Mama Earth Talk podcast

Mama Earth Talk

Mariska Nell

Welcome to Mama Earth Talk. I am your host Mariska Nell. I am so grateful to have you here. If you are new to sustainability, already on the journey or just curious to learn more about the topic, then you are in the right spot. Mama Earth Talk is a podcast that takes a deep dive into the three pillars of sustainability (environmental, social and economic). Since its inception, it quickly grew into a forum that showcases the amazing hope through the incredible contribution many around the world are making to a more sustainable life and society. There are over a 140 episodes to learn from, with many amazing and inspiring guests like Her Deepness, Dr Sylvia Earle, Zero Waste Queen, Bea Johnson, activist and humanitarian Rob Greenfield, Chief Heart officer for Gary Vaynerchuck, Claude Silver, Climate optimist Kathryn Kellogg, zero waste chef Max La Manna and many more.

148 Episodes

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    147: How a Cool Climate Collective is making a difference with Tristan Pollock and Mehrad Yaghmai


    In this episode, we talk to Tristan Pollock and Mehrad Yaghmai. They are the are the founding partner and partner at Cool Climate Collective. Which brings together investors and operators at the intersection of climate and technology. (Mehrad) is an instructor in Terra's (Climate Change for VCs) program as well as a partner at (Climate Foundry) and has been involved in various programming at MENA-based accelerators, while also being a mentor to various Techstars programs. He’s also built deep relationships in the academic and scientific communities, including at Yale, Berkeley, and other tech transfer offices. (Tristan) has spent the last decade building, selling, and investing in startups and is bent on spending the next decade dedicated to fixing our climate problem. He's been a VC at 500 Startups where he directed $30M in funding, an EIR at Google for Startups, listed at Forbes 30 Under 30, a Terra ClimateTech VC Fellow, and a mentor at hundreds of accelerator programs, including Techstars, Katapult Climate, and Norrsken Impact. He’s also built and sold 2 startups at the intersection of impact and technology.  During this episode we talk about their reason for wanting to help climate focus start-ups. We also look at some of the key things they look out for when finding the next start-up to join the collective? They also provide some great tips for all your crazy bird entrepreneurs that would like to launch their one start ups.   Links from the episode (Episode 55 with The Concept) (Akua - Kelp Burgers) (Wasted - Tesla for Toilets) (Riide - Ebikes) (Other projects ) Below are some of the names that are used to hide palm oil in our ingredients. PKO – Palm Kernel Oil  PKO fractionations: Palm Kernel Stearin (PKs); Palm Kernel Olein (PKOo)  PHPKO – Partially hydrogenated Palm Oil  FP(K)O – Fractionated Palm Oil  OPKO – Organic Palm Kernel Oil  Palmitate – Vitamin A or Asorbyl Palmitate (NOTE: Vitamin A Palmitate is a very common ingredient in breakfast cereals and we have confirmed 100% of the samples we’ve investigated to be derived from palm oil)  Palmate  Sodium Laureth Sulphate (Can also be from coconut)  Sodium Lauryl Sulphates (can also be from ricinus oil)  Sodium dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS)  Elaeis Guineensis  Glyceryl Stearate  Stearic Acid  Chemicals which contain palm oil  Steareth -2  Steareth -20  Sodium Lauryl Sulphate  Sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (coconut and/or palm)  Hydrated palm glycerides  Sodium isostearoyl lactylaye (derived from vegetable stearic acid)  Cetyl palmitate and octyl palmitate (names with palmitate at the end are usually derived from palm oil, but as in the case of Vitamin A Palmitate, very rarely a company will use a different vegetable oil)  Where can people find Cool Climate Collective? (LinkedIn - Cool Climate Collective) (LinkedIn - Mehrad Yaghmai) (LinkedIn - Tristan Pollock) (Twitter - Mehrad Yaghmai) (Twitter - Tristan Pollock) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“The small things we don’t think about on a day to day can have a big impact.”
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    146: How a Plastic Free Sunscreen can safe our reefs with Jade Chan


    In this episode, we talk to Jade Chan. She is Founder of Sun Slayer Australia, a new reef safe and plastic free sunscreen brand made in WA. As an avid scuba diver and free diver, she is passionate about protecting our oceans.  During this episode, we take a look at why it is important to wear sun protection, what the difference is between the different SPF’s (Sun Protection Factors). We also look at some of the ingredients to avoid when purchasing sun cream to ensure that it is safe for our reefs as well.   Links from the episodes: List of Sunscreen ingredients to look out for: Oxybenzone Octinoxate Octocrylene (PABA) Para-aminobenzoic acid. Parabens Nanoparticles Microplastics (MBC) 4-methylbenzylidene camphor Triclosan Sulfates SLS or SLES Where can people find Sunslayer? (Facebook) (Instagram) (LinkedIn) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“People to be more aware of what we put on our bodies and the waste we are creating.”
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    145: Sustainable holiday gift ideas with Mariska Nell


    In this episode, I will provide you my some of my favorite sustainable holiday gift ideas. I will be sharing my eco-friendly gift guide that is always a winner for any gifting occasion from a holiday, birthday to a special day or just as a thank you. During this episode, I will also share with you my top 20 Christmas stocking fillers for any last minute shoppers, that want to give a great gift but also look out for Mama Earth. Links from the episodes: (My Top 20 Christmas Stocking Fillers) (My Eco-Friendly Gift Guide) (Sign up for my FREE online course starting January 2022!) KEY TAKE AWAY“The best gift that you can give to someone is a gift that they will actually use. ”
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    144: Waste As A Building Resource with Frank Cato Lahti


    In this episode, we talk to Frank Cato Lahti. He is the founder of Othalo. A company that has developed a patented system that use recycled plastic waste for construction materials to build affordable housing on an industrial scale. Born and raised in Vardø, an island in the middle of the Barents sea with the worlds richest fishing fields surrounding this little island. With a background in housebuilding as well as an officer in the army he saw a link between the world’s plastic pollution and the worlds need for affordable housing as a solution to each of these global problems. His believe have we all have an obligation to not hurt the planet and protect it for future generation as well as his believe that all is connected and that we all are as one, was the starting point for Othalo.   During this episode, we talked about the importance of housing and how his company is changing plastic from waste to a resource. We also looked at the importance of lifting up women and how that has a positive ripple effect in the communities they are working with. Links from the episodes (Episode 036: Top Tip Thursday, Black Friday) (My Eco-Friendly Gift Guide) (DIY YouTube Play list ) (Episode 011: Executive Director of Surge with Marita Peters) (Sign Up for my FREE online course starting January 2022) (Download your FREE Beginner's Guide To Waste-Free Living) (Othalo Affordable Housing ) Where can people find Othalo? (Facebook) (Instagram) (LinkedIn) (YouTube) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“It's making this not a problem, but a resource.”
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    143: How To Save Our Oceans With Dr. Sylvia Earle


    In this episode, we talk to Dr. Sylvia Earle. She is National Geographic’s Explorer At Large, internationally renowned oceanographer, explorer and author of the highly-anticipated forthcoming book ( National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey) She has been called Her Deepness, A Living Legend, dubbed Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet. She holds the record for deepest walk on the sea floor and is a world-renowned expert on marine biology. She has led more than a 100 oceanic expeditions and has logged over 7,000 hours under water.    She is also the President & Chairman of Mission Blue as well as The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She has developed a comprehensive reference explaining the fundamental science of the ocean with more than 100 maps and diagrams, including seafloor and political maps of all Earth's seas and oceans. She has made a lifelong commitment to protect the planet with a soft spot for our blue heart aka the ocean.     During this episode we talked about how Dr. Earle’s journey started, her love for our ocean. She shared why it was important for her to write her latest book . We also digged a little deeper into the importance of the ocean and how we can do our part to help protect it and how hotspots around the world are bringing hope to our ocean.    Links from the episodes (Dr. Earle's Book - National Geographic Ocean : A Global Odyssey) (Hope Spots) Where can people find Dr. Earle? (Facebook) (Instagram - Dr. Earle) (Instagram - Mission Blue) (LinkedIn) (Twitter) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“Together we can be the heroes, for all of civilization to follow. ” The photo used for this podcast is take by Kip Evans Photography "Sylvia Earle passes a barrel sponge as she explores outside Aquarius laboratory."
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    142: Where to start with a waste free journey with Mariska Nell


    In this episode, I answer one of the question that I have been getting from a lot of you crazy birds. "Where do I start with a waste free journey?" During this episode, I provide you with some tips on where to start your journey. We also look at how to do a bin audit to determine what your top 5 items are filling up your bin. I also touch on some ways to reduce your waste this Halloween and announce the next episodes epic guest. Links from the episodes (The Ocean Cleanup) (Episode 2 Top Tip Thursday on Living More Sustainable Using The 5 R's with Mariska Nell) (Episode 10 Top Tip Thursday, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch with Mariska Nell) (Episode 28: Top Tip Thursday, Trick or Treat with Mariska Nell) (Bin Audit Template ) KEY TAKE AWAY"There is no “perfect choice” only a better choice for the environment."
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    141: Zero Waste Living with Stephanie Miller


    In this episode, we talk to  Stephanie Miller. She is the author of (Zero Waste Living, the 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide to a Lighter Footprint). She is also the founder of (Zero Waste in DC), to focus on the application of zero waste strategies that have a real and sustainable impact. With a goal of reaching as wide an audience as possible, she provides keynote presentations, learning events and individual household consultations. Within her 25-year career at the international finance corporation, the private sector arm of the (World Bank Group), she served as director of (International Finance Corporation)’s climate business department where she led global teams to find innovative solutions to climate change.  During this episode we looked at the importance of recycling right, what is driving the zero waste movement and how our choices impact the climate and waste crises.   Links from the episodes (Zero Waste Mariska - Website ) (Zero Waste Mariska - YouTube Channel) (Podcast Episode with Bea Johnson) (Podcast Episode with Zero Waste Chef (Anne-Marie Bonneau)) (The Magic Three) Where can people find Stephanie Miller? (Book - Zero Waste Living, The 80/20 Way: The Busy Person's Guide To A Lighter Footprint) (Facebook) (Instagram) (LinkedIn) (Twitter) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“We can make such a difference.”
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    140: How councils are making a difference to reduce waste with Carey Wright


    In this episode, we talk to Carey Wright. She is the Waste Minimisation Officer at Town of Cambridge. Her work in sustainability and waste minimisation brings together so many of her life passions- writing, creativity, making a difference to people’s lives and contributing to society in a meaningful manner. Over the last couple of years she has had an impact in her council as well as spread a ripple effect of change to many others that have experience her waste minimisation passion.  During this episode we look at some of the challenge a local council face when it comes to waste reduction, but also look at the procedures involved in implementing something new. We also dig into some of their waste reducing programs some even won awards. She also gives us some valuable tips to help out our local councils. Links from the episodes Where can people find Carey and The Town of Cambridge? (Facebook) (Instagram) (LinkedIn) - Town Of Cambridge (LinkedIn - Carey) (Twitter) (YouTube) (Website) KEY TAKE AWAY“We all need to do whatever we can, within our means.”
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    139: How One Movement is making a ripple effect of change with Petrice Jones


    In this episode, we talk to Petrice Jones. He is the co-founder and CEO of The One Movement. He is also the host of The Lonely Whale Podcast, 52hz an environmental activist, entrepreneur and actor. If you are a fan of Netflix’s Locke & Key or some of his other films like Step Up: High Water, Lucky Man and iBoy to name a few. During this episode, we take a look at how his journey into environmental activism started and how this journey led him to want to have more impact. We also talked about the importance of climate optimism and how each of us can play a vital role for a more sustainable future. Links from the episodes: (Episode 98 with Frank Solomon regarding the street surfers) Where can people find Petrice? (Facebook - The One Movement) (Facebook - Petrice ) (Instagram - The One Movement) (Instagram - Petrice ) (LinkedIn - The One Movement) (LinkedIn - Petrice ) (Twitter - The One Movement) (Twitter - Petrice) (Website) (Indiegogo) KEY TAKE AWAY“”  
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    138: Some of my biggest challenges this Plastic Free July with Mariska Nell


    We are in July!! July for me usually means Plastic Free July and making sure I change some of my own habits during the month. This year I had a few items that I have not yet found great alternatives for and decided I will take them on for the month and see if I can go without having to purchase cheese, milk, cream or yoghurt packaged in single-use plastic. Halfway through the month and I had already been a failure, but for sure learning out of this. During this episode, I share with you my struggles and some solutions that I have found. I also share with you some tips that can help you with your own Plastic Free July journey. Links from the episodes: (Free-beginners-guide-to-waste-free-living) (Cheesy Fire Starters) (Baboo electric toothbrushes ) (Episode 78 with the founder of Plastic Free July, Rebecca Price-Ruiz) (Episode 130 wit General Manager of Responsible Cafe's, Jo Horsley) (Episode 136 with Shani from Ecoburbia) KEY TAKE AWAY“Start where you are at.”

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