The Sustainable Jungle Podcast
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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40 · ADAM BASKE & JULIE THOMAS · ONE HOOK, ONE LINE, ONE FISH AT A TIME

40 · ADAM BASKE & JULIE THOMAS · ONE HOOK, ONE LINE, ONE FISH AT A TIME

July 18, 2019

Adam Baske is the Director of Policy & Outreach at the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and has over 15 years of ocean-related experience, with specialties in global tuna fisheries, international environmental policy bodies, and marine education. Adam has worked in diverse fields across the spectrum of marine conservation and management, including as a fisheries observer in Alaska, as an educator on-board a state-of-the-art sailing school vessel, and as a manager for an international campaign aimed at reforming the world’s largest tuna fisheries.

Julie Thomas is the Project Manager on the beautiful island St Helena. As Project Manager, Julie uses her knowledge and experience to support the St Helena's tuna fishing industry to develop and expand, whilst ensuring that the island’s maritime zone is sustainably managed for future generations. She has been involved in the existing commercial fishing industry on St Helena Island for over 10 years. Her exposure to the fishery includes practical and theoretical knowledge as she is an executive committee member of the St Helena Commercial Fisherman’s Association (SHCFA) and also represents the fishermen and the industry as a member of the St Helena Fisheries Corporation (SHFC) Board.

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible pole-and-line and handline tuna fisheries around the world. IPNLF’s ambition is to contribute to thriving coastal fisheries, including the people, communities, businesses and seas connected with them.

This was a multi-country recording with Adam and Julie dialing in from the US and St Helena respectively. While the recording is by no means perfect, we were pretty impressed that technology held out, especially from St Helena which is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! We enjoyed learning about one-by-one fisheries and covered the destructive fishing methods that are decimating our ocean life, why the pole and line approach is a sustainable alternative, why it’s not so black and white when considering different and opposing approaches to saving the world like veganism and sustainable fishing, the latest in food trace-ability and if you are a tuna eater, how you can do so in a way that supports both coastal communities and marine environments around the world.

 

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39 · SUSAN STEVENS · SHINING A LIGHT ON SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

39 · SUSAN STEVENS · SHINING A LIGHT ON SUSTAINABLE BRANDS

June 27, 2019

Susan Stevens is the founder of Made With Respect, an online platform that supports sustainable brands, inspired by a desire to live a more meaningful life. Susan is passionate about being part of the solution in protecting the precious resources around her that are often taken for granted by encouraging consumers to make more conscious choices.  Living in New Zealand, a beautiful country with clean beaches, oceans, rivers and lakes, she feels most at peace when she's on or in the water with her husband and 3 children surfing or paddle-boarding. Susan wants to ensure her children and future generations continue to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of nature. Through her journey her passion was ignited to create a business that supports and enables, a business with a purpose that delivers social and environmental impact.

We cover Susan's motivation and her journey, the key values of her online platform, what constitutes a sustainable brand, the importance of supporting sustainability focused brands what are some of her favourite brands and her thoughts on making the world a better place.

 

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38 · BRENDAN CONDON · BUILDING THE SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE FUTURE

38 · BRENDAN CONDON · BUILDING THE SUSTAINABLE CITY OF THE FUTURE

June 6, 2019

Brendan Condon is a respected Melbourne-based authority in the field of environmental restoration, among many other things. He has founded numerous sustainability oriented companies including Australian Ecosystems, Biofilta, Cirrus Fine Coffee and Live at the Cape. Brendan is a passionate eco-warrior with immense empathy for humans and the natural world and is actively building his vision of the sustainable city of the future – with a strong focus on urban gardens and redirecting valuable resources that are currently being treated as waste streams

We decided to record this episode outside in Brendan’s very own pop up urban garden in the car park of his inner city offices. For those listeners out there who haven’t had exposure to your typical inner city Australian birdlife, apologies in advance, they do settle down after a while… and this conversation is well worth persevering for. We talk about his journey, 4 of his impressive businesses including a sustainable coffee company and his sustainable living property development… all of which we found incredibly compelling and inherently positive.  

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37 · KATE & MICHELLE · LET’S GO ON SAFARI…AND SAVE AFRICA’S WILDLIFE!

37 · KATE & MICHELLE · LET’S GO ON SAFARI…AND SAVE AFRICA’S WILDLIFE!

May 17, 2019

Kate Gilman-Williams:

“Kate Gilman Williams wrote [Let’s Go On Safari] when she was 8 years old. A trip she took to South Africa – and the friendship that developed with her safari guide, Michelle Campbell - inspired her to write Let’s Go On Safari! Upon learning about the threats facing wildlife, Kate came home determined to do something to help the animals who were being harmed by humans - and she knew her generation could help.​Kate is now 9 years old and in third grade at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, Texas.

Michelle Campbell:

Michelle Campbell was born in South Africa and lived in five different countries growing up. She fell in love with the bush at age seven when her family took her on safari. She never forgot that experience and years later, whilst working as an economist, she decided to follow her dream to become a safari guide. 

 

We were so lucky to talk to these two ladies while they were on their book tour together around the US. We talk about the importance of wildlife advocacy, what readers of ‘Let’s Go on Safari’ can expect from the book and Michelle’s other important project “Wild Wonderful World”, which focuses on connecting people from around the world to conservation projects in Africa, a model that developed after Michelle and her partner spend well over a year exploring the continent and learning about conservation issues.

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36 · BEN YOUNG · TACKLING BIG PROBLEMS THROUGH BEAUTIFUL REUSABLES @ FRANK GREEN

36 · BEN YOUNG · TACKLING BIG PROBLEMS THROUGH BEAUTIFUL REUSABLES @ FRANK GREEN

April 25, 2019

Ben Young is a caffeine enthusiast and passionate environmental advocate. He is also the founder of Frank Green, a company specializing in solving the single use plastic problem through beautiful, practical reusable products. They are most well-known for their stylish, curvy coffee cups and water bottles. Since their inception in 2013, Frank Green has grown into one of Australia’s most loved reusable cups and bottles brands and is rapidly expanding around the world.

We caught up with Ben at the Frank Green headquarters in Port Melbourne, Australia and we couldn’t help but be inspired by his enthusiasm and energy, he was literally shaking with excitement as he spoke about the company’s vision, their iterative approach, how they’ve built sustainability into their value chain, advice for purpose-driven start ups and Frank Green’s big plans for the future.

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