to improve your overall health and wellness. 
     
    About Alicia
    Alicia McKenzie, aka @LiftLikeAMother, is the founder and operator of McKenzie Enterprise LLC. She has combined her decade of experience and expertise as a former USAW, Elite CrossFit athlete, CrossFit gym owner, certified personal trainer, real estate portfolio owner, and most importantly being mother of 5 to create a premier digital coaching service that focuses on women’s holistic health & wellness. She has lived the reality of juggling being a business owner, a wife, a mother, and a bi-racial woman. These experiences give her a unique perspective when coaching other women and she thrives on watching others take hold of their wellness and succeed at life.
    Connect with Alicia
    Website https://www.liftlikeamother.com/ 
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/liftlikeamother/ 
    Get the Book https://www.liftlikeamother.com/books 
    Support the Podcast
    Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 38 min
    The Lost and Found Wellness Podcast with Regan Nelson

    The Lost and Found Wellness Podcast with Regan Nelson

    Our guest today is my friend Regan Nelson, host of the This or Something Better podcast. Her podcast is dedicated to the stories of innovators and positive change-makers committed to making the world better. Regan is also a consultant for Beautycounter, the leader in clean beauty products.
    "The $63 billion beauty industry in the US is predominantly governed by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which was signed into law by President Franklin D Roosevelt on June 25, 1938. Despite the industry's rapid growth, these regulations have stood largely unchanged." - PRNewswire
    Support the Podcast
    Support the podcast by shopping with my affiliate partners. By shopping using my links and promo codes, you help to fund the ongoing production of the show. These companies align with my mission to help make people and the planet safer, healthier, and happier. View a full list of my affiliate partners and the discount codes here. 
    https://linktr.ee/thisorsomethingbetter
     
    Shop Beautycounter: You can also support the podcast by supporting my business with Beautycounter.
    Use the promo code CLEANFORALL20 for 20% off your first purchase. www.beautycounter.com/regannelson 

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

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70 Ratings

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A favorite!

This Or Something Better has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

A Maine Listener ,

Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!

All of Regan’s guests are truly incredible. Each episode leaves me more informed about the world we live in and the decisions that we make every single day. Through listening to Regan and her guests, I have already made some small life changes that hopefully will help my family live happier and longer lives.

Regan ends each episode with a Maya Angelou quote, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” And Regan is giving her listeners the tools that they need to do better each and every day.

Thank you, Regan!

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