The Sustainable Jungle Podcast
50 · AYANA YOUNG · FOR THE WILD, AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

50 · AYANA YOUNG · FOR THE WILD, AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE ANTHROPOCENE

March 5, 2020

Ayana Young is a podcast and radio personality specializing in intersectional environmental and social justice, deep ecology and land-based restoration. Graduating summa cum laude with an undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University including a double major in Art History and Theology and a minor in Philosophy, as well as education through Columbia University in Ecology and Eastern Religions and Restoration Ecology at the University of Victoria, Young has a strong academic background at the intersections of ecology, culture, and spirituality. She was studying at Columbia when the Occupy Wall Street movement began and amid the burgeoning resistance in Zuccotti Park, she co-created the Environmental Working Group.

For The Wild is an anthology of the Anthropocene; focused on land based protection, co-liberaton and intersectional storytelling rooted in a paradigm shift from human supremacy towards deep ecology.

For the Wild run their own activist and restoration activities including the holistic restoration of a redwood forest… listen out for this particular part of the conversation as it was a revelation to me that not all tree planting is equal. We also chat about Ayana’s background, her journey and her passion for old growth forests.

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49 · DAN KURZROCK · EDIBLE UPCYCLING @REGRAINED

49 · DAN KURZROCK · EDIBLE UPCYCLING @REGRAINED

February 6, 2020

“Dan is the Co-Founder and Chief Grain Officer of ReGrained, a mission-driven ingredient platform that leverages technology and culinary science to transform beer waste into food. Dan is an entrepreneurial systems thinker and loves tackling seemingly intractable problems through creative entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral collaboration. Through ReGrained, he has become a thought-leader about food waste business models, "edible upcycling" and the circular economy for food.”

“ReGrained rescues the nutritious grain created every time beer is brewed. Powered by patent-pending tools and culinary creativity, [they] elevate this overlooked but awesome ingredient to the hero status it deserves with [their] award-winning upcycled nutrition bars, puffs and premium ingredients.” 

In this episode, we talk about the food waste problem, this no-brainer solution, Dan’s journey in mission-based entrepreneurship, the challenge of perishable sustainable food packaging and what’s next for REgrained.

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48 · MIKE SMITH · WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW @ ZERO CO

48 · MIKE SMITH · WHAT BETTER TIME THAN NOW @ ZERO CO

January 1, 2020

Mike Smith is an experienced entrepreneur, having spent the past decade building start-ups across a range of industries including technology, surfing, hospitality, fashion and wine. He’s also the founder of registered Australian charity The For Good Group and The Seaweed Project. He is also the founder of Zero Co.

“[Zero Co] is on a mission to eliminate single-use plastic from every Aussie kitchen, laundry and bathroom. To do that we’ve created a circular supply chain that replaces single-use plastic packaging with beautifully designed dispensers (made from plastic waste pulled from the sea) and refill sachets (made from recycled materials diverted from landfill).Zero Co works via an incredibly simple 4 step process: you order, we deliver, you return, we refill. It’s just like the milkman…reimagined!” – Zero Co

We cover Mike’s journey starting Zero Co, their mission, how they’re doing it and Mike’s advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs.

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47 · MAYA K. VAN ROSSUM · YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

47 · MAYA K. VAN ROSSUM · YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

December 12, 2019

Maya K. van Rossum has served as the Delaware Riverkeeper and leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network since 1994. Maya is the founder of the national Green Amendment Movement. In her role as the Delaware Riverkeeper, Maya has dedicated her life to being the “voice of the Delaware River.” She has taken on industry, government, and even the U.S. Army, preventing harm to the River, communities, and environments she bravely champions. Now, Maya is working to empower individuals across the nation to stand up for their environmental rights by pioneering the Green Amendment Movement through her organisation the Green Amendments For The Generations..

The goal of the Green Amendments For The Generations initiative is to advance a Green Amendment movement that sweeps the nation and secures for all people constitutional recognition and protection of their inalienable rights to clean water, clean air and healthy environments.

We cover all this and more in this fascinating conversation! 

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46 · CHRIS FISHER · SCANNING ENDANGERED LANDSCAPES & CREATING AN EARTH ARCHIVE

46 · CHRIS FISHER · SCANNING ENDANGERED LANDSCAPES & CREATING AN EARTH ARCHIVE

November 21, 2019

Chris Fisher is an archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer, and Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. He is the Director for the Center of Archeology & Remote Sensing (CARS). Chris has performed fieldwork throughout Latin America, Europe, and North America. His work is featured in the New York Times Bestselling Book, The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston. He founded the Earth Archive out of his experiences using remote sensing technologies in Mexico & Honduras to better understand the causes and consequences of urbanism and environmental change.

 The Earth Archive is an unprecedented scientific effort to LiDAR scan the entire surface of the Earth before it’s too late.

In this episode, we cover more on The Earth Archive, the meaningful applications of the technology to mitigate the impact of climate change and their plans for the coming year.

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45 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · YOUR STYLISH GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY #PEBBLESMAKERIPPLES

45 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · YOUR STYLISH GUIDE TO SUSTAINABILITY #PEBBLESMAKERIPPLES

October 31, 2019

 Georgina Wilson-Powell has been a magazine editor for 16 years, she has a slight obsession with setting up magazines and brands and flying by the seat of her spotted (now organic bamboo) pants. Her previous roles include Associate Publisher in Dubai responsible for BBC Good Food and Lonely Planet Traveller magazines; an exclusive blogger for BBC Travel and managing many Time Out travel guides. She set up her first magazine aged 21 focusing on music and street art magazine back when street art was called graffiti.

Georgina is also the founder of pebble magazine, pebble magazine is a fast growing destination for a stylish, sustainable life with a passionate audience. They are all about supporting businesses that have developed fairer ways of trading and making choices that lighten the load of your life on the planet. In their words: “What we’d really like is just to say we’re a magazine about living a good life full of adventures and for all this talk of eco this and ethical that not be needed any more, because it’s just the way we all do things.”

Listening back to this episode we spend a lot of time laughing which reflects how much fun this conversation was. We chat about how Pebble Mag came to be, how consumerism is changing and the role of media in driving change… oh and we talk about innovation in fashion… with hemp and stinging nettles making notable mentions

 

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44 · ADAM VERWEY & KIRSTIN HUNTER ·  SUPER FOR OUR FUTURE

44 · ADAM VERWEY & KIRSTIN HUNTER · SUPER FOR OUR FUTURE

October 10, 2019

Adam has a long history in ethical investment, with an expertise in superannuation, ESG (environmental, social and governance) research and constructing ethical sharemarket indices. He leads the ethical investment team at Future Super and is a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to founding Future Super, Adam spent almost 10 years at Australian Ethical Investment as a senior manager in business development and marketing. He is a director at the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, an organisation dedicated to shareholder advocacy and engagement. Adam is also the portfolio manager for the Thomson Reuters Australian Fossil Fuel Free Index, and a member of the Responsible Investment Committee for the Betashares Global Sustainability Leaders ETF and Betashares Australian Sustainability Leaders ETF.

Kirstin is the Managing Director at Future Super where she is leading the movement to use the power of money to invest, advocate and campaign for a future worth retiring into. Kirstin began her career as a Solicitor at Freehills before moving to Bain & Company where she specialised in financial services strategy, working for clients in banking, insurance and wealth management in Australia and Canada. She has done pro-bono work for non-profits including the Aboriginal Trust Fund Remuneration Scheme, OzHarvest and Whitelion, chaired the board of the Youth Food Movement Australia, and founded Aussie Babywearers for Refugees.

In this episode, we talk about the power of money and how your retirement investments can contribute in a massive way to changing the world for the better… and how simple and easy it is to do just that. We also cover Future Super’s leading approach to building an incredible team, what they’re doing to promote a fair, inclusive and enjoyable workplace and how they’re driving change, not only through investing members funds but also out on the streets.

 

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43 · DAVE BUDGE · “ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN IMAGINATION”

43 · DAVE BUDGE · “ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN IMAGINATION”

September 18, 2019

Dave grew up in Bendigo, Victoria and tries to spend as much time as possible exploring remote parts of Australia. He’s always felt a bit guilty driving a diesel 4WD to get to pristine natural places, which is what inspired Jaunt. With two decades of experience leading top digital experience agencies combining emerging technology with beautiful design, he’s excited to bring sustainable technology to adventure travel.

Jaunt creates unique journeys to explore regional Australia through a bespoke car rental service with iconic cars up-cycled into electric vehicles. Catering to the growing demand for tourism products that are more adventurous, more attuned to local culture and more sustainable. Their vision is to work in partnership with regional communities and have the mechanical and electrical engineering work completed locally.

We cover all these topics and more… in fact look out for Dave’s perspective on finding purpose in what you do… for us that is a gem of an insight…

 

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42 · JAMES DUTTON · PATCH STRIPS, THE WORLD FIRST VEGAN, COMPOSTABLE WOUND CARE

42 · JAMES DUTTON · PATCH STRIPS, THE WORLD FIRST VEGAN, COMPOSTABLE WOUND CARE

August 29, 2019

PATCH was born when James Dutton (the founder of Nutricare) noticed that while trying to protect his son’s adventure wounds his skin was in fact reacting badly to a common wound covering and making the wound worse. This puzzled James and he set off on his mission to find out why. He was shocked to discover that there is an array of chemicals that lurk in the common plasters. He became motivated to find better alternatives when he found that Charlie wasn’t alone with his reactions.

The result (after much evolution) is a completely compostable (and safe for worms) wound care product and Nutricare, the holding company that will ultimately support the development of various sustainable products.

We cover how this idea developed, a lot more detail on the actual PATCH strips, how James plans to expand the product range and thoughts on running a sustainable business including going through the B-Corp registration process.

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41 · DANIELLE DOGGETT · CARBON-NEGATIVE SHIPPING @SAILCARGO #SEASHIPPINGCHANGE

41 · DANIELLE DOGGETT · CARBON-NEGATIVE SHIPPING @SAILCARGO #SEASHIPPINGCHANGE

August 9, 2019

Danielle Doggett is the co-founder and Managing Director of Sailcargo Inc, the “freshly emerging freight company, here to make a name in the sustainable transportation market.” SailCargo are currently building their very first ship in their rustic shipyard on the Coast of Costa Rica. Ceiba, this first ship, “will offer something unique to both exporters and importers: the opportunity to finally close the loop for their most important organic, sustainable products.” – they will transport these important products between the Americas, all while running an entirely carbon negative operation.

In this discussion, we cover the ubiquity and destruction of modern day shipping, how Sailcargo will not only build Ceiba in a sustainable way but how they plan to actually deliver carbon negative shipping. We also cover their innovative funding model, operating a sustainable start up in Costa Rica and how the project is doing so far.

Danielle was calling in from an ultra rustic shipyard on the coast of Costa Rica so the audio for this episode is a little hummy, but hey on the bright side, how amazing is technology that we can even bring you this story from the other side of the world!

 

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