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This week we share an interview with Shani Nottingham, the founder of The Breadtag Project. Shani took a simple everyday item and decided to make art with it. But in a bid to discover more, she found opportunities to do better in education, awareness building, campaigning, activism and closing the waste loop. This simple creative project has helped…
 
An Internationally Chartered Engineer turned commercial manager who is passionate about sustainable outcomes through carbon reduction technology, calcination technology, waste to energy projects, community energy, battery manufacturing and clean energy projects. We aren’t sure how one person has so much knowledge and passion to find ways to do thin…
 
Krissy Ballinger has always been passionate about health, the human body and the planet. When she learned about the crazy number of ingredients in her cleaning and body care products, she decided to use this ‘universal nudge’ to do something about it. Valuing simplicity over convenience, she created her own products using natural and simple ingredi…
 
Gifting, receiving, sharing, lending and expressing gratitude are the simple things that don’t seem to happen that often anymore. In this week’s episode, Jacqui shares her experience of the Buy Nothing Project and how a hyper-local gifting group not only minimises the amount of items that could potentially end up in landfill but helps acquaint peop…
 
When professional soccer player Jordan Wilkes was 20 years old, he asked himself if his wardrobe reflected his personal values - and his answer was a resounding ‘no’! He refers to it as “giving passive consent to the ill’s of the world through your personal consumption”. What followed is a quite remarkable story. We chat to this young and inspiring…
 
Have you ever talked about climate change with someone and felt like the conversation didn’t go as well as you planned? Or have you avoided having these conversations because you don’t feel well equipped? In 2020, Climate Compass conducted research that identified seven segments in the Australian community according to attitudes and behaviours towa…
 
Creating an energy-efficient home doesn’t necessarily equate to creating a healthy home. What are the principles of a healthy home? And what are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when building or renovating, to ensure the home you create is healthy for both you and the environment? Zara D’Cotta is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on…
 
If you are looking for a good place to start making your home a bit ‘greener’ then your laundry is an excellent place to start. Washing and drying clothes has a bigger impact on the planet than you might think - so we decided to explore the different ways we can reduce our impact by simply greening up our laundry habits without sacrificing our hygi…
 
In a world where we are losing so many natural wonders, it’s so important for communities to stand up and protect our natural environment when given the opportunity. Mandy Robertson is a member of the Spider Crab Alliance – who are fighting to protect the yearly aggregation of spider crabs in the shallows of Port Phillip Bay. This group advocates t…
 
As 2020 draws to a close, once again Jacqui and Lisa take some time to chat about the year that was. They reflect on the episodes that they are most proud of, the things that they learnt and what they have achieved in a year like no other. This is the final episode of the year - but they will be back with more inspiring episodes in 2021! Thank you …
 
Lottie Dalziel, the founder of Banish, has established herself as a reputable Environmental Educator. A 2018 new year’s resolution ‘to do better’ when it came to her personal environmental impact, highlighted the need to help Australians reduce their waste with the right products and even better information. Two years later, and her business banish…
 
Imagine buying some land in regional Victoria, figuring out how to work with it instead of changing it, and ending up farming over 1000 chickens, maintaining sheep, a jersey cow and growing your own food supply. Not only that, but achieving carbon positivity - drawing more carbon out of the atmosphere than you produce. Our guest Phil Westwood and h…
 
We’ve all felt guilt around how much rotting fruit and veggies we throw out every week from the depths of our fridges. Recent stats actually show that the average Aussie throws out 126kgs of food each year. That’s a lot of waste! But what can we do? Where do we start? Introducing - The Swag! Our guest this week has created an innovative product tha…
 
These days, almost everyone will have heard of Ted talks - they are short, powerful public talks, known for the communication of good ideas and feature inspiring and motivational speakers. Our guest today, Juan Beijani - has blended his skills in problem solving and mentoring with his personal focus in climate solutions and creating positive impact…
 
For more than 2 decades, Australian families watched as Sally Williams talked us through many different household products and brands. With a voice for radio and a face for TV, Sally was synonomous with the Brand Power tagline “helping you buy better”. So what made her say “no more” to promoting these brands? And who is this new character popping u…
 
There are tons of easy swaps that we can make in our lives to be more environmentally friendly. Waste is a crucial problem for today’s environment, but there are plenty of eco-friendly substitutes for single-use products that we use every day. Lisa and Jacqui troubleshoot some ways to help you focus on reusing products again, rather than using them…
 
How did Mike McEvoy deal with his internal panic about "the elephant in the room" that is climate change? Lisa has a chat with Climate for Change's National Program Manager about how his journey from a child looking at a poster of a pygmy possum led him to (as an adult) putting his hand up to run for Local Council. After he was elected he realised …
 
How much are we all washing our hands these days?! A lot! But now, practicing good hand hygiene doesn't have to mean excessive plastic waste. Today we chat with Josh Howard, the founder of Single Use Ain't Sexy. He started the business because he loves this planet of ours and he couldn't get his head around, how many single-use plastic bottles we a…
 
What have you been up to during "Iso"? Jacqui and Lisa have been going through the ups and downs of home-schooling, getting out into nature, kids on devices, and honing vegetable gardening skills. Here they share some sustainable-focussed gems that they have found in recent times. Watching The Biggest Little Farm film - https://www.madmanfilms.com.…
 
Today we chat with Julie - the founder of Flora & Fauna, an Australian online business who sources and sells ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable products direct to you. Having spent 20+ years working in retail, Julie wanted to create a better business. A business that was conscious of its impact on the world and one that contributes positively to…
 
Where can you find ethically made and sustainable fashion items that suit your conscience and your style? Do you find it confusing and time-consuming to have to research every fashion purchase to ensure it aligns with your values? From a fast fashion hoarder to a slow fashion minimalist, eco.mono founder Samantha Leigh has been seeking out the good…
 
Oh no you’ve been greenwashed again! While we are thinking of ways to become more sustainable and make better environmental choices, companies are spending a lot of time and money to confuse us into thinking that their product or service is a safer, greener, better choice - but in actual fact, it isn’t. In this week's episode, Jacqui and Lisa shed …
 
How do you take over 13 tonnes of textiles out of landfill in a 6 month period? Easy! Start with socks! Lisa and Jacqui chat with Michael from Manrags - and find out how what started as a men’s essentials subscription business turned into the world’s first circular subscription club. Manrags take responsibility for the entire life-cycle of their pr…
 
In this episode, Lisa shares information about her Primary School Fete held in mid-March. She found herself on the Fete Committee late in 2019, and decided that if she got a say on how the event was organised, she'd try and make it as sustainable as possible! And the rest of the committee were all in. They had some wins and some losses, but overall…
 
Roving Refills was created in 2019 by two sisters, who had a passion for environmental protection and a growing concern at the amount of plastic packaging in the world. They started Roving Refills to provide people with locally made, eco-friendly alternatives to highly packaged products that have traveled many miles and are not safe for waterways. …
 
Did you know that 40% of our household waste is made up of food scraps? Australians send 5.3 million tonnes of food waste to landfill every single year, where it produces the harmful gas methane as it breaks down. The greenhouse gases produced by the food waste in landfill is the same amount as those produced by the steel and iron ore industries co…
 
We are back for part two of our chat with Mark Spencer from the Climactic Podcast Network. If you missed part one, stop now and go back and have a listen! It will make more sense and give you some context. In this episode, we talk about our visions and hopes for the future and the power that podcasts like Climactic and Sustainable You have in build…
 
If you are into climate-related podcasts, chances are you have heard the name Climactic, or the voice of Mark Spencer. In April 2018 Mark saw a huge opportunity to connect everyday people with ideas to share about living well in the time of climate change, and Climactic was born. He will tell you that his podcast had humble beginnings, but Mark is …
 
Do you know a volunteer Firie? Have you wondered what happens when they go off to fight a bushfire and save our communities from destruction? Lisa's dad Mike is a long-serving member of the CFA, and has been deployed on several strike teams so far this Summer. This episode, Mike shares both his experiences of being a volunteer firefighter, and his …
 
It's Sustainable You - Season 2! Jacqui and Lisa reflect on some of the lessons learned over Christmas and the Summer break and discuss the current bushfire and climate crisis Australia is experiencing. Listen in for some positive actions that you can take straight away. If you want to encourage legislative change, it takes many people to mobilise …
 
As 2019 draws to a close, Jacqui and Lisa take some time to chat about what changes they have made this year, and reflect on the episodes that they are most proud of. This is the final episode of the year - but they will be back with some exciting news in 2020! Thank you to everyone for your support - please get in touch if you have something to sh…
 
At the time of releasing this episode there were only 44 days until... Christmas!!! It's that wonderful time of the year - decorations come out, carols start playing in the Supermarket, and many sustainable habits fly out of the window as we get caught up in the excitement. This episode is a quick check over what we can do at this time of year, and…
 
In this episode, we chat with Meg Berryman. She’s a women's coach, teacher, yogi, mother and founder of the School for Sacred, Social Leaders. She shares her passion for empowering people to journey from wellness, to wholeness and beyond - to a place of changing culture, influencing change and contributing to communities. Just like us, she believes…
 
On Friday 20th September 2019, 4 million people around the world went on strike for the climate. Over 100,000 marched in Melbourne, and Lisa was there with her 2 school-aged kids. This episode Lisa brings you along, as she prepares with her kids, listens to the speeches, and marches in solidarity with the many varied protesters. If you want to know…
 
So you get your power, water & gas bills - monthly, quarterly, or whenever they arrive in the letterbox - and the amounts seem to go up and up. In this episode, Jacqui runs through some of her tried and tested ways of not only saving you some hard earned dollars, but also ways to reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by your household, and…
 
"Across the globe, there are literally thousands of climate solutions activities and businesses well underway, even as most of us don't know of them. Imagine if we began to combine them in order to find a solution?" - Damon Gameau, the filmmaker of 2040 explores some of the innovations we already have today, in order to tackle the climate change pr…
 
So, you're having a party... but how do you minimise waste at each step of the way? Jacqui and Lisa share some of their ideas, from e-invitations to palm leaf plates, to the sisterhood of the traveling balloons! Listen in for some sustainable ideas for your next celebration. Don't forget to share your ideas with us: @sustainableyoupod on insta & fb…
 
Our episode this week is a chat with the enigmatic Keith Badger: company director, philanthropist, mentor, writer, speaker, and a year-round ocean swimmer. Born and raised in a working class family on South London council estates, he spent 25 years as Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer for global organisations, travelling throughout Europ…
 
In this episode, Jacqui and Lisa talk about some of the DIY recipes they have discovered for around the home. Not only will they help eliminate some nasty chemicals from using store-bought cleaning products, but they also help limit our waste output and our impact on the oceans and the ecosystem. Check out our social media for more information and …
 
This week we present our conversation with Brett Hedger - the Zero Waste Man. Brett has been a true eco-warrior for several decades. He lives a waste-free lifestyle in Melbourne and works as a sustainability consultant for Port Phillip Council. He has developed a 52 week challenge to help people make changes to become more sustainable in their home…
 
These days we can access almost any variety of perfectly formed fruit and vegetable at the big supermarkets - even when it is not in season, or even from Australia. Today we talk to Dave and Holli from Parkigrocer who explain some of the issues with buying this way, as well as the benefits of sourcing local, organic produce straight from the farms …
 
With less than two weeks until Australia votes in the 2019 Federal Election, Lisa shares some audio from a recent conversation on Climate Change she facilitated through Climate for Change (C4C) in recent weeks. This short bonus episode also discusses a few things for you to consider when preparing to vote. For more info visit www.climateforchange.o…
 
One of our listeners asked us to explain what those numbers within the recycling symbol on our stuff actually mean - so here is the low down on how our plastics get classified, and what we can actually recycle. Don't let the media influence you into not recycling! It's still a super important part of the process that we get to control ourselves. En…
 
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