94- How to Swap Everyday Items With Sustainable Options with Stephanie Lecovin2

94- How to Swap Everyday Items With Sustainable Options with Stephanie Lecovin

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

November 27, 2019

There is no way we can deny that humans generate a lot of waste. And it is too the point where our oceans and forests are filling up with trash.

If you don't believe that some people use forests as their own personal trash cans, then I welcome you to come to Seattle and hike on any trail within 1 hour from the city.

I think I can comfortably say that most people would like to reduce their trash usage, but just don't know where to start.

And the thought of changing everything we use can be overwhelming (which is the same feelings I had about it as well).

So in this episode, we talk about the most common everyday items that are used, and how to swap them out for more sustainable options without it feeling overwhelming.


Can We Swap Any Item For a Sustainable Option?

Since sustainability is such a hot topic right now, the demand for items which are eco-friendly or reusable has grown significantly.

For example, now they are making straws out of avocado pits instead of plastic, which reduces plastic consumption and doesn't waste avocado pits.

There might not be a direct alternative for every single item yet, but we can do the best we can with the options currently available.

What To Expect From This Episode

  • What is the definition of sustainability and how can we implement it
  • How can we make better informed choices about the products we use
  • Ways to swap current everyday items with more sustainable options
  • Lots of resources to learn more about sustainability


  • [2:45] Stephanie Lecovin became a nutritionist and dietitian but her passion was around environmental sustainability
  • [6:30] What is the definition of sustainability
  • [8:00] Is there a way to predict the future outcomes of different practices we implement now
  • [12:00] Is sustainability the same idea as recycling
  • [13:45] Can the recycling process create microplastics that cause more issues to the environment
  • [16:00] We can clean up the ocean on one end, but the producers are adding more plastic to the other end
  • [17:00] What are some sustainable options for clothing
  • [18:15] Where can you find dresses to use for special events without having to purchase a one-time use dress
  • [20:00] How can you replace ziplock bags
  • [21:45] Many people use grocery bags as their garbage bag, what is a good alternative
  • [24:00] When it comes to bottled water, is it bad to drink water from a plastic bottle
  • [28:15] What are some good options for water sources if you live in an area with bad tasting water
  • [30:45] When on the run and the only option is plastic silverware, what can you do
  • [33:15] A lot of butcher shops wrap meat in plastic or styrofoam, what is a good alternative option
  • [34:45] There are lots of different ways to use cleaning products that are less chemically ridden
  • [39:00] Another part of sustainability is food waste
  • [43:15] How can we get GMO foods out of our diet
  • [48:00] Learn how Stephanie has been able to implement sustainable practices at her local school district

Resources From This Episode

Some of these resources may contain affiliate links, which provides a small commission to me (at no extra expense to you).

  • Products that acceptable at local composting facilities- Learn More
  • Stink Movie: Documentary about harmful chemicals around us- Watch Now
  • Clean line of cosmetics- Learn More
  • Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming- Read Now
  • Biodegradable Ziplock Bags- Learn More
  • Avocado Pit Straws- Learn More
  • Berkey Water Filters- Learn More
  • The Environmental Working Group has lots of resources- Learn More

Transcript For Episode (Transcripts aren't even close to 100% Accurate)

Learn More About Stephanie Lecovin

Stephanie Lecovin teaches us how to swap everyday items for more sustainable and eco-friendly options

Stephanie Lecovin teaches us how to swap everyday items for more sustainable and eco-friendly options

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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