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30: Diaspora Co – Building a Better Spice Trade

The original intent of colonial conquest of the Indian subcontinent was a desire for domination of the spice trade. 600+ years later, as a young woman born and raised in postcolonial Mumbai, working at the intersection of food and culture, Sana Javeri Kadri founder of @diasporaco, was slowly discovering that not much about that system had changed. Farmers made no money, spices changed hands upwards of 10 times between farmer and consumer, and the final spice on the shelf was usually an old, dusty, and flavorless shadow of what it once was. Living a life between two worlds – India and USA, and mindfully impacting lives in both places. Listen to Sana’s passion in this episode.

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Food
Food
30: Diaspora Co - Building a Better Spice Trade
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29: Unpaste – Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets

We talk to Patrick Graham, CEO of Unpaste – zero-waste toothpaste. Unpaste is disrupting the toothpaste market with it’s Altoids like tablets. It gently polishes your teeth leaving fewer places for bacteria to attach and reducing the formation of plaque and tartar. It is manufactured sustainably with a minimalistic philosophy. Listen more from Patrick.

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Design and Innovation
Design and Innovation
29: Unpaste - Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets
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28: Redecker – Design and Crafts in a Modern Family Owned Company.

The first handcrafted Bürstenhaus Redecker brushes were produced in 1935. Their brushes are made with domestic wood and plant fibers and are natural, sustainable, functional and very durable. A lot has changed since then. Today, the name stands, as it has for decades, for an ideal combination of natural quality, function and design. Learn how this 3rd generation company has survived, grown and transferred management through the generations. In this episode we chat with Jana and Felix Redecker.

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Design and Innovation
Design and Innovation
28: Redecker - Design and Crafts in a Modern Family Owned Company.
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27: Ajiri Tea – Creating a Sustainable Cycle of Employment and Opportunity in Kenya.

What does it take to start a business several thousands of miles away, and that too when you were just 19. Kate Holby co-founded Ajiri tea with her sister Sara Kolby, to create a full cycle of sustainable aid. Because education is a sustainable investment, 100% of the net profits go back to Kenya to pay school fees for orphans. Ajiri Tea Company is now sponsoring 29 orphans in school and is employing four different women’s groups. Learn more about these amazing young ladies.

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Africa
Africa
27: Ajiri Tea - Creating a Sustainable Cycle of Employment and Opportunity in Kenya.
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26: Beyond Good – Chocolate Made Right.

Beyond Good, a pioneer in heirloom dark chocolate, is the only brand in the U.S. market producing bean-to-bar chocolate at source in Africa. From an organic certified chocolate factory in Madagascar, Beyond Good produces the finest heirloom chocolate, while providing a stable pay price for cocoa farmers. By making finished product in Africa, Beyond Good is redefining high-quality chocolate and sustainability in the chocolate industry.

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Africa
Africa
26: Beyond Good - Chocolate Made Right.
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25: Impact of COVID – 19.

The world changed around us in just a month. The new normal and when will it all be normal again. We talk to 6 of our past guests to learn how they have coped, adapted and are surviving the impact of COVID – 19 in their business and personal lives. Commiserate with them.

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Mindful Businesses
Mindful Businesses
25: Impact of COVID - 19.
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24: Inai – Buy With Love

We talk to Shruti Ashok, the founder of Inai. Inai is a creative space, where timeless leather pieces are crafted using upcycled Italian leathers, handmade by skilled Indian artisans in Madras, India. The designs are made to serve a specific purpose — a bag for everyday living, new adventures, emotional milestones and so much more. ‘Inai’ is a Tamil word, derived from ‘Inaippu’ which translates to ‘connection’. – you to connect with what you buy. Inai aims to inspire people to treasure and value the products they consume and the stories behind them.

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Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty
24: Inai - Buy With Love
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23: Alabama Chanin – For a Modern Sustainable Life.

We talk with the founder and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. The company that has become what Alabama Chanin is today began early in 2000 with Natalie creating hand-sewn garments made from cotton jersey t-shirts. They are a leader in elevated craft due to a strong belief in tradition and dedication to locally sewn garments and goods—both hand and machine-sewn. They maintain responsible, ethical, and sustainable practices holding themselves to the highest standards for quality. At Alabama Chanin, they preserve traditions of community, design, producing, and living arts by examining work and life through the acts of storytelling, photography, education, and making. Natalie in her soothing mellifluous voice walks us through her journey in creating Alabama Chanin. Come take a listen.

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Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty
23: Alabama Chanin - For a Modern Sustainable Life.
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22: Mayu – Luxury Created Sustainably

We speak to Mayura Davda Shah the founder of MAYU, a sustainable luxury lifestyle brand which promotes a conscious way of life. Designed in New York with fish leather and vegan materials sourced from Europe she crafts goods for the betterment of our people and planet. Learn how waste can be used to create a luxury premium accessories brand. In fact, L’Officiel placed as one of the top 5 sustainable brands to watch out for along with Stella McCartney.

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Fashion and Beauty
Fashion and Beauty
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21: Jaidee Dancewear – Celebrating the Beauty and Wisdom of Dancers.

Jai-Dee, ใจดีis Thai for kind-hearted, is a sustainable leotard company. We talk with founder and professional; ballet dancer Katherine Hartsell who has created this female-centered brand creating dance wear to empower women, support the arts and honor the earth. Featuring luxurious Italian fabric made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon fiber. With commitment to women who dance, the arts that uplift humanity and the environment that we all call our creative home, Jai-Dee Dancewear is a small company with a big mission to help create a kinder, more creative and more sustainable world for all.

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Sustainable Materials
Sustainable Materials
21: Jaidee Dancewear - Celebrating the Beauty and Wisdom of Dancers.
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