Mindful Businesses

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Hinter Company

Art and nature can have a deep impact in our well-being. we strengthen that connection by creating spaces that integrate them. We talk to founder of Hinter Company creator of spaces, Mauricio Padilla.  Hinter is no traditional hotel, it has spaces where guests can reconnect through nature and minimalism. Hinter sets a new norm on sustainability by giving more than what they take.

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Dropps

We talk to the CEO of Dropps, Jonathan Propper, who reinvented the way consumers do laundry with the invention of the liquid laundry detergent pod. In 2017, Dropps became exclusively direct-to-consumer by offering cost-saving subscription plans shipped via sustainable packaging; eliminating third-party retailers from its distribution chain. This autonomy has allowed the brand to thrive in providing eco-responsible cleaning products with reduced environmental impact, which saves money, time, water and plastic.

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Desserto

How a chance meeting in Taipei, Taiwan brings birthday twins together in their home country of Mexico, to create vegan leather. We talk to co-founders Adriano and Marti of Desserto, where they create a highly sustainable plant based vegan-leather made from cactus, with its characteristic softness to touch and yet a great performer in wide variety of applications, complying with the most rigorous quality and environmental standards.

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Redecker

The first handcrafted Bürstenhaus Redecker brushes were produced in 1935. Their brushes are made with domestic wood and plant fibers and are natural, sustainable, functional and very durable. A lot has changed since then.  Learn how this 3rd generation company has survived, grown and transferred management through the generations. In this episode we chat with Jana and Felix Redecker.

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Unpaste

We talk to Patrick Graham, CEO of Unpaste - zero-waste toothpaste. Unpaste is disrupting the toothpaste market with it's Altoids like tablets. It gently polishes your teeth leaving fewer places for bacteria to attach and reducing the formation of plaque and tartar. It is manufactured sustainably with a minimalistic philosophy. Listen more from Patrick.

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Diaspora Co

The original intent of colonial conquest of the Indian subcontinent was a desire for domination of the spice trade. 600+ years later, as a young woman born and raised in postcolonial Mumbai, working at the intersection of food and culture, Sana Javeri Kadri founder of Diaspora Co, was slowly discovering that not much about that system had changed. Listen to Sana’s passion in this episode.

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Impact of COVID - 19

The world changed around us in just a month. The new normal and when will it all be normal again. We talk to 6 of our past guests to learn how they have coped, adapted and are surviving the impact of COVID - 19 in their business and personal lives. Commiserate with them.

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Beyond Good Chocolate

Beyond Good, a pioneer in heirloom dark chocolate, is the only brand in the U.S. market producing bean-to-bar chocolate at source in Africa. From an organic certified chocolate factory in Madagascar, Beyond Good produces the finest heirloom chocolate, while providing a stable pay price for cocoa farmers. By making finished product in Africa, Beyond Good is redefining high-quality chocolate and sustainability in the chocolate industry.

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Ajiri Tea

What does it take to start a business several thousands of miles away, and that too when you were just 19. Kate Holby co-founded Ajiri tea with her sister Sara Kolby, to create a full cycle of sustainable aid. Because education is a sustainable investment, 100% of the net profits go back to Kenya to pay school fees for orphans. Ajiri Tea Company is now sponsoring 29 orphans in school and is employing four different women’s groups. Learn more about these amazing young ladies.

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Mayu

We speak to Mayura Davda Shah the founder of MAYU, a sustainable luxury lifestyle brand which promotes a conscious way of life. Designed in New York with fish leather and vegan materials sourced from Europe she crafts goods for the betterment of our people and planet. Learn how waste can be used to create a luxury premium accessories brand. In fact, L'Officiel placed as one of the top 5 sustainable brands to watch out for along with Stella McCartney.

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Alabama Chanin

We talk with the founder and slow design pioneer Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. The company that has become what Alabama Chanin is today began early in 2000 with Natalie creating hand-sewn garments made from cotton jersey t-shirts. They are a leader in elevated craft due to a strong belief in tradition and dedication to locally sewn garments and goods—both hand and machine-sewn. At Alabama Chanin, they preserve traditions of community, design, producing, and living arts by examining work and life through the acts of storytelling, photography, education, and making. Come take a listen.

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Inai

We talk to Shruti Ashok, the founder of Inai. Inai is a creative space, where timeless leather pieces are crafted using upcycled Italian leathers, handmade by skilled Indian artisans in Madras, India. The designs are made to serve a specific purpose — a bag for everyday living, new adventures, emotional milestones and so much more. 

'Inai’ is a Tamil word, derived from ‘Inaippu’ which translates to ‘connection’.  - you to connect with what you buy. Inai aims to inspire people to treasure and value the products they consume and the stories behind them.

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Suta

We talk with co-founders Sujata and Taniya (Su and Ta) who decided to quit their well-paying jobs and put their hearts and souls into spreading love through traditional hand-woven sarees. They have a family of 1400 weavers. The process of weaving every saree is a celebration of centuries of tradition and the authenticity of Indian arts. Suta strives to preserve the art of generational craftsman, guaranteeing them a living wage and bringing their products to the urban markets. Learn about their journey in this episode.

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Green Sole

Co-founders and runners Shriyans Bhandari and Ramesh Dhami ran through 3-4 pairs of sneakers every year. They realized that the soles were still in good condition though the uppers were worn out. They refurbished them into trendy footwear for sale and slippers for donation. In fact they have donated half a million slippers since 2016. Listen to learn how Green Sole is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.

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Jaidee Dancewear

Jai-Dee, ใจดีis Thai for kind-hearted, is a sustainable leotard company. We talk with founder and professional; ballet dancer Katherine Hartsell who has created this female-centered brand creating dance wear to empower women, support the arts and honor the earth. Featuring luxurious Italian fabric made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon fiber. Jai-Dee Dancewear is a small company with a big mission to help create a kinder, more creative and more sustainable world for all.

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Tahmina

We talk with Sarah Jackson (whose name has been changed due to security reasons), founder and CEO of Tahmina. Tahmina is an international brand with a vision to export transformational products from different conflict regions of the world. Their maiden project is saffron and saffron-infused teas from Afghanistan. Learn more about their work through this podcast.

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Outerknown

Sustainability and Sourcing at Outerknown. At Outerknown every decision is made with the highest regard for the hands that build our clothes and the world we call home.  From seeds to suppliers to a circular design, their mission is to protect natural resources, empower the people crafting the clothes, and inspire change within the industry and beyond. Learn how they do it.

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Ricron Panels

Co-founder Rahul Choudhary of Ricron Panels talks about the motivation and the process of converting toothpaste and candy wrappers into a great cost-effective substitute for plywood and MDF. His panels are made of 100% recycled plastics fabricated using patented technology in their zero-emission factory.Join us on his journey.

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Almitra

How does having a child change life's perspectives? Co-founders Anamika Sengupta and Biplap Dutta who decided to raise him in a plastic-free world. They designed and created earth-conscious products to raise a child who lives in co-existence with nature. They envision a world where we breathe pure without fear and thrive naturally.

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Global Good Partners

We chat with Joan Shifrin and Catherine Shimony, extremely dynamic and creative women who run this New York-based non-profit brand like a business. Their work, resources, and resolve are focused on bridging gaps, opening doors and providing opportunities for artisan women to join the international market place.

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Malai

The duo of designer and material researcher Zuzana Gombosova and Susmith developed Malai a biocomposite material based on bacterial cellulose is grown on water from mature coconuts and natural fibers from the banana stem, hemp, and sisal

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MUD jeans

MUD Jeans is a Dutch sustainable denim brand. In 2013 MUD Jeans introduced the innovative ‘Lease A Jeans’ fashion concept. They are the premier denim brand to commit to circular denim design and have adopted pioneering processes. 

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The Farmer's Dog

The Farmer’s Dog was founded on the belief that, like people, pets should be enabled to lead their best possible lives. Their first product is a subscription service that delivers wholesome, freshly-cooked meals for dogs.

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Silver Spun Goods

Through her love of knitting, Laurie Gonyea discovered the therapeutic properties of yarn spun with pure silver. However, this extraordinary material was not being produced in the U.S. for the hand knitting market. Laurie set out to change that. 

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Andeana Hats

Hats that empower women & capture the energy of the Sacred Valley, infusing it into your everyday life.

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Grant Blvd

We talk with Kimberly McGlonn, a passionate founder/CEO, Grant Blvd about her mission and her vision to train formerly incarcerated women to create clothes in West Philadelphia.

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Able

ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by providing economic opportunities for women. We talk to Jen Milam, director of merchandise planning, about how the brand works to be transparent and accountable.

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Zojila

Listen to how nature inspires founder Rony Joseph to design everyday kitchen products using minimalist principals.

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Art and Eden

Susan Correa, Founder, and CEO of Art and Eden talks to us from NYC, passionately about her desire to create sustainable organic and affordable children's clothing.

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Palm Straw

In this episode, we talk to Palm Straw co-founder Dave Mash about their bio-degradable plant-based​ straws.

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Vidhya Iyer

Podcast Host

Vidhya Iyer is an entrepreneur and podcaster. Vidhya started the podcast in a quest to being mindful in her everyday personal and professional practices. Her show features mindful brands and entrepreneurs from around the world, which are on the cutting edge of sustainable practices. 

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Tatum Gale

Music

Tatum Gale is a producer, composer and singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. He makes electronic pop music that draws influence from Björk, Sufjan Stevens and Dev Hynes.

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Jim Stone

Executive Producer

Jim Stone comes with decades of experience in broadcasting. Mindful Businesses was born in the studios of his radio station Q106.7

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