Clean Your Room Podcast - S1 Ep11 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but first Reduce

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Two magazine files of knitting magazines waiting to be re-homed through my local Buy Nothing group

Clean Your Room
 is a podcast by a regular person who is just trying to be a little more organized. 

Hosted by Alethea Allarey

Season 1 Episode 11: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but first Reduce releases at 12:00 am on Thursday, April 29, 2021

Super cute logo illustrated by Ashlyn Anstee

Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts

Show Notes for Season 1, Episode 11: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but first Reduce


Alethea talks about stopping waste before it starts by trying to reduce consumption.


Happy Earth Day!

I forgot to mention this last week, but yes, it was the 51st Earth Day on April 22nd.

Here are some links to articles on whether and how minimalism, veganism, and zero waste can be done to help the planet. I am in no way saying that aiming for these things or that people who ascribe to these movements do not help -- just that we should be aware there are ways of doing them incorrectly which are not only unhelpful for the environment, but are also unhelpful to individuals. In this episode I talk more about the most basic thoughts to build a mindset of waste reduction.

Please note some of these articles have sources/works cited and some don't; additionally some platforms and sources may be biased so take this information with a grain of salt. I'm sharing them more as a starting-off point for our own thoughts around how we can help reduce waste, conserve resources, and restore the earth.

eMagazine: Can the Rising Trend of Minimalism Help the Environment?

The Boar: Environmental Benefits of Minimalism

Nourishing Minimalism: How Minimalism Helps the Environment and Makes Life More Meaningful

Amerisleep: Why Being a Minimalist Might Be Bad for the Environment–and How to Do Minimalism Right

BBC Good Food: Is a Vegan Diet Better for the Environment?

Vegan Outreach: Going Vegan: An Effective Way to Reduce Environmental Impact Why the Vegan Diet Is Not Always Green

Veganism and the Environment by the Numbers (infographic)

How Zero-Waste People Make Only a Jar of Trash Per Year

Sierra Club: Zeroing Out Zero Waste

Almost Zero Waste: 16 Surprising Benefits of Going Zero Waste

EPA: How Communities have defined Zero Waste

Quotes from ZeroWasteChef


Selling Apps, Little Free Libraries, and Buy Nothing Groups

Find Little Free Libraries here

Find Buy Nothing Group resources here 

AAPI Owned and Operated Businesses

Anti-Blackness and Racism in Filipino Culture

These are resources I had to share with my own mother who still has colonizer-influenced views on racism, of the all-lives-matter, stop-seeing-color variety. 

These lists are by no means comprehensive, but I will continue to work on them and make them available. 

Support Independent Bookstores! Independent Bookstore Day is April 24th
Once Upon a Time in Montrose, CA πŸ“š
Brain Lain Books Online and Pop Up πŸ§ 
The Ripped Bodice: A Romantic Bookstore πŸ’•
Vroman's Bookstore πŸ’š

Printable Graph Paper

Need to draw up some plans to rearrange your rooms? Check out this site with free graph paper or Goodnotes where you can create as many notebooks you want with different page formats.

Passion Planner

or just go to

FYI - The rest of the links are not affiliate/referral links, just the $5 Passion Planner one above.

Participate in #cleanyourroompodcastchallenge!

Take a before photo of your space -- make sure there's nothing of a private nature, like your home address or the like, or any humans in the photo who have not/are unable to consent to being included in the image. 

Clean up, then take an after photo. You can take video too, and share multiples of each, since Instagram allows up to 10 photos or videos in a multi-media post. 

You can tell us whatever you want in the captions, but make sure you put the hashtag #cleanyourroompodcastchallenge in there somewhere! We might choose to share/repost some posts and stories as well if your profile is public.

Extra credit: use Instagram's Alt Text feature to provide a description for people with visual impairments. Find out how here!

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