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.

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May 11, 2022 44 min


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What's your sustainability personality quiz


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General tips

-Use what you have

-Wait

-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, long sleeves to tanks)

-Reduce convenience items

-Start a garden 



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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.

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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 compilation of resources, amazi...

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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.


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Resources mentioned in this episode (some links may contain affiliate links, which helps support our amazing guests and this podcast):
Wooden eggs on Etsy
Paper eggs on EarthHero (get 10% off using code ...

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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.

Then, we jump...

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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 chef who has a focus on helping bu...

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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 Day activit...

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February 8, 2022 3 min

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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    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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    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 talk about:

  • Why some people may be ...
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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:

  • -frightening Halloween ...
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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 health play into the sustainabi...
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    August 17, 2021 25 min

    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 it can not onl...

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    The future of our planet can sometimes feel very bleak - especially for those of us who have kids. Oftentimes we find ourselves asking what their future will look like, how much weight will they have to carry, and what will become of our society.

    My guest today is Stacy C. Bauer - mom, teacher, and author. Stacy had the idea in 2020 to write a book about inspiring kids making change today. She set out to find 20 kids for one book a...

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    You know science is important, but do you really know why? How does incorporating science for kids at home help with living sustainably? And what about kids who don't have access to good science learning?

    In this episode, I'm talking with Medinah Eatman, or, Science Teacher Mom. We answer the questions above, and lots, lots more. 


    Here are the questions we answer and topics we cover:

  • Medinah's experience being on the sho...
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    Artificial light pollution at night - what is it? Why is it a problem - especially for us and our kids? In this week's episode, I'm talking with Caitlin Johnson, founder of the Twin Cities (Minnesota) chapter of the International Dark Sky Organization.

    Here are the questions we answer and topics we cover:

  • What is light pollution (specifically artificial light pollution at night)?
  • Why is artificial light pollution at night bad...
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    Single-use plastic and kids. They seem to go hand and hand, right?  During the month of July, millions around the world partake in a challenge called 'Plastic Free July'. But reducing plastic can be daunting and overwhelming. And what if I told you it may not all be bad?

    This episode covers: 

  • What is plastic free July?
  • Is all plastic bad?
  • What’s the problem with straw bans and plastic bag bans?
  • Tips for reducing single use plast...
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    Have you ever wondered how to compost at home? Or maybe you've thought about it but feel overwhelmed.

    Maybe you're already a composter but  interested in learning about other methods, or how to get kids involved.

    In this episode, I'm talking with Jen Panaro of Honestly Modern, who I refer to as the composting guru. Jen walks us through anything and everything composting - making it a perfect episode if you're brand ...

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    You may know the name Jen Gale, or recognize the 'Sustainable(ish) name. Well, this episode I'm excited to share my interview with Jen where we talk about all things eco-parenting!

    Jen's book The Sustainable(ish) Guide to Green Parenting came out in May of 2021, and after I read it, I knew it was a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to have kids, who has kids, or who has kids in their lives. There are great tips no...

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     Have you ever heard of a fiver party? What is it? How do you throw a fiver party?

    It may surprise you that this up and coming trend is somewhat controversial!

    In this episode, I cover:

  • What is a fiver party
  • How are fiver parties different than regular parties
  • How to explain a fiver party
  • Is a fiver party right for me / my kids birthday?
  • Are fiver parties tacky?
  • What to do if you're worried your kid will be disappointed
  • Fiver party invi...
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