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The Good Stuff
The Story of Stuff Project's podcast about solutions!
The Good Stuff — Episode 12: Green Chemistry
November 04, 2013 01:20 PM PST
If it's on the store shelf, it's been tested and found safe, right? Guess again. Bev Thorpe of Clean Production Action talks about the hidden chemical dangers in everyday products and how ‘green chemistry’—designing materials and products without harmful chemicals—promises to transform the relationship between us and our Stuff.The Good Stuff — Episode 11: Girl Scout Cookies, Orangutans and Palm Oil
July 11, 2013 02:01 PM PDT
In 2007, two kids in Michigan set out to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award by raising awareness about the endangered orangutan. They learned that the orangutans' habitat is being destroyed to plant oil palm plantations. After making the shocking discovery that palm oil was an ingredient in Girl Scout cookies, they launched a campaign to make Girl Scout cookies rainforest-safe.The Good Stuff — Episode 10: The People Have the Power
April 24, 2013 09:43 AM PDT
Protecting our health from toxic pollution is too important a job to be left to scientists, govenment regulators or even professional environmental activists. Annie looks at two communities, half a world apart, where citizens showed that people on the front lines of pollution have the power to fight back against being poisoned.The Good Stuff — Episode 9: The Kids Who Care Challenge Crayola
March 01, 2013 11:25 AM PST
If you laid all the Crayola plastic markers made each year end to end, they'd circle the earth three times – and they're not recyclable. Some California kids are campaigning to change that – and in the process, learning how to flex their citizen muscles.The Good Stuff –- Episode 8: Annie on Climate Change and Looking Back at Five Years of SOS
January 31, 2013 11:11 AM PST
Our latest podcast turns the tables – or rather the microphone – on Annie as she's interviewed by Jearlyn Steele of WCCO-AM in Minneapolis. On the heels of President Obama's inaugural, Annie and Jearlyn talk about what must be done to combat climate change. Annie also reflects on the first five years of The Story of Stuff Project.The Good Stuff - Episode 7 - Workers as Owners
December 10, 2012 11:10 AM PST
From corner bakeries to one of Spain's largest companies, worker-owned co-ops around the world are providing an alternative model to business as usual. Annie talked with worker-owners of the Evergreen Cooperatives, which are transforming an economically distressed neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio – and changing lives at the same time.The Good Stuff — Episode 6: Don't Just 'Be the Change' – Make Change
September 17, 2012 07:08 AM PDT
Being a changemaker is about intention AND action. In Part 2 of our special podcast accompanying The Story of Change, Annie talks with leading changemakers about how they do it. Hint: Start close to home, sharpen your citizen skills, and then take on the world.The Good Stuff — Episode 5: How You Show Up in the World
July 01, 2012 11:23 PM PDT
Being a citizen isn’t about where you were born or whether you have the right papers – it’s acting on our responsibility to stand up for the planet and other people. In Part 1 of a special podcast, Annie talks to leading changemakers about citizenship – “the freedom to participate in power.” Next month, Part 2: how citizens can make change.The Good Stuff — Episode 4: Fix it, don't nix it!
June 05, 2012 04:02 AM PDT
That's the manifesto of the growing movement to make our Stuff repairable rather than disposable. And some people are going beyond repairing their Stuff to making their own. In this episode, Annie talks to a couple of high-tech entrepreneurs about the importance of the fourth R: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and Repair.The Good Stuff — Episode 3: Getting Started
April 06, 2012 01:51 PM PDT
Know someone who says they're too busy to reduce their waste? Or says it's too hard? A very busy wife, mother and entrepreneur near Philly shares how she did it!
Earlier this year, Annie spent a day with Karla Trotman in her home near Philadelphia for a taping of ABC’s The Revolution. Like many busy women, Karla has her hands full with kids, work and managing her home. In our third installment of The Good Stuff you'll hear about what steps Karla took to reduce her family's waste and increased their savings!The Good Stuff — Episode 2: One Cool Kid
February 21, 2012 07:40 PM PST
We hear it every day from people who are concerned about what's happening to the environment: "What can I do? I'm just one person!" What if you were just one 8-year-old boy? Cole Rasenberger didn't let that stop him from taking on one of the world's largest fast-food chains over its packaging. In this episode of The Good Stuff, Annie learns how Cole rallied other kids at his school to join him in challenging KFC. And Danna Smith of the Dogwood Alliance tells us about the threat to Southern coastal forests from wasteful fast-food packaging.The Good Stuff — Episode 1: Take THAT, plastic bags!
January 23, 2012 04:57 PM PST
Did you know that if everyone in the United States tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, the chain would reach around the Earth’s equator 776 times!? In our inaugural podcast, Annie speaks with Rose Timmer, a community activist from one of the United States’ poorest cities who successfully banned plastic bags. Way to go, Rose!
In this podcast, Annie also has a conversation with one of the environmental community’s favorite entrepreneurs, Andy Keller, founder of Chico Bags. Hear about what inspired Andy to start his company, why the plastic bag industry sued him and way making money and making a difference aren’t always mutually exclusive.
The Story of Stuff Community is full of problem solvers who’ve figured out solutions to a huge range of environmental and social problems, from too much packaging to too little community. Our new monthly podcast series, The Good Stuff, features interviews with inspiring activists, entrepreneurs, scientists and others who’ve succeeded in making change — from kids working to ban bottled water in their schools to communities creating zero waste plans to scientists redesigning chemical compounds to make them green and safe.
We’re producing these podcasts with input from community members like you, so submit your story ideas and make sure to let us know what you think after you’ve listened to the podcast. Enjoy!
The Story of Stuff Project (http://www.storyofstuff.org) creates short, easily shareable online movies that explore some of the key features of our relationship with Stuff—including how we can make things better; we provide high quality educational resources and programs to everyone from teachers and people of faith to business and community leaders; and we support the learning and action of the over 350,000 members of the Story of Stuff community.
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