Sustainable Minimalists

Stephanie Seferian

Eco-friendly, non-toxic minimalism made simple

  • 35 minutes 17 seconds
    Cooking With Cast Iron

    Before aluminum coated in Teflon, there was cast iron.

    Our great-grandparents revered cast iron in the kitchen because it lasts *forever*. And with proper care? It's naturally non-stick, no PFAS necessary.

    These days cast iron is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, and for many good reasons. On today's show cast iron historian Kyle Seip answers our burning questions about how to cook on and care for our beloved cast iron cookware (it's way easier than you think!).

     

    Here's a preview:

    [6:00] Before aluminum, it was iron: A brief cast iron history

    [11:00] What a price tag says about new and vintage cast iron pieces

    [13:00] Getting to the bottom of the confusing health claims

    [18:00] How do you clean cast iron? Is soap OK?

    [22:00] When to use enamel-coated cast iron (hey there, Le Creuset!) versus when reach for traditional

    [25:00] Everything you need to know about seasoning your cast iron (spoiler alert: you don't need to do much!)

    [27:00] Troubleshooting a rusty skillet

     

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    23 May 2024, 11:25 am
  • 2 minutes 28 seconds
    Introducing The Kevin Rose Show
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    23 May 2024, 10:25 am
  • 44 minutes 55 seconds
    An Attitude Of Gratitude

    Is the glass half empty, or is it half full? According to Tony Robbins, trading your expectations for appreciation instantly changes everything. Psychological research agrees: Gratitude has the power to improve every single aspect of your life.

    On today's show: how to truly feel gratitude for your stuff and people. 


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    [3:00] Want to be 18% happier? It's as easy as putting on a new pair of glasses, metaphorically speaking

    [10:00] HABITUATION! Our brains are primed to forget why certain stuff and people are important 

    [19:00] Say it with me: Stuff doesn't create gratitude! 3 tips for feeling grateful for what you already own

    [28:00] We expect way too much from our partners. Let's fix that together

    [35:00] Feeling less than grateful for the people in your life? That's normal (there's also a simple antidote)

     

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    21 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 40 minutes 36 seconds
    Toxic Fashion

    Packaged foods (obviously) have ingredients lists. Our favorite beauty products have ingredients lists. And those cleaning products under the kitchen sink? Yup, they've got ingredients lists, too.

    Ever wonder why our clothes don't have ingredients lists? While we'd *like* to think our favorite garments are made of woven fibers and nothing more, the sad truth is there are countless unregulated chemicals in our closet go-tos (and these chemicals are likely harming our health).

    On today's show investigative journalist Alden Wicker explains why synthetic fashion and dyes made from fossil fuels are so deeply intertwined with the rise of autoimmune disease, infertility, asthma, eczema, and more; she also suggests concrete action steps for curating a clean(er) closet.

    * The book we're discussing today is our June Book Club selection. If you want in, please join us via Substack! https://sustainableminimalists.substack.com/

     

    Here's a preview:

    [7:00] Uncovering the chemicals in our clothes and what they're doing to our health

    [10:30] Taking a special look at the especially problematic petrochemical-based azo dyes (often used on petrochemical-based fibers)

    [17:00] If all this stuff is in our clothing, why don't garments have ingredients lists?

    [22:00] Carter's, Victoria's Secret, and victim body blaming

    [31:00] Why 'organic' doesn't mean much when it comes to clothing

    [36:00] For subscribers! Action steps for curating a clean(er) closet

     

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    16 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 37 minutes 32 seconds
    Optimizing Your Walks

    Modern life panders to our innate desire to be sedentary, and never has it been more difficult to resist the alluring convenience of screens.

    Yet walking matters. On today's show author Annabel Abbs-Streets suggests tangible ways to attain the full range of benefits that walking has to offer — physical, emotional, and spiritual — that's backed by latest research.

     

    Here's a preview:

    [7:00] A laundry list of all the physiological benefits of walking and hiking for movement (get ready to be blown away)

    [11:00] Why it's important to walk with our eyes, plus: the mental health benefits associated with panoramic vision

    [16:00] Want more calm in your life? Research finds that these very specific nature sounds matter

    [21:00] Terpenes, baby! Large trees offer us these psychological and physiological benefits

    [25:00] Don't shy away from that mud puddle. Soil microbes matter!

    [30:00] How to best optimize your daily walk for health and wellness benefits

     

     



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    14 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 18 minutes 46 seconds
    HEADLINES: Shrinking Fish

    The environmental news headlines you need to know for Friday, May 10 2024:

    [00:30] Fish are shrinking around the world and no one knows why

    [4:00] Have a gas stove? Here's another thing to worry about 

    [7:00] Exactly how green initiatives push some voters to the far right 

    [11:30]  A Sriracha shortage has climate change to blame

    [15:00] Climate change raises the risks of another pandemic, and here's why

     




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    10 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 44 minutes 42 seconds
    Produce Without Pesticides

    While fresh fruits and vegetables are irreplaceable parts of a healthy diet, pesticides aren't benign. Sadly, many of our favorite produce items carry unhealthy levels of pesticides, and each one comes with its own unique risk profile.

    On today's show: A comprehensive review of the most recent research into pesticides in produce.

    Here's a preview:

    [5:00] Not all pesticides are the same, and different pesticides have different risk profiles

    [10:00] DDT, bald eagles, Silent Spring, and America's history with pesticides

    [19:00] Stephanie's thoughts on the EWG's Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen

    [25:00] Are the EPA's maximum residue limits too high?

    [30:00] ** You need to know about these countries with organic reciprocity!

    [34:00] Does peeling help? How should we best wash conventional produce?

    [38:00] For subscribers! 6 concrete action steps for informed consumers

     

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    9 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 32 minutes 22 seconds
    The Cost Of Climate Change

    We know climate change is expensive, but how expensive is it really?

    A new analysis finds that beyond its effects on the broader economy, rising temperatures seriously hurt our personal finances. On today's show: A conversation with Alexandra Grose about what happens when climate change reduces lifetime income and simultaneously raises prices on ... well, everything.

     

    Resource mentioned:

    Climate Change Could Cost Each American Born Today $500,000 (via Consumer Reports)

     




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    7 May 2024, 10:20 am
  • 18 minutes 56 seconds
    HEADLINES: Ulterior Motives

    The environmental news headlines you need to know for Friday, May 3 2024:

    [1:30] Newly released documents and Big Oil's secret climate strategy

    [7:00] Here's what Patagonia's doing with all its profits

    [13:00] Therapists are trading the couch for the great outdoors, and here's why

    [16:00] Sea levels are rising in the US coastal South faster than anywhere else on Earth

     

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    3 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 37 minutes 43 seconds
    Roads Less Travelled

    Something semi-sad happens as we age: We lose our nimbleness. So many of us white-knuckle grip long-held habits and beliefs and thus fail to question whether such routines and ideas are working in our best interests. Worse, such rigidity goes directly against our "factory settings" as human beings: As a species, we fully live when we prioritize resilience, light-footedness, and fearlessness. (Don't believe me? Just observe a child!)

    On today's show: embracing fresh starts, prioritizing roads less travelled, and unpacking pressures associated with cultural uniformity with author and podcaster Shannon Leyko


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    [14:00] How to lean into tension by taking "messy action"

    [18:00] It's not *just* about trying a new hobby; it's about resiliency. Self-efficacy, too!

    [23:00] Timelines are rarely linear, and "starting over" isn't starting back at square one

    [30:00] Common struggles associated with living unconventionally in a conventional world

     

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    2 May 2024, 4:10 am
  • 31 minutes 22 seconds
    Greenwashing 2.0

    Many corporations are hopping on the sustainability bandwagon these days, but it's not for altruistic reasons. It's likely due to the green premium: because eco-friendly products cost more, business owners see an opportunity for increased revenue. 

    The result? Greenwashed products abound (And guess what? You're likely paying *extra* for a product that isn't at all eco-conscious!). 

    On today's show Aidan Riehl offers advanced tips for avoiding greenwashing in today's ever-changing market. 

     

    Here's a preview:

    [6:30] Some questions to ask: Is this eco-friendly product owned by a conglomerate? Is this one product the *only* eco-conscious product in their product line?

    [9:30] Getting to the bottom of "biodegradable" claims once and for all

    [16:30] Should we look for pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled plastics?

    [19:00] Laundry sheets and dishwasher pods! Is polyvinyl alcohol actually benign?

    [22:00] So many pledges, so little action

    [25:00] Steph's tips to spot greenwashing in influencer marketing

     

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    30 April 2024, 4:10 am
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