ECO CHIC

By Laura E Diez

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A lifestyle podcast for the eco-conscious. Each week, Laura Diez, M.S., is diving into sustainability + practical climate science. This podcast explores fashion, economics, food, conscious consumerism… just about everything in our lives is tied to the environment.

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118: Racism + Social Justice in Conservation + Outdoor Recreation; Whitewashing Environmentalism; Unpaid Internships + Tokenism | Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru
48:35

We’re joined by Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, a brilliant environmental justice scholar passionate about empowering BIPOC communities! Wawa is a recent alumnus of the University of Connecticut, and a Rhodes scholar set to attend Oxford in the Fall to continue her intersectional environmental studies. She has had two recently published pieces shake the Internet: her pieceRead more

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Aug 04, 2020
117: Conscious Brands, Eco Entrepreneurship, Supporting a Sustainable Consumer Economy |Stu Landesberg, Grove Collaborative
47:45

Excited to share this value-packed conversation with Stu Landesberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative is an online retailer of natural cleaning and personal care products (actually, the only plastic-neutral online retailer in the world!) and has recently vowed to go 100% plastic-free by 2025 – a promise that encompasses all the thirdRead more

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Jul 28, 2020
116: Children’s Secondhand Clothing + Circular Fashion Economy | Jen Zuklie, The Swoondle Society
35:58

The secondhand clothing economy is growing, and we’re speaking today about a new solution for those more frequent demands: children’s clothing trading market model. Jen Zuklie, founder of The Swoondle Society, brings us through her entrepreneurship journey, the issues with the children’s clothing industry, and the value of using your network. We speak also aboutRead more

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Jul 21, 2020
115: What’s in My Shampoo? Sulfates, Parabens, + Toxic-Free Personal Care
10:36

Natural personal care products are sometimes hard to pick out at the store – how can you tell you’re not a victim of greenwashing, and are those chemical buzzwords really that bad? We’re talking today primarily about sulfates and parabens, two ingredients gaining more consumer awareness in personal care aisles, among shampoos, soaps, and evenRead more

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Jul 14, 2020
114: Climate Change: Starter Pack
10:41

If you’re new to the climate conversation, welcome! This episode will break down the basics: what is climate change, why are we more certain about climate models than weather forecasts, and what all the elusive terms like carbon pricing and budgets really mean. This episode will direct you to additional episodes on ECO CHIC thatRead more

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Jul 07, 2020
113: How To Spend Consciously Post-Quarantine, + Support Local Without Consuming
13:45

Conscious consumption can be tricky right now, during these quarantimes – if you’re not someone who typically spends freely, perhaps you’re feeling pressure to support local businesses in capacities you don’t normally, or maybe you’re just itching to make a frivolous purchase because you’re seeing more advertisements on social media. Whatever your struggle, we areRead more

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Jun 30, 2020
112: Kitchen Herbs, Natural Medicine + How To Eat More Plants | Rosalee de la Foret
42:31

We’re talking all about plants today with author + herbalist Rosalee de la Foret! Rosalee co-authored the recently released book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She’s encouraging us to think deeper about our gardens, backyards, and ‘regular’ natural interactions. We’re discussing culinary herbs you may already have inRead more

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Jun 19, 2020
111: Intersectional Environmentalism; How Race and Culture Impact Your Identity as an Environmentalist | Leah Thomas, GreenGirlLeah
22:41

We’re speaking with Leah Thomas, of GreenGirlLeah. Perhaps you’ve seen her viral Instagram post with the title slide of ‘Environmentalists for Black Lives Matter.’ We’re speaking today on Intersectional Environmentalism – defining it, relating it to feminism a bit, and talking broadly about how different cultures experience nature and those human-environment relationships historically. We also touchRead more

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Jun 09, 2020
110: Clean Energy Transition: Policy, Inclusivity, Justice + Impacts of Coronavirus on Energy | Julia Pyper
38:58

We’re joined by Julia Pyper: one of my very favorite journalists, podcast hosts, and all-around incredible women in energy! Julia and I discuss the energy industry as a whole, and the impacts of coronavirus on sectors like oil and gas (and even talk about the policy proposals for a domestic oil sector). We discuss energyRead more

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May 27, 2020
109: Conscious Couture, Encouraging Sustainability Among Fashion Houses, + The Future of Textiles | Red Carpet Green Dress, Suzy Amis Cameron + Samata
50:26

Today we are joined by the brilliant Suzy Amis Cameron and Samata of Red Carpet Green Dress (RCGD), the women-led global change-making organization bringing sustainable design to the forefront of conversation and action within the fashion industry. The goal of Red Carpet Green Dress is to draw attention to the importance of more sustainable practicesRead more

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May 15, 2020
108: Climate Change Today, Solutions, Footprints + Communicating Climate | Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
34:57

We’re speaking with the incredible Dr. Katharine Hayhoe! Dr. Hayhoe is widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in the climate conversation (and one of my personal inspirations). Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist her research focuses on developing and applying high-resolution climate projections to understand what climate change means for peopleRead more

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May 05, 2020
107: Fashion, Food, + The ECORenaissance: How We’re Evolving Into A More Conscious, Sustainable Society | Marci Zaroff
25:44

We’re speaking with Marci Zaroff, a true pioneer in the environmental-consumer movement! Marci coined and trademarked the term “ecofashion” in 1995 – she’s been leading the way for a more sustainable society for almost three decades, through food, wellness, fashion, and social justice. We discuss at length the term ECORenaissance: the title of her firstRead more

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Apr 28, 2020
106: EPA Rollbacks; Science-Based Policy; Pollution and Public Health | Dr. Gretchen Goldman, Union of Concerned Scientists
29:35

We are speaking on current rollbacks of environmental regulations with Dr. Gretchen Goldman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. The US EPA is responsible for creating standards promoting the health of individuals and the environment; unfortunately, our current administration is seriously undermining that mission by rolling back regulation on air pollutants, chemical outputs, and harmfulRead more

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Apr 24, 2020
105: Environmental Injustices, Racism; Social and Economic Sustainability; How Everyone Can Tackle Climate Beyond Earth Day
11:17

There’s more to sustainability than the environmental component; today, we’re shining light on the concepts of social and economic sustainability. While climate change impacts everyone, we know marginalized groups will the first to feel the effects of climate change. We also know that some groups are feeling the burden of pollution and ecological injustices than others.Read more

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Apr 22, 2020
104: Research Experiences, Academia, Science During Social Distancing: Chic Chats
44:27

I love a call-in episode! We are speaking with four people today about what research they’re currently working on, the value they’re adding to the scientific community, and how their projects are impacted by the current pandemic. Claire is a PhD student working on cancer biology; Charlotte is a PhD student working on hydrology andRead more

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Apr 21, 2020
103: 5 Ideas for Earth Day in Quarantine; Environmentalism at Home: Starter Pack
14:53

We are celebrating Earth Week here every day this week! We are starting off with today’s episode with five at-home sustainability tips. Whatever quarantine phase you’re in – cooking, gardening, home improvement, impulse shopping – you have the opportunity to reassess how those actions are impacting the planet. Below, I have slinked episodes that expandRead more

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Apr 20, 2020
102: Tigers, Wildlife Regulations, Sanctuaries vs Roadside Zoos, Exotic Animals in Entertainment | Brittany Peet, PETA Foundation Director for Captive Animal Law Enforcement
26:27

We’re joined today by Brittany Peet, the Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement division for the PETA Foundation. We are talking all about captive animals: the current status of captive animals in America, where regulation needs to go, and also all things Tiger King! This conversation was heavily inspired by Netflix’s Tiger King, a docu-seriesRead more

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Apr 07, 2020
101: Plant-Based Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Supply Chains, Whole Food Wellness | Brooke Harris, Goodmylk Co.
40:59

We’re speaking today with Brooke Harris, founder of Goodmylk Co., a Los Angeles based sustainable, organic, and fresh alternative milk company. Brooke is peeling back the curtains of alternative milks: a lot of the options on the market now are full of strange gums, artificial flavoring or other unmentionables, in nearly-impossible-to-recycle containers. Brooke takes usRead more

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Apr 06, 2020
100: Climate Change and Coronavirus: What We Can Learn
7:50

Today’s milestone episode is focusing on the discussions swirling around climate and current events: what can the COVID-19 pandemic teach us about how to deal with the climate crisis? We’re discussing today the roles of individuals, corporations, and the environmental responses we’re seeing around the world in response to the tragic pandemic. Thank you toRead more

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Apr 01, 2020
99: Food for Skin; Natural Health Tips; Holistic Wellness | Dr. Mona Vand
38:34

Today we are speaking all things health with The Modern Pharmacist, Dr. Mona Vand! Dr. Mona is a health practitioner that believes in preventative, proactive wellness, from diet, exercise, and mindset. We’re speaking today about food, and how dietary choices may help your immunity, nutrient levels, and even overall mood. Dr. Mona shares some insightRead more

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Mar 26, 2020
98: Electricity Solutions for Saving Money + Saving The Planet; Efficiency, Production, and Improving The System
13:32

As they say, in the pie chart of life … electricity and heat production make up 25% of our global greenhouse gas production. We’re speaking today about climate solutions that could massively cut back on our electricity consumption, carbon-intensive generation, and improve our long-term resiliency. Plus, these measures could save you money today at home.Read more

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Mar 17, 2020
97: Plant-Based Businesses, Animal Advocacy, Ethical Investing | Daniella Monet
30:33

We’re chatting today with Daniella Monet: actress, singer, animal rights advocate and big time supporter of plant-based businesses. Daniella shares her journey to veganism (spoiler: she was not even 13!). We converse openly about her dedication to investing in plant-based businesses, from her first stocks to her now full-on involvement in uplifting the vegan economy.Read more

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Mar 10, 2020
96: Regulating The Cosmetics Industry; Influencing Better Beauty Policy | Lindsay Dahl, Beautycounter
33:15

Did you know that the cosmetics industry is one of the least regulated industries in America? We’re joined today by Lindsay Dahl, SVP of Social Mission at Beautycounter. Beautycounter is quite literally revolutionizing the clean beauty movement; they are actively demanding stricter regulations in their own industry. Beyond their cosmetics and skincare products, Beautycounter doesRead more

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Mar 03, 2020
95: Art For Planet: How Murals Around The World Are Impacting The Climate Conversation | Pangeaseed Foundation
40:19

We’re talking about art, activism, and how environmental issues can be creatively tackled. Tre’ and Akira of Pangeaseed Foundation are joining us to discuss the crossroads of sustainability, education, ecology, and design. Pangeaseed Foundation has facilitated approximately 400 public art projects in 15 countries through a community-first approach. Artists become spokespeople and educators for localRead more

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Feb 26, 2020
94: Why Is Sustainability Sometimes Stigmatized As “Feminine”? : Chic Chats
49:37

Perhaps our most thought-provoking call-in episode yet! We’re exploring today the social psych concept of environmentalism and green habits often being associated with femininity. Are you less “manly” if you’re carrying a reusable bag or opting for a fuel efficient vehicle? We’re hearing thorough breakdown from two environmentalist working through this issue in their ownRead more

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Feb 18, 2020
93: What is Greenwashing? How To Spot Misleading Environmental Claims
9:07

It’s easy to be impressed by all the “sustainable” products entering stores, but it’s also easy to be tricked into believing deceitful eco-friendly labels. Today, we’re discuss greenwashing: a marketing tactic leading consumers to assume a company’s products are more environmentally sound than they truly are. This episode gives an overview of items currently inRead more

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Feb 04, 2020
92: Sustainable Investing, Smarter Savings, Breaking Down ESG | Charity Driggs, Morningstar
26:57

We’re taking our conscious consumption one step further today! We’re speaking with Charity Driggs of Morningstar, an investment research firm. Charity is shedding light on lots of topics across the financial landscape for us individuals. Because we aim to be more eco-conscious in our daily lives, we should also start thinking more deeply about ourRead more

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Jan 28, 2020
91: BP, Amazon, + Corporate Idealism; Careers with Impact; Social Responsibility as a Driving Economic Force | Christine Bader
36:06

This episode is such a treat! Christine Bader is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil. In her book, she recounts her experiences working for BP on social impact on major projects around the world. Christine was working in corporate social responsibility (CSR) before it was truly a dedicated concernRead more

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Jan 22, 2020
90: How To Shop for High-End + Luxury Pieces Secondhand, Designer Resale, Making Money from Vintage Finds | Meredith Fineman, It Never Gets Old
34:07

Shopping secondhand can be a treasure hunt… and luxury secondhand is a whole new ballgame. We’re chatting today with Meredith Fineman, host of It Never Gets Old: A Firsthand Account of All Things Secondhand. Meredith is sharing tips on how to begin finding designer pieces for a fraction of their retail prices. We’re talking aboutRead more

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Jan 14, 2020
89: How Climate Change Affects Natural Disasters, Why The Australian Fires Are So Bad, Hurricanes Impacting Bahamian Islands
9:56

The Australian Fires are unprecedented in their size, destruction, and duration. The staggering number of lost lives, homes, and wildlife is heartbreaking. We’re all wondering: is this happening because of climate change? We’re exploring today how and why climate change exacerbates natural hazards. First, we’re clarifying the difference between weather and climate, and then gettingRead more

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Jan 07, 2020
88: Careers for Climate, Environmentalism at Work: Chic Chats
1:00:49

This call-in episode is overflowing with career inspo! We’re speaking with six women today about their professional dedication to environmental work at climate change, all in different fields and different organizational levels. Across five conversations, we’re hearing from: Sophia in research with NASA Develop; Ariel in corporate sustainability with MacMillan Publishing; Hannah and Lacie inRead more

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Jan 01, 2020
87: Why We Should Eat Lower In The Food Chain: Bioaccumulation + Biomagnification
14:40

We know plant-based diets require less resources and encourage nutrient diversity. But did we realize that a plant-based diet also helps us lessen the amount of toxins, chemicals, and other grossness that enters our lives? We’re introducing today the concepts of bioaccumulation and biomagnification: how toxins build up in organisms and move up the foodRead more

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Dec 17, 2019
86: Zero Waste Starter Pack
9:31

If you’re just beginning your environmental journey, or curious to know what the zero waste movement is all about… this episode is for you! We’re giving a grand overview of what a zero waste or low waste lifestyle stands for: reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, rot. Plus, sharing tips to help you lower your footprint today.Read more

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Dec 12, 2019
85: Practical Minimalism, Streamlining Your Closet, Bamboo Basics | Erin Orbach, Boody Ecowear
32:41

It may seem like the answer to your sustainable wardrobe goals may be minimalism… and minimalism can be intimidating! Today we’re speaking with Erin Orbach, Brand Manager of Boody Ecowear, a brand of eco-conscious basics. We’re discussing why bamboo is an ultra-sustainable fabric choice and certifications to look for when you’re choosing your pieces. Plus,Read more

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Dec 10, 2019
84: UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, How Humanitarian Concerns Are Tied To Climate | Claudia LaRue, United Nations
33:57

The United Nations has set Sustainable Development Goals to help us tackle concerns across multiple dimensions: societal, economic, and environmental. Today, we’re speaking with Claudia La Rue, the First Secretary to the Dominican Republic mission of the United Nations. We’re first overviewing the Millennium Development Goals, then discussing what the Sustainable Development Goals hope toRead more

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Dec 03, 2019
83: 3 Tips For Conscious Consumption During The Holidays
7:53

Black Friday sales are upon us, and holiday gift giving is definitely testing our commitment to being conscious consumers! On today’s bonus episodes, we’ll be going through guidelines to be a mindful shopper for both yourself and others. We’re sharing some creative ideas as alternatives to likely landfill-bound presents, plus reframing our mindset around extremeRead more

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Nov 29, 2019
Welcome, Totally Eco Chic: The Eco-Conscious Lifestyle Shop!
15:27

I am beyond thrilled to welcome you today to TOTALLY ECO CHIC: The Eco-Conscious Lifestyle Shop! I am sharing my journey thus far: how this podcast began, including some behind-the-scenes insight, like why we don’t have advertisers. TOTALLY ECO CHIC is our new sister brand – a place for all your stylish sustainability supplies. I’llRead more

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Nov 26, 2019
82: How To Talk About Climate Change with Deniers + Skeptics | Sarah Ott, Citizens Climate Lobby, National Center for Science Education
47:35

With some potential sticky climate conversations looming this holiday season, we’re learning today how to have thoughtful, relatable conversations with climate skeptics. We’re chatting with Sarah Ott, a chapter leader with Citizens Climate Lobby in a conservative North Georgia region, and a teacher ambassador with the National Center for Science Education. Sarah is a formerRead more

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Nov 20, 2019
81: Political Prep: Carbon Pricing, Net Zero, + The Paris Climate Accord
14:49

It’s Election Day! We’re gearing up to hear about a lot of different environmental plans this next campaign season, so this episode is breaking down the basics to help you better determine which policies really speak to you. We’re talking about carbon pricing – explaining the difference between a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade policyRead more

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Nov 05, 2019
80: Creating Community Around Sustainability: Chic Chats
29:05

We love a call-in episode! Today is all about encouraging those around you to think deeper about eco-conscious lifestyles. We’re speaking with three listeners about their initiatives in their respective local communities: Bella, creator of Sage Magazine; Faith, a host of local TV segments and workshops; and Nika, president of a free campus pop-up thriftRead more

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Oct 29, 2019
79: Healthier, Happier Periods: Sustainable Menstrual Options + Supporting Your Fertility
38:09

April Davis of The Vagina Blog joins up today to talk about all things menstruation! We’re discussing all of your options for period products – health benefits, reusable versus disposable, and encouraging you to find what works best for your body. April is also discussing fertility, and how we can support our cycle all monthRead more

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Oct 15, 2019
78: Pets + The Planet
10:45

We’re talking about your dog’s environmental impact today. Let’s chat about poop bags: are they really biodegradable? We’re also addressing the age-old question of whether or not your dog should be a vegetarian. Plus, we’re talking about the best options for toys and beds that will last. Thank you to all listeners that gave recommendationsRead more

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Oct 09, 2019
77: Plastic: What’s The Big Deal?
13:03

Plastic isn’t inherently “bad”… but what we’re doing with it definitely is! We’re talking today about where plastic comes from and how it ends up in your drinking water (and food!). Is recycling a good option? What’s wrong with those “eco” plastic water bottles? Plus, we’re touching on the environmental and health impacts of Styrofoam.Read more

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Oct 01, 2019
76: E-Scooter Share Programs: Friend or Foe?
13:59

Scooters are popping up on streets across the world… big cities, campuses, and coming to just about everywhere in between. E-scooter share programs are selling the idea of the “last mile ride,” but we’re breaking down why they’re not quite living up to that promise. On this episode, we’re talking about policy concerns, emissions, butRead more

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Sep 19, 2019
75: When A Fast Fashion Brand Steals From A Creator; Sustainable Swimwear; Quality Over Quantity | JetSet Christina, Watercolors Swim
45:01

We are diving deep today with Christina Vidal of JetSet Christina + Watercolors Swim! She’s explaining the intricate process of creating a swimwear line, and how a smaller fashion brand really operates. We also discuss the true meaning of “sustainability” in the fashion industry. Plus, Christina shares her experience of having fast fashion giant, Zara,Read more

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Sep 12, 2019
74: Eating Locally, Regenerative Agriculture, + Empowerment Through Food | Local Roots NYC
31:49

The local food movement is gaining popularity, and we’re here for it! We’re chatting today with Wen-Jay Ying of Local Roots NYC, a CSA in New York City. We’re discussing how regenerative agriculture supports our long-term ability to farm (and why the time is now to make a change!). Plus, we learn the value ofRead more

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Sep 03, 2019
Amazon Rainforest Fires, Climate Change: Everything You Need to Know
10:21

The Amazon Rainforest has been burning for three weeks largely due to deforestation for cattle ranching. This episode is a special report on the current situation: how the fires began, why this emergency will accelerate climate change, + what you can do. We are explaining deforestation, carbon sinks, and current climate science predictions for globalRead more

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Aug 22, 2019
73: Am I Truly Eco Chic?
13:15

Honesty hour: I sometimes struggle my to balance my environmental lifestyle + “regular” millennial culture. Today, I’m sharing a couple of tidbits from my life + internal conflicts around vegan leather handbags, introducing myself as an environmentalist, and when bringing your own metal straw is nonnegotiable. This episode is the first of a few moreRead more

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Aug 18, 2019
72: The Value of Immersive Environmental Education | CJ Casey + The Green Program
54:21

Tis the season for education, career shifts, and even back-to-school fever for those of us out in the workplace. Today, we’re speaking about the value of short-term, immersive experiences to build on your environmental education. Whether you are looking to dive deeper into your passions or learn about a totally new topic, there is plentyRead more

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Aug 13, 2019
71: How to Recycle Almost Anything
30:31

Recycling incorrectly can be just as harmful as not recycling at all! However, recycling properly can be challenging based on where you live or what you’re disposing of. While every area may have different regulations around their specific acceptable items, we’re discussing things you should always recycle, plus programs for your hard-to-recycle items, like contactRead more

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Jul 30, 2019
70: Sustainability Abroad + Cultural Barriers to Environmentalism: Chic Chats
1:00:16

Our second Chic Chats call-in episode! Today, we’re speaking with four women about their experiences with environmental lifestyles around the world: Celine from Germany, Lynn in South Korea, Marley in Uganda, and Jainan in China. We’re discussing national policies and location-specific challenges, plus coming to terms with things like family and social norms. Pollution, food,Read more

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Jul 24, 2019
69: What is the Carbon Budget?
13:23

We’re breaking down the elusive “carbon budget” – what is really means, and what it will take to keep our planet within reasonable levels of warming. Between the promise of shiny technologies and human habits, we’re talking about limiting emissions with the current reality of a climate crisis. Connect with me @ecochicpodcast + @lauraediez onRead more

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Jul 10, 2019
68: Eco Sheets: Sleeping Sustainably | Ettitude
31:46

Silk sheets are totally having a moment, and cotton is a classic … but both of these options problematic! Today we’re chatting with Phoebe and Kat of Ettitude, a bamboo lyocell bedding company. Bamboo is an environmental superstar, requiring minimal resources and causing no animal harm. We spend one-third of our lives asleep … andRead more

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Jul 02, 2019
67: The World’s First Totally Zero Waste Makeup Palette | Aether Beauty
22:05

Sustainable, non-toxic, inspiring makeup – let’s discuss! Today, we’re chatting with Tiila Abbitt of Aether Beauty, the brand behind the world’s first zero waste makeup palette. Tiila served as the Head of Product Development for Sephora, which led her to create a truly clean eyeshadow collection. She talks about her background in the beauty industryRead more

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Jun 26, 2019
66: 5 Ways To Eat A More Plant-Based Diet
17:04

Plant-based diets are actually the most impactful personal climate change solution you can make. We’re talking today about five easy ways to transition into a more plant-based diet, little by little – you don’t have to be totally vegan overnight! First, let’s discuss two major food groups you can reassess, and then we’ll get intoRead more

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Jun 18, 2019
65: Transportation Tech Solutions to Climate Change
14:32

Transportation is a *massive* source of global greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we’re going over some ways that innovation and up-and-coming ideas are making our travel more efficient. We’re diving deep into why a typical gasoline-powered car doesn’t make a lot of sense, how hyperloop could totally change public transportation, + where there is still plentyRead more

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Jun 11, 2019
64: Dating Sustainably: Chic Chats
55:32

Our first call-in episode! Today, we’re talking with FIVE friends of ECO CHIC all about their experiences dating as someone making eco-conscious lifestyle choices. We discuss how living low-waste, plant-based, or just environmentally aware can influence romantic relationships. Each guest lives a little differently from one another, so it is really eye opening to understandRead more

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Jun 04, 2019
63: Lab Grown Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend | MiaDonna + The Greener Diamond Foundation
27:22

The diamond industry is dirty, corrupt, and arguably super outdated. Diamonds are simply compressed carbon – and technology has caught up with nature to alleviate some of the adverse effects of mining. Today, we are sitting down with Anna-Mieke Anderson of MiaDonna & Co. and The Greener Diamond Foundation. We’re discussing how the technology ofRead more

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May 28, 2019
62: How We Could Reduce The Societal, Economic Burdens of Trash
15:51

Let’s get analytical today when we talk about waste: what is it really costing our communities? We’re discussing the economic and social downfalls of a disposable society, plus possible solutions. It’s easy to simply encourage recycling and composting, but we also have to realize the policies and infrastructure currently in place. Waste-To-Energy electricity and fuelRead more

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May 22, 2019
61: Eco Tech and More Sustainable Audio | House of Marley
28:46

There is a lot of speculation on if technology will save us from a climate crisis … today, we’re bringing that conversation down to a much more personal level. How are the products you’re inviting into your life impacting the environment? We’re sitting today with Josh Poulsen of House of Marley, an eco-conscious brand ofRead more

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May 14, 2019
60: Clean, Conscious Beauty: Waterless, Responsible, Customizable Beauty from Food Waste | LOLI Beauty
34:37

We’re talking today about shopping for beauty products the same way you shop for groceries: personalized, food-grade organic, ethically sourced, and even a little spiritual. Tina Hedges, founder of LOLI Beauty, joins us to discuss how LOLI is on a mission to stir up clean, conscious beauty. Makeup, skincare, and haircare products are crafted fromRead more

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May 07, 2019
59: The Grid: Energy Dependencies + The Future of Electricity
18:34

The grid: what even is it? We’re talking today about why you should care about where your electricity comes from! Let’s break down the whole situation: importance of grid reliability and flexibility, how our energy is generated, and how we’re going to transition into a safer, more stable system. Lots of goodness to better prepareRead more

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Apr 30, 2019
58: Careers in Climate
20:34

Climate change is impacting all of us – and we all have the ability contribute to solutions! Today, we’re exploring a whole variety of ways that you can tailor your expertise for a career in cliamte. We’re first introducing the obvious scientist roles, but then diving deep into sectors you may not immediately associate withRead more

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Apr 23, 2019
57: 5 Ways To Make Earth Day, Every Day
13:20

Happy Earth Day, friends! We’re firm believers that we should be celebrating Earth Day every day by thinking a little more about our environmental footprint. Today’s bonus episode outlines five easy ways you can live more eco-consciously. Below, each tip has links to additional podcast episodes in the Apple Podcast app if you’d like moreRead more

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Apr 22, 2019
56: 3 DIY Projects for Your Lower Waste Lifestyle | Feelin’ Loopy Crochet
13:55

We’re crafting today! I’m joined by my friend Elizabeth Lancione of Feelin Loopy Crochet to talk you through three do-it-yourself projects for your lower waste lifestyle. We’re teaching you how to make a reusable shopping bag, produce bags, and cotton face rounds (crochet or sew!). We also have two bonus projects to share: coffee scrubRead more

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Apr 16, 2019
55: Eco-Conscious Beef: How Animal Agriculture Can Be Done Sustainably | Diablo Trust
33:37

It can be easy to preach against animal products when promoting an environmental lifestyle – but that definitely doesn’t work for everyone! I’m excited for us to be diving deep into the world of animal agriculture, cattle ranching, and climate change today with Megan of the Diablo Trust, a collaborative group of ranchers, advocacy groups,Read more

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Apr 09, 2019
54: Environmentalism is Elitist; Plastic is Political
13:00

Last week, AOC reminded us that “climate change is not an elitist issue,” … but perhaps environmental lifestyle choices inherently are. We’re touching upon the social factors that influence your ability (or inability!) to make lower-waste, more eco-concious choices. We’re breaking down how your neighborhood and socioeconomic status influence your environmental footprint, but then takingRead more

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Apr 04, 2019
53: Does “Organic” Matter?
10:10

Let’s break down a cool little intersection of environment + health: organic produce. Today, we’ll discuss what organic certification truly means, the agricultural implications, and even some benefits of conventionally grown fruits and veggies. We’re also introducing the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, to help us all be more savvy shoppers. Let’s connect onRead more

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Mar 26, 2019
52: Should We Really Be Boycotting Palm Oil?
10:52

Palm oil: one of the biggest things the internet is telling you to give up if you care about the planet. Today, we are breaking down the situation a little further – let’s talk about how palm oil is harvested, who is being hurt, how it’s effecting our global greenhouse gas emissions… but let’s alsoRead more

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Mar 22, 2019
51: Art Imitates Life: Environmental Influences and Messages | Dana Rodriguez
25:36

Art, the environment, and eco-conscious messages you may not even realize you’re being sent! My great friend Dana Rodriguez is joining us today to talk about art: creating it, buying it, and what how it’s influencing the masses. We’re getting into materials, discussing specific artists famous for their work, and the impact of social mediaRead more

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Mar 19, 2019
50: What The Frack: Natural Gas, Renewables, + Your Power in Energy | Christina Lizzo
31:17

Energy: where does it come from + why should you care? We’re sitting down with my great friend, Christina Lizzo, to discuss how we extract natural gas, and some drawbacks of renewable energy alternatives. We’re also touching on the subjects of geopolitics, political awareness, and where different people fit into shifting our larger energy systems.Read more

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Mar 12, 2019
49: How To Shop Package Free
15:43

Reducing your packaging is arguably one of the easiest ways to start lessening your environmental footprint! Let’s talk today about one of your most frequent plastic-ridden purchases: groceries. We’re sharing tips on how to prepare for your grocery trip, what to do at the store, and how to store things once you get home. Package-freeRead more

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Mar 07, 2019
48: Have More (Sustainable) Sex
15:49

Where do condoms come from? What even is lube? Today, we’re breaking down the environmental impacts of our basic sexual wellness products! Let’s discuss the sustainability (and health!) of our bedroom choices: condoms, personal lubricant, vibrators, and a bit more. We’re also sharing lots of brands you may want to switch to, and how theseRead more

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Mar 05, 2019
47: Why A Circular Economy Isn’t Going To Solve Climate Change | Dr. Brian Petersen
33:04

Buckle up for one of our most thought-provoking episodes yet! We’re sitting down with Dr. Brian Petersen today to discuss the circular economy theory – and why it doesn’t really make sense as a climate change solution. We touch upon the efforts of the zero waste movement, and larger social systems: are people truly happyRead more

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Feb 27, 2019
46: 10 Foods to Stop Buying + Start Making With Your Kitchen Scraps
23:43

Happy Thursday! We have a quick episode today all about ten easy things that you can totally start making on your own with your food scraps. Even if you’re not able to compost, you can definitely start to reduce your kitchen waste by rethinking what you’re purchasing, and how you can make some things onRead more

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Feb 21, 2019
45: Cotton: Is Organic Clothing Really Eco-Friendly?
14:24

If you’ve ever wondered if purchasing an organic cotton t-shirt is actually better than purchasing a conventional one … you’re not alone. Today we’re discussing the environmental considerations surrounding your cotton clothing: crop yields, irrigation, transportation, and even laundry while you own it. Our end-of-ep tidbit this week revolves around a somewhat laughable personal experience,Read more

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Feb 19, 2019
44: Why Your Nail Polish Matters: Animal Cruelty, Toxic-Free, + Supporting Brands That Align With Your Values | *HYPE Nail
29:43

Let’s talk about what nail polish has to do with staying healthy, looking good, and your dog. Today we’re hanging out with Valentina of *Hype Nail, a toxic-free polish brand. We’re discussing LOTS: the toxicity that is mainstream nail polish, how harmful chemicals can be replaced with plant-based ingredients, and how to dispose of polishes.Read more

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Feb 12, 2019
43: Your Guide To Becoming A Zero Waste, Vegan Home Cook | Jessie Stokes, Tiny Yellow Bungalow
29:30

Cheers to our first Thursday episode! We’re talking today with Jessie Stokes, author of the Zero Waste Vegan Cookbook! Let’s break down how zero waste and low impact living can look different for everyone, and the benefits of plant-based meals, even just a couple of times per week. Jessie is giving tips on how toRead more

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Feb 07, 2019
42: Breaking Down Beer: Water, Barrels, and Everything Else That Goes Into Your Favorite Pint | Wanderlust Brewing
42:17

We are sitting down today with Nathan Friedman of Wanderlust Brewing Company in Flagstaff, AZ, breaking down the environmental and logistical variables that go into the brewing process. Nathan is discussing the everything that goes into your go-to beer: the water usage, the malting process, ingredient sourcing, bacteria and yeast … really SO much knowledgeRead more

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Feb 05, 2019
41: The Business of Being Eco Chic: How Nora Schaper Started Two Natural Beauty Companies | Bodylish, HiBar
32:58

We’re sitting down with Nora Schaper today, co-founder of Bodylish, a natural beauty line, and HiBar, a new salon-quality solid shampoo bar. Nora discusses her unconventional path into entrepreneurship, and the conception of two totally different business models, both forward-thinking in sustainability. We’re breaking down some challenges associated with different business models and products, andRead more

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Jan 30, 2019
40: 10 Easy Zero Waste Swaps
18:24

Let’s all agree to be less trashy in 2019. Today, we’re getting into ten super simple ways you can reduce your waste. Plus, I’m breaking down the difference between “zero waste” and “low impact” lifestyles, and why I think the iconic trash jar is silly. Sticking to theme, the end-of-episode question is all about plasticRead more

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Jan 23, 2019
39: Jade Rolling: Oils, Serums, + Everything To Know About Hippie Chic Skincare | Halle Beeler, Sur Sublimite, Luna Nectar
30:04

Let’s get into clean, natural skincare – good for your body, inside and out. Jade rolling is rooted in ancient Chinese medicine, using a crystal for its anti-aging properties. Jade rolling is receiving a ton of buzz lately, too, in the skincare community for helping with face bloat and lymphatic drainage. Today, we’re discussing theRead more

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Jan 15, 2019
38: Can Technology Save Us From A Climate Crisis?
17:42

Today we are setting the scene for future conversations about shiny climate change solutions. What is geoengineering? Can we really just stop absorbing solar radiation? Why isn’t this cool research being put into practice yet? Let’s connect! Find @ecochicpodcast / @lauraediez on Instagram, or email at laura@lauraediez.com Resources: Check out the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment ReportRead more

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Jan 09, 2019
37: Is This Border Wall Really Worth It? US-Mexico Emissions + Animal Impacts
18:40

The US government shutdown is (unfortunately) going almost two weeks strong. A central conversation revolves around President Trump’s proposed border wall between the US and Mexico. Today, let’s discuss the environmental implications of this “huge, beautiful wall” – there is a lot to consider, between the associated greenhouse gas emissions and *whose* migration will beRead more

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Jan 04, 2019
36: Refugees, Terrorism, Women’s Rights + Climate Change | Emerald McCormick
32:14

Today we are sitting down with my friend Emerald McCormick to talk about some major, global issues: climate refuges, terrorists, and developing world setbacks. We are get into how climate change is a women’s rights issue in many countries, and even touch on subjects like ecofeminism. If you are interested in learning more about EcoFeminism,Read more

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Dec 18, 2018
35: How To Talk To Climate Change Deniers
9:38

On this (slightly sassy) episode, I am hitting you with the three most common arguments of people who deny climate change, and how you can intelligently rebuttal. The holiday season might prompt some of these conversations with family, and it’s a lot easier to keep your cool when you’re armed with easy facts to disproveRead more

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Dec 12, 2018
34: CLEAN BEAUTY: Understanding Labels for a Kinder Routine | Halle Beeler, Sur Sublimite
35:59

This week we are diving deep into the topic of clean beauty with Halle Beeler of clean beauty blog, Sur Sublimite! We’re talking all about the products you should be rethinking in your routine, what labels and ingredients are worth looking into, and sharing tips on how to be an educated shopper. Connect with meRead more

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Dec 04, 2018
33: Sustainability: An Honest Story, Nicole Walker
36:12

This week we are joined by Nicole Walker, the author of Sustainability: A Love Story. Nicole and I are chatting about what sustainable actually means, the idea of a “personal cap-and-trade program”, and mindfulness moving forward. Check out Nicole’s personal website, www.nikwalk.com Find Sustainability: A Love Story on Amazon + your local retailers Let’s connect!!Read more

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Nov 28, 2018
32: Turkey, Trees, + Tips for a Sustainable Holiday Season
17:02

‘Tis the season! With the holidays upon us, we’re talking today about some easy tips + important considerations when it comes to keeping the season eco-conscious. We’re tackling some big-ticket topics today, like leftovers, Christmas trees, and gifts. Today’s end-of-episode question is all about the most important (zero-waste, vegan) meal of the day. Keep inRead more

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Nov 21, 2018
31: Sustainable Fashion Initiative
33:09

We’re talking today with Emma and Abby of the UNC Sustainable Fashion Initiative! We’re just skimming the surface of all things sustainable fashion: thrifting/upcycling, manufacturing pollution, workers’ conditions, and more. Let’s chat!! Message me @lauraediez, @ecochicpodcast, or laura@lauraediez.com Check out UNC SFI here The True Cost Additional Climate Change Resources For more on thrifting, checkRead more

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Nov 06, 2018
30: Women and Children … and Climate
11:46

Family Planning is one of the most crucial issues to tackle – population growth is super closely linked to increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Today, we’re highlighting the challenges associated with family planning services around the world, some successful countries, and how babies are totally tied to climate change. Slide into my DMs at @lauraediez ; followRead more

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Oct 31, 2018
29: Electric Cars, Elon Musk, + The Future of Driving
37:29

Today I’m hanging out with my friend Miles Dunlap, an expert in the electric vehicle space. We are getting into the innovation that is currently happening (and what has yet to be done), Tesla’s impact on the industry, Elon Musk’s motives… it’s a good one, y’all. Chat with me on instragram @lauraediez, @ecochicpodcast + viaRead more

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Oct 17, 2018
28: ECOFEMINISM: Women + The Environment
16:37

Let’s introduce the concept of ECOFEMINISM. There is an intersection of gender equality and environmental exploitation … and today we’re just skimming the surface of the issues within that connection. Beyond explaining the ideology behind ecofeminism, we’ll also touch briefly on women’s education, maternal health, fast fashion, and veganism. Keep in touch! I’m on instagramRead more

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Oct 09, 2018
27: The Wine Down, Jen Bingham, Cru Cellars Tampa
21:49

Let’s talk about WINE. Today, we’re chatting with Tampa-based sommelier Jen Bingham all about the basics of growing wine, plus: some labels on wine (“natural”? “organic”? “biodynamic”?) + how you can make some smarter, more eco-conscious wine purchases. Find Cru Cellars on Instagram or in Tampa at: 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 + ArmatureRead more

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Oct 02, 2018
26: Happy Hour: Food, Equity + Climate Change
45:01

We are back with our second Happy Hour episode! Today, we’re talking with my friends Tristan and Liz all about food: socio-economic issues, farmers’ markets, waste, marketing, GMOs… everything you’ve ever wondered about food, we’re wondering, too. Let’s chat!! Shoot me an email at laura@lauraediez.com or an Instagram DM @lauraediez 

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Sep 25, 2018
25: Straws vs. Fishing Nets: The Real Deal
12:56

The argument against straw-free movements has been circulating the internet… today we’re addressing the real deal when it comes to commercial fishing debris! Yes, a lot of our marine plastic is from fishing nets – but that doesn’t mean we should ignore efforts to eliminate plastic straws. We’re getting into the issues with both sidesRead more

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Sep 18, 2018
24: The Menstruation Conversation: Dot Cup
22:51

Let’s talk about periods. 50% of the population has them, yet we’re nervous to talk about menstruation openly and honestly. Ridiculous!! Today on ECO CHIC we are joined by Betsy Drach, the founder of Dot Cup, a new one-for-one menstrual cup. We’re talking about everything you’ve ever wondered about menstrual cups: what they are, whyRead more

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Sep 11, 2018
23: Coffee Cream That Cares, Unicreamer
22:13

Today we are chatting with Elise and Lori of Unicreamer, a totally vegan, non-GMO, hypoallergic coffee creamer! We touch on the benefits of incorporating plant-based products into a diet, especially for non-vegans (like us). Elise and Lori are also committed to animal welfare, a topic that is super important to respecting the planet that weRead more

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Sep 04, 2018
22: Wet Footprints
13:25

Today we’re breaking down what makes up our personal water footprints! We’re skimming the surface of the direct and indirect sources of water consumption in our lives. Let me know your thoughts on this new series! If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com). WeRead more

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Aug 28, 2018
21: Happy Hour: Energy
53:27

I am PUMPED to be introducing a new series to ECO CHIC… Happy Hour! You’ll meet experts in the sustainability space from totally different specialties, we’ll have some drinks, and we’ll talk honestly and openly about ENERGY. We’re discussing the potentials and pitfalls of renewables, posing some questions, and getting nerdy. Cheers! Let me knowRead more

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Aug 16, 2018
20: Growing + Inspiring in Zero-Waste: Celia Ristow, Litterless
26:21

Today we are speaking with Celia of Litterless! Litterless is a blog + social media space where Celia discusses moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle. She also host workshops and aids in fostering zero-waste communities in the Midwest. We talk about what zero-waste is, finding resources wherever you may be, and encouraging community around a lowerRead more

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Aug 07, 2018
19: Smart, Chic CBD: Leila Mafoud, The Green Witch
32:41

At the intersection of wellness and sustainability, we find The Green Witch: super sustainable, beautiful CBD products based out of New York City. Leila, the founder of The Green Witch, is speaking with us today on the what CBD is, why organic practices are important, and how we can all be a little more eco-consciousRead more

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Jul 31, 2018
18: Get Thrifty
15:14

One of the most ECO CHIC things we can do is shop secondhand for good looks! We’re continuing our conversation combatting fast fashion today – I’m sharing my top five tips for thrifting, and then recommendations for where to thrift both online and IRL, throughout the country. If you want to chat more, DM meRead more

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Jul 24, 2018
17: Our Global Food Systems + Sustainability: Megan Faletra, The Well Essentials
35:02

This week on ECO CHIC we are talking with Megan Faletra of The Well Essentials! Megan is enlightening us on the truth of sustainability in diets – we should acknowledge that there is more to it than just eating organic, or just eating local, or just eating vegan … especially considering climate change, nothing inRead more

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Jul 17, 2018
16: How To GIVE A SHIT, Ashlee Piper
33:13

Today we are chatting with Ashlee Piper, author of GIVE A SH*T: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet. Ashlee is a political strategist turned vegan and eco-lifestyle advocate and TV personality.  We’re getting into how she started living more eco-consciously, the practicalities of this lifestyle, the deal with ethical veganism… so much good stuff. IfRead more

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Jul 10, 2018
15: Eco-Spirituality, Permaculture, Positivity: Carly Bergman
30:18

So excited to share today’s episode with Carly Bergman! Carly and I are talking about what eco-spirituality means, the rationale behind permaculture, and finding positivity in people when discussing sustainability. If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com). We can also be Facebook friends! Find CarlyRead more

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Jul 03, 2018
14: Travel, Personal Growth in Sustainability: Manuela Baron, The Girl Gone Green
20:52

Today we are having a conversation with Manuela Baron, better known online as The Girl Gone Green! She has just returned from a six month journey throughout Asia, learning about sustainability and wellness. She shares some lessons she’s taking with her, and how we can all stay practical in our environmental mindset when traveling. IfRead more

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Jun 26, 2018
13: Sustainable + Intentional Business: Sharon Rowe, Eco-Bags Products
14:14

Today we are talking with Sharon Rowe, founder + CEO of Eco Bags! Eco Bags is the original reusable bag in the U.S. We’re discussing profitability in sustainability: laser-focused business plans, identifying a niche, and sticking to your values. If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or emailRead more

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Jun 19, 2018
12: Green At Home
12:43

On this episode of ECO CHIC we are talking about reducing our energy + water consumption at home! We will be going through each room and discussing how to make some implement more eco-friendly habits and products. If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com).Read more

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Jun 12, 2018
11: The Birds + The Bees
10:59

One of my favorite topics when it comes to climate change: the impacts on animal and plant communities! Here we are discussing how birds and bees are responding to changes in precipitation, habitat shifts, and more. If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com). WeRead more

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Jun 05, 2018
10: Fast Fashion
10:57

Today we are starting to tackle one of the biggest topics when it comes to being ECO CHIC – fast fashion! The conversation starts today with denim and leather.   If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com). We can also be Facebook friends! InformationRead more

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May 29, 2018
9: The Compost Convo
9:23

Let’s talk compost! This week, we’re getting in to why composting matters + how easy peasy it is to offset your environmental footprint. If you want to chat more, DM me on instagram (@lauraediez), my site (lauraediez.com) or email me (laura@lauraediez.com). We can also be Facebook friends! References Here is any easy walk-through of settingRead more

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May 22, 2018
8: The Deal With Microplastics
8:10

Let’s talk about microplastics! What are they? Why are they harmful? What can we do about them? As always I’d love to chat about science/sustainability/anything under the sun; send me an Instagram DM (@lauraediez, easiest for me!) or an email via my contact page!  References: This is a great PDF handout by NOAA on micro plasticsRead more

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May 15, 2018
7: Travel Smarter
8:25

Travel season is upon us! Let’s talk about making our vacation choices a little more sustainable – how we’re getting there, what we’re supporting, and how we are planning to maintain our eco-friendly habits outside of our homes. If you want to chat about science/sustainability/anything under the sun, send me an Instagram DM (@lauraediez, easiestRead more

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May 08, 2018
6: All About Energy
12:40

We are breaking down all the basics – renewable energy sources, non-renewable energy, the grid, and what we’re looking forward to when it comes to how we get our electricity. If you want to chat about science/sustainability/topic suggestions, send me an Instagram DM (easiest for me) or an email via my contact page!  References: Non-renewables:Read more

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May 01, 2018
5: Conscious Coffee
9:11

Breaking down all the ways you can rethink how sustainable your coffee habits are. We’re getting into the labels on coffee beans, the ethical points, and the financial pros to sustainable habits. If you want to chat about science/sustainability/topic suggestions, send me an Instagram DM (easiest for me) or an email via my contact page! Read more

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Apr 24, 2018
4: Party Responsibly
9:29

Party Tips for the eco-concious! Whether you’re hosting, attending, or just passing by, there is always a way to make your events a little more sustainable. If you have any questions/suggestions/etc, shoot me an Instagram DM or an email via my contact page!  Resources: Check out these photos + this site for some creative jello shotRead more

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Apr 17, 2018
3: What’s The Beef?

Everything you ever (and never) wanted to know about animal agriculture. We’re discussing animal products and their impacts on the environment, your physical and mental health, and how you can slowly begin to improve your impact. For more info, check out: http://lauraediez.com/ If you have any questions/suggestions/etc, send me an Instagram DM (easiest for me)Read more

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Apr 10, 2018
2: Talkin’ Trash

All the basics surrounding the environmental impacts of municipal solid waste, the Zero Waste movement, and how to begin reducing your impacts. For resources + more, check out: http://lauraediez.com/ Listen here: Resources: I wrote this post when I first became serious about moving towards a lower-waste lifestyle. There are lots of resources at the bottomRead more

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Apr 10, 2018
1: Introduction to Climate Change

All the basics of Climate Change education. For resources + more info, check out: http://lauraediez.com/ Resources: I wrote this post breaking down all the basic questions re: Climate Change! There are a ton of citations for your browsing. NASA’s Climate Change education webpage is a good holistic resource If you’re in the mood to readRead more

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Apr 10, 2018