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The Ecopreneur Show

The Ecopreneur Show

By Vanina Howan

Vanina and her guests share positives stories and tips to inspire your sustainable business and lifestyle. Guests range from entrepreneurs in sustainability, business owners, and leaders in zero waste, sustainable fashion, and plant based living. We have conversations from career to personal advice, to dealing with ups and downs, and leading by example. The Ecopreneur Show has incredible guests so that it can keep inspiring and motivating you to take action on your entrepreneurial journey in sustainability.

New episodes every other week.
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22 Queer Brown Vegan // Making environmental education accessible + Creating safe spaces

The Ecopreneur ShowAug 11, 2020

24 Jhánneu // Building A Personal Brand

24 Jhánneu // Building A Personal Brand

This episode is perfect for the ecopreneur who wants to know: 

- how to build a personal brand in sustainability 

- how to collaborate and work with brands 

- how we can be more inclusive in the zero waste movement 

Jhánneu is a Los Angeles based sustainability blogger, influencer, and Founder of Low Waste Beauty — a low waste beauty blog that is focused on making sustainable beauty more inclusive.

With a degree in Theater from Claremont McKenna College, she is a natural at sharing her tips and tricks on sustainable living. With her combined social following of over 54k, she also shares tips on how young women can build their own personal brand.

This also the last episode of Season 1! If you're looking for more weekly inspiration + motivation during your ecopreneur journey. Sign up for the Ecopreneur Show newsletter filled with entrepreneurial, sustainable living, and positive mindset tips delivered straight into your inbox.

Sep 08, 202031:47
23 Leyla Acaroglu // Advice from A Serial Entrepreneur in Sustainability

23 Leyla Acaroglu // Advice from A Serial Entrepreneur in Sustainability

If you're an ecopreneur wondering how to take a new idea in sustainability and learn how to make a viable business out of it or a multi-passionate ecopreneur, I can't recommend this episode enough! 

Sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As an award winning designer, UNEP Champion of the Earth, sociologist, and entrepreneur, she developed the Disruptive Design Method and designs cerebrally activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help people make the status quo obsolete. Her mainstage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she leads presentations around the world on activating positive social change through creative interventions and systems thinking.  Leyla is the founder of Disrupt Design, the UnSchool and the CO Project Farm in Portugal.

You can find her work here:

Co Project Farm: 

Leyla's Writing: 

The Unschool:

UN Anatomy of Action: 

Aug 25, 202050:47
22 Queer Brown Vegan // Making environmental education accessible + Creating safe spaces
Aug 11, 202036:11
21 Tonle // How to move forward in a complex world
Jul 14, 202048:53
20 Special Ep // How 7 Ecopreneurs Are Taking Action for the Black Lives Matter Movement

20 Special Ep // How 7 Ecopreneurs Are Taking Action for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Welcome to a special episode for the Black Lives Matter Movement. If you're looking for some ideas and inspiration on how you can take action for the Black Lives Matter Movement as an ecopreneur then this is the episode for you. 

In this short but powerful episode you'll hear from entrepreneurs in different fields of sustainability on how they are taking action for the BLM movement.  Activism can be seen in many different ways.  

Ecopreneurs on the show: 

Better Footprints: 

The Sustainable Act: 

Good Intent: 


Closed Loop Cooking: 

Earth Minutes:

Also note that these are just different ways on how ecopreneurs are taking action. If you have any other suggestions on how I can improve the show or if there’s an ecopreneur that you know that needs to be heard you can email me at I hope for this show to be positive and safe environment for us to have constructive conversations to support and empower each other. As always. Thanks so much for tuning in and let’s grow and learn from one another.

The Ecopreneur Website:

Jun 30, 202012:02
19 Final // Reusable products that reduce the need for single-use products
Jun 23, 202041:21
18 Ma Wovens // Create a Conscious and Ethical Company
Jun 16, 202001:01:18
17 Blue Daisi Consulting / / Black Lives Matter + Sustainable Business
Jun 09, 202030:50
16 Albatross // Shaving the World from Plastic
May 26, 202035:22
15 Simply by Christine // How to Build a Business Around Sustainable Living
May 12, 202032:20
14 Filljoy // An Easier Way To Shop Zero Waste
Apr 28, 202030:43
13 Closed Loop Cooking // Food Media Platform Focused On Reducing Food Waste
Apr 14, 202041:17
12 Conscious by Chloé // How To Start A Sustainable Blog Part 2
Mar 31, 202001:10:36
11 Zero Waste Wisdom // How To Start A Sustainable Blog Part 1
Mar 17, 202048:47
10 Scoop Marketplace // How To Start A Zero Waste Grocery Store
Mar 03, 202050:21
09 Good Intent // How To Create Meaningful Content

09 Good Intent // How To Create Meaningful Content

Every wondered how to create authentic and meaningful content? In the episode I interviewed, Alex, the co-founder of Good Intent, an online resource for low waste living. And low waste living online store and pop-up. In just one year, the founders Alex and Lindsay, went from zero to a 20K community on Instagram. We talk about their strategies such as how to create original content, how to be consistent, and create a genuine voice on social media. 

You can find Alex and Lindsay here:

If you're just feeling super inspired by the episodes and looking for ways to take action in your life. Check out Good Intent's online shop where they have all the essentials you need to start a low waste or plastic-free lifestyle! My personal favorite is their Butterfly Razor by Albatross.  

Use The Ecopreneur Show Discount: 

Or use the ecopreneur discount: ECOPRENEURLOVE

Thanks for tuning in! If you've enjoyed this episode you can subscribe here:

Feb 17, 202058:26
08 Recycling Advocates and BPI // Achieving Triple Bottom Line Performance

08 Recycling Advocates and BPI // Achieving Triple Bottom Line Performance

This week, I interviewed Brion Hurley, the founder of Business Performance Improvement, where they help businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using Lean and Six Sigma. He's also the president of Recycling Advocates,  Oregon's oldest grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle

This episode is perfect if you have a sustainable product based business and want to learn the best practices to achieve the triple bottom line. 

Feb 04, 202001:02:50
07 Hidden Opulence // Alterations Service Specializing In Upcycling and Mending
Jan 21, 202001:00:29
06 Fernweh // Low Waste + Plant-based Outdoor Food Company

06 Fernweh // Low Waste + Plant-based Outdoor Food Company

In this episode, I interviewed, Ashley Lance, the founder of Fernweh, where they make plant-based dehydrated meals and snacks for the everyday adventurer. The packaging is reusable or low waste and they work with local farmers. 

Jan 07, 202046:12
05: James Recycling // Becoming An Everyday Hero

05: James Recycling // Becoming An Everyday Hero

Say Hi to James' Recycling. a pick up service that recycles what curbside pick-up won’t.

At the age of 4,James Harris, was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. James soon found his passion in protecting the environment and the welfare of animals. As a solution to take action, James soon became fascinated with recycling.

His mom, Kathi Goldman saw James intense interest in recycling and helped James turn his passion into a thriving business. At age 18, they started James Recycling alongside his behavioral therapist, Mari Gotesman, who has worked with James since he was 10 years old.

With challenges along the way, the business has now been running for 4 years and are up to capacity with customers that they even have a waitlist. They are in the process of opening a drop off site.

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Show Notes:
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Nov 19, 201928:52
04: GO Box // Creating A Business That Eliminates Single Use

04: GO Box // Creating A Business That Eliminates Single Use

Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell is the owner of GO Box, a reusable takeout food and drinkware service working to eliminate the need for single use plastic disposables. After spending nearly a decade working on sustainable transportation solutions, including launching bike share programs across the US, Jocelyn is a believer in the positive power of sharing systems. She is excited to leverage that experience to scale GO Box powered reuse systems around the world.
Jocelyn is committed to building a triple bottom line business, utilizing the principles of circular and inclusive economies. GO Box is a 1% For The Planet business member and is working toward their B Corp certification.
Jocelyn holds a BA in business administration and marketing from the St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. When she’s not working to do better for our tomorrow, she enjoys off-road cycling and gardening. Jocelyn lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Danny, Bruno the dog and Birdie the cat.

Nov 05, 201954:52
03: Make A Positive Impact Starting With Yourself

03: Make A Positive Impact Starting With Yourself

In this episode I sat down with Cayla Pruett, also known as Minimal Millennial. 


Cayla has dedicated her life to helping educate and inspire others to engage in the fight for a cleaner, healthier, more just planet. She has taught courses on ecological ethics, and has done talks on climate justice, to zero-waste living, plant-based eating, minimalism, and the intersections of religion and environmental ethics. 


I was honored to spend the time with incredible person and I’m excited to share this episode with you.

Oct 22, 201954:33
02: Taking the Leap

02: Taking the Leap

This week I hung out with Lee Ann Moyer, the owner of Frigg’s Mercantile and Make + Take Studio, a DIY space in North Portland, where you can learn to make your own bath and body or pick up specialized bulk products such as oils, butters, waxes, and fragrances. She also is the owner of Portland Mom’s blog.
In this episode we talk about taking the leap, how she started three business while being the mother of four children, and the funny story about how she even got into the DIY movement. Enjoy!

Oct 08, 201949:17
01: Starting A Zero Waste Pop-Up

01: Starting A Zero Waste Pop-Up

Nadine and Rebecca are the owners of Utility, Portland's first zero waste pop-up.

They sell high-quality, earth-friendly home and body care products in bulk. They encourage customers to bring reusable containers for refills, and have a variety of reusable bottles and jars incase one forgets.

In addition to retail, they offer services to help minimize and simplify your belongings, detox your home, plan zero-waste events, and look at business operations to reduce waste.
Sep 27, 201934:15