Show Notes

164: Zero Waste Tips for the bathroom with Mariska Nell

In this episode, we take a look at Zero Waste Tips for the bathroom. How you can reduce your waste with a few simple steps

During this episode we talked about what is zero waste, tips on reducing waste and then take a deep dive into what pesky plastics are lurking in your bathroom and provide you with some plastic free solutions in the bathrooms.

163: How we can use all the resources from sustainable energy with John Belizaire

In this episode, we talk to John Belizaire. He is the CEO of Soluna Computing, Inc. John is on a mission to reimagine the renewable energy grid and to make renewable energy more efficient and environmentally friendly. Soluna is currently focused on some of the biggest unsolved problems for the economics of renewable energy: sustainable computing, sustainable data center spaces and wasted energy.

During this episode we take a look at how we can use all the resources from sustainable energy. What we could use those resources for as well as take a deep dive into some of the energy hungry computing that can benefit from Soluna Computing.

162: How ethical and sustainable are Lithium batteries with John Cooley

In this episode, we talk to Dr. John Cooley. He is the co-founder and Chief of Products and Innovation of Nanoramic Laboratories. Where he focus on technology development and commercialization. He has led the execution of Nanoramic’s first product lines. He co-authored multiple winning grant proposals, holds five technical degrees from MIT including the Ph.D. from the Electrical Engineering dept and also won both the David Adler Memorial Thesis Prize and the Morris Joseph Levin Award for his thesis work and was a Martin Family Fellow in 2009.

During this episode we talked about the ethicality and sustainability of Lithium batteries. How easy or it is to recycle batteries as well as how their battery will impact the automotive industry.

161: What is Web 3.0 with Dave Monk

In this episode, we talk to Dave Monk. He is the Founder and Creative Director at Podcasts West, a Metaverse Evangelist, Host of The Friendly Futurist Podcast and a casual academic at Edith Cowan University.

During this episode we talked about what is web 3.0, what “green” NFT’s and Crypto currencies are there at the moment as well as what the future might look like in a web 3.0 world.

160: How to set up your own worm farm with Cathy Nesbitt

In this episode, we talk to Cathy Nesbitt. She is a Health and Wellness Advocate. She is the founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters (Est 2002), Cathy’s Sprouters and Cathy’s Laughter Club. She is a multi award-winning environmental innovator who uses workshops and inspirational speaking to motivate people to live a more sustainable life. She is also a certified Laughter Yoga Teacher. Working title is Cathy Crawly Laughing Bean Queen

During this episode we talked about how to set up your own vermicomposting, what to avoid putting into the composting as well as the pro’s from doing vermicomposting. We also took a look at how a daily dose of laughter could be beneficial to your health.

159: What health benefits eliminating toxic cleaning products and single-use plastics from your house has with Simona Sotirovska

In this episode, we talk to Simona Sotirovska. She is the co-founder of The Botanist Dubai, a UAE born brand offering a toxin free, botanical and eco-friendly home care and home cleaning range.

During this episode to took a deep dive in what is the Botanist, why they are on a mission to eliminate toxins and single-use plastics and what health benefits it has for us to remove them.

158: How decentralization is impacting water with Riggs Eckelberry

In this episode, we talk to Riggs Eckelberry. He is the founder and CEO of the innovative water technology company, OriginClear, thst has developed and licensed a decentralized system that treats industrial and agricultural waste water worldwide with very little energy and no chemicals.

During this episode we take look at the importance of industries and agriculture treating water. The process that Origin Clear use to make that possible as well as how a financial decentralization of water can impact water as we know it.

157: How the sounds of the ocean can impact our lives with Joshua Sam Miller

In this episode, we talk to Joshua Sam Miller. He is a musician & environmentalist focused on helping people connect back to nature through immersive audio and visual experiences. He is the Chief Sound Explorer at Embodied Sounds and creator of Sounds of the Ocean, which supports mental wellness and ocean conservation efforts around the world.

During this episode we take a look at the importance of connecting to nature, therapeutic and healing roles that sound play in our lives as well as taking a deep dive into Joshua’s Sound of the Ocean.

156: Reflecting with Mariska Nell

Reflecting on the Mama Earth Talk podcast and sharing my top interviews and tips if you are new to zero…

155: How to master our sustainability talk with Brenden Kumarasamy

In this episode, we talk to Brenden Kumarasamy. He is the founder of Master Talk. A public speaking coach helping ambitious executives and coaches become top 1% communicators in their industries. He also has a popular YouTube channel called MasterTalk, with the goal of providing free access to communication tools for everyone in the world. He is also a member of Spring Charity Water.

During this episode we talked about the importance of communication, how we can use it to make our voices heard and raise awareness for Mama Earth. Brenden also gave us some great tips and tools that we can use to become great communications.

154: Feeling Good with Kooshoo

In this episode, we talk to Jesse Schiller and Rachel Evans. They are the Founders of Kooshoo, a Vancouver based company, that is dedicated to working with ethical and sustainable suppliers to make beautiful organic products that work for you. They are also committed to using earth friendly materials, transparency in their supply chain, and fair-trade production.

During this episode we take a look at what exactly is Kooshoo and why it was so important for them to create the first ever zero waste hair tie as well as what it takes to creating a closed loop product that is good for us as well as Mama Earth.

153: NFT for Good with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I share with you more about the NFT that I have been working on that is built on three pillars to shine a light on my trash to treasure art, sustainability as well as giving back.

During this episode we take a look at what exactly is the NFT and how each aspect of it is shining a light on Mama Earth.

152: How to create a stress-free life with Charlotte Stebbing-Mills and Jonathan Mills

In this episode, we talk to Charlotte Stebbing-Mills and Jonathan Mills. They are both Master Coaches and the Co-Founders of the Wellness Theory. With over 35+ years combined in health, fitness and wellness; this duo has been empowering individuals all over the world to become happier, healthier versions of themselves. They coach under 45s to eliminate stress, calm a racing mind, feel in control of emotions & build a healthy, meaningful life. They are also the podcast hosts of Stress Relief in your pocket with the Wellness Theory.

During this episode we take a look into stress and why it is important for us to understand stress and unhealthy stress. They also provide us with a bit of a deep dive into the three different levels of stress management as well as provide us with a great breathing exercise you can do right now to align more with Mama Earth as well.

151: Biork A Great Plastic Free and Zero Waste Deodorant with Philip Wagner

In this episode, we talk to Philip Wagner. He is the creator of the Biork Deo. That is an unscented and hypoallergenic. It is a plastic free and zero waste deodorant and has been a hit in our house the last couple of years.

During this episode we look at what exactly is Biork and how it works as a deodorant. Why the cork packaging was important to them as well as some creative ways to upcycle your Biork Cork.

150: How The Block Dock is changing the way we use bars with Clare Wilson

In this episode, we talk to Clare Wilson. She is an imperfect minimalist committed to a low consumption lifestyle. She is the maker of the Block Dock for bars and a range of annoying-problem-solving household accessories. The Block Dock’s intentions is to switch and stay switched and to give up the bottle for good.

During this episode we looked at some of the pro’s of using bar products instead of plastic bottled products. We also take a bit of a deep dive in how the Block dock was created and the problems it solved and how their company is creating local impact with a global product.

149: How to have Energy on Purpose with Indira Dejtiar

In this episode, we talk to Indira Dejtiar. She is a Law of Attraction and Mindset Coach, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and an EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner, and co-host of The Energy On Purpose Podcast. She’s on a mission to normalize energy work, manifestation, neuroplasticity, and the untapped potential of the subconscious mind to empower all womxn to be, do, and have everything she desires!

During this episode we talked about the importance to align your energy with the frequency that you want. The differences between guided meditation, Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. She also gave us some great tips on how we can ground ourselves and also start a journey with purpose.

148: Answering your sustainability questions with Mariska Nell

In this episode I answer some of the questions that I have been getting from you crazy birds. We also talk a bit about Valentine’s day and you find out what was the first Valentines gift my hubby got me that I still use today.

147: How a Cool Climate Collective is making a difference with Tristan Pollock and Mehrad Yaghmai

In this episode, we talk to Tristan Pollock and Mehrad Yaghmai. They are the are the founding partner and partner at…

146: How a Plastic Free Sunscreen can safe our reefs with Jade Chan

In this episode, we talk to Jade Chan. She is Founder of Sun Slayer Australia, a new reef safe and plastic free sunscreen brand made in WA. As an avid scuba diver and free diver, she is passionate about protecting our oceans.

During this episode, we take a look at why it is important to wear sun protection, what the difference is between the different SPF’s (Sun Protection Factors). We also look at some of the ingredients to avoid when purchasing sun cream to ensure that it is safe for our reefs as well.

145: Sustainable holiday gift ideas with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will provide you my some of my favorite sustainable holiday gift ideas. I will be sharing my eco-friendly gift guide that is always a winner for any gifting occasion from a holiday, birthday to a special day or just as a thank you.

During this episode, I will also share with you my top 20 Christmas stocking fillers for any last minute shoppers, that want to give a great gift but also look out for Mama Earth.

144: Waste As A Building Resource with Frank Cato Lahti

In this episode, we talk to Frank Cato Lahti. He is the founder of Othalo. A company that has developed a patented system that use recycled plastic waste for construction materials to build affordable housing on an industrial scale. Born and raised in Vardø, an island in the middle of the Barents sea with the worlds richest fishing fields surrounding this little island. With a background in housebuilding as well as an officer in the army he saw a link between the world’s plastic pollution and the worlds need for affordable housing as a solution to each of these global problems. His believe have we all have an obligation to not hurt the planet and protect it for future generation as well as his believe that all is connected and that we all are as one, was the starting point for Othalo.

During this episode, we talked about the importance of housing and how his company is changing plastic from waste to a resource. We also looked at the importance of lifting up women and how that has a positive ripple effect in the communities they are working with.

143: How To Save Our Oceans With Dr. Sylvia Earle

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Sylvia Earle. She is National Geographic’s Explorer At Large, internationally renowned oceanographer, explorer and author of the highly-anticipated forthcoming book National Geographic Ocean: A Global Odyssey She has been called Her Deepness, A Living Legend, dubbed Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet. She holds the record for deepest walk on the sea floor and is a world-renowned expert on marine biology. She has led more than a 100 oceanic expeditions and has logged over 7,000 hours under water.

She is also the President & Chairman of Mission Blue as well as The Sylvia Earle Alliance. She has developed a comprehensive reference explaining the fundamental science of the ocean with more than 100 maps and diagrams, including seafloor and political maps of all Earth’s seas and oceans. She has made a lifelong commitment to protect the planet with a soft spot for our blue heart aka the ocean.

During this episode we talked about how Dr. Earle’s journey started, her love for our ocean. She shared why it was important for her to write her latest book . We also digged a little deeper into the importance of the ocean and how we can do our part to help protect it and how hotspots around the world are bringing hope to our ocean.

142: Where to start with a waste free journey with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I answer one of the question that I have been getting from a lot of you crazy birds. “Where do I start with a waste free journey?”

During this episode, I provide you with some tips on where to start your journey. We also look at how to do a bin audit to determine what your top 5 items are filling up your bin. I also touch on some ways to reduce your waste this Halloween and announce the next episodes epic guest.

141: Zero Waste Living with Stephanie Miller

In this episode, we talk to Stephanie Miller. She is the author of Zero Waste Living, the 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide to a Lighter Footprint. She is also the founder of Zero Waste in DC, to focus on the application of zero waste strategies that have a real and sustainable impact. With a goal of reaching as wide an audience as possible, she provides keynote presentations, learning events and individual household consultations. Within her 25-year career at the international finance corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, she served as director of International Finance Corporation’s climate business department where she led global teams to find innovative solutions to climate change.

During this episode we looked at the importance of recycling right, what is driving the zero waste movement and how our choices impact the climate and waste crises.

140: How councils are making a difference to reduce waste with Carey Wright

In this episode, we talk to Carey Wright. She is the Waste Minimisation Officer at Town of Cambridge. Her work in sustainability and waste minimisation brings together so many of her life passions- writing, creativity, making a difference to people’s lives and contributing to society in a meaningful manner. Over the last couple of years she has had an impact in her council as well as spread a ripple effect of change to many others that have experience her waste minimisation passion.

During this episode we look at some of the challenge a local council face when it comes to waste reduction, but also look at the procedures involved in implementing something new. We also dig into some of their waste reducing programs some even won awards. She also gives us some valuable tips to help out our local councils.

139: How One Movement is making a ripple effect of change with Petrice Jones

In this episode, we talk to Petrice Jones. He is the co-founder and CEO of The One Movement. He is also the host of The Lonely Whale Podcast, 52hz an environmental activist, entrepreneur and actor. If you are a fan of Netflix’s Locke & Key or some of his other films like Step Up: High Water, Lucky Man and iBoy to name a few.

During this episode, we take a look at how his journey into environmental activism started and how this journey led him to want to have more impact. We also talked about the importance of climate optimism and how each of us can play a vital role for a more sustainable future.

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138: Some of my biggest challenges this Plastic Free July with Mariska Nell

We are in July!! July for me usually means Plastic Free July and making sure I change some of my own habits during the month. This year I had a few items that I have not yet found great alternatives for and decided I will take them on for the month and see if I can go without having to purchase cheese, milk, cream or yoghurt packaged in single-use plastic. Halfway through the month and I had already been a failure, but for sure learning out of this.

During this episode, I share with you my struggles and some solutions that I have found. I also share with you some tips that can help you with your own Plastic Free July journey.

137: How Ecobricks are used as a building and educational tool with Candice Mostert

In this episode, we talk to Candice Mostert. She is the South African founder of Waste-ED, a waste education project with the aim to reconnect people with wasted materials and send less to landfill. Waste-ED is researching and using the Ecobrick as a tool to transform waste systems and re-learn sustainable building practices

During this episode, we talked about Ecobricks. How they are used and the impacts they are making with raising awareness of unrecyclable items and finding better solutions.

136: Why building a resilient and connected community is important for a sustainable future with Shani Graham

In this episode, we talk to Shani Graham. She is one of the co-founders of Ecoburbia. Who won the Fremantle Chamber…

135: How Flow Hive is “beeing” the change with Stuart Anderson

In this episode, we talk to Stuart Anderson. He is a life-long beekeeper and the co-inventor of the revolutionary honey extraction system, the Flow Frame. Inspired by his son, who wondered if there was not a better way to get honey out of the beehive without disturbing the bees. This was the start of a ten-year journey together of designing and testing.

Since its launch in 2015, the Australian-made Flow Hive has inspired tens of thousands of new beekeepers around the world, with over 75,000 hives now flowing in 130 countries.

134: How a company is reviving PPE during a pandemic with Andy Straisfeld

In this episode, we talk to Andy Straisfeld, He has over 15 years of experience in medical sales and us currently the VP of Business Development for Lifecycle Revive, a sustainable PPE supply chain and Canada’s first circular economy-based industry on used medical textiles. Lifecycle takes medical waste, reduces it to plastic pellets, and transforms it into new PPE products. They are currently working with 12 others worldwide to recycle PPE worldwide.

During this episode we look at what is currently happening with our PPE and how Lifecycle Revive created a circular economy for PPE.

133: How My Farm Dubai built an eco system not just a food system with Mohamed Aissaoui

In this episode, we talk to, Mohamed Aissaoui. He is the CEO & Founder of My Farm Dubai that built an ecosystem, not just a food system. He is a 5th farmer with an educational background in the engineering sector. He founded My Farm using the low-Tech and the new-Tech to optimize organic food production safely. He is currently working on circular systems which are key to reach the food security goals they have in the UAE. One of his key priorities is growing plants, fruits and vegetables in a forest soil without disturbing the ecosystem.

During this episode we look at the importance of soil and compost for growing quality food, the process of the seeds collected by my farm as well as the importance of including the community.

132: How a minimalist lifestyle can maximize our wellness with Becca Shern

In this episode, we talk to, Becca Shern. She is a registered dietitian, mother, wife, health-advocate, and podcaster. She founded and runs minimalwellness.com and the new podcast How to Love, along with her husband and co-host, Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists.

During this episode, we talk about her journey to minimal wellness, what exactly is whole foods and how minimalising our lifestyle and health can make us focus more on the important things in life. She also shared some of her top recipes and we talked about her podcast with her husband, How to love.

131: How a Mushroom Revival is changing the way we view fungi with Alex Dorr

In this episode, we talk to Alex Dorr. He is the founder and CEO of the functional mushroom company, Mushroom Revival Inc. He also co-hosts the number one mushroom podcast in the world, The Mushroom Revival Podcast. After earning his degree in mycology, he authored the book “Mycoremediation Handbook: A Grassroots Guide to Growing Mushrooms and Cleaning up Toxic Waste with Fungi.” He was recently nominated as one of Austin Inno’s 25 under 25. He is absolutely obsessed with mushrooms’ healing power and has signed his life away to the bidding of the mushrooms.

During this episode we take a look at the importance of mushrooms, the role they play in the eco system as well as some benefits of making mushrooms part of our daily routines. We also take a look at different type of mushrooms and explore a bit in the fungi world.

130: How cafes can be more responsible with Jo Horsley

In this episode, we talk to Joanna Horsley. She is the General Manager of Responsible Cafes – a community organisation aimed at reducing plastic and carbon emissions from the cafe community. She is also a mum of a 5-year-old and in her ‘spare’ time she writes and illustrate children’s books and sings children’s books with a mental health theme!

During this episode, we talked about the impact cafes can have on reducing waste and how we can encourage more cafe’s to make switches. We also take about the bean rating system they have been using and talked about some amazing cafe’s that are doing wonderful work.

129: My top 10 tips to reduce your waste with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you my top 10 tips to reduce your waste. I’ve been using these tips during my zero waste journey and has helped a lot to reduce the amount of waste that we create.

128: How an urban harvester is bringing awareness to the food crisis with Matt Homewood

In this episode, we talk to Matt Homewood. He is a food waste campaigner who documents, exposes, and researches the extent of supermarket food waste. He is actively bringing awareness to how much perfectly good commercial foods gets wasted.

During this episode, we talk about the enormity of the commercial food waste problem, how this has come to be this way and what needs to take place to see the end of commercial food waste so that society can go on designing a more ethical, sustainable food system.

127: The Very Good Bra with Stephanie Devine

In this episode, we talk to Stephanie Devine. She is the CEO and Founder of The Very Good Bra. She created and launched the world’s first zero, post-production bra in the world via Kickstarter in 2018. Following a breast cancer diagnosis in 2006, she became obsessed with creating a non-wired bra made with natural fibres. She was awarded the prestigious Best in Class Good Design Award for Fashion Impact in 2020.

During this episode, we talked about her journey and find out some interesting facts on the process of making a sustainable bra. She also shared with us a few handy tips on how you can make your bra last longer.

126: How To Live A Low Tox Life With Alexx Stuart

In this episode, we talk to Alexx Stuart. She is an educator, change agent, columnist, speaker, consultant and a four-time bestselling author. She is also the founder of the thriving online education hub, Low Tox Life and the host of the Low Tox Life Podcast.

During this episode, we take a look at some of the toxic ingredients that are hiding in your shopping cart and also provide you with some low-tox life tips.

125: How Your Coffee Can Make A Difference with RAW Coffee

In this episode, we talk to Kim Thompson. She is the founder and managing director of RAW coffee company. She was the first woman in the Middle East to obtain her Speciality Coffee Association Diploma and a certified AST instructor.

During this episode, we dig a little deeper into coffee and look at some of the threats that the coffee farmers are facing and why selecting ethical coffee is more social, economical and environmentally sustainable.

124: Flower Alchemy with Katie Hess

In this episode, we talk to Katie Hess. She is an expert of flower alchemy, using the healing power of flowers to awaken our true potential. She is the author of Flower Evolution and founder of LOTUSWEI.

During this episode, we discover that there are so much more to a flower than just something beautiful to look at and also that sometimes we need to stop and smell the flowers as they can provide us with some flower remedies as well.

123: How One Womans Artivism Is Creating A Ripple Of Change With Emily Ehlers

In this episode, we talk to Emily Ehlers aka Eco with Em. She is a writer and illustrator that uses her superpowers to make heavy environmental issues feel lighter and less terrifying. She focuses on solutions and story-telling and squeezes a lot of hope, humour and puns in her work. Herstory’s have been shared globally and she is known for her bright and busy designs that have helped turned environmental apathy into everyday action.

During this episode, we find out how her journey started, the importance of art in the environmental movement and she gave us some tips to keep us going.

122: Thinking Carbon for a Sustainable Future with Anthony Day

In this episode, we talk to Anthony Day. He is the presenter of the Sustainable Futures Report, a weekly podcast and blog on energy, resources, pollution and the climate crisis in which he looks at how we can face up to these challenges and how far technology can help us.

During this episode, we are taking a look into carbon offset and see if it is used as a get out of jail free card or is it the start to rethinking how much carbon we use? We also talked about voting and how not only your vote at the ballot can make a change but your daily voting with your money could too.

121: Zero Waste During Isolation with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you my experience during 14 days if self-isolation, while trying to still be zero-waste. No way to shop package-free, just online grocery delivery and one delivery from family. I share with you some of my tips and tricks that I used to minimize our waste as much as possible and some of the trash that we were left with.

120: How A Conservation Tribe Can Make A Difference with Blane Edwards

In this episode, we talk to Blane Edwards. He is an architect turned digital conservationist, content creator and podcaster.

During this episode, we find out how our guest definition of a conservationist and why having a conservationist tribe is important to us as well as the environment and how you can start making a difference right where you are.

119: How 1 Million Women is making a difference with Natalie Isaacs

In this episode, we talk to Natalie Isaacs. She is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women and the author of Every woman’s guide to saving the planet and has was won the Australian Geographics Conservationist of the Year.

During this episode, we find out how important it is to find your tribe. We talked about the inspiration behind finding 1 Million Women as well as Natalie’s book, “Every Woman’s Guide to Saving the planet”. We also find out how we can vote with our money with not just the way we spend our money, but also how we bank our money.

118: How leaders can make a difference for a sustainable future with Arron Wood

In this episode, we talk to Arron Wood. He is was elected as a Councillor of Melbourne in 2012 and 2016 and Deputy Lord Mayor Melbourne. He is the founder and principal of the award-winning environmental educational program, Kids Teaching Kids Program and a respected sustainability and environmental leader. He was selected to be part of Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program and was also the Winner of the United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment and in 2001 was awarded as Young Australian of the year.

During this episode, we talked about why Arron started his Kids Teaching Kids program, why it was important for him. As well as talked about some of the biggest changes for cities as we know it with the sustainable movement is gaining momentum. And we also touched a little on tiny houses.

117: How the triple-bottom-line can help a regenerative movement with Julian Guderley

In this episode, we talk to Julian Guderley. He is the host of GreenPlanet BluePlanet podcast. He is a Transformational Leadership Coach, Breathwork Facilitator & Teacher and a Movement Catalyst. He is on a quest to identify, interview & collaboratively empower the key players in the regenerative movement.

During this episode, we find out what exactly is the triple-bottom-line that Julian’s podcast GreenPlanet BluePlanet is all about. We also talk about the importance of collaboration and finding your tribe.

116: How a Goodwill Wine company is giving back with David Laity

In this episode, we talk to David Laity. He is the CEO of Goodwill Wine, an organisation that gives back 50% of everything they earned to charities their customers are passionate about. All of their wine is vegan and we took a look at what makes a wine vegan and what some wineries might add other than grapes to not be classified as vegan.

During this episode, we take a look at how David was inspired to give back after a devastating fire. We also talk about their quirky wine labels, what inspired it and how you can do good by having a glass of their vino ad supporting an organisation close to your heart.

115: Sheets and Giggles with Colin McIntosh

In this episode, we talk to Colin McIntosh. He is the founder and CEO of Sheets and Giggles, a Denver-based fast-growing eco-friendly bedding brand that makes their sheets and giggles from eucalyptus trees. The company was launched on Indiegogo in 2018 with a $284,000 crowdfunding campaign.

During this episode, we take a look at what makes their sheets eco-friendly and find out some shocking facts about thread counting that will have you question the comfort of a 1000 thread Egyptian cotton and find out what thread count is worth your buck. We were also greeted by their VP of Barketing, Harvey making sure we know how comfy their bedding is.