Janette Spiezio

172. The Journey to Zero Waste with Janette Spiezio of Sustainable Haus Mercantile 

With microplastics and toxic chemicals all around us, what can we do as consumers to make more informed choices for the benefit of our planet? Mary and Emma sit down with Janette Spiezio, the founder of Sustainable Haus Mercantile, to discuss the concept of zero waste living and the importance of making those sustainable, educated choices for ourselves and the planet. As a first generation American with a corporate background, Janette became determined to make better choices for her daughters and their future. Now, she runs refillable zero-waste businesses in Summit, NJ, and she shares her journey towards her zero-waste lifestyle while providing valuable insights into the world of sustainable living. From reducing plastic waste to composting and making mindful consumer choices, Janette's passion for the environment shines through as she offers practical advice and encourages listeners to make small changes towards a more sustainable future.

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Topics Discussed

· The Winter Solstice

· Wax Paper, Parchment Paper, and Gift Wrap: An Update from Our "Embracing a Good Dirt Holiday" Episode

· Healthy People, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet

· Coming from a Corporate Background

· Understanding Ingredients in Everyday Items

· The Zero Waste Movement

· Trust But Verify

· BPAs & Other Chemicals in Our Food

· Microplastics

· Running a Zero Waste Shop: The Origin of Sustainable Haus Mercantile

· Refilling Products vs. Buying Brand New

· Being a Naturist in a Modern World

· The Value of Environmental Education

· Creative Ideas for Plastic Alternatives at the Supermarket

· The Problem with Laundry Pods & Strips

· Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA)

· "Soil, not oil, holds the future for humanity” - Vandana Shiva Quote

· How Corporations Mishandle Our Trust

· Phenol in Receipt Paper

· Biodegradable vs. Compostable

· Janette's Hope

Episode Resources:

Join Us in The ALMANAC

• Listen to The Good Dirt's Slow Living Through the Seasons: December Episode!

• Listen to The Good Dirt's Talking Trash with Eve Schaub

Think Dirty

• Listen to The Good Dirt Seeking Real Solutions to Plastic Pollution with Smruti Aravind of The Story of Stuff

The Environmental Working Group

Beth Terry's My Plastic Free Life

Read Eve Schaub's A Year of No Garbage

Connect with Janette:

• Website: https://www.sustainablehaus.com/

• Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janette-filbert-spiezio-05960212

• Sustainable Haus TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sustainablehaus?lang=en

• Sustainable Haus IG @sustainablehaus: https://www.instagram.com/sustainablehaus/


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Original music by John Kingsley. Editing and podcast production by Fast Forward Production.

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