20: Conscious Consumption

Did you know that 30% of our carbon footprint comes down to consumption? And that does not include things like fuel, electricity, or food – in the most simple terms, it refers to all the ‘stuff’ we buy.

This month we’re tackling conscious consumption: How can we as consumers reduce the carbon emissions related to our lifestyle? One possible solution is the circular economy.

Our first guest is Catherine Weetman, the host of the Circular Economy Podcast. She explains what the circular economy is and why it is a promising alternative to our current extractive throughput economy. Our second guest is Erin Andrews, the host of the Inner Circle podcast. With Erin, we explore what we can do as citizens and consumers to support a transition to the circular economy.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 20: Conscious Consumption

19: Sustainable Pet-Parenting 101 (Mini)

Can I feed crickets to my pet? If you’re unsure whether a climate-friendly diet is actually healthy for your pet – worry not, we’ve got you covered.

In Episode 19 we recap our favourite climate-friendly pet food solutions and we speak with Andrea Schmidt, a veterinarian with more than 10 years of experience, who gives us some basic tips on keeping our pets healthy.

Of course, pet parenting is not just about pet food, which is why we also give you a few non-food tips on how you can be a more sustainable pet parent. We also speak with Chantal Saelen, the managing director of Moderna Products, a company producing pet supplies like bowls, pet carriers, and litter boxes.

This episode builds on Episode15, Episode 16, Episode 17, and Episode 18, where we speak in-depth about the climate impact of pets and more climate-friendly pet food options.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 19: Sustainable Pet-Parenting 101 (Mini)

18: The Honest Kitchen – Human-Grade Pet Food (Mini)

Human-grade pet food is a growing trend, however, often this equates to more factory farming, perpetuating environmental damage and climate change. This week we’re asking the question: Can human-grade pet food be sustainable?

For Episode 18, we’ve invited Lucy Postins, the founder and chief integrity officer at The Honest Kitchen. She tells us about their sustainability efforts all while being a proud human-grade pet food company.

This episode builds on Episode15: Climate-Friendly Pet Parenting, where we speak about climate-friendly pet parenting more broadly.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 18: The Honest Kitchen – Human-Grade Pet Food (Mini)

17: Because Animals – Lab-Grown Meat (Mini)

Factory farming comes with a myriad of issues like low animal welfare, a huge carbon footprint, the overuse of antibiotics and environmental damage. Is there a way to feed meat to our animals without all the negative side effects? One possible solution is growing so-called cultured meat in a lab.

In Episode 17 we’re speaking with Shannon Falconer from Because Animals, a pet food company working on a fascinating innovation in meat production.

This episode builds on Episode15: Climate-Friendly Pet Parenting, where we speak about climate-friendly pet parenting more broadly.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 17: Because Animals – Lab-Grown Meat (Mini)

16: MeatMe – Happy Farm, Happy Pet (Mini)

If you own a pet, you are probably an animal-lover. And being an animal lover, you probably want to make sure that the animals that are fed to your pets are treated in a humane way.

In Episode 16: MeatMe – Happy Farm, Happy Pet (Mini) we’re speaking with Laura Clark from MeatMe, a pet food company that puts a very strong focus on raising their farm animals humanely.

This episode builds on Episode15: Climate-Friendly Pet Parenting, where we speak about climate-friendly pet parenting more broadly.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 16: MeatMe – Happy Farm, Happy Pet (Mini)

15: Climate-Friendly Pet Parenting

One quarter of all meat consumed in the US is eaten by pets. We love our fluffy, furry companions, however their impact on the climate is massive. In this Episode we explore what conscious pet parents can do to reduce the carbon pawprint of their pets. The world of climate-friendly pet parenting is full of amazing innovations and possibilities.

Our first guest is Tracy Hotchner. She is an expert in the area of pet nutrition, and an educator to both pet parents, and companies in the pet industry. With her, we untangle the confusion around an increasing number of pet food trends.

Our second guest is Hanna Lemmetti, the CMO of Alvar Pet, which is a sustainable pet food startup. She explains how Alvar Pet creates dog food with an up to 84% lower carbon pawprint compared to common alternatives.

Episode Show Notes: Episode15: Climate-Friendly Pet Parenting

14: The Future of Electricity (Mini)

Localized electricity generation, electric vehicles, smart technology – the future of renewable energy is exciting!

In Episode 14, Stuart Lloyd-Evans, Managing Director of Cielo Energy Ltd takes us on a trip with the time machine. He explains what we have accomplished in the past 20 years and what we can expect in the future.

This episode builds on Episode 10, Episode 11, Episode 12, and Episode 13, where we speak about renewable electricity more broadly, untangle green electricity certifications, and present you with some concrete examples for green electricity suppliers.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 14: The Future of Electricity (Mini)

13: Beyond Green Electricity (Mini)

Some electricity providers go one step further – they actively invest in building new renewable infrastructure.

In Episode 13 we speak with Christian Knops, the head of communication at the Grüner Strom Label, which is a German NGO certifying green electricity and gas providers.

This episode builds on Episode 10, Episode 11, and Episode 12, where we speak about renewable electricity more broadly, untangle green electricity certifications, and chat with a green electricity supplier.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 13: Beyond Green Electricity (Mini)

12: Octopus Energy (Mini)

“Energy has always been expensive and dirty, frankly. Since we first started chopping down trees to build campfires when we were hunter gatherers. But that phase is coming to an end. So what do we do in a world of plentiful cheap energy?” – Andrew Mack

In Episode 12 we speak with Andrew Mack, the CEO of Octopus Energy Germany. He tells us why time-stamped green energy certificates matter and why there’s hope for a 100% renewable future.

This episode builds on Episode 10, where we speak about renewable electricity more broadly, and Episode 11, where we untangle green electricity certifications.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 12: Octopus Energy (Mini)

11: How Green is Green Electricity? (Mini)

Electricity providers are allowed to buy coal-generated electricity and sell it as green electricity as long as they buy enough green electricity certificates. Sounds crazy, right?

In Episode 11 we untangle the implications and give you an overview of various green electricity models.

This episode builds on Episode 10: Green Electricity, where we speak about renewable electricity more broadly.

Episode Show Notes: Episode 11: How Green is Green Electricity? (Mini)