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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… Continue Reading >>
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 int << Show Less
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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 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 Resources mentioned:Green Polly trash bags made of recycled contentHoldOn compostable trash bags (Want 15% off? Use code SUSTAINABLE)Episode #277: All-Things Eggs--Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceries --* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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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 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 Resources mentioned:Green Polly trash bags made of recycled contentHoldOn compostable trash bags (Want 15% off? Use code SUSTAINABLE)Episode #277: All-Things Eggs--Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceries --* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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 items 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 staplesSchedule a free consultation on Leeann's calendar--Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceriesAprilAire: Check out their air purifying and filtration options at AprilAire.com--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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’ winnerEpisode #208: How To Protect Yourself From EMFs At Home Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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--Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceriesKiwiCo: Get 50% off your first month plus free shipping with code SUSTAINABLEKIWIAprilAire: Check out their air purifying and filtration options at AprilAire.com--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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) --Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceriesAprilAire: Check out their air purifying and filtration options at AprilAire.com--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
The Convenience Tax All too often (and perhaps without even realizing it!) many of us live our lives by taking the path of least resistance. What's the easiest choice? What's most convenient? But there's cognitive dissonance to be felt when we sacrifice our values in the name of convenience, and experiencing such dissonance can be uncomfortable.Today I speak with author and social impact expert Sharon Schneider about how seemingly small daily choices can enhance a life of alignment with your heart-first goals. Sharon believes that intentional living often means sacrificing short-term convenience for larger-than-you goals, and she's on the podcast to show us how. Here's a preview:[8:30] We shouldn't be give back; we should simply be give. Here's why[10:30] Thoughts on rugged individualism, self-centered living, and curating social circles around different shared values[12:00] The fundamentals of the Convenience Tax, plus how and why to tax yourself[17:00] Are we just lazy? The origins of the 'convenience' problem (with ways to resist its allure in the future)[21:00] 2 ways to make your charitable giving go further Resources mentioned:Handbook For An Integrated Life: A Practical Guide to Aligning Your Everyday Choices with Your Internal Compass (via IndieBound)Have you left your favorite podcasts a review yet? Today's the day to get it done! Thank you to this week's sponsors!Ettitude: Use code SUSTAINABLE for 20% off bamboo beddingThrive Market: Head to thrivemarket.com/sustainable for up to $80 in free groceriesAprilAire: Check out their air purifying and filtration options at AprilAire.com--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
An Ounce Of (Mess) Prevention Comedian Phyllis Diller famously once said, "Housework can't kill you, but why take the risk?"Our homes are for living, and living is a messy business. But warding off messes before they become unmanageable is indeed possible, and seasoned minimalists often rely on tried-and-true prevention techniques to reduce both housework and overwhelm.On today's show I offer 5 and a half tips to help you vacuum, fold, and dust less so you can enjoy life more. Resources mentioned:Episode #013: The How & Why Of Turning Off "The Noise"Episode #006: The Ultimate Kid's Capsule Blueprint--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Intuitive Eating Calorie counting, diet cycling, and heaps of food guilt. Sound familiar? We have diet culture to thank for our body image woes, and that's because corporations first sell us unhealthy food that detracts from our health, and then we're sold the promise of yet another restrictive diet as the ultimate - and only - solution.Today my guest and I answer a listener's question about the fundamentals of intuitive eating. Claire Chewning is a Registered Dietician who believes we can recover from the negative mental, emotional, and physical effects of diet culture by first rejecting the food and weight messages our culture bombards us with every single day. Here's a preview:[5:30] An introduction to the 10 principles of intuitive eating[6:45] The problems associated with diet culture (plus: how diet culture keeps us unhealthy)[9:30] Distinguishing between calorie deficits and health promoting behaviors[11:00] The un-learning process as it relates to internalized lies regarding size and self-worth[23:00] Can intuitive eating help emotional eaters?[26:00] Intuitive eating first steps Resources mentioned:Intuitive Eating, 4th EditionClaire on Instagram--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Wasted Money Materialistic, overly consumptive, and incredibly wasteful: The stereotype of the average American isn't flattering. And while being wasteful isn't a personality trait most of us aspire to have, for many US citizens, wasting enormous amounts of resources and money is simply our way of life.Fellow Americans, we can do better. On today's show I rank order 10 specific ways Americans waste money without even realizing it; I also offer practical action steps toward resourcefulness for today and onward.--* Join our (free!) community here.* Find your tribe. Sustainable Minimalists are on Facebook, Instagram + Youtube.* Email me and say hello! MamaMinimalistBoston@gmail.com.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/sustainable-minimalists/exclusive-contentAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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