087: What you do makes a difference with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you some of the questions that I have been getting from you amazing crazy birds and I will be answering them. We had some great questions and please do keep them coming. I talked about feeling like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and how a quote from Jane Goodall (one of my ultimate heroes) is always often stuck in my mind and how this quote has affected many of the choices I make daily.  

“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” – Jane Goodall 

I also share a few amazing people and organization’s that inspire me to continue every day. I also take a look at the Amazon fires and what we can do to help out where we are.  


Reference in this episode

Save the Amazon petition

Jane Goodall

Greta Thunberg

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

Amazon Watch

Earth Alliance


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) 


“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.”

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!

Leave a Comment