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A podcast for people who make progress: in nonprofits, government, politics, and socially responsible corporations. Your host: Spencer Critchley.
 
Fashion and apparel. It touches nearly everyone. When its at its best, fashion and apparel is not only functional, but also fun, expressive, sexy, and for some businesses, very profitable. But when it is at its worst, fashion and apparel is superficial, exploitative, polluting and extremely wasteful - in other words the essence of unsustainable consumption. And while it is argued that the industry's rapid growth has created employment opportunities for more than 300 million people worldwide, ...
 
Sustain:epreneur Podcast is bridging the gap between business and sustainability. We're here to educate and motivate entrepreneurs toward sustainability by discussing important topics, debating different perspectives and by showcasing those of you who are doing it right, right now. Sustainability is quickly becoming the new differentiator in business and if you're not getting on board, you're getting left behind. Check us out and be a part of the biggest market shift since the world-wide-web.
 
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Mike had the unique opportunity to sit down with an impact investor and a vertical manufacturer to share their real world views on what it takes to accelerate the uptake of sustainable apparel technologies in the apparel supply chain. Tanvi Karambelkar, representing the newly launched Good Fashion Fund, introduces the fund’s pioneering approach ...…
 
We hear so many stories about government spending big money without getting results — to the point that many Americans agree with Ronald Reagan's famous assertion that government isn't the solution, it's the problem. That claim was never accurate, as government successes like the Internet, highways, or vaccinations make clear. All the same, tho ...…
 
Between 2014 and 2016, an increasing number of journalists began reporting on disturbing new research showing that microfibers from synthetic garments were making their way from our washing machines into fish and other aquatic animals. Since then the textile industry has been scrambling to understand the extent of the problem and what our indus ...…
 
The United States Military is required to make their clothing in the United States. But because very little clothing is produced in the United States today, the U.S. Military needed to find alternative solutions. Enter Pete Santora, who launched SoftWear Automation 13 years ago to respond to this challenge. Today his technology, which automates ...…
 
At Planet Textiles, Mike Schragger spoke with two of his favorite chemical and textiles experts, Phil Patterson and Linda Greer, about the state of the industry regarding chemical management in textiles today. If this does not sound sexy to you, then you don't know Phil and Linda! In addition to getting a primer on chemical history and good and ...…
 
“We recognise and respect the many challenges facing our oceans, yet too often 'doom and gloom' stories are the only kind of ocean news we hear. "The evidence suggests that if we do not balance the bad news with good, and the problems with solutions, we will not motivate people to act.” That’s a quote from the website of Ocean Optimism, a movem ...…
 
Jacob Martinez is the founder of Digital NEST, an incubator for young tech talent in the farming towns of Watsonville and Salinas, California. Its graduates make an average starting salary of more than $46,000. The average Watsonville resident makes about $17,000. NEST graduates have been hired not just by local companies but by multi-nationals ...…
 
The founders of Tyton BioSciences are not personally interested in fashion, but that won’t stop them from using subcritical water to help solve the current textile-recycling conundrum. Mike Schragger talks to Luke Henning, CFO of Tyton, about their unique process for separating cellulose from polyester in blended materials. This podcast is spon ...…
 
Nearly 6 million tons of leftover textiles - the equivalent 18 million new clothes - are wasted in South East Asia and China alone. If we could remanufacture these textiles and reuse them, or ensure we only produce what we need when we need it, we may be able to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of clothing production and support t ...…
 
In a refreshingly candid and constructive interview, Mike spoke with the H&M group’s Kim Hällström about what has happened since the company first made their important public climate commitment and what we can learn from the H&M group’s insights and experiences in order to help the entire apparel industry reduce its emissions in line with a 1,5 ...…
 
Big corporations buy what they need from all over the world because they're looking for the best prices. But increasingly, they’re also looking for environmental and social sustainability. For example, McDonald’s has committed to serving only sustainably-sourced coffee at all of its locations by next year. To achieve that it’s buying its coffee ...…
 
If we knew the specific climate impacts of each of our purchases, such as the greenhouse gas emissions of our favourite dress or shoes, would we make more climate friendly purchases? And would the companies who make fashion and apparel products – now knowing that we know the climate impacts of our clothing purchases - offer more climate friendl ...…
 
Mike speaks with Edwin Keh, CEO of the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles & Apparel Limited, about his team's pioneering and surprising breakthrough in the area of textile recycling, his deep conviction that to accelerate the development and uptake of sustainable solutions our industry needs to do R&D very differently, and why industry in ...…
 
Do you get excited when hearing about breakthrough sustainability apparel innovations - such as fibers made from fruit waste or blockchain technology being used to track and trace the origin and content of your clothing? Do you sometimes wonder if these breakthroughs are too good to be true? Greg Stillman and Rogier van Mazijk work with visiona ...…
 
Patrice Maginnis has experienced life as someone who can see, and as someone who can’t. She was born with retinitis pigmentosa and gradually went blind, losing all usable sight at age 60. Patrice has learned to adapt and to thrive. And she helps others do the same, through her work with the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a no ...…
 
Our episode this time is a live recording of a terrific panel discussion featuring some very smart people from across the ideological spectrum who have national experience in politics and media. Amanda Renteria, Mike Madrid, Debbie Mesloh, Dan Schnur, Kristin Olsen, and Zach Friend joined host Spencer Critchley at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Cal ...…
 
Business drives our economy — but our guest this episode thinks it can also make society better. Bud Colligan has been part of some of the most successful businesses of our time, including Apple. He’s also a social entrepreneur: he invests in ventures that promise to achieve social good, such as through education, or environmental protection, o ...…
 
Can we look at the top priorities for the new Congress without talking about likability, who curses more, or a dancing video? Yes we can. On Dastardly Cleverness: Politics Edition it's not about the horse race, or the latest outrage, but how to make politics do what it’s supposed to do: make our lives better, not just more entertaining — or dep ...…
 
Lenny Mendonca, a former senior partner with McKinsey & Company and a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is the co-founder of New America, a self-described “think and action tank." In this fascinating conversation with host Spencer Critchley, Lenny explains why he believes progressive federalism is the solution to our bigges ...…
 
Jason Kibbey, CEO of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), has been been leading one of the most important sustainability trade organizations in the apparel sector for the past 8 years. Jason joins Mike Schragger online from his office in San Francisco to chat about the progress the apparel sector is making, his assessment of the SAC to date ...…
 
Sustainable solutions are emerging but is there enough investment capital available to ensure they succeed? Mike Schragger talks with Fashion for Good’s Rogier van Mazijk about the innovation process, the exciting sustainable solutions that could save the fashion industry, and the need for billions, if not trillions of dollars to ensure these i ...…
 
It was called the most important election of our lifetimes, but so much of the coverage has been the same old horse race stuff. Not on Dastardly Cleverness, though: in this episode we dig deep with experts who have worked with Barack Obama, John McCain and the Democratic National Committee, among others. Kevin Lewis was one of the first people ...…
 
Linda Greer, Senior Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) joins Mike Schragger online from her office in Washington, D.C. to share her experiences working to improve the apparel sector, her initial ideas for creating a climate roadmap for apparel and her conviction that transparency as it is practiced today is not effective ...…
 
Mike Schragger talks to the smart and savvy Akshay Sethi about the science behind polyester recycling, the rapid development of the his company Moral Fiber, the steep learning curve he has faced when starting a company directly after graduating from university, and his conviction that all of our clothes will be made by recycled materials by 203 ...…
 
Then Cynthia Cummis & Michael Sadowski from the World Resources Institute think you should start by setting science-based targets for reducing your climate emissions. Cynthia & Michael joins Mike Schragger online from their offices in Washington, D.C. and Portland, Oregon to discuss the apparel industry’s surprising impact on the climate, the S ...…
 
We’re celebrating our first season with highlights from the past year! It's an episode full of gifts of insight from leading social innovators, on the future of work, universal basic income, reforming the way we bank and invest, why we vote the way we do, saving the oceans, saving democracy, and much more. Featured: Former California Governor c ...…
 
What if customers could improve the environment and make money by renting out their clothes simultaneously? And whom do you trust to provide an honest assessment about the ethical and environmental performance of apparel products and the companies behind them? Mike Schragger talks to Lona Alia from Style Lend and Sandra Capponi from Good On You ...…
 
Raised in a farmworking family, Amanda Renteria has worked for Goldman Sachs, the City of San Jose, and two senators; has been a teacher and coach at her old high school; has run for Congress; held a top position in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign; directed operations for the California Department of Justice and this year, ran for Gover ...…
 
If you are new to the field of sustainability and/or fashion and apparel and want to quickly up get up to speed, then this podcast is for you. Mike Schragger, the host of Big Closets Small Planet, uses these 12 minutes to explain why we need to completely transform how we produce, use and dispose of fashion and apparel - before its too late.…
 
How did the world's leading democracy get in so much trouble? To talk about that — and what we should do about it — "Saving Democracy" brought together a bipartisan panel with experience in Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, the federal government, Congress, national media, the California Assembly, and more. Joining host Spencer ...…
 
Today we’re speaking with Larry Smith, a vendor for GenEon Technologies. They manufacture an on-site, toxic-free, generator that makes cleaning solutions by simply electrolyzing salt water. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
Joe Sanberg grew up in poverty, raised for much of his childhood by a single mother who worked hard but still struggled to secure food and shelter. With scholarships and financial aid, he was able to get into Harvard, and after he graduated magna cum laude, he sought out the highest paying job he could get, at a major private equity group — so ...…
 
Today on Sustain:epreneur Podcast, we’re talking with Lester Crafton, owner of OvaNova and partner with Chooose. We’re going to avoid any of the doom and gloom talk today because Lester and his organizations are all about staying positive and retiring pollution credits. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability so stick around!…
 
Drew Train was a rising star on Madison Avenue, working at the legendary J Walter Thompson agency for clients like HSBC, one of the biggest banks in the world. But at night, he was going to Occupy Wall Street rallies. That's because he thought something had gone very wrong with business: it was extracting more from the world than it was putting ...…
 
Today we’re speaking with Shelly Mitchell, owner of Oreo’s Refining about how the incarceration of Eric Lundgren, one of this world’s most prolific e-waste recyclers and sustain:epreneurs inspired her to fight back by sparking up a whole new movement. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability so stick around!…
 
What if everyone got paid - even if they didn’t have a job? That’s the idea behind universal basic income, or UBI. Its advocates say we need it to protect humans who are losing their jobs to robots — and as one of the best ways to end poverty. In this episode, Spencer Critchley talks to Natalie Foster, co-chair of the Economic Security Project, ...…
 
We sometimes think that good communicators are just born talented, like a Jefferson or a Lincoln. And it’s probably true that the great ones have a special gift. But it’s also true that anyone can learn to communicate better. To explore how, Spencer talks to Sean Smith, who has worked on presidential campaigns for Bill Clinton, John Kerry, and ...…
 
Today we’re gonna talk about what it means to be a sustainepreneur and what kinds new struggles we trade with the old ways of business. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability so stick around.By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Sustainepreneur.
 
Today we’re going to be talking about how job security is a thing of the past and why that’s… a good thing. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability, so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
Dan Schnur is a professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies. He worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading Republican political strategists. Zach Friend is a public policy ...…
 
Today on Sustain:epreneur podcast we’re gonna talk about what leaders used to look like and why (in the future) leaders will simply be networking hubs or "hubsters", as we like to call them. We’re bridging the gap between business and sustainability, so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
Today we're going to discuss how veterans not only have what it takes to be sustainepreneurs, they’re custom built for it. If you’re a veteran (or in love with one) you’re not gonna want to miss this one, so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
Today we’re talking to Shelly Mitchell, owner of Oreo’s Refining. They’re an electronic waste recycling company who is making ethical processing their business. The recycling industry has a deep, dark secret and we want to tell you about it. This promises to be good, so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
When Santa Fe Institute Professor Mirta Galesic was a teenager, her country fell apart. She lived in what was then Yugoslavia. But after the death of president for life Josip Broz Tito, that country was riven by ethnic nationalism. Amidst all the competing claims and rumors spawned by the turmoil, young Mirta was struck by a realization: people ...…
 
Today we’ll be speaking with Rebecca Elderkin, creator of Miriam’s Inspired Skin Care, about how important ethical supply chain management is and how she’s able to do it with her natural tallow products. She has beautiful looking skin and wants to share it right here, so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Impact Strategist and Podcaster.
 
Today we’re talking with Dr. Bradley Layton about how landfill-free business IS possible in the world today. He’s the CEO of Integration Energy LLC, a published author and an authority on zero waste. You’re not gonna want to miss this one so stick around! Don't forget to email Dr. Layton with any suggestions at: layton.bradley@gmail.com…
 
In this episode, we talk about how having a sustainable impact doesn’t have to come from starting your own business. It can come from the comfort of a stable job. We’re going to make sustainability much easier to do in this episode so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Sustainepreneur and Podcaster.
 
Spencer talks with David Schmerler, a researcher who keeps track of North Korea and its weapons of mass destruction. David says his work can be like a spy novel, or a video game — and in fact he even helped create a Minecraft simulation to help people understand what’s at stake. But knowing the difference between fiction and reality is crucial ...…
 
In this episode, we're going to discuss the ethical dilemma behind creating wealth the old fashioned way and eventually becoming a philanthropist versus doing what’s right today and foregoing great wealth by choosing a positive impact now. It’s all coming at you right here so stick around!By Nate Hansen- Sustainepreneur and Podcaster.
 
Today we're going to be talking with Taylor Woods, founder of CO Brew. They're a new company who’s bringing sustainability to the craft brewing industry. You’ll be amazed at how he’s doing it and it just might make you love your favorite beer even more.By Nate Hansen- Sustainepreneur and Podcaster.
 
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