Raising Eco Minimalists

Raising Eco Minimalists

A community for those raising kids who care about the wellbeing of their mind, body, community, & the earth. Living a low waste and minimalist lifestyle can often feel like going against the grain of society. And when you throw kids into the mix? Finding a community of like-minded individuals to learn from, support, find encouragement, and overall who share the same values - at a similar level - can be challenging. This podcast is that community. Join me, your host, a self-described anxious eco-minimalist, every other week as I dive deep into issues and topics related to living an eco-friendly and minimalist lifestyle with kids. But above all, form a community that raises kids who care about the wellbeing of their own minds, bodies, and our earth (and everything that calls it home.) Be sure to subscribe to ensure you never miss an episode.


September 7, 2023 31 mins

In this episode, I'm talking with Jessie Stokes, owner of the Tiny Yellow Bungalow zero waste shop and blog. Jessie is also the author and creator of the Zero Waste Vegan Cookbook.

Together, Jessie and I have an honest conversation about what happens when your values have to shift, how to navigate the guilt, and also wondering if our small efforts really make a difference.

Transcript coming soon.


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Secondhand shopping with tweens can be a whole different experience. You may start receiving pushback or asks for particular brands or character-type clothing. 

In this episode, I'm sharing 10 tips for navigating shopping for tweens who are more opinionated about their clothing - and may be against secondhand items. 


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In today's episode, I'm reviewing the book Spit That Out! The Overly Informed Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy Kids in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf.

I shared what I like and dislike about the book to help you determine whether it's one you want to read or not.

You can find the full transcript here.

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In part two of my story of how we downsized by half and moved five hours away to a small town where we knew no one, I'm sharing about how we are working to establish new roots.

I'm sharing how we're working to build our community in many different ways, things we've learned, and some of the challenges we've faced.

If you haven't had a chance to listen to part one (episode 30), liste...

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We're back! It's season 3, and we're approaching the third anniversary of the pod.

In this episode, I'm sharing my family's story of why we uprooted our lives, downsized our belongings by half, and moved five hours away to a small town where we knew no one. 

It's the story of how I got to where I am right now, early 2023. This story starts in fall of 2021. 

Link to tr...

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TW: Suicide, mental health crisis

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Have you heard of 988? It's a new mental health, substance abuse, emotional crisis, and suicide helpline launching July 16, 2022. In this episode, I talk about what the new helpline is, who it's for, share key points about it, and also some challenges that have come up (and what you can do to help).

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal ...

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In today's episode, I'm talking all about the fallout of SCOTUS overturning Roe vs. Wade. I'm sharing how access to reproductive rights and choice is directly linked to how we approach the climate crisis, as well as many tips on how to raise kids who are feminists, or, who value equality.

I share
-my definition of feminism, and why it goes beyond burning bras
-how women's rights are also climat...

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What's your sustainability personality quiz

See all episodes mentioned in this episode here.

General tips

-Use what you have


-Buy Nothing Group

-Buy secondhand 

-Toy swap/Clothes swap

-Book library

-Toy library

-Reduce commitments

-Prioritize time outside (picnics, parks, music events, etc)

-Walk/bike/skate to places

-Upcycle clothing (pants/shorts, lo...

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Jess Purcell of Thoughtfully Sustainable (episode 5) and Jen Panaro of Honestly Modern (episode 11) are back to talk about two new projects they've been working on.

Find the full written episode transcript here.

The first is a new book for everyone raising an eco-minimalist called "How to Raise a Global Citizen: For the parents of children who will save the world", which is a multi-author compilat...

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Looking for ways to enjoy a more eco-friendly Easter with kids? In this episode, I dive into all types of eco-swaps and resources to help you do just that. A zero-waste Easter? Here you come.

Find the full episode transcript here.

Resources mentioned in this episode (some links may contain affiliate links, which helps support our amazing guests and this podcast):
Wooden eggs on Etsy
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Today I'm speaking with the incredibly Dr. Artika Tyner - the founder of the Minnesota-based organization 'Planting People, Growing Justice'. Its mission is to raise awareness about illiteracy in kids and how that contributes to the cradle to prison pipeline. They also work to increase representation in books and toys.

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In today's episode, I'm talking with fellow eco-minimalist parent Linda Yin. She's an enthusiastic minimalist (her words), and has found her sustainability land in the form of safe lawn advocacy for all kids and living beings.

In this episode, we have a fantastic conversation about what it means to be a minimalist as a parent, how it changes after having kids, how it looks different for everyone, and more. ...

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Got food waste? Over 30-40% of all food is wasted. Yet, we have people in our own communities and elsewhere that are going hungry.

We know composting is important, but reducing food waste first is the goal.

However, when we throw kids into the mix, it can feel completely out of our control and overwhelming.

In this episode, I'm talking with Alison Mountford of ends & stems - a professional che...

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Valentine's Day with kids can be hard to navigate, because on one hand, we want our kids to be able to participate in the card exchange and other activities at school or daycare. But, the traditional activities can cause a lot of waste. So what do we do?

This quick episode focuses mainly on the card exchanges that happen at schools, between friends, and at daycares. I share tips on how to rethink your Valentine's...

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February 8, 2022 3 mins

The pod is back for another season, and this episode is a quick recap of where we started and where we are going. It's also a mushy two minutes of gratitude and appreciation and excitement for you being here.

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NEW for season two....TRANSCRIPTS!

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In this bonus episode - I review the top five episodes of 2021 (season one), and share four things you can do in 2022 to help you and your kids manage your mind, body, community, and planet. 

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Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.com

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In this episode, I'm talking about a topic that everyone is talking about (just not to each other). And that topic is how to tell someone: "no gifts, please". 

As we move into the holiday season, many people are wondering how they can broach the topic of not exchanging gifts without offending their friends/family. 

The good news is that it can be easier than you think. 

In this episode, I t...

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Americans spend BILLIONs of dollars a year on Halloween celebrations. The amount of waste that goes into the items we buy is a lot. Not to mention, expensive! I even give lots of ideas to the common question: what do I hand out to trick or treaters that's eco-friendly and low waste?

This episode talks about how to have an eco-friendly Halloween with kids.

Here are the questions I answer and topics covered:

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In this episode, I'm talking with Lindsay Short of Simply Sustainable Parenting. Lindsay and I cover a variety of topics, but the meat of the episode is focused on something I think many of us struggle with - setting boundaries. 

Here are the questions we answer and topics covered:

  • Lindsay’s definition of sustainability (and how it’s different than the traditional meaning)
  • How mindfulness and mental h...
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August 18, 2021 25 mins

Research shows that kids who are overscheduled don't eat as well, sleep as well, or make friends as well as kids who aren't overscheduled. Additionally, overscheduling kids when they're younger can lead to things like anxiety, depression, and hamper their ability to solve problems and make good decisions.

As parents/guardians, we are probably well-intentioned by signing our kids up for all the things. But i...

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