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Who's Saving the Planet?

94 EpisodesProduced by Planet Savers Org. Website

Discover how the minds, methods and money that fueled the explosion of innovation and disruption in silicon valley are working to build the technology, products and companies that will save the planet. Hosts: Lex Kiefhaber and Tony Noto. Music: Bill Gagliardi.

94 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Recycling Isn't Cutting It, and the GoodGoods is Here to Solve That

September 10th, 2021

42:49

Zach Lawless is one of the few people I've met who's gets just as worked up about all the ways recycling isn't all it's made out to be as Jess Miles does. And that's saying something. 

Zach founded the GoodGoods to step …

How Madeline Fraser Created The Warby Parker of Jewelry Companies

September 2nd, 2021

41:14

Madeline Fraser came up with the idea for Gemist when she tried to design herself a custom ring. The ordeal proved successful but a headache. How is …

Public Habit is Breaking the Fashion Supply Chain to Rebuild A Better One

August 25th, 2021

34:47

After six years working at Amazon, Sydney Badger had bigger dreams than maximizing efficiency. But, she also had a black-belt in maximizing efficiency. Public Habit is the marriage of expert supply chain optimization …

What If Chemicals Were Made Out of Corn Instead of Carbon?

August 19th, 2021

38:27

The answer, at its most maximalist expression, a significant reduction in the 30% of greenhouse gasses released through the production of heavy industry. The people making that hypothesis a reality? Meet Sean and G, …

Picturing a Better World with KT Merry

August 11th, 2021

32:55

Yes, that's a photography pun. I'm a dad, the jokes come with the gig. 

KT Merry is an internationally recognized high-end destination photographer who moonlights as a conservationist, traveling the world capturing …

Making Sustainable Jewelry from (below) the Ground Up

August 3rd, 2021

40:37

Extracting metals from the earth is, by nature, not a sustainable practice. We have a finite amount of resources, after all. However, that doesn't mean that all methods of mining are created equal.

Anna Bario, one half …

How Humanscale Turned Sustainability Into A Competitive Advantage

July 27th, 2021

39:31

A net positive product is a new concept: a thing which by virtue of it having been made, has improved the outlook for earth and the humans who live …

Food For Thought: CEA Exec Marni Karlin Teaches Us About *Indoor Farm-to-Table

July 20th, 2021

33:08

Agriculture and farming can play a tremendous role in reducing America's carbon footprint and farmers can lead the way in offsetting greenhouse gas …

Looking Behind the Curtain of Carbon Offsets

July 13th, 2021

37:58

Microsoft says it's going carbon negative. You just bought an offset for a flight you're taking (congrats, welcome back). Credit cards have carbon-neutral lifestyle plans in the works. All sounds great, but what does it …

From the Kitchen Table to the Shark Tank in One Swift Bite

July 6th, 2021

40:31

Generally when Mark Cuban makes you an offer, it's a good idea to take the deal and run. Lindsey McCormick had a different idea.

Lindsey is the CEO and co-founder of Bite, the tablet toothpaste company which charged …

Building the Anti-Zara: How Traceability In Fashion is the Future

June 29th, 2021

39:27

What if we knew everything about everything we bought? Nuts to bolts, cradle to grave, all of it. Would we make better choices? Would we treat our …

Sustainabae Speaks! Her 'Perfect' Solution To The Hideous Side of Fashion

June 22nd, 2021

33:18

Third-generation sustainability superstar Alex Shadrow is our guest. She's an entrepreneur who says it's in her DNA to solve the fashion waste …

How to Power the Electric Vehicle Revolution

June 15th, 2021

53:33

If we intend to meet our climate goals, we need to decarbonize the transportation sector. That means moving away from fossil fuels to clean energy. …

Shari Makes Make Up for the Super Hero in All of Us

June 8th, 2021

50:12

Before Shari Siadat was a children's book author, before she was a corporate executive, or a mother of three, she was a child struggling with the …

Let There be Light: Faith and Science in the Tennessee Valley

May 25th, 2021

49:34

While Jason Carney is not one to shy away from the responsibility he's shouldered as a pioneer in his field and a leader in his community, he does so …

What's Your Hy-IQ? Cleaning Up With Kodak Vet David Weaver

May 18th, 2021

34:07

Inventor and engineer David Weaver started out at Kodak some 40 years ago cleaning optical equipment by hand. Today, he's at the helm of his own eco-friendly cleaning product company — Aphex BioCleanse Systems. Its …

Bill Weihl, ex-Facebook Head of Sustainability, on How to Affect Change from the Outside-In

May 11th, 2021

1:07:21

Getting companies to do things is hard. Getting companies to take climate seriously has been a slow, long, march, with many a setback and all too few victories. It's a fight Bill Weihl knows well, and recently he …

'The Future of Food' with Protera's Leo Alvarez

May 4th, 2021

40:40

Leo Alvarez and his team over at Protera had a busy 2020. Not only did the startup snag $5.5 million in venture capital, it traded its San Francisco digs for a new HQ in the 'City of Lights' — Paris. But what's next on …

US Air Force + Moth & Flame: Using Virtual Reality to Train for What Comes After the Battle

April 27th, 2021

49:30

Suicide and mental health are discussed at length in this episode, which could be triggering. If you, or anyone you know is struggling with mental …

Cambium Carbon Finds New Life for Urban Wood Waste

April 20th, 2021

39:52

If a tree falls in a city, but no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Cities across the U.S. are losing their urban canopy. In fact, more trees fall in cities than in our national forests. (Roughly 46 …

Massive.Earth: 10,000 Solutions to Solve the Climate Crisis

April 13th, 2021

32:58

The magnitude and complexity of the threat posed by climate change can't be solved with one silver bullet. Rather than looking for one solution, Dr. …

Upward Farms: How the Plant-Gut-Brain Is Going To Heal the Earth

April 6th, 2021

52:42

Soil erosion, the degradation of the health of soil through over-tilling and rampant use of chemicals, is an existential threat to our ability to grow food, sequester carbon and live in harmony with nature. In many …

The Gift that Keeps on Givz-ing: The Story of Andrew's Win-Win-Win Strategy.

March 30th, 2021

37:38

Here's an age old question: how do you make marketing a force for good in the world? Welcome to the world of Andrew Forman's win-win-win business …

Landon's Wren-derful Carbon Offset Plan

March 23rd, 2021

37:07

Imagine a world where offsetting your carbon footprint was as simple as ordering more butt paste for your newborn infant (relevant, I promise). If we're going create a better world for the generations to come, my baby …

Who do billionaires call when they want to save the world? Meet Michele, CEO of Boundless Impact

March 16th, 2021

32:07

Let's say you're on the beach one day with your metal detector (as we do) and happen upon a chest of buried treasure, as it were. Your first call is your mom, clearly, but then after that, ring up CEO of Boundless …

Fikile's Eco-Friendly PPE Brand Fits 'Like A Glubb'

March 9th, 2021

37:25

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment (PPE) like medical grade gloves flew off the shelves in an effort to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. But PPE supplies aren't exactly …

Yaniv Builds the Uber of Solar Installation

March 2nd, 2021

26:19

For a long minute in venture capital world (and on Shark Tank, for those of us playing at home) if you were pitching your new start up, it was useful …

BackMarket: Serge Breaks Big-Smartphone's Business Model

February 16th, 2021

33:54

Big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple are guilty of planned obsolescence. They purposely make stuff glitchy so you have to buy whatever new …

ForDays: Kristy Makes Clothes That Last Forever (without ever hitting the landfill)

February 9th, 2021

35:07

With degrees in Industrial Engineering, Business, and Fashion Design, Kristy Caylor was well prepared for the world of fashion by the time she joined GAP Inc. in 2004. She led the Project (RED) initiative within GAP, …

Feather: How Jay Reno Built the Anti-IKEA

February 2nd, 2021

39:16

9.8 million tons of furniture end up in landfills every year, and most of it was pretty crappy to begin with. Jay  is here to change that, and along the way, our conception of how we use, enjoy and own our stuff. 

To be …

Evan Is One Egg-Ceptional Chef!

January 26th, 2021

59:25

Our guest this week is Evan Hanczor, a chef at the sustainable breakfast restaurant Egg and the founder of Tables of Contents. TOC brings people together to enjoy a book passage paired with a meal that really brings …

Ansea: Abigail Makes Surfwear for Women, by Women

January 19th, 2021

41:24

By the age of 25 Abigail Lorick had clocked a successful career as a Ford Model and was on her way to launching her own brand. From there her career …

Natel Chief Gia Gives Hydropower a Boost

January 12th, 2021

33:02

Hydropower already provides nearly 7% of the nation’s electricity. It also holds tremendous potential for expansion! But there are challenges: How …

66°North: Finding Your North Star in the Arctic

January 5th, 2021

41:05

66°North began not so much as a clothing company as it was a means of not dying. In 1926 the company was founded to provide a layer of protection from the elements to their local community of fisherman. Considering it …

Redux: Beetle Mania; How Scarab Tech is Teaching us the Potential of Reclaimed Plastic

December 29th, 2020

56:19

This week we're revisiting one of our favorite stories from 2020, the crazy duo in South Africa building engines that look like beetles powered by …

The Snoo: How a Good Night's Sleep Can Save the Day

December 22nd, 2020

40:34

In 2009 Dr. Harvey Karp was in the twilight of his career as a renowned pediatric physician, beloved professor of medicine, and renowned author of the "Happiest Baby"  book series. While he was working the speaking …

From Peace Corps To Peace Pipes: Steve Sakala Talks Sustainable Cannabis

December 15th, 2020

32:14

Steve Sakala says there's zero excuse for consumer packaged goods companies to not be plastic negative. Take his work in the cannabis industry, for example. Like most industries, the world of weed has a major …

Li-Cycle: Ajay Creates a Second Life for Batteries

December 8th, 2020

43:47

Do you have a drawer or box filled with old laptops and smartphones? Or  perhaps your electric vehicle is reaching the end of its life and you're …

Carbon0: Everyday Heroes

December 1st, 2020

35:57

At the top of this episode, special guest Penelope Barr reminds us: Getting up and living your life well makes you the hero of your story. She's certainly done that. With 20-plus years of tech expertise, Penelope is …

Cheekbone Beauty: This Thanksgiving, We're Grateful For Jenn Harper

November 24th, 2020

55:24

On Black Friday, ditch the guilt and secure your stocking stuffers with an episode that honors the environment and Indigenous peoples. As anyone knows, makeup is a deeply personal endeavor. How we see ourselves, matters.

Two Days Off: Gina Goes Slow to Get Fashion Right

November 17th, 2020

44:06

Gina Stovell has been called many things: climate scientists, onetime geological consultant, sustainability evangelists (that's me who called her …

DroneSeed: Grant Takes Reforestation to the Skies

November 10th, 2020

45:13

Here's a question I get often. How many trees can a tree planter plant, if a tree planter could plant trees all day? The answer: Many fewer than if …

Columbia University's Director of the Center for Global Energy Policy Jason Bordoff Shapes the Future of Climate Politics

November 3rd, 2020

44:42

Happy Democracy Day in the United States! There's no one we'd rather have on the pod today to help us make sense of the marriage between climate and …

Carbios: Martin Builds the Infinity Recycler

October 27th, 2020

43:19

Have you ever fed a plastic bottle into the machine outside the grocery store, watched in amazement as it disappeared into that mysterious maw and returned to you a nickel, and left thinking you did your part to reduce, …

Our Sustainable Scorecard to Save the Planet... 50th Episode Extravaganza!

October 20th, 2020

49:18

For our 50th episode (more than a few grey hairs in the beard to prove it) we turn the mic on ourselves to pull back the curtain on the planet saving …

Tyre Collective: Siobhan and Deepak Design a Seatbelt For Airborne Plastic

October 13th, 2020

38:25

Here's a horrifying fact: humans ingest one credit card worth of plastic every week. Plastic is ubiquitous in everyday life, more so than we realize. The large plastic composite, for instance, the tires on our cars and …

Pachama: Diego Uses Artificial Intelligence to Make Carbon Offsets Count

October 6th, 2020

50:24

It's easy to say you can see the forest from the trees, easier still if you deploy a fleet of satellites using bleeding edge artificial intelligence and machine learning to count the leaves on the trees in the forests. …

Post Carbon Lab: DJ Turns Your Clothes Into Wearable Trees

September 29th, 2020

48:29

A rose by any other name... could be called denim overalls once DJ's had her way with them. 

Do you want to take your Poison Ivy cosplay to a new …

SmartAssUndies: Brendan Saves the Planet by the Seat of Your Pants

September 22nd, 2020

46:36

If you were anywhere close to crunchy in high-school you had a pin on your backpack that proclaimed, "Be The Change You Want To See In The World." …

Neutral.io: Marissa Brings Carbon Clarity to Amazon

September 15th, 2020

32:17

Imagine you knew how much carbon went into everything that you bought on Amazon through handy browser plug in. Then imagine you could offset that …

Emellie Turns Hollywood Green

September 8th, 2020

41:45

Those who make movie magic are often doing so at the expense of the environment. The logistics of producing a big-budget show or blockbuster require …

Climate Neutral: Austin Builds a Carbon Crunching Calculator

September 1st, 2020

32:43

Two main issues plague consumers looking to shop sustainably: finding the startups (who generally don't have massive marketing budgets to find you) that are making sustainable products, and secondly, trusting that those …

Activism Abroad: Lily, Luna and Michael Fight for Climate Justice in Israel

August 28th, 2020

26:04

This week we cap off our activism abroad series with three inspiring activists who aren't waiting for anyone to change the world for them, they don't have that kind of time. Michael, Luna and Lily are all still in high …

NuLeaf Technologies: Rachel Builds the Hot Tub Infinity Shower

August 25th, 2020

35:25

This one takes a bit of explaining. Rachel Major, co-founder and CEO of NuLeaf Technologies, began her journey into entrepreneurship as most do, with …

Activism Abroad: Elizabeth Fights for Climate Justice in Zimbabwe

August 21st, 2020

29:43

Elizabeth Gulugulu lives in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, but her ambitions reach far beyond the city limits. She has traveled to the United …

Pasi Makes Food Out of Air. Yup, Really.

August 18th, 2020

29:12

What do you get when you mix energetic electrolysis, micro-biotic fermentation, and a couple of mad scientists? I'll take "Creates Dinner Out of …

Activism Abroad: Anmol Fights for Climate Justice in India

August 14th, 2020

33:42

The Jammu Kashmir region of India is a remote patch of land that has- for decades- been home to ongoing geo-political turmoil, border scuffles and …

Dr. Enric Sala, NatGeo's Explorer in Residence, Defends the High Seas

August 11th, 2020

37:18

Dr. Enric Sala was a lauded professor until he quit his job because, in his words, "I was doing was writing the obituary of ocean life."  Thus began …

Predicting the Future From the Fringe

August 7th, 2020

37:53

Sustainable marketing guru Suzanne Shelton pulls back the curtain on what preppers, extremists and anarchists reveal about what’s in store for a …

Symbrosia's Alexia Makes Meat Future Proof: How To Reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Livestock by 90%

August 4th, 2020

33:21

Every so often we find innovators creating fantastically elegant solutions to equally fantastically huge problems. In this episode we take a journey …

Carrots and Sticks: How to Win Green Fights and Influence Business People

July 31st, 2020

36:27

How do you align the interests of business, government, and communities with the rigor and rigidity of environmental science? Well, with carrots and sticks, and a good measure of grit. Dr. Brosnan shares with us her …

Rebundle: Ciara Solves a Big, Hairy Problem

July 28th, 2020

35:40

Ciara May is walking the path of an entrepreneur: she recognized a problem, looked for a solution on the market, and when she found none existed, she …

Death, or Taxes?

July 24th, 2020

33:27

Can we save our future by putting a price on carbon? A carbon tax has been in the conversation since the 70's, but we've had very little in the way of progress despite decades of scientist and economists arguing that it …

Mimi Turns The Tide: How To Transform Clicks Into Climate Dollars with Freetheocean.com

July 21st, 2020

37:40

Mimi Ausland began her career as a climate activist at the age of 14 with a click-to-give website that landed her on Oprah, Ellen, and the Today Show- and that was just the beginning. 
Mimi built and runs the website …

Mission Possible: 1.5

July 17th, 2020

32:34

Sameera delves into her work at the UNDP, which supports countries to transition toward low-emission and climate-resilient sustainable development. She discusses the critical work that the UNDP does globally, like …

In Vino Veritas: Good for Your Palate and the Planet

July 15th, 2020

44:00

WSTP travels (via Zoom) to the historic Vino Nobile district in the southeastern Siena province of Tuscany. There, we speak to Michele Manelli — the man behind Salcheto Wine. The word ‘salcheto’ comes from the stream …

SoLight Design: The Light Warrior

July 7th, 2020

37:04

Alice Min Soo Chun is an architect who is used to overseeing large-scale projects, but her greatest design is an item that weighs just over two …

Paging Dr. Khullar: What Covid Can Teach Us About Climate Change

July 3rd, 2020

28:18

Throughout the pandemic, including the cresting of the first wave in New York City, Dr. Khullar has been on the front lines caring for patients at …

DAYWEARLAB: Naz Shams is Saving the Planet... In Style!

June 30th, 2020

30:11

This week, Lex and Tony head into "the lab" with the brilliant Naz Shams as their guide. Hear how this fellow New Yorker took a chance, changed careers and embarked on a mission to ethically — and sustainably — create …

There Is No Spoon: How Subtle Shifts Can Be Profound

June 26th, 2020

30:59

How do we alter our perception of the world in ways so subtle we don't realize it's happening? To quote Morpheus from the Matrix, "what you know you can't explain, but you feel it...." (yes, we're nerds here on this …

Mi Terro: Spilled Milk, We're Not Crying, We're Innovating

June 23rd, 2020

28:08

Would you wear a t-shirt made from milk? You might soon enough. Two years ago, Robert Luo visited his uncle's dairy farm and was shocked to see …

Decoding the Alphabet Soup

June 19th, 2020

26:52

You may have seen the letters ESG in the news recently, we certainly have. Literally, that translates to "Environmental, Social and Governance", but …

Solar Impulse Foundation: Captain Piccard and the World of Tomorrow

June 16th, 2020

39:05

In episode 22, Tony and Lex meet Bertrand Piccard — the legendary pilot who circumnavigated the globe with a solar-powered aircraft. Before that, he …

Five Acre Farms: Milk (Marketing) King of the North East

June 12th, 2020

28:15

Farms, and specifically dairy farms, were traditionally a centerpiece of economic livelihood and cultural heritage in the rural North East. In the …

What's Your Ikigai (Reason For Being)?

June 9th, 2020

31:52

When you're unemployed, sites like LinkedIn or Indeed feel more like a rabbit hole than job-search platforms. That's especially the case if you're on …

Pine Street School Takeover!

June 5th, 2020

26:54

The 5/6th grade class of NYC's Pine Street School host this episode of Who's Saving the Planet, and they're bringing the heat! Since March they've …

Welcome to Earth School: TED-ED's Logan Smalley

May 29th, 2020

37:52

Most of our episodes are dedicated to people who are saving the planet today, but in this edition of CONTEXT we dig into how we're preparing the next generation to save the planet tomorrow. The team at TED-ED, led by …

Beetle Mania: How Scarab is Solving the Plastic Problem

May 26th, 2020

54:11

A mechanical bug just might be the answer to solving the world's plastic problem — a 6 billion-ton problem. That's how much plastic is in the …

Mighty Earth's "Perfect Storm" Approach to Influencing Corporate Environmentalism

May 22nd, 2020

34:43

Consumer facing companies are in the news constantly touting "green" initiatives, socially responsible campaigns, and feel good stories that make you wonder whether the marketing budget is bigger than the actual …

Optimal Solar: The Adventures of Dr. Green Power

May 19th, 2020

43:40

With their powers combined, planeteers Lex and Tony bring you this super-sized episode featuring one of the most brilliant scientists working in the renewable energy industry today. He's Dr. Reginald Parker — aka Dr. …

EVA Green: Tackling a Problem as Hard as Concrete

May 12th, 2020

32:43

“Sometimes you need to understand that a small change in a big problem is a big change.” Words of subtle wisdom from the founder of Eva, Tamara …

Breathe Deep: Air Quality Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

May 8th, 2020

22:50

During this shutdown we've seen the LA skyline emerge from a haze as if on cue from a cinematographer, the Himalayas visible from India for the first time in memory, and images from space revealing a planet unburdened …

Aqua-Amy!

May 5th, 2020

34:21

The ocean is in jeopardy! Scientists say if we continue to pollute and plunder the seven seas, they'll be fully depleted by 2050. In other words, …

Creating a Healthier, Happier Space

May 1st, 2020

36:24

What will the world look like when we can return to it? What will we need to change in order to restore the trust on only in the safety and hygiene of our shared spaces, but in each other? In this week’s edition of …

Soapply: You Do You, Goldilocks

April 28th, 2020

37:43

More than 294 million Americans used liquid hand soap in 2019. That soap typically comes in plastic packaging... and it ultimately pollutes our …

Sierra Club: Outdoors for All

April 22nd, 2020

30:44

This is our first in a series of episodes that reflect how the events we are living through today will impact the struggle to save the planet for tomorrow. We’ll interview a host of professionals form academia, …

BioLite: Jonathan Re-Invents Fire

April 21st, 2020

35:25

CEO and Founder Jonathan Cedar had his eureka moment a decade ago which led him to create a revolutionary way to cook meals and generate electricity. …

Muuse: The Dark Side of Coffee

April 14th, 2020

35:38

The dark side of coffee isn’t the roast. It’s the trash. Enter Muuse, the reusable coffee cup company that’s using technology to create a system of …

FoodMaven

April 7th, 2020

34:34

Did you know that 40% (!!!) of all the food grown in the USA goes to waste? This week we interview Ben Deda, CEO of FoodMaven, a Colorado based …

Esembly Baby

March 31st, 2020

36:26

Liz Turrigiano and her co-founders are solving a problem every new parent is all too familiar with, what to do with the poop? They’ve created a …

Veles: Cleaning House

March 28th, 2020

35:58

Meet Amanda Weeks. She's the genius behind Veles, a revolutionary all-purpose household cleaner composed of two things — water and organic food …

Social Distancing

March 24th, 2020

19:13

Lex is in Brooklyn. Tony is in Manhattan. Boroughs apart... but the show must go on! This week, the Planeteers wield Zoom to bring you a special edition of Who's Saving The Planet? to discuss two important topics. First …

The Clear Cut

March 17th, 2020

36:09

In the most epic meet cute, Olivia met Kyle when he was running a diamond mine and she was polishing her diamond skills as a gemologist. What came …

Laws of Motion

March 10th, 2020

34:18

The indomitable Carly Bigi pulls back the curtain on the incredible waste — including literally setting clothes on fire — that is rampant in the …

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