How to go zero waste (slowly) with Erin Rhoads

Keit Trysh

Last week, during our hostful episode, I tried to answer a very good and very common question: how do we deal with eco-anxiety? That is, the pressure or frustration we feel when even our best intentions to minimise waste and tread lightly on the earth are thwarted by an errant plastic bag or forgetting to ask for no straw.

Considering that I still very much struggle with this issue myself, I think Ben and I did a decent job of trying to alleviate the guilt, and hopefully went some way towards convincing you that we actually can’t ever do these things perfectly. And what’s more, that the second we realise and accept this, the more ease and peace we tend to allow ourselves.

That’s not to say I wasn’t going to revisit the question of eco-anxiety with today’s guest, however, because she’s just about the most qualified person I could think of to give us permission to cool our jets and accept that sometimes our best won’t be gold standard, and that’s OK.

Erin Rhoads is the zero-waste warrior behind The Rogue Ginger – a website that has both the coolest name and the most accessible and practical tips on living a zero-waste (or low-waste) life. I was so happy to sit down and chat with Erin, and hope that our conversation frees you up to begin making changes without the crippling fear of not being good enough. The reality is that any change is better than none and I love how encouraging Erin is in getting each of us to take one step at a time towards less waste, rather than trying to run the entire marathon straight away.

We go back to the moment (the movie, actually) that changed Erin from a mindless consumer to conscious advocate and why her journey towards zero waste began with very small and gradual changes too.

Erin answers a few questions that I’m consistently asked about when it comes to living plastic-free, specifically:

  • How can we avoid plastic wrapping when buying cheese?
  • Is there an alternative for lunch wraps that doesn’t require us to cook our own?
  • How can we open up the low-waste conversation with suppliers, family and friends without making people feel judged?

We also talk about the one simple change you can make today – regardless of where you are in your journey towards living plastic-free, as well as offering an encouragement to act rather than get angry.

It’s a conversation full of practical tips and encouragement, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

BONUS: Erin is also part of the upcoming Live Life Simply Online Retreat and will be taking us through the essentials of zero-waste living. Registration is open now so be sure to secure your place before October 22, 2017. The retreat opens its doors on October 23 and we can’t wait to have you!

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Slow Living and Social Media: Twitter

Vincent van Zalinge

One of the most incongruous things about creating an online business while also advocating for a slower, simpler pace of life is the great big issue of social media. We’re told that we need to be everywhere, be accessible, be responsive, be curated, be useful and entertaining and inspiring and authentic and honest and on and on it goes… But there’s nothing remotely slow about that.

Unsurprisingly then, one of the more common questions we’re asked relates to this conundrum: How can we create an online business, build an amazing community, connect with people and not lose hours a day to the endlessly hungry social media beast?

Instead of trying to cram an answer in to a regular hostful, Ben and I decided to create a series that looks at the main social media platforms we use (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) and the strategies we employ for each of them. It might sound a little dry, but getting a hold of the time you spend on and in social media can have further reaching impact that you imagine, and the next few Monday shows are for anyone who feels the pressure to “keep up” with social media, not just people who are looking to build something with it.

Today it’s Twitter, AKA the platform I used to love but is now basically a raging dumpster fire. The soul of Twitter has shifted a lot over the past couple of years and while Ben and I still use it personally and often rely on Twitter to keep on top of the news, it’s become waaaay less central to our business. In fact, I barely use it for work at all.

Twitter itself is now a bit of a “let’s shout our opinions at each other” space which has made it a far less enjoyable way to communicate with people. Plus, the changing vibe of Twitter means a lot of slow living folk are no longer hanging out there anyway, so letting it dry up has been a pretty easy choice to make.

I do still use it to follow comedians, writers (Stephen King and JK Rowling are cracking good follows, FYI) journalists, activists and organisations I support, and if I’m going to get overtly political anywhere online, Twitter is where I’ll be. As always though, boundaries on the time and energy are the key in keeping it as a tool to be used, rather than an addiction to be battled.

We also talk about scheduling vs real-time posting, which is part of the issue for balancing social media in a slower, simpler life. It ain’t sexy, but if we want to make time for the things that are important, often we need to think about the unsexy stuff too.

Do you still use Twitter? How do you strike the balance?

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Also a quick reminder about the Live Life Simply Online Retreat – a six-week program that brings together the wisdom and expertise of 13 mindfulness, simplicity and slow living experts into one blissful online space.

 

The line-up is incredible and we can’t wait to see you there! Head over to the retreat for all the details and to secure your place. Registrations close on October 22, 2017, and the retreat kicks off on October 23.

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If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

 

 

How to tame the eco-anxiety and tit-for-tat gift giving

Helena Hertz

It’s hostful time again, and this week we answer three very different listener questions and launch the big, exciting project we’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a good day all round!

First up, Rachael asks about coping with eco-anxiety – a great term which encapsulates the frustration that results when we try to make positive changes to our home and the waste we create, only to be constantly reminded of how imperfect our efforts are. It’s an obstacle that many people come across and we talk through the benefits and challenges of letting go of perfectionism and embracing smaller, more consistent changes over time.

I then put on my ranty pants as Ben and I discuss the utter inanity of tit-for-tat holiday gift giving. You know the gifts for the extended family and friends, the office Christmas party, the neighbourhood get-together? The novelty gifts, the plastic wrapped doodads, the obligatory presents? Those ones really grind my gears and today we talk about how to best opt out of those gift giving arrangements if at all possible, and what crap-free options are available for the situations where a gift is still appropriate. It’s a good time of year to start considering the impact of all these novelty gifts, as we edge closer to the holidays, and now is a great time to have the potentially awkward conversation about doing no-gifts or a charitable gift instead.

Finally, Kerry recently asked us what’s made us laugh uncontrollably recently. My answers are absurd while Ben’s are a little closer to home. Such a great question though as I find myself seeking out more and more comedy lately, as a balm for the heaviness that’s settled over much of social media, the news and the global vibe in general. Here’s to more laughs!

We wrap up the episode with a big old exciting announcement…

Months ago we mentioned a new project we’d been working on in response to the recent listener survey results, and today we’re finally ready to put it out in to the world!

The Live Life Simply Online Retreat is the first of its kind and brings together the wisdom and expertise of 13 mindfulness, simplicity and slow living experts into one blissful six-week online retreat.

The retreat is super practical and designed to help you learn at your own pace, in your own home. You can practice yoga and meditation, uncover your purpose, learn the essentials of low tox and zero waste living, dive deep in to mindfulness, slow money, creating a rhythm that works for your daily life, plus loads more – all at a time and pace that works for you.

Join Ben and I, plus previous podcast guests, Jessica Murnane, Rachael Kable, Alexx Stuart, Kelly Exeter, Janell Burley Hoffman, Carolyn Tate, Kevin Janks and Dr Sarah McKay, as well as Erin Rhoads, Sam Doove and Lauren Verona from Zenko Yoga, as we take you through a gorgeous six-week retreat.

The line-up is incredible and we can’t wait to see you there! Head over to the retreat for all the details and to secure your place. Registrations close on October 22, 2017, and the retreat kicks off on October 23. Don’t miss out!

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If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!

 

 

The biggest lesson

Aleksandr Kozlovskii


Happy 200th pogpast day!

It’s somewhat unbelievable to me that we’ve created 200 episodes of the poggie. What started as a flash of an idea and a scrap of a plan has been more rewarding and more life-changing than I could have ever expected and I couldn’t be happier or, if I’m being uncomfortably honest, prouder.

Because what’s happening here is the creation of a community of like-minded people. A community of people who get it. You get the desire to slow down, opt out, say no and get clear on what’s actually important, and you’re doing it despite the fact that the world doesn’t operate that way.

The thing that surprises and delights me most is the ripple effect slowing down has, and will continue to have. What begins as an idea, or starts with a small act of decluttering or deep breathing, over time, impacts so much more. The food we eat or the way we love people, the stories we tell ourselves or the amount of waste we eliminate. There is no end to the impact slowing down can have, and it thrills me so much to see people embracing it.

So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. For being here. For being part of our tribe of weirdos. For saying yes. For saying no. For asking incredible questions and for giving amazing insights. I love what’s happening here and hope Ben and I can continue to do it justice.

In saying all that, today’s episode looks very, very different to our expectations. A few weeks ago we asked for contributions from the community – voicemails, questions, tips – with the intention of putting together a spectacular episode to celebrate 200 shows. But the past few weeks of book promo and book tour travel has taught us a couple of really valuable lessons. In fact it’s probably taught us the biggest lesson of slow living:

We need to let go of the self-imposed expectations and pressures. We need to simplify rather than complicate. And we need to understand that while there are things (many, many things) out of our control, there are also many other things we can control, to say no to, to let go of.

Today’s poggie is a deep dive in to that idea, and the multitude of ways it can impact our choices over time. How arbitrary expectations, shoulds, deadlines and timelines become stressors in their own right and how we can choose to simplify, strip back the self-created pressures and find ease amongst the things we can’t change.

So instead of featuring voicemails and call-ins and loads of interesting insights from our wonderful community, this episode features us, once again working things out and getting closer to a life with fewer of those arbitrary pressures.

We also talk about our recent road trip and the unexpected pace of what we assumed would be a slow travel experience, as well as the pros and cons of camper van life. Including the importance of choosing a good name for our road warrior!

I hope you enjoy today’s stripped back celebration, and I hope you stick around for the next 200!

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If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

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Rachael Kable talks kindness

Kelly Sikkema

Last week Ben and I spoke about mindfulness – what it is, what it’s not, and how to bring more of it in to our daily lives without adding ever more tasks to our overwhelming to-do lists. I’m glad we went deep on it, as it turns out this is one of the biggest obstacles people are facing when it comes to adopting a more mindful way of life. By simplifying it down to its essence of paying attention an idea that seemed complicated now seems accessible.

The other side of the mindfulness coin that has always interested me is the idea that self-care, self-compassion and self-kindness (of which the practice of mindfulness is one kind) is the tendency to equate it with selfishness. I had to learn that self-care not only wasn’t a selfish act but, in fact, it allowed me to be far kinder and more present in my external life as a result.

These are ideas I’ve been thinking on for a while so it was perfect timing when I sat down with today’s guest, the delightful Rachael Kable, to talk about all things mindfulness. Rach is the creator and host of one of the most uplifting mindfulness podcasts in the world, The Mindful Kind, and in today’s episode we chat about the meaning of mindfulness and the genesis of Rachael’s personal discovery of mindfulness. We also talk about mindful living and teenagers, a topic I’m asked a lot about, and Rach has some excellent tips on how to bring mindfulness in to the lives of a stressed out, highly connected teenager. 

We also look at the intersection of mindfulness and kindness, which is evident as soon as you begin to listen to the way Rachael encourages not only self-compassion but also the multitude of ways she personally serves others. It’s a really interesting part of the wider mindfulness conversation, and ties in to the idea of mindfulness and more widely, self-care, being selfish. But Rachael believes that it’s vital to fill ourselves up with kindness and compassion in order to turn around and pass it down the line to others. 

Rach has such a beautiful, positive worldview that it’s impossible to walk away from a conversation with her feeling anything other than hopeful and buoyant, and I hope you feel the same after today’s episode.

Enjoy! 

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Things to Check Out After Today’s Episode:

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You may have heard that we recently hit 3 million (!!) downloads of The Slow Home Podcast! Not only does that fact blow my mind, it’s also thanks to your lovely self and the community of people who listen to the show every week, send in your questions and offer your feedback. I’m so grateful you’re here and part of this, and for anyone who has supported the show in any way over the past year – thank you so much.

If you do love the show and would like to show your support by becoming a patron, head over here to make a small monthly donation (as little as $1 a month) and know that any amount makes a huge difference to us being able to cover costs.

Most importantly, thanks for being here!