Show Notes

Cheryl Sanders

064: How One Wrap Can Reduce Your Plastic Waste with Cheryl Sanders

In this episode, we talk to Cheryl Sanders. She is the founder of Wrappa, an Australian based company that provides the world with fun, funky alternatives to plastic wrap.

During this episode, we take a look at what a reusable food wraps are. What the difference is between the beeswax and vegan wraps are as well as what you can and can not wrap up.

Simran Chowdhry

063: How A Robot Is Keeping Our Oceans Clean with Simran Chowdhry

In this episode, we talk to Simran Chowdhry. She is one of the co-founders of Blue Phin, a smart robot that can collect aquatic waste on the surface of commercial water bodies.

During this episode, we take a look at what inspired them to create Blue Phin. How much waste it can remove and why having zero carbon emission for Blue Phin was important to them.

Food Waste

062: Why you should not waste your food with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you some ways to reduce your food waste. We also look at the importance of composting and how we are globally waster almost a third of the food produced, yet we still have over 812 million food-insecure people globally.

061: How being Cheeki can save the planet, one bottle at a time with Anna Millington

In this episode, we talk to Anna Millington. She is the Global Marketing Manager for Cheeki, an Australian company that creates innovative products to promote their Refill Reuse message that is driven to design the most sophisticated stainless-steel range on the planet, for the planet.

During this episode, we take a look at how their products are made, why it is important to look for products that are BPA free and how one reusable water bottle could save thousands of single-use plastic bottles.

Adopt Rather Than Shop

060: Why you should adopt rather than shop for your next pet with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am taking a look at the shocking fact that only 1 in 10 dogs find a forever home. I went to visit Amanda from Amanda’s Animal Rescue in Dubai during an adoption day and we talked about some of the reason that these dogs end up in their care and what we can do to help out our furry friends. 

Trace Dominguez

059: The Shocking Truth About Biodegradable Plastics and PLA with Trace Dominguez

In this episode, we talk to Trace Dominguez. He is an award-winning science communicator, video producer podcaster and curiosity explorer.

During this episode, we take a look at the greenwashing behind biodegradable and PLA products and what to look out for to avoid using “biodegradable” products that need to be composted at an industrial facility.

Be My Valentine

058: Be My Sustainable Valentine with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you some tips on how you can make your valentine’s day a little greener. Chocolates and roses seem to be the go-to gifts for the day, but they can come at a heavy price for us and the environment. I have put together a list of eco-friendly gifts and also share a few amazing organisations that you could donate money to on your loved one’s behalf that will support the amazing work they do.

057: How fries can fuel your car with Karl Feilder

In this episode, we talk to Karl Feilder. He is a serial entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of The Neutral Group and CEO of Neutral Fuels.

During this episode, we take a look at how his company is turning cooking oil into fuel. The differences between biofuel and fossil fuel and what is the benefits of offsetting our carbon and being carbon neutral.

Loop

056: Two things that I am excited about this week and they both include ice cream with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you two things that have made headlines that I am excited about this week. I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream and it is indeed something that I want to scream about. Ben & Jerry’s and Loop are making some changes that will have an impact on how we shop and enjoy your ice cream more sustainably.

The Concept

055: How one company is saving airlines millions with The Concept

In this episode, we talk to Maria Sobh, Rijal Hikmatullah and Yadhushan Mahendran. They are the co-founders of The Concept, a solution-based company that stride on innovating through and with efficiency, sustainability and adaptation while immersing the entire market’s ecosystem.

During this episode, we take a look at how it can sometimes be the small things that make a great impact and how something as small as an airline tray has the potential to save airlines millions and help our Mama Earth.

054: Why You Should Switch To An Eco-Friendly Mattress with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I take a look at the way we sleep. Nearly a third of our lives we spend sleeping. You might have heard about the differences between organic and non-organic food and the benefits of organic food, so why not have a mattress that will also have more benefits. Providing you with better rest and having less harmful impacts on Mama Earth. I also provide you with some tips on what to do with your old mattress and also a quiz to find the right mattress for you.

Bridgett Lau

053: How One Good Thing can make a difference with Bridgett Lau

In this episode, we talk to Bridgett Lau. She is the co-founder of One Good Thing that strives to do just that. Their platform shares the best stories and most exquisite products, gadgets and gifts all with a great story and causes that it supports. One Good Thing was founded in 2017 with her husband, (Michael Cooke). It was the result of an epiphany – a diagnosis of cancer, a memorable trip to Asia, and the inherent desire to help people feel good and to do One Good Thing.

During this episode, we take a look at how her journey started and why doing One Good Thing was important to share impact and making better choices.

How to declutter your home

052: How to declutter your home with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am sharing with you some tips on how you can declutter your home. How you can find out what clothing you no longer wear and see if they cannot be sold or given to someone else that will wear it more frequently. I also share the system I use to declutter and make sure all the items get sold, donated or recycled correctly.

Dr Steven Cohen

051: Why Sustainable Cities are required for a greener future with Dr. Steven Cohen

In this episode, we talk to Dr Steven Cohen. He is a professor in the Practice of Public Affairs, Columbia University Director, MS (Master of Science) and MPA (Master of Public Administration) Programs in Sustainability. He has been an advisor to many boards and committees over the years.

During this episode, we take a look at climate change. The importance of the EPA (the United States Environmental Protection Agency) plays in protecting the environment. We also look at his book, The Sustainable City and why it was important for him to share it.

050: Reflecting on the past 50 episodes with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am looking back at the first 50 episodes of the Mama Earth Talk podcast and some of the amazing guests that we had on the podcast so far. I will be sharing some of the clips that provide you with some great tips and also a reminder for us to take a deep breath every now and then and remind ourselves that we do not have to be perfect on our journey, even the smallest of steps are making a difference. Take it one step and one day at a time.

049: How red-listed animals are being held captive for profit in Armenia with Haya Altamimi

In this episode, we talk to Haya Altamimi. She is a producer and editor. Her first film War Sweet Home won several international awards and her second documentary titled Keepers of the Wild premiered late last year. She hopes that her documentary will help many bears to be freed and to be able to live a full and healthy life and I would love to share that with you.

During this episode, we take a look at how some of these bears are illegally taken captive, the environments that they are locked up in and who this is impacting their health. We also talked about organisations that are helping the free these bears and giving them much-needed nutrition and support.

Lonely Whale

048: Organisations that helped my sustainable journey with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you two organisation that has really helped me a lot on my sustainable journey. I will also be giving you some tips that you can use to help you reduce your waste.

Coco Veda

047: How coconut oil can help your health with Raj Singh

In this episode, we talk to Raj Singh. He is the head of global strategy, international business development and marketing at Coco Veda a social enterprise established in the Philippines, with over 100 coconut-based products,

During this episode, we take a look at coconuts and coconut oil and what we need to look out for when purchasing coconut oil to ensure we get the best value for money.

SDG

046: How can the 17 Sustainable Development Goals create a more sustainable future for you and Mama Earth with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am looking back at some goals that were set for Mama Earth and that is the Sustainable Development Goals we will also be looking at great organizations like the Goalkeepers that are bringing leaders from all around the world to accelerate progress toward ending poverty and fighting inequality.

Kyle Weber

045: How to select your next electric vehicle with Kyle Weber

In this episode, we talk to Kyle Weber. He is the founder of EVERA, where he and his team are working hard to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy and bridging the sustainability gap between the private sector/government and community through innovative engineering activities.

During this episode, we take a look at some of the differences between electric and gasoline cars. How easy it is to charge your electric vehicle as well as look at some of the brands and models available.

Merry Christmas

044: How To Wrap Up Christmas More Sustainable with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you some tips on how you can have a sustainable Christmas with some gift ideas as well as a few DIY to get your creative juices flowing this festive season.

Mariama Kumara

043: How we can all smile through light with Mariama Kamara

In this episode, we talk to Mariama Kamara. She is the founder and director of Smiling Through Light that works with a network of women to provide clean, reliable and sustainable energy in Sierra Leone.

During this episode, we take a look at how Smiling Through Light has impacted many lives in Sierra Leone and Mariama’s Beam Talks in the UK that is inspiring many. We also talked about Paloma Faith’s music video, Warrior and how Mariama got selected to be featured as one of the “warriors”.

Eco-Brick

042: Top Tip Thursday, Eco-Bricks with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you what an eco-bricks is and how this bulletproof building material is making waves in the building industry and cleaning up waste while doing so.

Manju Kumar

041: A journey of a zero-waste farmer with Manju Kumar

In this episode, we talk to Manju Kumar. She is CEO of Brush With Bamboo, the founder of The Growing Club. She is also known as the zero-waste farmer that grows some amazing food in her backyard.

During this episode, we take a look at how her journey to create one of the first Bamboo toothbrush brands. We also talk to her about her garden she turned into a permaculture garden and she gives us some tips to grow our own food as well.

Sharjah Entrepreneur Festival

040: Top Tip Thursday, Entrepreneurs and Sustainability with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am talking with a few entrepreneurs at the Sharjah Entrepreneur Festival about the role that entrepreneurs play in sustainability.

Some of the entrepreneurs included:

Tom Otton, Vishen Lakhiani, Alex Stifler, Dave Crane, Martin Scholtz, Salem Ahmed and Paris Norriss.

Kaméa Chayne

039: How we can be greener in our cupboards with Kaméa Chayne

In this episode, we talk to Kaméa Chayne. She is the host of Green Dreamer Podcast, the Founder of Conscious Fashion Collective, an author, and a Duke-certified Integrative Health Coach. She’s also been named “Millennial Pioneer in Sustainable Living” by Halfstack Mag and as one of the “Top Wellness Influencers” by Origin Magazine.

During this episode, we take a look at why it is important for us to be more conscious about what we wear and find out how we can make better choices right where we are on our journey.

The Water Footprint

038: Top Tip Thursday, The Water Footprint with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you what exactly a water footprint is. If you are not sure what I am talking about and wondering if the water footprint might be the footprints you leave behind when getting out of the pool or shower. It is not quite those footprints I am referring to today. Everything we use, wear, buy, sell and eat uses water to make and can be measured for a single process, such as growing an apple, for a specific product that you have, the making of your pair of jeans to helping us in determining the water footprint of an entire company, country as well as the global total. We will also be looking at what the water footprint is for a few items like an apple, egg, chocolate and a few others to see exactly how much “water we use” every day.

Luke Morris

037: How a company is raising awareness for endangered species with Luke Morris

In this episode, we talk to Luke Morris. He is an entrepreneur and the creator of Wild Body Active and Wild Wood.

During this episode, we take a look at some of the endangered species their Wild Wood products are named after. We also look at how switching to a bamboo toothbrush can help the environment.

Black Friday

036: Top Tip Thursday, Black Friday with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you what exactly is Black Friday and how it has turned into the biggest shopping day of the year. We also look at some companies like Patagonia that is sending the message that you should not purchase anything unless you need it. Even if the items in on sale. I will take a little recap to Bea Johnson’s 5 R’s and how they can help you avoid purchasing items you might regret afterwards.

Tiffany Threadgould

035: How we can turn our waste into treasures with Tiffany Threadgould

In this episode, we talk to Tiffany Threadgould. She is an eco-lifestyle expert who spreads do-it-yourself recycling goodness with simple solutions. She also has a published book, ReMake It and she is currently the Chief Design Junkie at TerraCycle, a mega recycling company.

During this episode, we take a look at how TerraCycle recycle hard to recycle items. What it takes to be a Chief Design Junkie, some of their upcycled art pieces that have created. Tiffany also gives us some tips on how we can upcycle at home.

034: Top Tip Thursday, Crazy Bird Questions with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am answering some of the questions that I have been getting from all the crazy birds. I will be sharing with you some tips on how I have reduced our bin size, sending a lot less waste to landfill. How you can compost even if you live in an apartment. I also share with you my thoughts on clothing made from recycled plastic bottles and why I am not a fan. I will also provide you with some tips on how you can shop package free in your regular supermarket.

Sass Brown

033: Why sustainable fashion matters with Sass Brown

In this episode, we talk to Sass Brown. She is a journalist, writer, researcher and ethical fashion activist, as well as the author of two published books, Eco Fashion and ReFashioned. She has been in the fashion industry for more than 30 years as a fashion designer with a background in sustainable development. She was the founding Dean at DIDI a world-class Design Education in the Dubai Design District.

During this episode, we take a look at what exactly is fast fashion and the hidden price tag that it leaves behind for the environment and the garment workers to pay. We also looked at eco-brands and things to look out for to avoid greenwashing.

Guest Tips

032: Top Tip Thursday, Tips From Our Guests with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I am reflecting back on some of the amazing guests that we have had so far on the podcast. I have interviewed so many great guests and wanted to recap on some of the advice they gave to help us on our sustainable journey’s.

Paul Rubin

031: How Nude Foods are changing the way we shop with Paul Rubin

In this episode, we talk to Paul Rubin. He is the founder of Nude Foods the first plastic-free grocery in Cape Town, South Africa.

During this episode, we take a look at his journey that leading him to open a plastic-free store, some of the challenges he had as well as the client’s feedback on the old-school grocery with a modern twist. We look at the why plastic and packaging are as pointless as a bodysuit on a butternut.

Microplastics

030: Top Tip Thursday, Microplastics with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be talking to you about microplastic. These little particles seem to be making their way into the ocean, our environment, food chain and as a recent study has found microplastic in our guts. We will be looking at what exactly they are and I will also provide you with some tips for you to look out for when buying beauty products to make sure you do not buy something containing microplastics. I also provide tips on washing your clothes to reduce microplastics from entering our water sources as well.

Bea Johnson

029: How the Zero Waste Queen started her journey with Bea Johnson

In this episode, we talk to Bea Johnson. She is the global Zero-Waste Lifestyle originator, her book Zero Waste Home has been translated into over 20 languages and she also consults large corporations like IKEA and countries to address their waste issues.

During this episode, we take a look at how her journey started to now where her family of four only create a jar of trash a year and that also inspired a global waste-reducing movement following her 5 R’s. She also shares with us her tips for a capsule wardrobe and how we can shop zero-waste at our local store.

Halloween

028: Top Tip Thursday, Trick or Treat with Mariska Nell

In this episode, things get a bit spooooky as I share with you some shocking facts about one of the most wasteful holidays, Halloween. I will also provide you with some great tips how you can have a more sustainable Halloween from the outfit, decorations and some great zero-waste candy treats that the kids will love as well.

Sian Rowlands

027: How an organisation have Retold our clothing stories and gave it a second life with Sian Rowlands

In this episode, we talk to Sian Rowlands. She is an award-winning creative businesswoman. She is the CEO and Chief Storyteller of a growing regional retail SME, Retold. The company focus on female fashion, where she gives clothes a second chance of happiness.

During this episode, we take a look at the process of selling or buying with Retold. We look at what is a capsule wardrobe and how a few key clothing pieces could go a long way. We also talked about some of the clothes that you might find at Retold ranging from Zara to Prada to give these pre-owned clothing a second chance to shine.

Waste Me Not Day 30

026: Top Tip Thursday, Plastic Not So Fantastic with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you why some plastics are bad and how they are causing pollution that is harmful to us and the environment. I also talk a bit about The Ocean Cleanup’s first cleaning system, Wilson that will help to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I will also provide you with some tips how you can phase out single-use plastic for a more sustainable future.

I recommend listening to episode 10 where I explain a little more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, The Ocean Clean-up and the Dutch inventor behind it.

Kathryn Kellogg

025: How to live a zero-waste life with Kathryn Kellogg

In this episode, we talk to Kathryn Kellogg. She is an author, professional actor, the founder of the leading zero waste living blog, Going Zero Waste.com. She is also a spoke person for National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic campaign.

During the episode, we take a look at how her journey started, her involvement as a spoke person for National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic. We also talked about her book, 101 Ways to go Zero-Waste. Kathryn also provided us with some tips to help up reduce our waste and to embrace the inner three-year-old to ask more questions.

the orangutan project

024: Top Tip Thursday, There Is Hope with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I take a look at some of the things that had happened in the last few months that made me even more hopeful for a sustainable future.

New Zealand banning single-use plastic bags. Ikea pledging to remove all single-use plastic from their product ranges as well as in-store restaurants and Norway becoming the first country to ban deforestation are just some of the things that I will be talking about during this episode. I will also be sharing some tips with you on how you can make a difference right there where you are.

Adam Simone

023: The last razor that you would ever buy with Adam Simone

In this episode, we talk to Adam Simone. He is founder of Leaf Shave, a company that is changing the way people get a great shave at the best value.

During this episode, we take a look at how our shaving habits have an effect on the environment. How to recycle your double edge razor blades and find out what makes Leaf shave different from other razor companies out there.

Food waste

022: Top Tip Thursday, Food Waste with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you some more tips to reduce your food waste. In episode 21, we had zero-waste chef Max La Manna sharing some of his tips and recipes and I wanted to add to this with a few things I have learned on my journey that you might find helpful. Not only will these tips reduce your food waste but also help you save some money as you will be throwing away less food.

Max La Manna

021: How you can cook with your food scraps with Max La Manna

In this episode, we talk to Max La Manna. He is an author, a vegan, zero-waste chef. He does not throw any food away and encourage all to compost their food rather than to throw it in a bin. He can often be seen picking up pieces of trash en-route as he goes about his daily life. He is also a magician when it comes to the kitchen, turning everyday ingredients into delicious, beautiful vegan dishes worthy to be served in some of the top restaurants.

During this episode, we take a look at what exactly it means to be a zero-waste chef. What some of Max’s go to dishes are and also get some tips how we can start our journey to more sustainable meals.

020_TTT_Sustainable Super Heroes

020: Top Tip Thursday, Sustainable Superheroes with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing some of the people that I find very inspiring. As I started my journey, I found it very intimidating. There was a lot I had to learn and understand and there were also many times that I felt frustrated. These three sustainable superheroes made my journey a lot easier and I am so proud to have interviewed all three of them on my podcast. During this episode I will share with you how Bea Johnson, Rob Greenfield and Kathryn Kellogg helped me with my sustainable journey.

Chris Calumberan

019: How to use photography as a social advocacy with Chris Calumberan

In this episode, we talk to Chris Calumberan. He is a photographer as well as a social advocate. He continuously produces initiatives for the community and environmental awareness. He also collaborated with a not-for-profit organisation, 4get Me Not, that raises awareness on Alzheimer’s in the UAE. He was also named one of the most influential Filipinos in the Gulf by Illustrado magazine. He was also awarded the bronze award at the Tokyo International Foto Award for his project Code Blue.

During this episode, we take a look at some of the projects that Chris has worked on and the reason behind his litter to light photos.

Fast Fashion

018: Top Tip Thursday, Fast Fashion with Mariska Nell

In this episode, we will be taking a look at fast fashion and why it is important for us to look into sustainable fashion options. I will also be sharing with you some of my tips to help you create a sustainable wardrobe and how you can get more out of your clothing.

Dina Mustafa

017: Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020, Dina Mustafa

In this episode, we talk to Dina Mustafa. She is the Head of Sustainability Operations at Expo 2020, Dubai. She began her career with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (UNFAO) where she conducted agricultural data collection, maintained budgets and prepare research papers. She is a LEED-certified sustainability expert with more than 14 years’ experience in the public and private sector. She is currently leading the development and implementation of the World Expo’s sustainable event management strategy, and her expertise enables her to develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to help Expo 2020 achieve all their sustainability goals

During this episode, we take a look at what it takes to stay on track of creating the most sustainable Expo. What the Expo is and what we can expect to see there. We also discover a few interesting things that were first revealed at a world expo, like the ice cream cone and ketchup.

Reusable Bags

016: Top Tip Thursday, Shopping Plastic Free with Mariska Nell

In this episode, I will be sharing with you some om my favourite tips, how you can reduce the amount of waste created during your weekly groceries shopping. These tips have helped us save a lot of waste from going to a landfill or recycling facility, but it has also helped us to save money, by minimizing our food waste.

Randi Stephan

015: Founder of AYWA tribe, Randi Stephan

In this episode, we talk to Randi Stephan. He is the founder of AYWA tribe a community of like-minded spirits creating new ways for people to connect sustainable.

During this episode, we take a look at what it takes to put together a sustainable festival for like-minded environmentally conscious people. Where participants will be encouraged to use a refillable water bottle and to reduce their waste to have a minimal effect on the environment.