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Prioritizing Experience Over Materialism This Holiday Season with Stephanie Seferian, Sustainable Minimalist

Stephanie Seferian pictures with her book: Sustainable Minimalism and the title: Experience over Materialism

As we approach the gift-giving frenzy that can be the holiday season, we revisit the topic of Sustainable Minimalism with an episode from earlier this year, when we featured Stephanie Seferian, a bestselling author, podcaster and blogger who is best known for her book and podcast, Sustainable Minimalism. We think her book would make a great holiday gift for anyone who could use a little help decluttering their life, giving their lives that Marie Kondo treatment BUT with an eco-minded twist. 

And secondly — we love her approach to holiday shopping, and EVERYONE can benefit from hearing her perspective. She focuses on experience over materialism in a way that is both healthy and inspirational. We’ve given the episode a refresh, removing the longer intro so we get right into the episode.

About Stephanie Seferian

Stephanie is the best-selling author of Sustainable Minimalism and host of the top-rated podcast by the same name. After blogging about her personal journey toward a simpler, more eco-friendly lifestyle, she was inspired to help others create intentional lives centered around both simplicity and sustainability. She uses her platform to demystify the tenets of eco-minimalism with kids including eco-friendly decluttering, conscious consumerism, and low-waste living. Stephanie is an avid runner, an aspiring plant-based chef, and a lover of historical fiction. She lives outside of Boston with her two daughters, yellow Labrador Retriever, 10,000-ish bees, and husband who loves to compost almost as much as she does.

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Show Notes:

02:15 The power of incrementalism

05:50 The truth about recycling

14:00 Assumptions of thrifting

25:20 Prioritizing experience over materialism with gift-giving, especially during the holidays — limiting gifts to: “a want, a need, a read, a share, and an experience” (5 gifts in total)

29:18 The cost savings of sustainable minimalism

31:45 Coconut oil as a replacement for several household items (example)

34:45 DIY when you’re ready to level up your eco-minimalist lifestyle (yes, you can make your own dry shampoo and it’s easy)

39:06 Closing thoughts and how to connect with Stephanie Seferian

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  • Corinna is a natural products industry executive who has earned a reputation for leading the development and growth of responsible brands (e.g. Nordic Naturals, iwi, NutriGold). In her professional life, she champions social benefit programs to enhance company impact while preserving and protecting our home planet. She’s presently working tirelessly on the development of a new pre-market that seeks to achieve a carbon-negative impact. In January 2021 she launched her show, Care More, Be Better: A Social Impact + Sustainability Podcast to amplify the efforts of inspired individuals and conscious companies. Through Care More Be Better, she shares their stories in an effort to show us all that one person with one idea can have a big impact. As part of her lifelong education journey, she earned her MBA from Santa Clara University, graduating at the top of her class with a triple focus in Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Marketing in June 2021.

  • Bestselling Author, Podcaster and Blogger - Sustainable Minimalist Stephanie is the best-selling author of Sustainable Minimalism and host of the top-rated podcast by the same name. After blogging about her personal journey toward a simpler, more eco-friendly lifestyle, she was inspired to help others create intentional lives centered around both simplicity and sustainability. She uses her platform to demystify the tenets of eco-minimalism with kids including eco-friendly decluttering, conscious consumerism, and low-waste living. Stephanie is an avid runner, an aspiring plant-based chef, and a lover of historical fiction. She lives outside of Boston with her two daughters, yellow Labrador Retriever, 10,000-ish bees, and husband who loves to compost almost as much as she does.

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