The Sustainable Jungle Podcast
65 · ERIN MEEZAN · LEADING BEYOND MISSION ZERO @ INTERFACE

65 · ERIN MEEZAN · LEADING BEYOND MISSION ZERO @ INTERFACE

July 12, 2021

Erin Meezan is the VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Interface Inc, a publicly listed company in the USA that manufactures carpet tiles and has earned a reputation as a leader in sustainability. 

Erin led the company to unveil a new mission in 2016 – Climate Take Back, tackling the single biggest threat facing humanity: global climate change. This mission is focused on creating a path for Interface and others to reverse global warming, not just reduce carbon emissions.

We first caught up with Erin back in episode 21 so we highly recommend going back and listening to that episode to learn more about Interface and also about Erin personally, including how she got started in this fascinating career. Today we cover the latest progress from Interface, Erin's thoughts on what has changed over the last 3 years, #corporateinfluencing and much more...

 

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64 · SAMUEL LEROUX · CHANGING TIME(S) @SOLIOS

64 · SAMUEL LEROUX · CHANGING TIME(S) @SOLIOS

June 3, 2021

Sam Le Roux is the Canadian co-founder of SOLIOS Watches. “SOLIOS Watches is a Canadian company based in Montreal. [Their] main purpose is to disrupt the Watch and Fashion industry by offering high quality, elegant and eco-friendly solar powered timepieces. [They] want to give people the option to consume sustainable goods without having to sacrifice on design, attractive price or durable quality. [They] believe [they] can influence a new way to live and consume as a society and together create a real change in the way the world perceives fashion.”

We cover how this affordable luxury watch brand is driving innovation and change in a very traditional industry that is very much associated with fast fashion and negative environmental and social impact.  We go deep in particular on the material choices Solios has made and their dedication to constant improvement.

 

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63 · GAUTAM SHAH · GROUNDBREAKING TOOLS FOR CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT WITH WILDLIFE

63 · GAUTAM SHAH · GROUNDBREAKING TOOLS FOR CONSUMER ENGAGEMENT WITH WILDLIFE

April 29, 2021

“Gautam Shah is the founder of Internet of Elephants, a social enterprise that develops groundbreaking digital tools to engage people with wildlife. For most of his life, living in the United States, India, Argentina and Kenya, he’s had incredible experiences with wildlife around the world, but no positive impact on that wildlife. In 2014, Shah decided to change that and quit his job of 20 years as an IT consultant at Accenture to pursue new ways that technology could be used towards wildlife conservation.

Through unique mobile games, augmented reality and data visualizations that use GPS and other data gathered about individual animals, Internet of Elephants tells the stories of individual animals studied by conservation organizations and individuals all over the world. In doing so, Shah hopes to catalyze whole new approaches to engaging the public with wildlife.

He is still ruining his back and his eyesight behind a desk and a laptop, but at least he is using his background and experience towards what is most important. Shah lives in Nairobi with his wife and newborn daughter.” - National Geographic

 

We cover Gautam's transition to working in conservation and the innovative work Internet of Elephants is doing to build an army of urban conservationists. 

 

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62 · ADAM LOWY · REDUCING FOOD WASTE AND FIGHTING HUNGER @ MOVE FOR HUNGER

62 · ADAM LOWY · REDUCING FOOD WASTE AND FIGHTING HUNGER @ MOVE FOR HUNGER

March 25, 2021

Adam founded Move For Hunger in the summer of 2009. Adam’s family has owned a moving company in New Jersey for nearly 100 years (dating back to Great Grandpa Lowy). After years of seeing so much food wasted when people move, Adam decided to take action.

Move for Hunger is a network of socially-responsible relocation companies providing their customers, clients, and residents with the opportunity to donate their food when they move. Members of Move For Hunger also volunteer to host/assist with community food drives, participate in cause marketing campaigns, and create employee giving programs. Since 2009, they have delivered more than 22 million pounds of food to food banks across the United States and Canada.

We cover Adam's family history in the moving business, the incredible work Move for Hunger  is doing and his thoughts on tackling social and sustainability issues at scale. 

 

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61 · NOEL KOK · CREATING A PATH TO CONSERVATION THROUGH THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILMMAKERS

61 · NOEL KOK · CREATING A PATH TO CONSERVATION THROUGH THE NEXT GENERATION OF FILMMAKERS

February 14, 2021

 

Noel Kok is a storyteller specialising in wildlife and conservation filmmaking. He is passionate about telling African conservation stories and both enabling and building black talent in the industry. He is also the Co-Founder & Programmes Director at Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF). He is a recipient of the National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund for his inspiring project in St Lucia, South Africa.

 

NEWF is a “platform in Africa aimed at bringing together nature, environment and wildlife filmmakers, scientists, conservationists and broadcast media to engage, contribute and connect whilst creating a path to conservation through film by amplifying the challenges faced by the natural world and driving solutions through impactful creative science communication. Through an integrated slate of programmes NEWF is inspiring and incubating emerging science, nature, wildlife and conservation storytellers in digital media in africa. Dedicated to discovering the next generation of filmmakers.”

We discuss Noel’s winding career path, the challenge of finding black filmmakers and the importance of enabling the next generation of storytellers to positively shape our natural world through film. 

Fundamentally, Noel answers the question we’re all asking - How do you change the story? 

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60 · SIMON GRIFFITHS · WHO GIVES A CRAP?

60 · SIMON GRIFFITHS · WHO GIVES A CRAP?

December 10, 2020

Simon Griffiths is the Co-founder and Head Honcho of Who Gives a Crap, a mission based company that sells “good looking, forest friendly toilet paper, paper towels and tissues direct-to-consumer and donate 50% of [their] profits to help build toilets for those in need”. Simon co-founded the business with the big hairy goal of having a huge impact on the world’s global problems - and they’re doing it! Since 2013, they’ve donated $8M to water, sanitation and hygiene projects and initiatives around the world!

 

We discuss all this and more including advice for other aspiring mission based entrepreneurs. 

 

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59 · MEERA JAIN · GREEN HOLIDAYS WITH THE GREEN MUM

59 · MEERA JAIN · GREEN HOLIDAYS WITH THE GREEN MUM

November 12, 2020

Meera Jain is a teacher, a close friend of Sustainable Jungle and The Green Mum! The Green Mum’s Instagram account is an incredibly honest, authentic and non-judgemental space to learn about living a greener life, especially with kids. Meera focuses on low impact living including zero waste, plant based and vegan food and everyday eco choices and trade offs.

In this episode, we cover Meera’s reflections on her own journey and some of her top tips for mums and others. We also cover conscious consumerism and her thoughts on making the holiday season that much more thoughtful.

 

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58 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · IS IT REALLY GREEN?

58 · GEORGINA WILSON-POWELL · IS IT REALLY GREEN?

October 15, 2020

Georgina is on a mission to reduce overconsumption by using positive storytelling to shift social attitudes. As the founder of pebble, she has inspired consumer change through her much-loved magazine, events and online community for the last 3.5 years. She has 17 years experience as a magazine publisher and editor, has worked with corporations and charities as an editorial and comms strategist.

Pebble is a sustainable lifestyle magazine covering ethical fashion, design, food and travel. #pebblesmakeripples.

In this episode we talk about the impressive projects pebblemag has covered over the last year including their very own pebble forest!  We also cover Georgina’s two books that are coming up for release early next year and the upcoming futurefest pebblemag will be hosting in November which we at Sustainable Jungle are super excited to be part of.  

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57 · CARLEE JACKSON · MINORITIES IN SHARK SCIENCES

57 · CARLEE JACKSON · MINORITIES IN SHARK SCIENCES

September 17, 2020

Carlee is a co-founder of Minorities in Shark Sciences (MISS), an organization dedicated to amplifying the minority voices in the field of shark science. Originally from Detroit, MI, she moved to south Florida and received her B.S. in biology from Florida Atlantic University in 2016. She currently works as a marine turtle specialist, helping to protect sea turtles in Florida. This past summer she received her M.S. in Marine Biology from Nova Southeastern University. Carlee’s master’s research examined how provisioning (feeding) tourism affects the behavior, habituation and abundance of nurse sharks in Belize. She continues to work in the field of shark science, working to increase diversity in this field.

We cover all of this fascinating and important work and much more! 

 

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56 · ALFRED ADJABENG · SCHOOL FARMS IN GHANA

56 · ALFRED ADJABENG · SCHOOL FARMS IN GHANA

August 20, 2020

Alfred Adjabeng is the founding executive director of Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement (ROFLM), a community-development-based organisation that is responsible for ensuring that young people are educated, empowered and engaged for local development in Ghana. 

School Farms is ROFLM’s flagship programme. School Farms supports rural schools in Ghana to be food sufficient by creating community-driven farms to grow what they eat. 

Alfred is also passionate about social innovation, development practice, public policy and environmental sustainability. He is a Chevening scholar at the Institute of Development Studies, the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. He also has several impressive accolades:

  • Awarded African Youth SDG Achiever of the year by Africa Youth SDGs Summit and the UNDP in 2018
  • Selected to be one of 40 Young African Innovators to Attend Africa4Tech Conference in Morocco in 2016
  • Was among 40 young people in Ghana awarded the 2016 MBC Fellowship for contribution to local agriculture development in 2016
  • Came second place in the 2016 West Africa Regional Mandela Washington Fellows Regional Conference’s pitch competition (pitch was on ‘Achieving Zero Hunger in Schools-The school farms programme approach’)
  • Youth keynote speaker at the second Global Youth Summit on Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation in Dakar-Senegal.
  • Awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders by President Obama in 2015
  • Was among 23 young Africans awarded SETAfrica 2014 Fellowship by Makerere University Business School in Uganda for contribution in advancing Social Entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

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