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

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

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Inspiring stories from female environmentalist, conservationists, and green entrepreneurs around the world and their work in green business, sustainability, and conservation.
34: Shien-Ru Tsao, Commit to Green
Jun 11 • 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 • 30 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 • 24 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 • 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 • 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 • 28 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 • 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 • 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 • 33 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 • 25 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 • 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 • 31 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 • 28 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 • 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 • 34 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 • 34 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 27 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 • 28 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 • 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 • 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 • 34 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 • 26 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 • 31 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 • 33 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 • 31 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…
0: Introduction by Barbara Lee
Nov 1, 2017 • 8 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…