All Things Sustainable

All Things Sustainable

Welcome to "All Things Sustainable," where we talk about anything related to sustainable living, as well as how to apply specific action steps to your own life. Whether you're new to this journey of lowering your carbon footprint or you've already begun and need inspiration for what steps to take next -- we've got you!


December 2, 2022 27 min

Happy Holidays!! In this BONUS episode, Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast Host, shares her favorite go-to's for sustainable gift ideas!

The holidays, or any special occasion, can present challenges when you want to give something your loved ones will truly enjoy while sticking to your own personal ethics and values.

If you're looking for the perfect gift ideas that are unique, eco-friendly, and meaningful, look n...

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This beautiful series is coming to a close and in this final episode, Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast Host, shares her own personal journey into embracing the "vegan" title and how a plant-based diet has impacted her physically, as well as all the unexpected ways veganism has completely changed her life.

The episode ends with her biggest take-aways from each interview within this series, and with that, that'...

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Have you learned so much about the meat and dairy industries and/or the benefits of a plant-based diet but the one thing holding you back from embracing the "vegan" title is the fear of change? The anxiety of challenging the status quo? Do you have worries like-- what about the holidays? And what do I tell my family? And why are they reacting like this? And why are people so defensive? And why don't they understand? And...

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"When our actions don't match our words, we wound our souls." 

Dr. Sailesh Rao, world-renowned systems engineer specialist, executive producer, speaker and author, joins Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast Host, to recognize our place of belonging within nature -- exactly as we are.

Dr. Rao supports us in coming back into alignment with our core Dharma (our core truth), walks us through the 7 chakras of transfo...

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Is it ethical to push for a plant-based / vegan world? Is the modern vegan movement dismissing entire people groups and cultures? What is "white veganism" and how does this often differ from vegans within the BIPOC community? How can we push for less animal consumption without addressing the food disparities within our broken systems?

Jen Rivera Bell and Ashley Renne Nsonwu are 2 vegan mamas, social media influencers, and s...

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When it comes to climate change and reversing the damage that has already been done on our earth, what individual choices really matter most? Striving to be zero-waste, traveling less, using less energy, recycling more, or could it simply boil down to what's on our plate? 

Dr. Joanne Kong, award-winning speaker, advocate, and author, joins Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast Host, to discuss how our diet plays a leadin...

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If you've ever been oppressed and carried the weight of an unjust system, you will likely recognize the blueprints of oppression elsewhere when you see it. The problem is, most of us can't see what is purposefully hidden, unless we know where to look... 

Gwenna Hunter is the founder of the Vegans for LA community outreach program and food bank -- the first of its kind in Southern CA.  Claudia Lifton is the Corporate Partner...

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Are you or a loved one suffering from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, or chronic pain? Has anyone ever told you how these conditions (and more) can be prevented as well as reversible in many cases? And when you've heard about a vegan (or plant-based) diet, have you ever wondered if it's actually a good fit for everyone, or if there's anybody who should not eat this way? 

Dr. Neal Barnard is one of the...

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Have you ever felt like you needed to hold back your truth for the sake of someone else's approval? Do you struggle to communicate effectively in ways that feel like both/multiple perspectives are being shared and truly heard? Have you found it challenging to navigate the trends of social media and current cultural norms while trying to find your own voice through it all? 

Clare Mann, Vegan Psychologist, Existential Psychothera...

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Here it is, the final episode in our 3-part BONUS series on living sustainably amidst Back to School season!

Parts 1-2 covered low-waste lunches/snacks, school supplies, clothing and backpacks! There are tons of little gems in there you won't want to miss, so be sure to go back and listen if you haven't already!

Today, Tiffany Norton, owner of Juniperseed Mercantile and The Fly Button, joins Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach ...

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Annnnd we're back with Part 2 of this 3-part BONUS series on living sustainably amidst Back to School season!

Part 1 covered low-waste lunches and school supplies! Today, we're sharing our best eco-hacks for clothing and backpacks (because Lord knows how these kids keep outgrowing, shredding, misplacing, molding, and whatever else they're doing to these items every year...) ;)

Tiffany Norton, owner of Juniperseed Mercant...

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Have you found yourself feeling overwhelmed by back-to-school to-do's and supply lists and costs (or do you know that dear friend who is)??  

I've been there! Well, as a teacher. (My little one's only just now enrolling in "school" two days a week, starting next month...) 

Now, whether you’ve handled multiple back-to-school demands or you're just entering the world of Kindergarten, I want to give you several t...

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Hey friends! We are wrapping up Season 2 on how to become more Conscious Consumers and taking a break for a bit... but we'll be back with an exciting Season 3 and a topic that often stirs up some controversy... ;)

My goal is to handle this next series topic with as much respect, understanding, and compassion as possible! Curious?? Listen here to find out more!

I also invite you to share YOUR feedback with me! What do you think o...

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Do you fall into the black hole of "doom-scrolling" and feel the weight of climate anxiety? Or have you felt angry and discouraged every time you're trying your best to live sustainably but then you look at the overflowing garbage around you and wonder if there's even a point to trying? ...Same, friend, same. But, we can actually do something about that!

Jess Lybeck, CEO and co-creator of Remark and UnF*** the Futur...

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How many of you have that one friend who’s always scoring incredible deals while thrifting? How many of you want that friend to teach you how to do this for yourself??

Ugochi Nwaneri, Professional Personal Thrifter & Creator of Thrift 'n Prosper, is that friend for you! She  joins Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast Host, to share her personal experiences in the world of thrifting and gives amazing tips to help YOU...

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Is this you? Maybe you look around your home and you feel a sense of chaos rather than peace and calm. Maybe you and your partner are moving in together and finding space for the new combination of things is proving to be challenging. Maybe you feel weighed down by gifts you've been keeping out of guilt because you don't want to hurt the person who gave them to you. Maybe your family has recently lost a loved one, or you...

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How many times have you found yourself in a bind where you need a product and can't find it in stores or, for the sake of time, it's just easier to buy it online? You're not alone -- there were roughly 256 million online shoppers in 2020, and that number is increasing every year! But did you know that shopping online CAN be better for the environment (and for people) when done thoughtfully?

Rachel Kois, CEO and Founder ...

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Do you find yourself wondering about certain products (like toilet paper, bedsheets, lingerie, shoes, etc) and thinking "There's got to be a sustainable alternative for that somewhere!" ...well, so did Maddy! So, she did something about it, and now WE all get to enjoy the benefits!

Maddy Gawler, a conscious consumer, savvy business-woman and founder of E-CO Alternatives, joins Katie Kurpanek, Eco-Living Coach and Podcast...

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Shopping "zero waste" can seem like an impossible task, and you may feel a sense of overwhelm or shame just thinking about how daunting this is. I've felt the same way! And here's the thing, if we're aiming for truly ZERO waste, then yes, that's impossible for most. But there are sooo many ways you can shop sustainably, with the lowest amount of waste possible, and definitely with ZERO shame!

In this episode...

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Welcome to the first interview of Season 2! In this season, we're talking about how to become more conscious consumers, and if I've learned anything in the past few years it's that if my activism isn't intersectional, then it's lacking. If you want ONE place to turn to so that you can be sure your purchases are supporting small, sustainable businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color -- our gue...

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