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The Eco-Warriors Podcast features inspiring stories of women in green 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. Host Barbara Lee dives into deep conversations with other eco-conscious women about their careers in the green space. Support this podcast: https ...
 
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In ending Season 4 of the Eco-Warriors Podcast, we wanted to bring you an update from the guests we spoke to during the early days of the show. We're so excited to bring you updates from Ecosia with Katharina Spethmann, Head of Social and Economic Sustainability. Ecosia is the search engine that plants trees. Using revenue from their ads engine and…
 
Being able to incentivize companies and businesses like Royal Sands and Corona to become more sustainable takes lots of small steps - from single-use plastic reduction to the installation of filtered water stations with refillable bottles. Creating a way to raise awareness and recognition for these efforts is one way that we can use our system for …
 
In her Design Class, Qiting Fang was challenged to come up for a solution to food waste. The problem she thought to pursue was figuring out a useful solution to all of the tea that is drank in her homeland China. The solution: tea desiccants. Desiccants are those little packets, usually filled with silicone gel beads, that are put into products to …
 
Following a stint on an integrated farm, Anna Sacks changed her career from investment banking to working on helping to solve our economy's big waste problems - products that are like new are thrown out by business to make room for more products. Anna posts on social as @thetrashwalker and shares her finds. Some of what we talk about may be incredi…
 
After a near-death accident, Anastasia Allison quit her job as a railroad police officer and created her own company, Kula Cloth. Kula Cloth are reusable pee cloths that are functional and environmentally friendly for anyone who spends time on the trails or wants to find an alternative to toilet paper. As strange as they sound, they’re incredibly u…
 
Using transaction fees, TreeCard is the wooden debit card that helps to plant trees. Grant LeCorte, Community Leader for TreeCard, gave us all the details on how we can all automate our small sustainable actions by doing things like making daily purchases and using a search engine like Ecosia. We also touch on Grant’s journey into sustainability an…
 
When we get started on our sustainability journeys, we’re all coming to it from different ways and for different reasons. As a move to help diversify the voices we share on this show, we’re happy to present Hanz Rodriguez, Eco-Warrior Podcast’s Production Editor, and Belinda Chiu, Social Media Manager and Researcher, in this conversation about how …
 
At 120 gigatons of carbon stored in the ground, soil is the largest terrestrial pool of carbon on earth. The Soil Inventory Project is building technology and a database that will help farmers, ranchers and land managers be able to measure the carbon in their land. By helping to measure soil carbon and promoting practices that can help capture more…
 
Austin Rempel works at American Forests, one of the oldest conservation organizations in the US founded in 1875. After getting his degrees in Ecology from University of Boulder and attending the Yale School of Forestry, Austin has been working on some of the most intense deforestation projects in post-wildfire environments. In this conversation, we…
 
Nicole Bassett is a Co-Founder of The Renewal Workshop. After spending time in film and production, Nicole decided to build a business that could be a force for change. After completing a Masters in Environmental Studies, Nicole worked at Patagonia then founded her own company to help other brands think about end of life for their products. Today, …
 
From melty fake cheese to cultured lab-grown meat, investigative journalist Larissa Zimberoff is researching and sampling her way through some of the most innovative food products on the market. Following a couple of bumps in her career and for her own health, Larissa decided to pursue an MFA in creative writing and start journeying her discovery o…
 
Today is America Recycles Day! Did you know that 42% of Americans don’t have a convenient way to recycle. Recyclops is looking to change that by crowd-sourcing the means for folks in communities without curbside recycle to get their recycling to a nearby center. While recycling isn't the end-all-be-all for sustainability solutions, recycling is par…
 
Laura Zapata is the CEO and Co-Founder of Clearloop, a company that helps businesses of any size reduce their carbon footprint by building clean energy infrastructure for projects on the grid. Laura’s goal is to make coal-powered grids a thing of the past - she’s doing this through carbon credits funded by companies who want to reduce their environ…
 
Suma Reddy is a serial entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of Future Acres. Previously, Suma has done everything from work at a microfinance company to build a company called FarmShelf that helped bring herbs and microgreens to restaurants and kitchens like Just Salad. Through this conversation, Suma walks us through her many years of working on differ…
 
Imagine one day, instead of tossing your containers into a trash bin, you put them in a bin to be washed and reused by the brands you know and love. We're bringing back TerraCycle's Loop project to Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors to chat about how they're working towards a vision of that future! In this conversation with Lindsey Casella, Director o…
 
“I don’t think there’s anything more meaningful than trying to mitigate climate change.” Kate Gaertner is a Corporate Sustainability Consultant who works with name brands, like Nike and L’Oréal, to help reduce the impact their business practices and products create on the planet. Tangentially, Kate is helping to make the processes and manufacturin…
 
“Luxury is being able to say I have this designer bag that is made with a new revolutionary material and I want to show the world that I’m living my values.” Sophia Wang met her Co-Founder Phil Ross while she was completing her Ph.D in Writing. While the two were in San Francisco and collaborated on different projects, Sophia encountered the mind-b…
 
We’re back with Season 4 of The Eco-Warriors Podcast. This season, we’ll be diving deep on Visionaries and the Future. We’re getting into the nitty gritty. There are no questions off limits this season. And for the next 12 episodes, we want to answer this one question… WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO GET TO A FULLY SUSTAINABLE FUTURE? -- If the content we mak…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Eat imperfect products. More than 40% of food grown is not eaten and all that food turns into CO2 in landfills. If food waste was a country it would be the third worst contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, only trailing behind the US and China. Imperfect Foods is looking to remove the not-so-perfect produce and food…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Offset your carbon footprint every year. Kathrin Dellantonio is the Head of Corporate Partnerships at MyClimate, a non-profit company with programs to reduce the carbon footprint of businesses and individuals though carbon offset programs and projects that help to remove carbon from the atmosphere, like planting mangro…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Wear clothes that help to close the loop. From the most supported clothing launch on Kickstarter to using coffee grounds in their hoodies and socks, Coalatree has created a brand that thinks as much about durability as they do about sustainability. JM Fabrizi, Director of Brand Development, joins us to chat about how t…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Stop using single-use plastics. Sierra Brodleit always grew up with sustainably minded parents. When she graduated from college, she knew she wanted to be at a company that aligned with her values. What started as an internship at a small company based in Chico, California turned out to be Sierra's only job that she's …
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Live off-grid. Fran Whitlock is the Communications Manager of Global Ecovillage Network Europe. She tells us about her journey of going from working in climate policy in London to living in a rural community in Northern Spain where she lives with thirty or so other likeminded individuals. These communities are just one…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Buy sustainable gifts. More than 63% of American adults drink coffee and about 500 billion cups are consumed each year. Since coffee grows near the equator, that is a pretty big impact as a whole industry. Anu Menon started Driftaway Coffee with her husband, Suyog, as a way of building a company that they could both be…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Find your green community. Jordana Vasquez is an architect turned sustainability and energy consultant. Following the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Jordana decided to use her skills to help protect vulnerable communities with sustainable building practices. Around the same time, Jordana met her co-founder, Chante H…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Use paper (instead of plastic) to pick up your dog's poop. After 8 years of picking up her dog's poop with plastic bags, Tracy Rosensteel decided to do something about finding a greener alternative to the "biodegradable" bags on the market (which are still made of plastic). What she ended up creating is Pooch Paper, a …
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Make green news go viral. Lucy Biggers started out her career as a video producer at NowThis covering stories like Standing Rock and micro plastics in your face wash. What started as an interest in technology and following the stories of passionate players in the sustainability field has turned into a full-on environme…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Buy carbon neutral or local products. Danielle Doggett took her love of sailing and nature to build a company that will sail products from Costa Rica up the Pacific in a carbon neutral vessel. The shipping cargo industry pollutes more than the 6th most polluted country in the world and 10,000 containers are lost at sea…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Plant a guerrilla garden. After learning about a movement called Guerrilla Gardening in London, Vanessa Harden, Founder of The Subversive Gardener started her own city-wide project here in New York City. By planting flowers and vegetable gardens in public spaces, guerrilla gardeners are partaking in a fun and sustainab…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Use green geothermal energy to heat/cool your home. Kathy Hunnan was working at Google X, Alphabet's moonshot division, as an entry-level marketer when she got involved with a solution for heating and cooling individual homes - using geothermal energy. From there, Kathy spun off the company as her own startup and has b…
 
Small Act of Green Rebellion: Donate your hair to clean up oil spills. Lisa Gautier, Founder and President of Matter of Trust, tells us about how hair, textiles and fur can be used to help soak up oil before it ever reaches the ocean. Since 1999, Matter of Trust has been making hair mats that are used in industrial settings and to help remove oil f…
 
It’s 2020. Your local compost program has been canceled due to COVID. Shops are using single-use plastic in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. Grocery stores are denying your reusable bags. Forget reusable cups at your local coffeeshop. And everyone is home, producing more disposable waste and individually trying to cool down their apart…
 
“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 path in life. Now, Wendy and her husband run a project based out of New York and South Africa that…
 
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. Since her first discovery, Dr. de Vos has made it her personal mission to bring marine research to …
 
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. So Ramona started her own zero waste lifestyle line called Orez, which is zero spelled backwar…
 
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 plastic in her household. Together with her sister, Lindsey started Plaine Products, a vegan, zero-…
 
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 the years through the company’s Renew program. Carmen tells us about how she build a program fo…
 
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, including the effect your food has on the farmers who make it, the land where it’s grown and the ani…
 
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 reducing waste. Amber started Pixie Cup with her brother and they now sell reusable silicone menstrual…
 
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 founded Rockaway Waterfront Alliance 15 years ago and has run the center as the Executive Direct…
 
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 us how the company utilizes Project DASH (DoorDash's philanthropic arm) to establish new marke…
 
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 grow a sustainability company after the 2008 economic crash, landing and then failing to sell pro…
 
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 asked Martyna to come on as CEO. Why Martyna took a job in an industry she knew nothing about …
 
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 farming initiative that is now in Mexico City and Argentina. This became Sitopia, an urban farmi…
 
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, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Long Island City and Sunset Park. Michele explains how awe-inspiring it is to g…
 
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 get people in her native France to change their habits. With that, Yvanna founded Oaï (pronounced…
 
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 City. While working as a server and running her business on the side, Flavie turned her vision o…
 
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 opening the Lighthouse, Naama has gone from being a small player in a non-existent field to be…
 
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 Brooklyn in Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, and East New York. Council Member Espinal was respo…
 
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 discounts at local thrift stores and how she changed her life from eating off paper plates everyday to…
 
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