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We highlight the people, ideas, and innovations protecting and healing the planet. Here you will find our podcast episodes where we interview sustainability champions as well as articles about the many positive changes happening right now all over the world to make us more sustainable.Sustainability Champions are the individuals, companies and organizations currently solving environmental challenges around the world. They are leaders and innovators and their numbers are growing. If you are a Sustainability Champion, please subscribe and listen today.

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How You Can Shop With Zero Waste

There is so much plastic waste from food packaging – whether it’s the plastic bag inside cereal boxes or plastic milk bottles, berry containers or yogurt cups – it begs the question, can we avoid all this plastic?While the big scale supermarket chains are slowly catching on, a brand-new breed of shops has come to life: zero-waste supermarkets.In this Episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Catherine Conway, founder and CEO of Unpackaged, and a Champion of promoting a zero-waste lifestyle. Unpackaged sets up refill stations in stores around the UK, including Planet Organic and Waitrose, and customers bring their own refillable containers to fill them with products from the dispensers. This allows people to only buy the amount they need, limiting food waste while avoiding single-use plastics. Catherine also offers consulting services to help spread the idea of zero-waste stores as far as possible.We discuss the challenges Catherine encountered when inventing the refill system, her history of advocating the zero-waste movement since 2006, and how mainstream supermarkets are slowly joining their cause and much more!I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/Hwuxm0X7ZJk--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

57mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #1

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Your Used Plastics Can Build Sustainable Roads

In this episode, I interview Toby McCartney, Co-Founder and CEO of MacRebur: The Plastic Road Company, and a Champion of recycling plastic to improve roads. MacRebur takes plastic waste, destined for either landfill or incineration, and turns it into a strong and environmentally-friendly asphalt glue. This additive binder greatly increases road durability, while at the same time recycling plastic waste. A real win-win.One kilometre of road built with MacRebur’s products, uses the equivalent weight of 684,000 bottles or 1.8 million single-use plastic bags! And amazingly, with their design, there is no chance of microplastics entering the water or air. Using plastic to build roads is literally paving the way for a better future.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Toby McCartney and MacRebur.I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/Ltiq_zyTSlM--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

56mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #2

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Healing The Earth With Regenerative Farming

Did you know due to modern agricultural practices you have to eat eight oranges today to get the same amount of Vitamin A as your grandparents would have gotten from just one?  In this episode of the Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today) podcast, I interview Gabe Brown, owner of Brown’s ranch and a champion of regenerative farming.  Gabe is a producer and winner of many state and national soil health awards, including a Growing Green Award from the Natural Resource Defense Council, and a Zero-Till Producer of the Year Award. In addition, he was named one of the 25 Most influential Agricultural Leaders in the United States. Gabe recently published, “Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture”, where he shares the story of healing his farm’s soil and paves the road for other farmers to follow in his footsteps. Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about Gabe Brown and other champions of sustainability.  I hope you enjoy this episode!  Resources: Brown’s Ranch Website: https://brownsranch.usRegenerative Agriculture: http://www.regenerativeagriculturedefinition.com Methanotrophs: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150826135724.htmNourished by Nature: https://nourishedbynature.usDirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture (2018) by Gabe Brown: https://www.amazon.com/Dirt-Soil-Familys-Regenerative-Agriculture/dp/1603587632 Watch the full episode: https://youtu.be/fFHnVgO0xPY--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

56mins

14 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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Organic Farming Can Save The Earth

Did you know fertiliser was first introduced in the 1940s because the US had lots of leftover nitrogen that wasn’t made into weapons during WWII?Hey, this is Daniel Hartz with Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), a podcast where I showcase sustainability experts and discover their journeys.The aim of these conversations is to share ideas from leaders in the field on the financial benefits of adopting eco-friendly methodologies. Can it really be cost-effective to be sustainable?Through these talks, we also cover ways you as an individual can incorporate environmentally-friendly practices into your daily life.In this episode, I interview Diana Martin, the Director of Communications at The Rodale Institute, a nonprofit considered to be the birthplace of the organic movement in North America. The Institute educates consumers and farmers on the benefits of organic and researches organic farming practices.Diana and I talk about the significance of the Institute’s motto “healthy soil = healthy food = healthy people” and why it’s problematic that we’re losing topsoil 10 times faster than it’s being replaced.We discuss the profitability of organic farming, especially in a time when many farmers sell their produce at break-even prices and live off of taxpayer-funded government subsidies.Diana describes carbon farming, a practice that takes advantage of plants’ natural ability to sequester carbon dioxide and put it back into the soil, where it belongs.This is a great interview and I’m really looking forward to it! If you know someone who’s passionate about organic food, farming, or sustainability, share this episode with them! You can find us at sustainabilitychampions.com. If you’d like to learn more about the Rodale Institute, visit their website at rodaleinstitute.org.And let us know you’re listening to this episode on instagram! Tag us - @sustainabilitychampions and @RodaleInstitute. We’d love to hear from you!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/jGW-FKdAkRc--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

47mins

4 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Sustainability Matters Today: Year-End Special

This is a special, end-of-year episode for the Sustainability Champions who have subscribed and supported the Sustainability Matters Today Podcast! Thank you for listening to the show and learning from the Champions we feature who are taking steps every day to heal our planet. We look forward to speaking with you again in 2020 and greatly appreciate your continued support!IIf you haven’t yet, please follows us on IG @sustainabilitychampions, and subscribe to our FB page, Sustainability Champions!--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

8mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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How You Can Improve Lives by Planting Trees

Did you know reforesting about 2.2 billion acres could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon? That’s the equivalent of two-thirds of all the carbon humans have already released into the atmosphere!In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Dr. Stephen Fitch, founder and CEO of Eden Reforestation Projects and Champion of Reforestation and Ecological Restoration.Launched in Ethiopia in 2004, Eden Reforestation Projects restores healthy forests in Madagascar, Haiti, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique, and Kenya while reducing extreme poverty by employing thousands of local villagers to plant trees in deforested areas. Eden has been recognized as one of the most cost-effective reforestation projects in the world.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Steve.I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Eden Reforestation Projects Website: https://edenprojects.orgEcosia website: https://www.ecosia.orgAquifer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AquiferSeed Balls: https://seed-balls.com/what-are-seed-ballsCarbon Sequestration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_sequestrationWatch the full episode: https://youtu.be/oxEylG-Gqfs--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

45mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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The Ultimate Organic Shampoo For Your Hair

Did you know, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a common cleansing agent found in shampoos and soaps, damages the natural protective barriers on your skin and lets in hormone-disrupting chemicals, which can be carcinogenic?In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Dennes James-Kraan, the co-founder of Tabitha James Kraan (TJK) Organic Hairdressing and Champion of Sustainable and Organic Hair Care.Founded in 1999, TJK is a pioneering, organic salon based in the Cotswolds, UK that runs 100% on energy from renewable sources. In 2015, they launched their own line of luxury organic hair products that deliver professional performance without compromising on the quality of ingredients. This organic hair care line recently won the Marie Claire Hair Awards in 2019 for being a game-changer in the cosmetic industry.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Dennes.I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Sassoon Academy: https://www.sassoon-academy.com/en/academy/ukNational Vocational Qualification (NVQ): https://www.vocationaltraining.org.uk/nvq-overviewSodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_laureth_sulfateewg.org website:https://www.ewg.org/Soil Association UK: https://www.soilassociation.org/TJK Website: https://www.tabithajameskraan.com/Watch the full episode: https://youtu.be/Fyu2lFJ-3K0--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

52mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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Palm Oil Can Be the Sustainable Choice

Did you know palm oil is in around 50% of all products found on supermarket shelves?In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Inke Van Der Sluijs, head of European operations at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (aka the RSPO) and #Champion of Sustainable Palm Oil.Established in 2004, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil is the leading certifying body that demonstrates palm oil is produced with the environment and society in mind. The RSPO has more than 4,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Inke.I hope you enjoy this episode!Resources:Assurance Services International (ASI): www.asi-assurance.org/sJurisdiction approach to certification: rspo.org/news-and-events/announcements/public-consultation-jurisdictional-approach-for-rspo-certificationNon-Governmental Organizations (NGO): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-governmental_organizationPeatland and Climate Change: iucn.org/resources/issues-briefs/peatlands-and-climate-changeRSPO website: rspo.orgSustainable Palm Oil: eco-business.com/news/what-is-sustainable-palm-oilWatch the full episode: https://youtu.be/It83uID80YE--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

54mins

20 Oct 2019

Rank #8

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How Socially Responsible Investing Can Heal Our Planet

Did you know, investing the money in your savings into sustainable funds can have a 27 times bigger positive impact on your carbon footprint than eating less meat, taking public transportation, reducing your water use, and flying less, combined?In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview JP Dallmann, Sustainable & Impact Investment Advisor and host of the “Impact Leaders” podcast.The Impact Leaders podcast features individuals who focus on Impact Investment and Performance with Purpose. JP is the CEO of ILA & Partners, helping Investment Managers and Companies that want to transition into Sustainable & Impact Investing.In 2017,  JP started Impact Founders - a community of impact-driven entrepreneurs who use profit and technology as a force for good. He is also the co-founder of Realchangers, a platform that matches mission-driven talent with impact-driven companies that are solving the most pressing global issues of today. And he is a contributor to Forbes.com, where he promotes impact investing, the SDGs and change in our systems.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like JP.Enjoy the episode!Resources:Impact Investing: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/impact-investing.aspSustainable Development Goals: https://www.un.org/development/desa/disabilities/envision2030.htmlImpact Leaders Podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/4974335Impact Investing Article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jpdallmann/2018/12/31/impact-investing-just-a-trend-or-the-best-strategy-to-help-save-our-world/#7d87d3b475d1Negative/Exclusionary Screening: https://thoughtfulfinance.com/2018/07/24/definitions-negative-exclusionary-screeningPrinciples for Responsible Investment (PRI): https://www.unpri.orgJohn Elkington Books: https://johnelkington.com/publications/booksRay Dalio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_DalioJP Dallmann website: http://jpdallmann.comWatch the full episode: https://youtu.be/l3YFe0nCFzI--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

49mins

14 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Why Sustainable Agriculture Makes Better Food

In this episode, I speak with Luke Peterson, a regenerative farmer based near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. By mimicking nature, Luke believes that his farm improves the health of the soil and healthier soil grows healthier food. And healthier food means healthier communities, which in turn lead to healthier economies. On a grander scale, regenerative agriculture goes far beyond the importance of pollinators like bumblebees and butterflies flourishing on his farm: regenerative agriculture can actually have a direct impact on the strength of a country’s economy.You can follow Luke and his farm on Instagram - https://bit.ly/2KrI5RS ResourcesCarmen Fernholz is Luke's mentor - https://bit.ly/2Mt8JfI 5 Principles of Soil Health: Armor the soil, Minimize soil disturbance, Increase plant diversity, Keep living roots in the ground all year, Integrate livestock grazing - https://bit.ly/2MDPosqUS Farm debt is at levels seen during the 1980s farm crisis - https://reut.rs/2EBsD1XLuke works closely with a local bakery called Baker’s Field - https://bit.ly/2MwvcbCGabe Brown’s book Dirt to Soil - http://bit.ly/2HVdtqc Mark Shepherd’s book Restoration Agriculture - http://bit.ly/2QOjeZtWatch the episode here: https://youtu.be/qrajJpOZ_e0--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

55mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Supporting Companies To Become More Sustainable

In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Dorry Price, Sustainability Consultant and Champion of Contributing FutureReady Solutions to Corporate Sustainability.Working to create innovative solutions and a thriving environment for communities across the UK, Dorry is a sustainability consultant and a steering group member of The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) Futures, which is a networking group for students, graduates, and young professionals who want to work in the sustainability field.With her specialization in corporate sustainability solutions and services, Dorry wrote an article called “For the Record”, where she discusses the role blockchain could have in helping the UK transition to a low-carbon economy.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Dorry.I hope you enjoy the episode!ResourcesHouse of Fraser: https://www.houseoffraser.co.ukNordstrom: https://americanaatbrand.com/shopping/nordstromFarmdrop: https://www.farmdrop.comDorry's Article, "For the record": https://transform.iema.net/article/recordMateriality Assessment: https://us.anteagroup.com/en-us/blog/7-basic-steps-conducting-successful-materiality-assessmentGreenwashing: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/greenwashing.aspJP Dallman's episode in SMT: https://www.sustainabilitymatters.today/jp-dallmann-smtOther resourcesWatch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/K6SuhiBDBtw--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

46mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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Zero Waste Coffee Can Save Our Forests

Did you know, used coffee grounds can reduce deforestation because they contain many of the same properties as palm oil?In this episode of the Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today) podcast, I interview Fergus Moore, Co-Founder of Revive Eco and Champion of Diverting Coffee Grounds from Landfill.Revive Eco collects and recycles used coffee grounds to produce a range of eco-friendly products. Recently, they were chosen as a Solve - MIT Global Finalist for their proposal of converting coffee grounds into high value, natural oils. For their innovation, Revive-Eco received the LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in 2016, a Green Champion Award from the Glasgow Business Awards in 2017, a grant from Zero Waste Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund in 2018, and recently they were semi-finalists in the Chivas Venture Final in 2019, for which they received $20,000 in prize money.Please subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn about other champions of sustainability like Fergus.I hope you enjoy this episode!ResourcesPalm Oil: wwf.org.uk/updates/8-things-know-about-palm-oilPalmitic Acid: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmitic_acidLinoleic Acid: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linoleic_acidOleic Acid: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleic_acidStearic Acid: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stearic_acidCircular Economy: ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/circular-economy/conceptEllen Macarthur Foundation: ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/Iceland palm oil advert: youtube.com/watch?v=oA10-oZi4XcGabe Brown’s SMT Episode: bit.ly/gabe-brown-SMTMay Al Karooni’s SMT Episode: bit.ly/MayAlKarooniSMTWatch the full episode: https://youtu.be/iBsKT5k7LfQ--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

1hr 3mins

7 Oct 2019

Rank #12

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Climate Cocktail Club

In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I speak with Alex Watson, the co-founder of the Climate Cocktail Club, London Branch and a Champion of Shaping the Conversation on Climate Change.In 2017 Alex published an article called, "My case for doing business more sustainably", where he wrote about the possibility for companies to put purpose before profit in order to create social or environmental benefits while generating enough revenue to be financially sustainable.After completing Al Gore's Climate Reality Training, Alex brought the Climate Cocktail Club, a collaboration platform for professionals who want to solve the climate challenge, to London in 2019.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Alex.I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Climate Cocktail Club website: https://www.climatecocktailclub.orgNatural Capital Partners website: https://www.naturalcapitalpartners.comClimate Reality Project website: https://climaterealityproject.org/trainingExtinction Rebellion: https://rebellion.earthUnited Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Framework_Convention_on_Climate_ChangeThe Paris Agreement: https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreementDeeds not Words: New Research Reveals the Climate Action of Fortune Global 500 Companies : https://www.naturalcapitalpartners.com/news-resources/article/deeds-not-words-new-research-reveals-the-climate-action-of-fortune-500-globMy case for doing business more sustainably: https://medium.com/on-purpose-stories/my-case-for-doing-business-more-sustainably-af9a6561b514Watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/zoEjz5NTMGE--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

50mins

27 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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How You Can Eliminate Single-Use Coffee Cups

In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Safia Qureshi, award-winning Architect, designer and environmentalist, founder of CupClub, and a Champion of Replacing the Disposable with the Reusable.CupClub partners with businesses, catering companies, facilities management providers, retailers and brands to replace disposable cups with a significantly more sustainable alternative. The company is pioneering the circular economy by creating a returnable cup that people can “borrow” from a coffee shop and return it to a convenient location once they’re done. With its products manufactured in the UK, CupClub creates half the carbon dioxide equivalent of disposables and ceramics, while significantly reducing waste.CupClub has earned a variety of awards including top prize winner from the 2017 Ellen MacArthur Foundation and IDEO and appeared in a number of media and publications, including BBC, Sky, Design Week, Core77, Dezeen, Design Indaba and The Drum.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Safia.I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the full episode: https://youtu.be/UeqtHjpYBR0--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

49mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Sustainable Cleaning: How You Can Avoid Nasty Chemicals

Becoming more sustainable involves taking a look at all aspects of our lives and businesses and finding ways to maintain our effectiveness while prioritizing the environment – like reducing waste, emissions and harmful chemicals.Today’s guest and his company truly embody that sustainable spirit – in this episode, I interview Mark Jankovich, Founder and CEO of Delphis Eco and Champion of Innovative and Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products.Delphis Eco is a leading ecological cleaning product manufacturer in the UK that proudly uses 100% post-consumer recycled plastics for all its packaging. Realizing that the Green Economy is the future, Mark founded the company to manufacture ecological cleaning products for the commercial sector.Delphis Eco holds two Royal Warrants of Appointment (meaning they’ve provided their products to the British Royal Households for at last five years) and was recently awarded the Blue Patch Sustainable Innovation Business Award for their measurable social and environmental impacts.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Mark!I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Website: delphiseco.comBlue Patch Award: community.bluepatch.org/look-who-won-blue-patch-awards-2019Twitter: twitter.com/delphiseco?lang=enInstagram: www.instagram.com/delphisecoFacebook: www.facebook.com/delphisecoUKWatch the episode here: https://youtu.be/0FcUBDj5YQM--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

57mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #15

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How Polluted Cities Can Become Healthier With Plants

In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Habib Khan, Director and Founding Partner at Meristem Design and a Champion of Urban Greening for Cleaner City Air.Meristem Design specializes in creating green solutions for grey urban spaces and is heavily involved with ‘greening’ London.Providing green screens and plants to the most polluted schools across London, building parklets in neighborhoods, planting living walls in the city, and maintaining green infrastructure in landmark office buildings like The Shard, Meristem uses plants to purify the air and provide many health benefits to people.Their parklets have won the Global Good Award for making sustainability and social impact. They have also picked up awards from the International Healthy Streets Summit in Glasgow in 2018.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Habib.I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/sfK1kMC5dX4--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

42mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Sustainable Fashion using Lotus Flowers

In this episode of Sustainability Champions (formerly Sustainability Matters Today), I interview Katherine Maunder, Founder of Threadtales and Champion of Ethical Fashion through Sustainable Practices.Threadtales is a luxury fashion brand that creates scarves, travel wraps and Kaftans using environmentally-sound fabrics.Katherine is passionate about handcrafted raw materials to create unique designs, so she chose to make many of Threadtales’ pieces out of their signature Lotus flower fabric.The Lotus flower grows naturally in lakes in Myanmar and benefits from harvesting, which helps the crop renew each season.The clothes are then produced in Nepal using zero electricity, zero waste, and zero chemicals.Thread Tales were recently awarded the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury for their company-wide commitment to strong environmental principles.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other sustainability champions like Katherine.I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Website: threadtalescompany.comFast Fashion: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_fashionRana Plaza Accident: ilo.org/global/topics/Rana PlazaCashmere wool: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cashmere_woolThreadtales video: threadtalescompany.com/pages/storyInstagram: instagram.com/threadtalescoTwitter: twitter.com/ThreadTalesCoFacebook: facebook.com/ThreadTalesCoSeedrs Campaign: seedrs.com/threadtalesYou may find the transcript here: sustainabilitym.at/ThreadTalesWatch the full episode: https://youtu.be/Wesl-yGLsA4--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

56mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #17

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Sustainable Living: When You Buy Better, You Buy Less

Companies and industries realised one thing: consumers don’t buy many products if the products are built to last. On the other hand, short-lived products will be replaced, so building fragile items means companies create additional “demand” and in the end, more profit.In today’s world, this regular and repeated consumerism has been indented into our lives. From Seasonal Fashion to feeling invigorated when buying new furniture, we’re used to receiving positive feedback from following our shopping urges. These shopping habits are not always good for the planet because of the amount of waste created from making these products.Take it from Tara Button, marketing expert, and founder and CEO of Buymeonce.com and a Champion of Buying Less, and Buying Better. “BuyMeOnce” sells all kinds of products that are built to last. Whether it’s pots and pans, fashion, healthcare, bed linen, bottles, backpacks or bikes, all their featured products are sustainably produced and chosen because they’re meant to last a long time.Their code of business is an idea worth following: “We’re demanding longer-lasting products, better guarantees and responsible manufacturing. By offering only the most long-lived products out there, we want to empower consumers to buy less, and buy better.”As you might imagine, changing our society’s fundamental behaviour won’t be easy. Listen to this episode, to find out more on the origin and future of consumerism!I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/CgUfefyW5egResources:BuyMeOnce Website US: buymeonce.comBuyMeOnce Website UK: uk.buymeonce.comTara Button’s Website: tarabutton.co.ukTara Button's Book “A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life”: amazon.com/gp/product/0399582517/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

42mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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The Ultimate Way To Get Paid For Being Sustainable

Globally we emit over 36 billion tonnes of CO2 per year – a number so high, we can barely imagine its effect on our climate. While climate change awareness is reaching more and more people around the world, and we’re learning step by step how to avoid unsustainable lifestyles, it can be very difficult to imagine our own carbon emissions on a personal level. Do you know how much carbon you emit on a daily basis? Or the average person‘s emissions?Today I interview Gilad Regev, CO-Founder and CEO of Kora App, and a Champion of rewarding sustainable lifestyles. Kora is an ambitious start-up, aimed at creating an app that tracks your impact on the planet and rewards personal carbon reductions with Kora points. These Koras can then be spent in the built-in marketplace on offers from Kora partners and to support CO2 reduction projects.Unlike the current flawed carbon credit system (also known as carbon offsetting), Kora wants to reward individuals for reducing carbon emissions, instead of punishing companies for emitting carbon. With a strong vision of partnering with cities and corporations, public transportation and even energy companies, Kora is truly innovating the way we see carbon emissions. Similar to airline miles, Kora’s Earth Loyalty Program’s point system is a unique way of first visualizing our levels of personal carbon emissions, and then reducing them.Please make sure to subscribe to the Sustainability Champions podcast to learn more about other champions of sustainability like Gilad.I hope you enjoy the episode!Watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/dkgoB4HXDEY--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

57mins

26 Mar 2020

Rank #19

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Why Organic Cotton Is Not Sustainable And Eucalyptus Is

Happy Earth Day, Champions!“If you like puns, sleeping and sustainability, potentially even in that order – Sheets and Giggles is the brand for you!” A perfect way to introduce this guest and his company! Today, I speak with Colin McIntosh, Founder and CEO of Sheets and Giggles (and, yes that’s a pun), and Champion of Sleeping Sustainably.Sheets and Giggles makes sustainable, 400-thread count sateen bed sheets out of Eucalyptus trees, which don’t use insecticides or pesticides. Compared with cotton, the production of their eucalyptus lyocell requires 96% less water and 30 % less energy! And if those numbers aren’t compelling enough, their sales pitch is simple: “Our Eucalyptus Lyocell sheets are softer, more breathable, and more sustainable than both cotton and bamboo.” And they’re bed serious. Listen to this episode to find out about:Their simple solutions to a wasteful textile industry;How the 3-year-old company pledges some of its profits to a wide variety of charities (including 20% of every sale to COVID–19 Emergency Relief Funds);How Colin came up with the pun title!I hope you enjoy the episode!Resources:Website: sheetsgiggles.comKoala Charity Blogpost: sheetsgiggles.com/blogs/news/over-17-000-raised-to-save-endangered-koalasWWF Koala Charity: donate.wwf.org.au/donate/one-off-donation/help-koalasTwitter: twitter.com/SheetsGigglesInstagram: instagram.com/SheetsGigglesFacebook: facebook.com/sheetsgigglesWatch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/_O42yPVR_iA--Hosted by Daniel HartzSustainability Championshttps://www.sustainabilitychampions.comInstagram: @SustainabilityChampionsFacebook: @SustainabilityChampionsLinkedIn: @Sustainability Champions

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22 Apr 2020

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