The Good Smack for the Planet Podcast by Hey Social Good

The Good Smack for the Planet Podcast by Hey Social Good

Socially conscious everyday heroes, such as business owners, leaders, thought provokers and your friendly neighbor are making amazing positive social good impacts all around us. In each episode, CindyJ and Kate Houser of Hey Social Good, interview people who have taken a big step towards sustainability, giving back, and social good, to make a positive impact on our community and the planet. Sometimes all we really need is a good smack to wake us up to the issues facing our world and small steps we can take to help give back. From sustainable fashion to upcycling airbags to giving opportunities to school girls in the U.S., India, and Africa, it’s amazing what one vision to change the world can create.

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December 6, 2020 32 min

Why are some gifts better than others? Which is more sustainable? Real tree or fake tree? Listen to Cindy J and Kate explain and gush over their favorite sustainable, give back and ethical brands + products perfect for the holiday season! They dive deep into Hey Social Good’s 9 Sustainable & Ethical Gift Guides, where gift giving means smiles and social impact. Visit heysocialgood.com

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This is Part 2 of Lindsay LaShell, a proud woman business owner, who made it work her way, in her own purpose-driven style. In Part 2, she answers that tough question of what she would tell herself five years ago, and if she had imagined the moment she made it. She is a rare breed among the big, wide, world of marketing agencies because she won’t compromise on selling just for the sake of selling. Her motto is “say no to the wrong ...

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Listen to a proud woman business owner, Lindsay LaShell, who made it work her way, in her own purpose-driven style. She is a rare breed among the big, wide, world of marketing agencies because she won’t compromise on selling just for the sake of selling. Lindsay embodies the words, authenticity and transparency. And in the world of marketing, that in itself is a unicorn. Her motto is “say no to the wrong clients” and in doing so, s...

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Solving her own personal health issues that couldn’t be explained away with conventional doctor’s visits, Dr. Paria Vaziri discovered the effectiveness of holistic medicine to optimize people’s health and the planet's wellness. More than ever, we need a doctor that is an M.D. superpowered with holistic and nontoxic approaches to wellness. Her comprehensive and sustainable approach to medicine means she’s proactively working on ...

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From a big hearted volunteer to now Chief Operating Officer of Feeding San Diego, Alicia Saake solves puzzles everyday to get healthy and nutritious food to everyday people. She and her phenomenal organization deliver millions of meals to food insecure San Diegans every year. Saake shares how Feeding San Diego“rescues food”, talks about the negative effects of prolonged hunger and mental health, and informs how we can easily reduce...

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Molly’s Suds founder, Monica Leonard, fought hard to bring a toxin free laundry detergent to market after the stillbirth of her fourth child, named Molly. She dug deep to understand the relationship between toxic chemical exposure from everyday cleaning products and health impacts, discovering the presence of these chemicals in the blood of unborn babies, debilitating allergies and other illnesses along the way. Molly’s Suds starte...

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An exceptional culturalist and farmer, Mia Vaughnes created Good Neighbor Garden SD from a love story. In Part 2, Mia discusses her African and Native American roots and how our American history of farming defines who we are and where we come from. She shares why asking to give away other’s extra vegetables is her giving and why maintaining a vibrant soil community in your garden or pot means creating spiritual happiness within our...

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Modern farmer+entrepreneur Mia Vaughnes is determined to help transform people’s yards and balconies into edible gardens. She and her amazing farmhands help build vibrant vegetable gardens right smack in the middle of your city. It doesn’t stop there, because she also teaches seemingly secret green thumb skills, tackles food waste, and gives back to schools with part of her CSA vegetable box revenue. She imagines a San Diego Ci...

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Jenny Silbert and Stephanie Choi are two of the most innovative zero waste designers this side of the Pacific. Creating waterproof, lightweight designer backpacks from airbags set for the landfill, hang totes from used brewery burlap, and 100% durable waterproof jackets from car seat cover liners, these two are pushing the envelope on design and waste diversion with an edge. Now, they are connecting sustainable change makers with t...

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Kim Otto, built the organic skincare brand, Moon Valley Organics with her husband from scratch. First, they taught themselves organic farming, then they worked long, hard back breaking hours to make farming work, including using food stamps to buy seeds to plant crops. After creating a successful farm in Washington state, she and her husband didn't stop there. Struggling with all kinds of skin allergies, Kim is like a renaissan...

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Clément Morandière made a big life pivot when he went from working at an international paddle board company in Asia to creating the first French sustainable adventure lifestyle brand, Fjord Lifestyle. Based in France, he is keeping in mind the importance of living and breathing simply as he is building a lifestyle company that celebrates upcycling, recycling, reducing waste and daily innovative sustainable solutions. With every pro...

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Erika Rodriguez loves animals! From demonstrating for animal rights to seeing waste in landfills to designing the safest, cleanest makeup products ever, we were bowled over by her honesty and transparency when talking about makeup and soaps. Creating a cream that goes on lids, lips, and cheeks seems simple enough to reduce waste, but what about packaging it? See the coolest packaging ever that reminds you of your school days colori...

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Cindy J and Kate dive deep into the many certifications a fashion brand gets to help people and the planet. They explore the nature of the manufacturing process, selective fabrics used, and the damaging impacts fast fashion has on surrounding towns of factories. As always, they share the better alternatives and tips that help make our planet better, one shirt at a time. 

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Dr.Chelsea Rochman couldn't stand seeing another plastic trash stuck in turtles anymore. So, she persisted as a graduate student and helped create the study of plastic debris and its impact on marine life, back when people didn't know that one day, we may see more plastic trash in the ocean than fish. In addition to her research on how pervasive plastic microfibers (think clothes) are in the environment, she spearheaded and...

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Sit down for an evening chat with CindyJ and Kate as they discuss (1) how the cleaning products in your home could be affecting your respiratory health; (2) how safe your laundry is for your children; and (3) their favorite household brands of the moment: Truce, Molly's Suds, Biokleen and more, on this episode of GoodSmack!

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Mama P founder, Suz Hernandez, got sick of plastic waste all around us and decided to do something about it. She's on a mission to eliminate over 1 billion disposable plastic toothbrushes in one year. Listen to how Suz spats out toothbush stats like you've never heard and how it's on businesses to better educate consumers. She previously worked at the athletic company, Nike, and used her skills to create a brand that of...

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Vivian Sayward is an avant garde, homegrown San Diegan fashion entrepreneur who cares deeply about fashion, people and the planet. She speaks of her path to battling the inherent "old boys" network in the golf world and poor fitting golf fashion. Then, after learning how harmful conventional fashion and clothes manufacturing can be to human health and the planet, she transformed her already successful sportswear brand into ...

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Chic to Wear founder, Lorena Delgado, became a critically sought after “sustainable” influencer on the hottest social fashion platform, PoshMark, where she owns one of the top 15 most followed closets online. She's revamping vintage with a sustainable bent. She shares the inspiring story of lifting herself out of depression and weight gain to becoming a highly followed fashionista... Hear how pure stubbornness can get you to un...

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