Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors | Sustainability, Green Business, Conservation

Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors | Sustainability, Green Business, Conservation

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The Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors podcast was created to delve into the inspiring stories of women in eco-business, sustainability, environmentalism, and conservation. We discuss the challenges and wins they’ve had along the way, share their passion for the environment with aspiring young professionals and entrepreneurs, and hear their advice on living a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Barbara Lee, host and Founder of Trashy Beauty, trash talks with other eco-conscious females about their careers in green business. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/trashtalking/support


32: Wendy Hapgood, Wild Tomorrow Fund
Dec 2, 2019 • 34 min
“So many people climb the ladder of success only to find it was against the wrong wall.” Wendy Hapgood is the Co-Founder and COO of Wild Tomorrow Fund. She was working in electrical engineering in Australia when she decided she was following the wrong…
31: Dr. Asha de Vos, Oceanswell
Nov 18, 2019 • 33 min
Whale poop. That was how Asha de Vos, the first and only Sri Lankan to hold a PhD in Marine Mammal research, made her first big discovery - that Sri Lanka was home to a unique population of blue whales that did not follow textbook migratory patterns.…
30: Ramona Barnes, Orez [LIVE from NYC]
Nov 4, 2019 • 34 min
Ramona Barnes was born in Thailand where she spent her childhood playing on the beach. When she became a mother, she dedicated her life to a natural lifestyle but she was frustrated by the solutions for zero waste that weren’t designed the way she wanted.…
29: Lindsey McCoy, Plaine Products
Oct 20, 2019 • 31 min
Every piece of plastic ever created still exists on this planet. After seeing the effects of plastic in our environment firsthand while working in environmental education out in the Bahamas, Lindsey McCoy decided it was time to do something about the…
28: Carmen Gama, Eileen Fisher Renew
Oct 7, 2019 • 38 min
From winning a contest with her modular outerwear collection. Carmen Gama landed a one-year fellowship to work at Eileen Fisher’s Renew program. Her mission, to figure out something to do with the 35% of 1.3 million garments that have been sent back over…
27: Christina Grace, Foodprint
Sep 23, 2019 • 33 min
From Eataly to Google, CEO Christina Grace’s company Foodprint has been asked to help take some of the biggest companies to zero waste. What is a Foodprint, you ask? Your foodprint is the result of everything that it takes to get food to your plate,…
26: Amber English, Pixie Cup
Sep 9, 2019 • 36 min
Amber English, Co-Founder of Pixie Cup, grew up in the midwest where she never had curb-side recycling. When she went to live in South Korea, where they recycle everything, Amber realized the importance of reducing her impact on the planet through…
25: Jeanne DuPont, Rockaway Waterfront Alliance
Aug 26, 2019 • 40 min
The Rockaway waterfront South of Manhattan was an area prone to illegal dumping and destruction. Through activating the youth in the area, Jeanne Dupont has been able to help protect this land and allow the local youth to connect with it as well. Jeanne…
24: Katie Marchini, Replate
Aug 12, 2019 • 30 min
Leftovers from your office party? Replate has a solution for you. Utilizing paid workers, Replate gives companies a way to connect their leftover food with non-profits that are helping to combat food insecurity. Katie Marchini, COO of Replate, shares with…
23: Tal Chitayat, Full Circle Home
Jul 29, 2019 • 41 min
Tal Chitayat, Co-Founder and CEO of Full Circle Home, and his partners founded their company because they believe consumers should have a sustainable option for everything - even for something as mundane as a dish sponge. Tal shares what it was like to…
22: Martyna Sztaba, Syntoil
Jul 15, 2019 • 29 min
Martyna Sztaba is a quintessential self-made millennial founder - she started her first company when she was 19 and her previous careers include being in publishing. When her fellow co-founders of Syntoil wanted to take the company to the next level, they…
21: Florencia Gallino, Sitopia
Jul 1, 2019 • 34 min
After working for the Social Responsibility Department at Converse and changing to a vegan diet, Florencia Gallino started dreaming of how she could make a bigger impact on the planet. What started as an idea to start a vegan restaurant became a rooftop…
20: Michele Kaufman, Brooklyn Grange
Jun 17, 2019 • 40 min
Imagine going to work everyday on a 1.2 acre farm in the heart of New York City, with beautiful views and fresh produce daily. For Michele Kaufman and her colleagues, this is their every day routine at Brooklyn Grange, an urban farm with 3 locations,…
19: Yvanna Lacémon, Oaï Water Bottles [LIVE from France]
Jun 3, 2019 • 34 min
Yvanna Lacémon was traveling the world when she realized that she wanted to start her own project to help the environment. We lived together at a surf camp in Ecuador and after seeing my own reusable water bottle, Yvanna decided this was an easy way to…
18: Flavie Morin + Julie Beretta, La Récolte
May 28, 2019 • 29 min
Imagine if your experience of going to get your shopping done each week was meeting up friends, educating yourself and building community with others. That was exactly what Flavie Morin envisioned when she opened up the bulk store, La Récolte, in Quebec…
17: Naama Tamir, Lighthouse (LIVE)
May 20, 2019 • 32 min
Naama Tamir founded The Lighthouse restaurant in Williamsburg with her brother. Before sustainability became hip, the Tamir siblings wanted to open a place that fed affordable food with a light footprint in an atmosphere that was warm and welcoming. Since…
16: Lauren Liles, New York City Council
May 13, 2019 • 33 min
New York City recently banned all single-use plastic from being purchased for city agencies, including schools and prisons. Lauren Liles is the Communications Advisor for Rafael Espinal, Council Member for District 37 here in NYC, covering parts of…
15: Tyler Chanel, Thrifts and Tangles
May 6, 2019 • 29 min
Tyler Chanel is an expert thrifter, blogger, model, and sustainability advocate who uses her love for thrifting to help promote a sustainable lifestyle. Her ingenious blog Thrifts and Tangles is where she highlights the outfits she finds for major…
14: Julie Raskin, Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY)
Apr 29, 2019 • 34 min
Julie Raskin is the Senior Advisor for Partnerships and Executive Director of the Foundation for New York’s Strongest at The Department of Sanitation New York (DSNY). Julie talks to us about how she got to her dream job and also the Food Waste Fair coming…
13: Sandra Ann Harris, EcoLunchBox
Apr 22, 2019 • 32 min
Sandra Ann Harris is the founder of EcoLunchBox, a completely plastic free food container solution. From humanitarian aid work to wanting to use a product to help with the plastic pollution issue, Sandra has grown her business from the ground up. Her most…
12: Ana De Luco, Sure We Can
Apr 15, 2019 • 24 min
Ana De Luco is the former chairperson and one of the founders of Sure We Can, a non-profit organization that specializes in recycling cans and creating community for “canners.” Used as a way to help the planet and those looking to collecting recycling…
11: Roberta Dixon-Valk, Take 3 for the Sea
Apr 8, 2019 • 26 min
Education that inspires participation and connecting people back to nature - that is the mission of Take 3 for the Sea, a movement started by Roberta Dixon-Valk and her friend. Over the last 10 years, Take 3 has inspired the removal of over 10 million…
10: Gia Machlin, EcoPlum Sustainable Swag
Apr 1, 2019 • 30 min
From an ecological perspective, there’s almost nothing sexy about swag. It’s often not useful, promote grabbing free things we won’t often make good use of, all in the name of promoting a company or business. However, Gia Machlin realized that companies…
9: Shia Su, Wasteland Rebel
Mar 25, 2019 • 28 min
What do you get when you mix one part rebel with one part sustainability? Shia Su, the owner of the popular zero waste blog, Wasteland Rebel. Shia is a zero waste blogger living in Colon, Germany. She’s a minimalist and a vegan and she has a huge…
8: Chloe Vichot, Ancolie [LIVE from NYC]
Mar 19, 2019 • 39 min
Tune in for our very first live recording completed at Ancolie, the package free cafe and coffee shop located in West Village, New York City. Chloe Vichot, owner of Ancolie and formerly from France, started Ancolie with the intention of creating food that…
7: Ellen Hielkema, ecofemmag
Mar 11, 2019 • 22 min
Imagine trying to find a balance to your life and going from living in NYC working in the fashion industry to living out of a van in Portugal working on eco-conservation projects. There is a balance that can be struck between these extremes and this is…
6: Tom Szaky, TerraCycle + Loop
Mar 4, 2019 • 47 min
Tom Szaky was frustrated by the notion of business being purely for profit. So, he dropped out of Princeton and started a company creating fertilizer from waste, packaged in waste. Now, his company TerraCycle generates $13 million annually and his new…
5: Jodie Taylor, Documentarian Photographer
Feb 25, 2019 • 20 min
Jodie Taylor had left behind her job in financial services and was on a mission to document the waste here in New York City. During the four months she spent working on this project, Jodie ended up at e-waste facilities, followed compost services across…
4: Catherine Smiley, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Feb 18, 2019 • 28 min
We’re taking a break from our new storytelling format of Trash Talking to bring you an overdue episode from an amazing non-profit based here in New York City called Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. True to the name of the company, volunteers are dispersed…
3: Shilpi Chhotray, Break Free From Plastic
Feb 11, 2019 • 31 min
Shilpi Chhotray is the Senior Communications Officer of the Break Free From Plastic Movement. The project includes 1,400 non-governmental organizations from across the world who have banned together to demand massive reductions in single-use plastics. The…
2: Judith Bershof, Kishu Charcoal
Feb 4, 2019 • 21 min
Do you love the crisp, clean taste of filtered water but hate all the plastic that comes with filter and bottled water? Judith Bershof created Kishu Charcoal as a way to help everyone have access to clean, delicious filtered water without a single piece…
1: Tamara Lim, The Wally Shop
Jan 28, 2019 • 23 min
There was a time, before Amazon or meal delivery services existed, where you would purchase commodities like milk in re-useable containers that were delivered to your house. You’d use the product inside the container and return it to be re-filled and…
Season 2 Trailer
Jan 25, 2019 • 3 min
Welcome to Season 2 of Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. We’re back with a mini-series of storytelling from female eco-warriors. Join us as we get behind the scenes of the first package free grocery delivery system in New York City with The Wally Shop…
42: Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri, The Earth Institute - Columbia University
Oct 8, 2018 • 27 min
There are so many different ways to pursue a career. Some people fall into their jobs while others take a more traditional approach. The Earth Institute blends research in physical and social sciences, education and practical solutions to help guide the…
41: Emilie Wood, Impossible Foods
Aug 13, 2018 • 31 min
Emilie Wood is the Sustainability Analyst at Impossible Foods. Their flagship product is the Impossible Burger, a burger the looks, tastes, cooks, and bleeds like a regular beef-based hamburger, but it’s made from plants. They launched in 2016 right here…
40: Caro Shields + Vanessa Morrish, Be An Unfucker
Aug 6, 2018 • 33 min
Vanessa Morrish and Caro Shields went from being burned out at their ad agency jobs to creating a project that helps others learn about climate change in a funny, authentic way. It’s called Be An Unfucker and their website features some hilarious ways of…
39: Laura François, Clothing the Loop
Jul 23, 2018 • 36 min
Did you see this viral video of an art installation made out of fabric scraps found in an abandoned factory in Southeast Asia. In the video, these renegade artists put together scenes of things you would find in nature, like a tornado, out of clothing…
38: Tara DePorte, Human Impacts Institute
Jul 16, 2018 • 30 min
Tara DePorte is a self-proclaimed expert generalist. She described her typical work week as wading in the Hudson one day to wearing a suit and talking over policy at the UN the next. In 2011, Tara started the Human Impacts Institute as a way to help make…
37: Desiree Kaplan, Green Matters
Jul 9, 2018 • 25 min
You've probably heard a similar story - someone hates their 9-to-5, they quit, move across the country, find true love and the career of their dreams. This is Desiree Kaplan's story, a staff writer for the online green publication called Green Matters.…
36: Blythe Whitten-Snarr, Ocean Hugger Foods
Jul 2, 2018 • 24 min
Imagine you're at a food event sampling different, innovative food products when you passed by a table serving sushi - ahi tuna nigiri and california rolls topped with more tuna. Maybe you've sworn off fish after listening about the dire state of our…
35: Robert Pocius and Lisa Hamilton, TekPak Solutions
Jun 25, 2018 • 27 min
Robert Pocius had been working in the packaging industry for some time when customers came to him to ask for a solution that would be truly eco-friendly. A chance encounter with a scientist who had combined plastic with organic additives led to a material…
34: Shien-Ru Tsao, Commit to Green
Jun 11, 2018 • 30 min
If you're in the NYC area, you may have already seen Shien-Ru Tsao's image plastered on tall advertisements from the NYC Mayor's Office of Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise Campaign. In fact, there's one right in the Staten Island Ferry…
33: Emma Cohen, FinalStraw
Jun 5, 2018 • 31 min
If you've had the final straw on single-use plastic waste, you'll love FinalStraw, the world's first retractable, portable straw created by Co-Founders Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper. FinalStraw raised $1.8 million dollars on Kickstarter sold their website…
32: Cat Agopcan, The Do Something Project
May 29, 2018 • 25 min
Imagine that you’re living your life as a typical consumer, working long hours, eating out at restaurants between your busy on-the-go lifestyle when one day, you total your car in an accident. As she was crying over the loss of her car, Cat Agopcan,…
31: Whitney Pratt, Purple Frog Gardens
May 21, 2018 • 28 min
Whitney Pratt didn’t take the typical path of a Georgetown graduate. Instead of pursuing finance or business, Whitney took a job as a Service Member for FoodCorps, a branch of AmeriCorp that aims to help education youth about healthy food. After that,…
30: Elizabeth Fournier, The Green Reaper
May 14, 2018 • 30 min
Elizabeth Fournier was a young girl when she dealt with the passing of several close family members. Through her grief, Elizabeth spent time in funeral homes and at funerals as a way of coping with her loss. When she began her career in the 90's as a…
29: Nikhil Arora, Back to the Roots
May 7, 2018 • 29 min
Did you know that mushrooms can grow in the waste that comes from your morning cup of coffee? When Nikhil Arora and his classmate Alejandro Velez heard about this fact, the two were sparked to create a business around growing food from waste. They both…
28: Jodi Bailey + Caitlin Lee-Roney, Yosemite National Parks Services
Apr 30, 2018 • 33 min
Imagine if your job was to hang out in one of the US's most treasured pieces of land, Yosemite National Park. Well, for Jodi Bailey and Caitlin Lee-Roney, it is! Jodi is the Program Manager for the Zero Waste Initiative in Yosemite and Caitlin is with the…
27: Christine Datz-Romero, Lower East Side Ecology Center
Apr 23, 2018 • 23 min
It's hard to imagine a time when we didn't have curbside recycling programs, but it was actually less than 30 years ago now. That's when Christine Datz-Romero had decided to do something to help divert recyclables from the waste stream. This expanded into…
26: Karen Leibowitz, The Perennial
Apr 16, 2018 • 34 min
Perennial means present at all seasons of the year and Karen Leibowitz and her husband Anthony Myint have been working towards initiatives that encourages the removal of carbon from our atmosphere through food. But not just any food, a sustainable food…
25: Susan Allbert, Independent Artist
Apr 9, 2018 • 26 min
Susan Albert was working in the fashion and textile industry here in NYC. She had moved from her homeland in the UK and was struck by the amount of disposability here in the US. After her kids were born, Susan wanted to figure out a new career path. She…
24: Roos Swart, By The Ocean We Unite
Apr 2, 2018 • 24 min
Born from one sailor's love of the ocean, By the Ocean We Unite is on a mission to prevent plastic pollution. Their work includes research conducted at sea on mini-expeditions where they invite interested citizens to join them. These expeditions are led…
23: Sabine Valenga, Food For All
Mar 26, 2018 • 32 min
About 40% of food in America will be wasted. And an average American family wastes $1,500 worth of food every year. That's billions of dollars of food that goes to landfill, creating greenhouse gases that warm our planet. Don't be a statistic. Sabine…
22: Dianne Mitchell + Julia Porter, bio-bean®
Mar 19, 2018 • 29 min
Founded in 2013, bio-bean® is the first company in the world to industrialize the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals. In the UK alone, they produces 500,000 tons of waste coffee grounds every year. Like most…
21: Bertha Jimenez + Jessica Aguirre, RISE Products
Mar 12, 2018 • 28 min
Bertha Jimenez, with a degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D in technology management, heard about industrial symbiosis when she was studying fish packaging warehouses. Wanting to understand what happened with the massive amounts of waste, she…
20: Lauren O’Donnell, Greenpop
Mar 5, 2018 • 35 min
It all started with one challenge between 10 friends - plant 1,000 trees each to help offset their carbon footprint. Well, that challenge never ended and soon turned into an organization that is starting a Treevolution in South Africa. Lauren O'Donnell…
19: Louisa Ziane, Toast Ale
Feb 26, 2018 • 35 min
All beer is made from four ingredients - water, carbohydrates, hops and yeast. In ancient Babylonian times, they would use bread as the carbohydrate source as a way to preserve a food prone to spoilage. When Tristram Stuart, founder and CEO of Toast Ale,…
18: Danni Washington, Nature Knows Best + Big Blue & You
Feb 19, 2018 • 28 min
Proud eco-geek and science communicator Danni Washington is making waves with her non-profit work and as the host of her own Fox-syndicated television show Nature Knows Best. She also founded her own non-profit called Big Blue and You and puts on a yearly…
17: Nathan Hodge, Raaka Chocolate
Feb 12, 2018 • 25 min
It’s Valentine’s Day this week and chances are you’ll be partaking in one of my favorite guilty pleasures - chocolate. Every year, 58 million pounds of chocolate is purchased. But not everything is so sweet about the practices that surround this…
16: Nicole Baum, Gotham Greens
Feb 5, 2018 • 28 min
When you think of fresh, crisp greens and herbs, what images are conquered in your mind? If it's warm, lush fields in California and the pain of throwing out sad, wilting leaves you're going to love this chat with Nicole Baum of Gotham Greens. Using a…
15: Lilian Liu, United Nations Global Compact
Jan 29, 2018 • 28 min
Lilian Liu grew up in two worlds - her home country of Sweden where sustainability and responsible business practices were prevalent - and Shanghai, where her parents were from, which faced aggressive growth during her childhood. China dominates the…
14: Camila López Gómez, Impact0 Mexico
Jan 22, 2018 • 29 min
Mexico is seeing the beginning of its sustainability movement. Camila Lopez Gomez, Project Manager at Impact0, Mexico's only sustainability organization with an international ISO certification, tells us about the climate of Mexico's environmental movement…
13: Dana Mitchell, Farm.one
Jan 15, 2018 • 31 min
It's the ultimate way to cut down on the environmental impact of growing food - hydroponic, vertical growing. It may look SciFi like, with the glowing LED lights and high-tech equipment, but it certainly could be the way we grow food in the future. Dana,…
12: Paula Pebsworth, Primatologist
Jan 8, 2018 • 31 min
Paula Pebsworth landed her first research job by emailing and asking one question, "Can I volunteer my time to help you?" This got her working with some of her research idols and led to her study of geophagy, a self-medicating behavior where primates will…
11: Nicole Caldwell, Better Farm + Green Matters
Jan 1, 2018 • 35 min
When Nicole Caldwell's uncle passed away and left her a 65-acre hippy commune farm in Redwood, NY, she was undergoing a whirlwind of change in her life. Wanting to connect her passion for the environment and sustainability to what she did every day,…
10: Berlin Crystal Kelly, Proud Pour
Dec 25, 2017 • 27 min
Berlin Crystal Kelly was working in finance in NYC when she was struck with the realization of how much money was spent on alcohol every night in one city alone. So, Berlin quit her job and started a wine company with one premise - for every bottle of…
9: Cara Braund, Wildlife Works Kenya
Dec 18, 2017 • 33 min
Cara Braund spent nearly two years volunteering and working on various conservation projects in Kenya before landing her dream job - managing the office of a carbon-credit community-based conservation project in Eastern Kenya. At Wildlife Works, Cara…
8: Jenny O’Grady Giddy, Cloudbridge Reserva
Dec 11, 2017 • 32 min
After hiking Mount Chirripo, the tallest mountain in Costa Rica, Jenny O'Grady and Ian Giddy were observing the deforestation caused by farming and decided to buy the land. The idea was to let mother nature regenerate, but the couple was too impatient for…
7: Sarah Sproviero, Lightfoot Market
Dec 4, 2017 • 32 min
If you're a conscious consumer, you'll relate to Sarah Sproviero's plight of the difficulties in purchasing products from companies that are kind to the environment, the people who make them, and you. After being frustrated with the lack of transparency…
6: Franziska Elmer, Ph.D + Marine Biologist
Nov 29, 2017 • 30 min
The coolest part about being a scientist is getting to go to places where others are not allowed to go - literally! Franziska Elmer got to live on a remote atoll research center during her Ph.D and saw one of the most untouched eco-systems on the planet.…
5: Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli, Common Ground Compost
Nov 23, 2017 • 33 min
New York City spends $1.3 billion a year on waste management and it’s one of NYC’s biggest exports, going to other states as far as Ohio. With a small, local movement to compost, NYC already has one of the country’s largest compost programs. How long do…
4: Malaika Haaning, Malaika New York
Nov 13, 2017 • 32 min
Locally made, minimal waste, upcycled trash - that's what Malaika has built her fashion line from. And if you saw it in a window in New York City, where Malaika lives, you would never know. Her high fashion, eco-conscious clothing line is beautifully…
3: Sharon Rowe, Eco-Bags Products
Nov 7, 2017 • 34 min
Former New York City actress turned entrepreneur, Sharon started her journey in the late-80’s when she decided to do something about the wastefulness of plastic bags. She sold 1,000 bags at her first Earth Day festival and was featured on Oprah. She also…
2: Cheryl Davies, Yintuition
Nov 6, 2017 • 32 min
Cheryl Davies was living what she thought was a great life - working in the textile industry, living in New York City, car, boyfriend - but something was off. Today, Cheryl is a licensed acupuncturist, lives a minimal life from her bicycle, and partakes…
1: Jacey Bingler, Ecosia
Nov 2, 2017 • 33 min
Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees. They use over 80 percent of their profits to fund reforestation work all over the world using money made from ad revenue. Their goal - plant 1 billion trees by 2020. The company now plants trees in Burkina…
Introduction by Barbara Lee
Nov 1, 2017 • 9 min
Eco-Warrior and Founder of Trashy Beauty, Barbara Lee, went from pre-law in undergrad to traveling the world for 2.5 years. After being a barista in New Zealand, planting trees in the Caribbean, and working communications for a conservation project in…