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087: What you do makes a difference with Mariska Nell

We often think what we do does not matter. This week I got a few interesting questions from you crazy birds, and I decided to share one of them with you.  

The question was “How do you not feel the weight of the world on your shoulders in regards to the planet? I have been struggling with this so much lately and feeling like what I am doing is not enough (even though I know logically that I am trying my best.) I just want to know how you deal with these issues without feeling anxious all the time or wanting just to give up.  

For me, this is such a hard thing to answer as I would love to be able to do something that would save our environment from all the harm our species is causing her. It was at the beginning of my journey where I felt I had to do everything to be able to do something for the planet. I did feel tired, stressed and like I had the world on my shoulders. I knew that this would not be sustainable as I will burn out.   

It was at this time that I came across a quote by Dr Jane Goodall that I would like to share with you.   

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.⁠ ⁠What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Key Take Away

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you.⁠ ⁠What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

 

Reference in this episode

Save the Amazon petition

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) 

About the author, Mariska

Hi and welcome! My name is Mariska. I am originally from South Africa, but now call the world my home. I am an artist, designer, environmentalist, podcast host and speaker.

I started the Mama Earth Talk podcast in 2018 to share some of the things that I learned about just how easy it can be to reduce your impact on the environment. This then quickly grew into a forum that showcases the amazing things that many people are doing to make the planet better, and further into a source of hope and inspiration for many. A few of the amazing guests include Zero Waste Queen, Bea Johnson, Claude Silver, Kathryn Kellogg and zero waste chef Max La Manna.

If you do not already I urge you to follow me and my journey on social media (@designbymariska), and to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot your own waste using the handy tips I post!

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