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The Biofriendly Podcast
47 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Are Carbon Offsets Actually Helpful? with Dr. Mark Trexler
When it comes to tackling the challenges of climate change we often need a new perspective so that's why this week we welcomed Dr. Mark Trexler from The Climatographers to The Biofriendly Podcast. Mark shares a new way of thinking that could bring about more collective action, how carbon offsets were first created, and how is this all like a pregnancy test?
50 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Are the Tokyo Olympics Sustainable Enough?
The 2020 Olympics are about to start (in 2021 nonetheless) and the city of Tokyo has been hard at work to make sure these games are as green as they can be! This week Noel and Jacob talk about the positive eco-friendly improvements, what the naysayers have to say, and why the biathlon might be training future spies.
47 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
The Importance of Optimism with Grant Brown
The Biofriendly Podcast aims to be your beacon of light in a gloomy environment, and this week we welcomed the like-minded creator of Happy Eco News, Grant Brown. Grant has had a long career in clean technology and electrifying ships, and this week he shares his inspiration behind his positive environmental news website, the dangers of doom-scrolling, and how he was once put on the spot to speak to an audience of nearly 350 million people!
56 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
As world travel begins to make its triumphant return, the tourism industry is poised and ready to make some positive changes with an initiative called 'Regenerative Travel.' This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we explore this new sustainable travel movement that aims to make our post-pandemic travel more eco-friendly, less crowded, and quite possibly allow Noel and Jacob to make the best/worst bathing suit choices for the beach!
44 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Topper Luciani of Goodfair Talks Secondhand First
It's no secret that we have been conditioned to consume the latest and greatest when it comes to stuff... especially clothing! This week we welcome Topper Luciani, CEO of Goodfair, a company that is putting thrift stores at your fingertips. Topper shares his story of how Goodfair came to be, Jacob confesses that he was a thrift store nerd, and turns out Noel is a Tick aficionado.
46 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Eco-Friendly Pest Control
Pests have started to invade your home and garden and you want to get rid of them... but in a nice way. This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we share some eco-friendly options for pest prevention without toxic chemicals, Jacob tells the tragic tale of a lizard named Blue, and we discover that Noel is the savior of skunks.
44 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Restore the Forests with Spencer Plumb
This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Spencer Plumb from the National Forest Foundation to talk about the importance of natural fires, how trees are the OG carbon capture technology, and sometimes you have to save the world with the power of Excel spreadsheets!
39 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
How Hacking A Pipeline Affects The Environment
By now you've probably heard about the ransomware hack of the Colonial Pipeline which seized hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel in the USA, but did you know that the cybercrooks behind everything felt pretty bad about it? This week, Noel and Jacob talk about what happened to the pipeline, what this means for our energy grid, and that the apocalypse will revolve around toilet paper!
54 minutes | May 28, 2021
Where Does Your Recycling Go? with Jonathan Levy
Recycling has been promoted as a green solution for decades, but unfortunately the modern day system is falling apart. This week we welcomed Jonathan Levy, also know as the @ZeroWasteGuy, to share the truth about what happens after we recycle, ways we can help reduce waste, and why being jerk on the internet isn't helping anyone at all!
48 minutes | May 21, 2021
This Biofriendly Podcast is pretty sweet! Sugarcane is the most produced food commodity in the world, so as you can imagine it has a significant impact on many environmentally sensitive regions. This week Noel and Jacob talk about what's being done to improve the sugar industry, some sweet sugar alternatives, and do we have to fight bears in hand-to-hand combat to get honey?!
44 minutes | May 13, 2021
Can Microsoft Keep It Green? with Holly Beale
With Microsoft's recent commitment to be carbon negative by 2030, we invited our good friend and Sr. Program Manager at Microsoft, Holly Beale to talk about how her company is putting their words into action! Holly shares with Noel and Jacob about her personal journey in sustainability, some memorable moments with data center communities, and of most importantly her preference in peanut butter!
43 minutes | May 6, 2021
Gamers Going Green
Grab your controllers because a new player has entered the game... planet Earth! This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we discuss how the UN has launched an initiative to utilize gaming to teach kids about the environment, we dream up our own groundbreaking green games, and how is Noel in two places at the same time?
49 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Getting Down With Gravity
Not only is gravity a force to be reckoned with, but it turns out that the gravity of the situation could help replace lithium batteries one day. This week Noel and Jacob weigh-in on a new gravity powered facility in Scotland, discuss how renewable energy storage has changed the gravity game, and why bears dread their 40th birthday.
44 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Rice Is For The Birds with Paul Buttner
This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we welcomed Paul Buttner from the California Rice Commission to talk about how they've transformed the rice fields of the Sacramento Valley into a safe haven for millions of waterbirds, ducks and geese. Paul talks about his environmental journey from air pollution to wildlife conservation, how the rice growers in the 90's were real rascals, and did the California Raisins steal all of rice's thunder?
43 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Amping Up Earth Day
What if children around the world have been missing out on the gifts of an ancient tree spirit for thousands of years? This week Noel and Jacob build a bridge to Earth Day by revealing a magical new holiday 30 days later that will inspire generations to reconnect with nature, bake a pizza, and maybe sport a curly mustache!
36 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Russia and Carbon Offsets
What do you do when you're the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter but you own 20 percent of the global forests? Well, according to Russia, you tell the UN to cut you some slack and lease parts of the forest for carbon offsets. This week, Noel and Jacob talk about what Russia is up to, how carbon offsets work, and is Spaceballs an environmental documentary?
39 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Consumers Clogging Canals
Why do we need ships as big as the Empire State Building and why the heck did one get stuck in the Suez Canal? This week Noel and Jacob discuss the pros and cons of buying stuff around the world, why it's important that we don't blow up the moon, and the best way to get your spaghetti and meatballs at home!
47 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
What's Up with the Stratosphere?
Whatever happened with the hole in the ozone layer? Could we dim the sun by launching chalk dust into the sky? This week, Noel and Jacob study our stratosphere and discuss some of the ways we protect our planet from UV rays... all with the help of the Cheddar Dynasty.
55 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Microfiber Innovation Challenge with Barbara Martinez
Did you know that plastic microfibers from our clothing are the source of 35% of all microplastics in the ocean? This week we are joined by Barbara Martinez from Conservation X Labs to tell Noel and Jacob about their challenge that will award $650,000 in prizes to winning innovations, how this could revolutionize textiles, and why curling teams need to make a comeback!
45 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Only 100,000,000 Years Left To Live with Paul M. Sutter
When it comes to learning more about the Earth, it's important to look to our own solar system to see how the other planets have transformed over millions of years. That's why we invited astrophysicist, author, host, and science educator Paul M. Sutter to join us this week on The Biofriendly Podcast to chat about interstellar space travel, life on other planets, and why Bruce Willis could be the key to everything!
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