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Author: Laura Durenberger

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A community for those raising kids who care about the wellbeing of their mind, body, community, & the earth. Living a low waste and minimalist lifestyle can often feel like going against the grain of society. And when you throw kids into the mix? Finding a community of like-minded individuals to learn from, support, find encouragement, and overall who share the same values - at a similar level - can be challenging. This podcast is that community. Join me, your host, a self-described anxious eco-minimalist, every other week as I dive deep into issues and topics related to living an eco-friendly and minimalist lifestyle with kids. But above all, form a community that raises kids who care about the wellbeing of their own minds, bodies, and our earth (and everything that calls it home.) Be sure to subscribe to ensure you never miss an episode.
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In this episode, I'm talking with thrifting queen Addie Fisher of Old World New. Addie and I are talking about all things thrifting and kids, including:Why thrift?How thrifting is not a new conceptThe rise in popularity of thriftingHow thrifting can help support your local communityThrifting tips and resources for kids itemsAnswer questions such as:What should I look for in thrift shopping kids clothes and gear?What should you not buy at thrift stores?How do you disinfect clothes/gear from a thrift store?And more!Resources mentioned in this episode (some links may contain affiliate links, which helps support our amazing guests and this podcast):Buy Nothing ProjectBlog post/video: How I thrifted 90% of my wardrobeBeya MadeCounter Culture cleanerThredUPToyCycle (get 20% off a regular priced item using code 'ReduceRenew' at checkout)PoshmarkMercariFacebook MarketplaceBlog post: 10 ways to graciously tell someone: 'no gifts, please' (with actual examples)Hashtags:#sustainablelivingtips#secondhandfirst#thriftstorefindsWhere to find Addie:WebsiteFacebookInstagramTwitterPinterestLet's connect! Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.com Blog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew) Instagram @raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community Group Become a podcast member and help support the show!
In episode one, I talked all about what eco-minimalism was. But this podcast is all about raising eco-minimalists, so it would be a disservice to not include an entire episode on that topic as well. In this episode, I talk with sustainable minimalism guru Stephanie Seferian - author of the book Sustainable Minimalism, and podcast host of The Sustainable Minimalists - all about raising kids under the eco-minimalism umbrella. Stephanie and talk about:The definition of eco-minimalism/sustainable minimalism The importance of having a family visionHow to handle giftsToy declutteringand more!Resources mentioned: #sustainableminimalism#sustainableminimalsts#ecominimalism#ecominimalistsYou can find Stephanie in these places of the web:InstagramBlogPodcast BookFacebookFacebook GroupLet's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
A common question is: "how can we get kids to care about nature/the earth?" It's a good questions, because after all, how can we, or how can we expect anyone to care about something they have no connection with?In this episode I'm talking with Jess Purcell, of Thoughtfully Sustainable. Jess talks about how we can get our kids interested in the pressing issues that face us today. Jess introduces us to the term: sustainability science, and talks about what it means.Additionally, we talk about the glaring fact that not everyone, or every kid, has the same access to nature and science teachings - and Jess shares some ways we can work to make these places and learnings more accessible for all. Resources mentioned:Medinah of Science Teacher Mom Backyard Basecamp 2021 Virtual Earth Day SummitJen from Honestly ModernSarah of Sarah.Robertson.Barnes Lindsay of Simply Sustainable ParentingWhere you can find Jess Purcell/Thoughtfully SustainableBlogInstagramLet's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
Wondering how to raise kids who care about the environment? Who want to take action towards the climate crisis, racial injustice, and social issues? Whether we like it or not, our kids are going to inherit many of the issues we are facing today, and it's important that we as parents/guardians help guide our kids as they navigate them. In this episode, I'm talking with Brittany Jefferson of Teacher Mom Chronicles. Brittany talks about: what it means to be an eco-advocate or activisthow we can raise awareness for our kids in an age-appropriate wayhow we can encourage kids to become their own version of a climate activist/advocate based on their interests how we can talk to our kids about big issues such as the climate crisis, racial injustice, and social issues amazing resources she uses to talk to her own kids (and the kids she teaches)Resources mentioned in this episode: Book: Talking to kids about climate changeLink to industrial revolution instagram postBook: all we can saveBook: braiding sweetgrassBook: The Green Collar EconomyBook: We are the water protectorsBook: Greta and the GiantsBook: The Power BookBook series: The ______  History of the United States (ex: Latinx)Where to find out more about Brittany, and Teacher Mom Chronicles:Become a Teacher Mom Chronicle Patreon member and get amazing resources that expand on what we discussed in this episode Blog: Teacher Mom Chronicles InstagramTwitterLet's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
Ever wonder how to get your kids involved with gardening without sacrificing your precious plants? Gardening is great for our physical and mental health, and the benefits don't stop there for our kids. Kids can learn a number of super important skills through gardening, and it also opens up the conversation for a number of big topics like food waste, food inequality, building community, soil health, pollinators, etc. In this episode, I share seven tips on how to garden with kids, the benefits of gardening for kids, and how to keep your sanity (and your plants) while you're at it. Resources mentioned in this episode: iNaturalist appLet's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
You've probably heard of the term zero waste living, and minimalism, but what if you are drawn to both lifestyles, but don't feel like you fit into either one?Eco-minimalism might be a good fit for you. In this episode, you will learn the following:What is eco-minimalism?How does eco-minimalism differ from zero waste living and minimalism separatelyHow eco-minimalism startedHow to balance eco-friendly living and minimalism How to apply eco-minimalism into your lifeWhat to do if you have a partner/roommate/spouse that's not on boardEco-minimalism resources Resources mentioned: The Sustainable Minimalist Podcast and book 'Sustainable Minimalism'Howard Lidell 'Eco-Minimalism bookReduce, Reuse, RenewDecluttering archivesDecluttering courseDecluttering ebookToss appBuy Nothing Project GroupFreecycle.orgNextdoor Facebook MarketplaceEco friendly magic of tidying up (a guide to responsibly get rid of almost everything)#ecominimalism#ecominimalist#sustainableminimalism#sustainableminimalistEco Minimalist YouTube ChannelLet's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
What is raising eco minimalists podcast? In this intro episode, I share what this podcast is all about, who I am, and what you can expect in the future from the show. Let's connect!Email me: Laura@raisingecominimalists.comBlog (Reduce, Reuse, Renew)Instagram (@raisingecominimalistspodcast or @reducereuserenewblog)Facebook Raising Eco Minimalist Community GroupBecome a podcast member (and help support the show!)
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