The Town Haul

The Town Haul

On a mission to end waste

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December 26, 2021 23 min

Host Amy Koonin Taylor hands over the reins of the show to Michael Allegretti, Rubicon’s Chief Strategy Officer, as he interviews Shonte Eldridge, Amazon Web Service’s former Executive Government Advisor. Engaging because of their rapport, inspiring because of their shared experiences and knowledge, and timely because of the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic; this episode is a unique and entertaining look into the future of ...

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Kentucky startup EZ-Chow is changing the Louisville landscape with their flexible, innovative, "EZ" to use technology. The tech is perfect for restaurants looking to integrate online ordering with point-of-sale systems and digital marketing. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with EZ-Chow founder and Kentucky native Mo Sloan to reflect on his unique entrepreneurial journey. 

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Rooted in a passion for rare material recycling, Rubicon and g2 Revolution have teamed up for innovative initiatives this fall. Host Amy Koonin Taylor talks with g2 Revolution's Tonya Martin about their passionate partnership. They launched the RUBICONMarketplace, where businesses and residents can recycle materials that are not generally accepted in curbside or commercial recycling programs. In addition to the RUBICONMarketpla...

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Upcycling blemished mushrooms into a meaty treat, the brains behind Eat The Change are on a mission to turn plant-based palates into the norm. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by Seth Goldman, an eco-entrepreneur with a rockstar resume to talk about his latest venture, Eat The Change. Goldman founded Honest Tea, co-founded PLNT Burger, and is chair of the board of Beyond Meat. Now he's co-founded Eat The Change, a sustainable s...

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Formally Imperfect Produce, Imperfect Foods has been one of the marquee brands making some serious changes in the food waste space. Imperfect Foods has an incredible goal of rescuing one billion pounds of food waste over the next nine years in addition to becoming a net-zero carbon operation. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by Head of Sustainability Maddy Rotman to talk all about the evolution of the blemished produce subscription...

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When it comes to revolutionizing animal consumption around the world without sacrificing flavor, Better Meat Co.'s Paul Shapiro literally wrote the book on it. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by author, activist, and CEO Paul Shapiro to talk about the use of unique technology that will shape how future generations eat. With environmental sustainability at the forefront of everything he does, Shapiro is a true industry influenc...

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The most important meal of the day got a muesli makeover when Hannah Barnstable brought the super grain to the states from a trip to New Zealand. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Seven Sundays female founder Hannah Barnstable to discuss not only the health benefits of her products but how this Minnesota bred B Corp is championing some serious social and environmental change. 

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August 12, 2021 25 min

Born out of the want to influence households to live more sustainably, Preserve products are flying off shelves and into homes. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by CEO Eric Hudson to talk about all things impact: supply chain, community involvement, and even Covid-19. With toothbrushes and razors made from potential ocean waste and recycle back program, Gimme 5, Preserve is an eco-friendly differentiator in the everyday product spa...

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A unique single-use plastic alternative, B Corp Lilybee Wrap is an easy way to reduce waste in your own home. CEO and founder Stacia Jensen joins host Amy Koonin Taylor from New Zealand to break down the LilyBee Wrap origin story and celebrate the brand's environmental impact!

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Ethically sourced and effortlessly chic, Nisolo is a major player in the sustainable fashion game. Popular amongst big fashion bloggers and sustainability influencers alike, the brand boasts an evergreen aesthetic for its accessories. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Nisolo's Impact and Sustainability Lead, Matt Stockamp, to break down the Nisolo business model from 100% fair living wages to measuring social and environmen...

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Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by one of the fiercest food waste warriors yet, Pulp Pantry CEO Kaitlin Mogentale. Addictive chips are made from upcycled fruit and veggie pulp, giving second life to many superfoods. What started as an innovative idea on her college campus has quickly turned into a pantry staple for health-conscious and eco-conscious consumers.

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Matriark foods stands proudly on the front lines fighting both food waste and food security. With their products rooted in farming and flavor, the Matriark Foods team is providing a delicious and sustainable solution. CEO Anna Hammond joins our host Amy Koonin Taylor to break down their business model, explain their unique supply chain, and share some profound advice with budding female entrepreneurs. 

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After an eye-opening trip to Bali, Indosole founder Kyle Parsons decided to work on the global issue of tire waste while simultaneously developing some of the most comfortable and sustainable footwear on the market. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by Parsons to talk about the brand's journey, conscious consumerism, and how big ideas can bring about big changes. 

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June 17, 2021 21 min

Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by Kate Daly, Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners, an innovation center for the circular economy. CLP invests in businesses that are doing right by both people and the planet. Working in environmental sustainability spilled over into every facet of Daly's life as she took on a "buy nothing year", 365 days where she didn't purchase anything new and learned how to refuse and reus...

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To celebrate World Oceans Day 2021, host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Sandra Ann Harris, founder of ECOlunchbox, a fellow B Corp firmly planted on the front lines in the fight against single-use plastics. Helping all of us reduce plastic waste way beyond the school halls, Harris and her team have created a line of lunchroom products that are both sleek and sustainable. Harris also authored the book "Say Goodbye to Plastic: ...

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Just in time for the spike in warmer weather, this week’s episode of The Town Haul features TIDAL New York, an eco-friendly flip flop line that is changing the shoe game from material to manufacturing. Our host, Amy Koonin Taylor, sits down with Tim Gibb, co-founder of new TIDAL New York to kick off the summer of sustainable products. The new B Corp on the block, TIDAL’s unique sandal is both a comfortable and circular solution.

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The Leanpath mission to solve the global food waste crisis is one we can all get behind. During a year that has left a dark cloud over the restaurant industry, Leanpath pivoted parts of their product and developed technology-driven solutions to fight the good fight and ensure no scrap was left behind. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with CEO Andrew Shakman to break down some behaviors that can reduce waste in both restaurant kitch...

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Although he doesn't have his own Tik Tok account, the ACC's Benji Backer is quintessential Gen Z. He's young, he's passionate, and he works tirelessly to make a positive change for our planet. Benji and his team are leading a grassroots effort on eco-conscious education across college campuses and the halls of government. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Backer to talk about all things climate change, building ...

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Host Amy Taylor hands over the reins of the show to Stephen Goldsmith, former Mayor of the City of Indianapolis, as he interviews Mitchell Weiss, Harvard Business School professor and published author about his new book “We the Possibility: Harnessing Public Entrepreneurship to Solve Our Most Urgent Problems.” Engaging because of their rapport, inspiring because of their experience, and timely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this...

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