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112: CCell – Growing Living Reefs for Coastal Protection

This summer when we visited our favorite beach in Indiana – Indiana Dunes National Park – with its immense sand dunes, we were saddened by how much of the beach had been washed away. What used to be a gradual slope from the road to the water , now required a flight of 20 steps to reach the sand. Sand and beaches have always shifted and moved, but why are these shifts different. With climate change and changing weather patterns have increased the wave force and have disrupted the delicate eco-system in our oceans, seas and waterways. Today we speak with Dr. William Bateman, Founder and CEO of CCell, whose fascinating invention helps to build reefs to combat coastal erosion by working with nature to restore a sustainable balance to coastal environments and bring lasting protection to communities around the world.

CCell does it by designing high-tech structures that dampen waves both by inducing turbulence and by causing them to break before they impact the shore. These structures protect the coastline by interrupting waves well before they can reach the shore while also providing an ideal habitat for a wide range of marine life; becoming the heart of long-term living ecosystems. Learn how they do it on our latest episode.

#mindfulbusinesses, #desipodcasthost, #worldoceansday #ccell #coastalprotection #coastalengineering

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111: Puro.Earth – Carbon Removal Standards

As we try to reduce the carbon we put out into the atmosphere, these efforts should be accompanied by carbon sequestering and removal. Carbon sequestration refers to CO2 that has been captured from the atmosphere and stored in a durable carbon sink, in contrast to traditional carbon offsets. Today we talk to Elba Horta, head of communications and Antti Vihavainen, CEO at Puro.Earth – the world’s first B2B marketplace, standard and registry focused solely on carbon removals. Puro.Earth’s carbon removal suppliers develop carbon net-negative processes or products. In other words, they remove carbon from the atmosphere – the process known as CDR – Carbon Dioxide Removal. These suppliers are verified by an independent third party based on the “Puro Standard” and issued CO2 Removal Certificates (CORCs) and added to the Puro Registry. Companies seeking to neutralize their carbon emissions buy CORCs from these verified suppliers. CORCs are retired when a beneficiary makes a net zero or carbon neutrality claim that is supported by the CORCs’ carbon sequestration properties. This registry is completely transparent and open to all. So for instance if you would like to see how many CROCs a company like Microsoft has retired, that is very easily available with a click of a button. To learn more about this intriguing topic, listen to our latest episode.
https://puro.earth/
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#carbonremoval
#CROC
#CDR
#Puroearth
#Mindfulbusinesses
#carbonsequestration
#puroregistry
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56: Re-Air Jeffrey Hollender – Seventh Generation

You cannot switch on the radio, TV or online news any day without a mention of sustainability or climate change. One of the early thought leader in this field is Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation. We enjoy always to listen to his words and thought process and decided to re-air this classic episode. Take a listen.
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Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.

As an early thinker and adopter of sustainable practices, Jeffrey brought to market several green products. He talks about how and why is a living wage important. He talks about the impact of a living wage on an individual and societal level – both emotionally and financially. What sustainability means is far more than just doing no harm – we have to be a net positive. Do more good through regenerative practices. AT ASBC, he leads and lobbies for policy changes in these issues which he is passionate about. Listen now only on Mindful Businesses.

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62: Re-Air Rhino Machines – Silica Plastic Blocks

Summer construction activity is at its peak in the US. And as we look for sustainable alternatives for bricks or pavers or other construction materials, we look Eastwards to one of our guests whose journey I have followed since our last recording. He is a very creative solution made almost entirely of waste and 2.5 times stronger than regular brick. This episode we felt definitely needed an encore.
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When Manish Kothari, Managing Director of Rhino Machines and a second-generation entrepreneur involved in the casting and foundry industry in India, saw how dark, dusty and dangerous this industry was to the environment and the workers, he decided to do something about it. He is a social entrepreneur with a passion for innovation who decided to tackle the dust and sand waste that the foundry creates. He reached out to Shridhar Rao, a partner in the architect firm R + D studio to make a brick by combining the foundry dust with plastic to create the first Silica Plastic Block (SPB). The SPB tested 2.5 times stronger than regular brick and it was comparable in cost to the regular bricks in Indian metro cities.

What makes this solution and entrepreneur special is Manish’s obstinance about not patenting his innovation. He in fact believes in assisting and sharing the know-how with other sustainable entrepreneurs. Learn more about these enterprising, creative and forward-thinking entrepreneurs on Mindful Businesses podcast.
https://rhinospb.in/
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64: Re-Air REVO ZERO – A Revolution Towards Zero-emissions

With all the talk of hydrogen as a green alternative, I wanted to go back and listen to an episode released almost exactly a year ago. It seemed pretty unachievable and different, but now almost viable and scalable commercially.

REVO ZERO is revolutionizing the transportation industry by bringing the most innovative, practical, and cost-effective technologies to support a zero-emission economy of the future. We talked to Ruben Creus, a serial entrepreneur with a passion and drive to create a zero-emission vehicle. He takes the best of the Electric Vehicle (EV) technology and the Plug-in Fuel Cells (PFC) and balances them to create a cost – efficient vehicle for local trips and quick refueling for longer trips. REVO ZERO is working on three different models of cars. In addition, they are creating an ecosystem of hydrogen generation, storage and fuel cells that is the perfect alternative for a clean, healthy and sustainable zero – emission future. Learn more by listening to this episode.

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110: Junobie -Eco-friendly Reusable Breast Milk Storage Bags

As formula companies’ productions are limping back to normal, after the recall, a question some people ask is why can’t mother “just” switch to breastfeeding their infants. As most mothers know that it is not that easy to make that switch. Breastfeeding a baby can be hard – it needs support from the family, spouse, pediatrician and most importantly the medical community. Breast milk can be stored up to four days in the refrigerator giving the mothers some flexibility to return to work or even sometimes even share some of their milk with other mothers. This breast milk needs to be stored in a safe, convenient, and long-use product. Our guest in this episode, Nickey Ramsey, Founder & CEO of Junobie does just that, empowering women with a convenient pouch made of silicon. Learn more in this episode of Mindful Businesses.

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109: Pass the Honey – It’s Absurdly Good

Next time we grab a packet of honey to add to our tea – we should stop and think how a commodity so valuable and nutritionally dense is given for free. According to Douglas Raggio, founder of Pass The Honey, 70% of all honey is not pure. There is rampant fraud and honey is adulterated by blending with sugar syrups or many other methods of adulteration. In order to address this level of fraud in the industry, Pass the Honey establishes trusting partnerships directly with beekeeper suppliers so we know how our honeycomb was produced and have full traceability and transparency from beekeeper to consumer.

Fake honey, deceives consumers and floods markets with a cheap product, driving honey prices so low beekeepers are having a hard time staying in business. The beekeepers have had to find alternate sources of livelihood, such as pollination services, that require them to travel far and wide to help farmers pollinate their crops. This further causes stress to the bees and they lose 45% of their bee population every year because of this movement. Why do the farmers require this service? Learn more about this and the importance of bees in our food systems in this episode of Mindful Businesses.

https://passthehoney.com/pages/about-us
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#regenerativeagriculture
#beekeeping
#sustainbleagriculture
#passthehoney

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108: Cerebelly – Science Backed Baby Food

Today we talk on our show with Dr. Teresa Purzner and Nick Langan, co-founders of Cerebelly who as parents of infants wanted to make sure that their kids get the best possible nutrition not only for their physical but also for brain development. They were surprised to learn when they flipped over a packet or bottle of baby food the mismatch between the actual stated ingredients and the nutrients in the baby food. Teresa knew that the baby brain, as complex as it is, develops in stages and each stage requires different nutrients for its optimal development. The brother and sister duo started experiment with baby foods with your own children and wanted to bring the art and science of baby food to other babies. Teresa and Nick teamed up with world-class pediatricians, nutritionists, and food scientists. Together, they created Cerebelly—delicious, farm-fresh, organic baby food that provides real nutrition for a growing brain and body. Cerebelly unites neuroscience, nutrition, and organic, farm-fresh food to give them the very best from the very start. Learn more about their attention to details and passion in this episode of Mindful Businesses.
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107: FabScrap – Recycling and Reusing Textile Waste

Majority of the conversation around fashion waste revolves around finished products that end up in the landfill. But around 12 % that is around 6.3 million tonnes per year is sent by brands to the landfill in the design and development stage. These would be sample booklets with swatches and unused fabric rolls and prior to Fabscrap they ended up in the landfill. We talk with Jessica Schreiber CEO and founder of FabScrap, a non-profit whose 80% of earned income comes from service fees and fabric sales. They receive service fees from brands to Fabscrap to pick up their textile waste, similar to when they pay for recycling or trash pickup. They do this with an army of volunteers, almost 100 unique ones per month and their staff in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Their staff take extra precautions to assure brands that their copyrighted materials are shredded and don’t reenter the market. Fabscrap also sells the fabrics to quilters, sewing enthusiasts, fashion students and assuring nothing that is picked up by Fabscrap goes to the landfill. With the long-term goal to influence habit and policy they create impact reports that they share back with their brands – how much and what fabric they picked and how was it sorted and if reused or not. Jessica believes that this makes the brands internalize the cost of their waste and may help them reevaluate and optimize their design and planning process. Learn more about this first of its kind initiative and organization on this episode of Mindful businesses.

#textilewaste
#mindfulbusinesses
#sustainablefashion
#fabricwaste
#fabscrap
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106: The Buy Nothing Project – Buy Nothing, Build Community

Humans are inherently materialistic and seek happiness through objects, but what we get is enjoyment not happiness. Happiness tends to be more fulfilling and long term. Happiness often comes by connecting with your community, by sharing stories and creating trust. That is what The Buy Nothing Project does. We talk to the amazing Rebecca Rockerfeller, co-founder of The Buy Nothing Project, who started the movement with her friend Liesl Clark, as a way for community members to gift things that they don’t need any longer. But how are they different from donating, is the stories that they share with each other, that create bonds and communities. Spring is around the corner and if you are anything like me, I am overwhelmed with the clutter around me and making frequent trips to the donation sites. But maybe this Spring gift it through your neighborhood’s The Buy Nothing Project. Learn more from this amazing and truly authentic co-founder Rebecca Rockefeller on this episode of Mindful Businesses.

#Mindful Businesses
#TheBuyNothingProject
#sustainability
#eco-friendly
#communitybuilding
http://buynothingproject.org/
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