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Jacqui Kidman & Lisa Whiston
A podcast that teaches you practical and easy ways to become more sustainable and empowers you to take ownership of your impact and that of your community.
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 34: Active citizenship with Mike McEvoy
How did Mike McEvoy deal with his internal panic about "the elephant in the room" that is climate change? Lisa has a chat with Climate for Change's National Program Manager about how his journey from a child looking at a poster of a pygmy possum led him to (as an adult) putting his hand up to run for Local Council. After he was elected he realised that change needs to be social in order to create higher-level action, and he has been building the social movement through C4C's Climate Conversation Program ever since. More information can be found on the Climate for Change website or Instagram. Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Jul 4, 2020
Episode 33: Single Use Ain't Sexy!
How much are we all washing our hands these days?! A lot! But now, practicing good hand hygiene doesn't have to mean excessive plastic waste. Today we chat with Josh Howard, the founder of Single Use Ain't Sexy. He started the business because he loves this planet of ours and he couldn't get his head around, how many single-use plastic bottles we all use! With over 60 million single-use plastic bottles ending up in landfill everyday, he knew that he had to make some changes. So he made it his mission to find a solution to this problem - that's how Single Use Ain't Sexy was born. His cutting edge cleaning and personal care products make it so simple - just add water. We had a great chat with Josh and it was so inspiring to hear about how his business has already saved over 31,000 plastic bottles from landfill in three short months. Connect with Josh at instagram or on his website Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Jun 20, 2020
Episode 12: Watch, Listen, Read
What have you been up to during "Iso"? Jacqui and Lisa have been going through the ups and downs of home-schooling, getting out into nature, kids on devices, and honing vegetable gardening skills. Here they share some sustainable-focussed gems that they have found in recent times. Watching The Biggest Little Farm film - https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/the-biggest-little-farm/ The Story of Plastic - https://www.storyofplastic.org/ Listening Podcast - Joe Rogan’s interview with Joel Salatin (http://www.polyfacefarms.com/) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-7O3fOXXKo Cait Flanders -The Year of Less - https://caitflanders.com/the-year-of-less/ Reading Waste Not: make a big difference by throwing away less - Erin Rhoads https://www.therogueginger.com/ Naturally Inspired - Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning - Krissy Ballinger https://theinspiredlittlepot.com.au/naturally-inspired-diy-recipe-book/ Other things we talked about included an online crash course in permaculture - https://highsierrapermaculture.com/online-courses/ and Taranaki Farm in Woodend, Victoria http://www.taranakifarm.com.au/ Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
May 30, 2020
Episode 11: Flora and Fauna
Today we chat with Julie - the founder of Flora & Fauna, an Australian online business who sources and sells ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable products direct to you. Having spent 20+ years working in retail, Julie wanted to create a better business. A business that was conscious of its impact on the world and one that contributes positively to society and drives change for the better. For too long we haven't known enough about how products are produced, what they're made of and who makes them. Retailers have not focused on their own supply chains and the waste produced. Julie set out to change that creating a retailer focused on driving change through Flora & Fauna and also in the industry as a whole. Find them at www.floraandfauna.com.au or on insta @floraandfaunaau Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
May 16, 2020
Episode 10: Eco.Mono with Sam Leigh
Where can you find ethically made and sustainable fashion items that suit your conscience and your style? Do you find it confusing and time-consuming to have to research every fashion purchase to ensure it aligns with your values? From a fast fashion hoarder to a slow fashion minimalist, eco.mono founder Samantha Leigh has been seeking out the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to who, how and where our clothes are made. What originally started as a fashion blog designed to educate her readers about the garment industry, is now an online store that offers a collection of sustainable women’s clothing from brands leading the way in ethical fashion. Listen in to hear more about Sam’s evolution, and connect with Sam at www.ecomono.com.au or on Instagram: www.instagram.com/eco.mono Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
May 5, 2020
Episode 9: Greenwashing
Oh no you’ve been greenwashed again! While we are thinking of ways to become more sustainable and make better environmental choices, companies are spending a lot of time and money to confuse us into thinking that their product or service is a safer, greener, better choice - but in actual fact, it isn’t. In this week's episode, Jacqui and Lisa shed some light on the term greenwashing and discuss what it actually is, as well as highlighting some of the ways they themselves have been caught out. They chat about everything from food packaging to bank and superannuation choices. Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Apr 18, 2020
Episode 8: Start with Socks
How do you take over 13 tonnes of textiles out of landfill in a 6 month period? Easy! Start with socks! Lisa and Jacqui chat with Michael from Manrags - and find out how what started as a men’s essentials subscription business turned into the world’s first circular subscription club. Manrags take responsibility for the entire life-cycle of their products while keeping them out of landfill. Along with their partner - Textile Recyclers Australia, they repurpose, repair and recycle into new threads, creating a completely circular system. Join the movement, spread the word and move mountains, not make them - find out how at www.manrags.com.au or on Instagram: www.instagram.com/manrags Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode, or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Apr 6, 2020
Episode 7: Community Events with a Sustainability Focus
In this episode, Lisa shares information about her Primary School Fete held in mid-March. She found herself on the Fete Committee late in 2019, and decided that if she got a say on how the event was organised, she'd try and make it as sustainable as possible! And the rest of the committee were all in. They had some wins and some losses, but overall the event had way less waste than it could have. Hear how they tried to reduce waste at their event, what worked and what could have been improved for next time. Listen in to find out tips on how to incorporate sustainability into your next event, large or small. Sustainable You can be found onFacebook,Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through ourwebsite. If you have an idea for an episode or want to ask us something in more detail, send us an email! If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Mar 22, 2020
Episode 6: Roving Refills with Unwasteful Andrea
Roving Refills was created in 2019 by two sisters, who had a passion for environmental protection and a growing concern at the amount of plastic packaging in the world. They started Roving Refills to provide people with locally made, eco-friendly alternatives to highly packaged products that have traveled many miles and are not safe for waterways. Lisa and Jacqui chat with Andrea Dunkley of Roving Refills Frankston, who saw a business opportunity that would harness her passion for the environment and to support and educate the community to reduce single-use plastics. Hear about her beginnings, get an understanding of her roving operations, and learn about her visions for the future. You can find Andrea and Roving Refills Frankston on Facebook and Instagram. You can also find her and other Rovers in your area via www.rovingrefills.com.au Sustainable You can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and sign up to our mailing list for bonus material through our website. If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Mar 7, 2020
Episode 25: Minimising Food Waste
Did you know that 40% of our household waste is made up of food scraps? Australians send 5.3 million tonnes of food waste to landfill every single year, where it produces the harmful gas methane as it breaks down. The greenhouse gases produced by the food waste in landfill is the same amount as those produced by the steel and iron ore industries combined. We need to be thinking of clever ways to reduce, and utilise the amount of food that we are bringing into our households - as well as considering our options of disposing of the food waste afterwards. Jacqui and Lisa discuss some of the ways they try to minimise their impact, and invite you to join them on their journey. If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Feb 22, 2020
Episode 24: Mark Spencer (Part 2): The Man Behind Climactic
We are back for part two of our chat with Mark Spencer from the Climactic Podcast Network. If you missed part one, stop now and go back and have a listen! It will make more sense and give you some context. In this episode, we talk about our visions and hopes for the future and the power that podcasts like Climactic and Sustainable You have in building relationships, reaching out to others and sharing their stories, and ultimately creating community. We are excited about the future, and are grateful for the friendship that we now have with Mark. Connect with Mark on Instagram @climacticshow & on Facebook at facebook.com/climacticshow And if you haven’t already, subscribe to Climactic wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoy listening to our show, we would love you to give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. This episode is produced by Fran from 17th Street Audio.
Feb 9, 2020
Episode 23 - Mark Spencer (Part 1): The Man Behind Climactic
If you are into climate-related podcasts, chances are you have heard the name Climactic, or the voice of Mark Spencer. In April 2018 Mark saw a huge opportunity to connect everyday people with ideas to share about living well in the time of climate change, and Climactic was born. He will tell you that his podcast had humble beginnings, but Mark is a natural story-teller, and in a few short years, he's successfully gained interviews with politicians, sustainability experts, health professionals, filmmakers and many regular people making a difference. The Climactic Collective podcast has since released more than 100 hours of published audio over 150 episodes, and has recently topped one hundred thousand downloads. He co-founded this platform to share people’s stories in their daily struggle to live sustainable lives. We feel privileged that amongst all of this, he connected with us, and gave us some of his time to get to know a little bit more about his personal story. Connect with…
Jan 25, 2020
Episode 22: Lisa chats with a Firie!
Do you know a volunteer Firie? Have you wondered what happens when they go off to fight a bushfire and save our communities from destruction? Lisa's dad Mike is a long-serving member of the CFA, and has been deployed on several strike teams so far this Summer. This episode, Mike shares both his experiences of being a volunteer firefighter, and his thoughts on community, slowing down and helping one another. Mike is an avid amateur photographer who enjoys capturing people in their natural environments as well as a studio. He often takes his camera on deployments, recording unique and often captivating moments and emotions. His work can be found on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mike.jansz/ His website is: https://www.mikejanszphotography.com/
Jan 18, 2020
Episode 21: Start where you are...
It's Sustainable You - Season 2! Jacqui and Lisa reflect on some of the lessons learned over Christmas and the Summer break and discuss the current bushfire and climate crisis Australia is experiencing. Listen in for some positive actions that you can take straight away. If you want to encourage legislative change, it takes many people to mobilise and ask for it. You can start by downloading this template to send to your local MP: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n83tlcdjtqpmtxr/MP%20Letter%20of%20Environmental%20Concern.docx?dl=0 Find your local MP here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Member/Parliamentarian_Search_Results?q=&mem=1&par=-1&gen=0&ps=0
Nov 29, 2019
Episode 20: Looking back and looking forward!
As 2019 draws to a close, Jacqui and Lisa take some time to chat about what changes they have made this year, and reflect on the episodes that they are most proud of. This is the final episode of the year - but they will be back with some exciting news in 2020! Thank you to everyone for your support - please get in touch if you have something to share!
Nov 9, 2019
Episode 19: Sustainable Silly Season
At the time of releasing this episode there were only 44 days until... Christmas!!! It's that wonderful time of the year - decorations come out, carols start playing in the Supermarket, and many sustainable habits fly out of the window as we get caught up in the excitement. This episode is a quick check over what we can do at this time of year, and how to be mindful of not creating too much unsustainable waste while we celebrate and spend time with our families. Ho ho ho!
Oct 30, 2019
Episode 18: Chatting with Meg Berryman
In this episode, we chat with Meg Berryman. She’s a women's coach, teacher, yogi, mother and founder of the School for Sacred, Social Leaders. She shares her passion for empowering people to journey from wellness, to wholeness and beyond - to a place of changing culture, influencing change and contributing to communities. Just like us, she believes that it is through slow living, through connection, through rhythm, through food, that we are going to change the world, rebuild new systems and contribute to a more sustainable, equitable and compassionate future. She’s on a mission to awaken everyday change makers and help them see the leaders they already are. Helping them use their personal development and wellness work in the fight for a more equitable, sustainable and kind future. You can find more information about Meg here: https://megberryman.com Facebook: Meg Berryman Instagram: Megjberryman
Oct 12, 2019
Episode 17: Tricky Conversations
A lot has been happening in the climate crisis movement recently, with coverage in mainstream media prompting lots of discussions with many varied opinions. Jacqui and Lisa share their recent experiences of tricky online interactions, and discuss the ways they have navigated these.
Sep 28, 2019
Episode 16: Lisa Goes to the Strike
On Friday 20th September 2019, 4 million people around the world went on strike for the climate. Over 100,000 marched in Melbourne, and Lisa was there with her 2 school-aged kids. This episode Lisa brings you along, as she prepares with her kids, listens to the speeches, and marches in solidarity with the many varied protesters. If you want to know what a protest is like, this episode is for you!
Sep 18, 2019
Episode 15: Jacqui's Utilities Tips
So you get your power, water & gas bills - monthly, quarterly, or whenever they arrive in the letterbox - and the amounts seem to go up and up. In this episode, Jacqui runs through some of her tried and tested ways of not only saving you some hard earned dollars, but also ways to reduce the amount of carbon emissions produced by your household, and the waste of these precious resources.
Aug 31, 2019
Episode 14: What's Your 2040?
"Across the globe, there are literally thousands of climate solutions activities and businesses well underway, even as most of us don't know of them. Imagine if we began to combine them in order to find a solution?" - Damon Gameau, the filmmaker of 2040 explores some of the innovations we already have today, in order to tackle the climate change problem for a sustainable future for our children. Lisa and Jacqui sat on a Q&A panel after a recent screening, and we are bringing you the discussion that ensued. Websites to visit: whatsyour2040.com suburbansandcastles.com b-alternative.com
Aug 17, 2019
Episode 13: Party Time
So, you're having a party... but how do you minimise waste at each step of the way? Jacqui and Lisa share some of their ideas, from e-invitations to palm leaf plates, to the sisterhood of the traveling balloons! Listen in for some sustainable ideas for your next celebration. Don't forget to share your ideas with us: @sustainableyoupod on insta & fb, or email email@example.com
Aug 5, 2019
Episode 12: Keith Badger
Our episode this week is a chat with the enigmatic Keith Badger: company director, philanthropist, mentor, writer, speaker, and a year-round ocean swimmer. Born and raised in a working class family on South London council estates, he spent 25 years as Finance Director and Chief Executive Officer for global organisations, travelling throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. For several months, Keith and his wife walked the length of England, and in sharing stories with the people they met, he found myself on a deeper journey to explore his own life and the connections we have with the Earth. It was a crazy idea for a grand adventure – and it changed them in ways they never imagined. Check out www.keithbadger.com and www.rescopeproject.org.au for more info!
Jul 20, 2019
Episode 11: Sustainable Travel
Travel is such an enriching experience, but it has the capacity to be very detrimental to the environment. Listen in to this week's episode to find out ways to minimise your impact at all stages of the travel process. Send us your sustainable travel tips on instagram or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jul 7, 2019
Episode 10: Do It Yourself!
In this episode, Jacqui and Lisa talk about some of the DIY recipes they have discovered for around the home. Not only will they help eliminate some nasty chemicals from using store-bought cleaning products, but they also help limit our waste output and our impact on the oceans and the ecosystem. Check out our social media for more information and to share your own recipes with our community!
Jun 25, 2019
Episode 9: Zero Waste Man
This week we present our conversation with Brett Hedger - the Zero Waste Man. Brett has been a true eco-warrior for several decades. He lives a waste-free lifestyle in Melbourne and works as a sustainability consultant for Port Phillip Council. He has developed a 52 week challenge to help people make changes to become more sustainable in their homes, offices and lives. Brett talks to us about some of the fundamental systemic problems we face, and some of the real changes we all need to be making if we are going to face the climate emergency head-on. More info can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMILgUgrZlM (Zero Impact Man Part 1) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by7dk9Jph_E (Zero Impact Man Part 2)
Jun 8, 2019
Episode 8: Sustaina-baby!
Becoming a parent is often a pivotal point in considering the impact that we have on the world. Having a baby presents us with many decisions on what we buy and use, so we have come up with some sustainable ideas for those of us wanting to explore this area.
May 25, 2019
Episode 7: The Actual Fresh Food People
These days we can access almost any variety of perfectly formed fruit and vegetable at the big supermarkets - even when it is not in season, or even from Australia. Today we talk to Dave and Holli from Parkigrocer who explain some of the issues with buying this way, as well as the benefits of sourcing local, organic produce straight from the farms into your homes in the same day. For more info, see www.parkigrocer.com
May 11, 2019
Episode 6: One for the Ladies! (Men always welcome too)
The average Australian woman uses around 10,000-12,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime, which equates to around $15,000 of her hard-earned going, quite literally, to waste. Learn how to minimise your monthly environmental impact… BONUS: there will be laughter
May 7, 2019
Bonus: C4C and the Climate Election
With less than two weeks until Australia votes in the 2019 Federal Election, Lisa shares some audio from a recent conversation on Climate Change she facilitated through Climate for Change (C4C) in recent weeks. This short bonus episode also discusses a few things for you to consider when preparing to vote. For more info visit www.climateforchange.org.au
Apr 27, 2019
Episode 5: Who's Confused About Plastic?
This episode is an interview with Scott Morton - of BioBag World Australia. Scott, a plastics manufacturer from South Australia, helps us understand the terms Reusable, Degradable, Biodegradable and Compostable and his top tips in becoming a more sustainable you. Find out more about BioBag World at www.biobagworld.com.au
Apr 21, 2019
Bonus: What Do Those Numbers Mean?
One of our listeners asked us to explain what those numbers within the recycling symbol on our stuff actually mean - so here is the low down on how our plastics get classified, and what we can actually recycle. Don't let the media influence you into not recycling! It's still a super important part of the process that we get to control ourselves. Enjoy!
Apr 13, 2019
Episode 4: We Get Overwhelmed Too...
In this episode Jacqui and Lisa talk about how learning more about the climate change crisis has at times made them feel overwhelmed, and like small fish in a big pond. But being overwhelmed doesn't mean your motivation needs to change. Hear how they have worked through this issue that faces many of us today.
Mar 30, 2019
Episode 3: Fashion
When we think about consumables, we don't often think about the clothes and accessories we wear. But compared to 15 years ago, the average person buys 60% more items of clothing and keeps them for only half as long. Listen for some ways you can slow down the impact of fast fashion.
Mar 16, 2019
Intro: Meet Your Hosts
Who are these two Urban Hippies that have gotten together to bring you this brand new podcast? Meet Jacqui and Lisa, and learn how you too, can become a more Sustainable You.
Mar 16, 2019
Episode 1: Sort Your Bins
We want to live amongst green mountains, not those made from landfill. Landfill (aka the stuff we throw out every day) has many negative impacts on the environment. One of the easiest ways you can reduce your contribution to the huge waste problem we face, is by simply sorting out your rubbish. In this episode we will step you through how to do that, and be more conscious about your household waste.
Mar 16, 2019
Episode 2: Break it Down
Part two of a deep dive into sorting your household waste. Following on from last episode's discussion about dividing your rubbish into separate bins, this episode will get into the benefits of composting and our love of chickens!
Feb 21, 2019
The word SUSTAINABLE means something different to everyone. It can be everything from completely living off the grid - to remembering your reusable shopping bag. It’s easy to get bogged down in the big picture stuff, and feel overwhelmed, powerless and insignificant regarding what impact you can have. The idea behind this podcast is to help people become more aware about what they do in their everyday life. That in the long run, they can make a significant difference to the impact they have on the environment. We plan on teaching you practical and easy ways to become more sustainable, and empowering you to take ownership of your impact and that of your community. So stay tuned... episodes will be launched middle of March 2019...