Summer has arrived, and with it, beautiful summer produce! Meghan and Jaimie discuss their favorite ways to savor seasonal treasures, and how to prep and store them to be enjoyed the whole year through.
one batch makes approx. 1 quart (or litre) sized mason jar
about 10 San Marzano tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3-5 cloves of garlic, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil to taste (either chopped or leaves left whole)
fresh or dried oregano and parsley to taste
Throw everything in a big pot and let it simmer, covered, for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally with a whisk or a wooden spoon. If you’d like, you can throw this in the food processor to eliminate any chunks, or leave it as is.
Let the sauce cool and decant into your mason jar, filling it about 3/4 to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes.
4 cups granulated sugar
1 quart water
juice and zest of 2 lemons
about 25 fresh elderflower heads (big stems removed)
Bring the water to a boil in a big pot and add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Take the mixture off the heat and add the lemon juice and zest. Add the flower heads to the syrup and stir gently so that they are submerged. Cover the pot and leave to infuse for 1 day, stirring occasionally. Strain through a cheesecloth or muslin and decant into a sterilised bottle or jar. The cordial will keep (refrigerated) for about a month, or a year if frozen.
To make elderflower vodka, place the syrupy flowers into a sterilised jar and cover with vodka. Let steep for several months and enjoy!
1-2 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup pine nuts (optional)
juice of half a lemon
2-3 cloves of garlic
enough olive oil to loosen the mixture into a soft paste, starting with 1-2 tbsp
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
leftover greens (pea shoots, arugula, kale, spinach, etc) if desired
Place everything in a food processor or blender and blitz until well incorporated. Store in the freezer to enjoy fresh pesto all year round.
5-6 cups fresh blackberries (or berry of choice)
3-4 cups of sugar
Heat berries and sugar in a pot over low-medium heat until they begin to release their juice, stirring occasionally. Simmer for 15-20 minutes until the mixture thickens, and let cool completely before decanting into jars, leaving plenty of space at the top if you’re freezing them.
SQUASH BLOSSOM PIZZA
salt and pepper
zucchini and summer squash, chopped and roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper
Local + Seasonal summer eats
Busted hair dryers, broken computers, fried appliances, outdated phones...ever wonder what happens to our electronics when we dispose of them? Meghan and Jaimie take a look at the surprisingly murky world of e-waste recycling, and break down the best ways to responsibly part with our gadgets. Also, big news + bloopers at the end of the episode!
episode 27: e-waste
Ready to be inspired? Settle in for this fascinating interview with our friend Gabriel Davalos, who works as a campaigner for Purpose. We chat about his education and experience in the realm of sustainable development and grassroots organisation, the importance of balancing individual consumption choices with larger-scale action, and how to get involved if you're not sure where to begin. Gabriel's passion and optimism are infectious, and it was such a treat to speak with him!
In this special episode of How to Save the World, Meghan and Jaimie are in the same dang country, recording on the same dang microphone! We gab all about how to get hitched without abandoning your sustainable ideals, from choosing local and seasonal food and drinks to considering heirloom jewelry. For a longer, video version of this episode, visit patreon.com/howtosavetheworldpodcast and donate as little as $1! We love you, thanks for listening.
Here at How To Save The World, we are as excited as you are about the new hit Netflix show “Tidying Up” featuring the practically perfect in every way, Marie Kondo. We believe that tidying, living with less, and only holding on to physical items that spark joy is an absolutely brilliant lifestyle to abide by! In honor of the millions of people suddenly deciding to minimize, tidy and cut back, we are here to offer some solutions for diverting waste from landfills as you fill black trash bags with your once beloved belongings.
Clothing and Shoes
Helpsy, I:CO (partners with retailers for textile recycling), Sweater Stone, Love Your Clothes, Community Recycling Program
Donating to prison libraries (USA)
Can you compost shredded paper?
Terracycle, FreeCycle, Earth911, Call2Recycle, RecycleNow, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Leave No Footprint
episode 24: tidying up
Woof woof woof! Meow meow meow! Your pleas for an episode about living sustainably alongside your furry friends have been answered. Meghan and Jaimie chat about how to care for domestic pets in the most eco-friendly and compassionate way possible.
Resources for you
Pet food , “Feed Your Best Friend Better” , Doggie Dooley, BioBag
Meghan and Jaimie chat with Lindsey McCoy, co-founder of Plaine Products, a brilliant company specialising in toxin-free bath and body products with refillable aluminium packaging. She is absolutely full of wisdom about starting small, slowing down, and creating practical, mindful solutions to the problem of single-use plastic. Eco-conscious entrepreneurs, this one's for you!
hooray for refills! (interview with lindsey mccoy from plaine products)
Just how bad is air travel for the environment? In this episode, Meghan and Jaimie chat about the aviation industry's heavy environmental footprint, how we (people who sometimes need to get on airplanes) can mitigate our personal impacts, and what the heck the deal is with carbon offsetting.
Resources we mention
air travel and
Happy birthday to us! We started this podcast one year ago, and to celebrate, we've dedicated a jumbo-sized special episode to YOU, our incredibly inspiring community of listeners/eco-warriors! You wrote to us with sustainable changes you've brought into your lives and lingering questions about reducing your impact on the planet, and we got the total honor of sharing your messages and answering your queries in this episode. Thank you for being a part of our community!
WE'RE BACK with more simple swaps for Plastic-Free July! This time around, Meghan and Jaimie focus on how to reduce our consumption of plastics when out and about in the world, from food and drink to impulse buys to period products. Hint hint: it's aaaalll about being prepared!
plastic-free july resource roundup (part 2)
It's Plastic-Free July! Meghan and Jaimie are here to bombard you with a plethora of sustainable swaps for all the single-use and problematic plastics in your world. In Part 1, we go room by room with ideas for avoiding plastic waste in the home!
plastic-free july resource roundup (part 1)
What role does gender play in the impulse to live more sustainably? Meghan and Jaimie chat about nature vs. nurture, environmental injustice through the lens of women in the developing world, and our fond and formative memories of Captain Planet.
Thanks for your patience, dear listeners! Meghan and Jaimie are back with a doozy of an episode all about systemic environmental racism, seen through the lens of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Specific resources we mentioned
the flint water crisis and environmental racism
We love clothes! But the apparel industry accounts for a staggering amount of water pollution, energy use, resource consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. Meghan and Jaimie dig into the problems surrounding "fast fashion" and the simple shifts we can all make to lighten our wardrobes' environmental footprints, from what (and how much) we buy to how we care for what we own.
Fashion + sustainability
In this episode, Meghan and Jaimie break down the most dangerous ingredients in conventional household cleaning products, explain their impact on our health + the health of the earth, and offer some cheap, simple alternatives for cleaning up your space without scads of toxins and trash.
Resources for you + Products we like
Welcome to a special Q+A edition of How to Save the World! We've been receiving tons of awesome questions from YOU, our wonderful community of eco-warriors, and it was a blast to answer a few of them in this episode. From amplifying sustainability while traveling abroad to earth-friendly burial practices, your questions gave us so much to consider and research, so thank you!
episode 12: Q+A
How green is your routine? In this episode, Meghan and Jaimie discuss the environmental pitfalls of one everyday ritual: taking a shower! From toxic chemicals found in conventional products, to packaging and water waste, we dig into all the issues and share some of our own solutions and strategies for earth-friendly, squeaky clean showers.
In this episode, Meghan and Jaimie tackle the conundrum of how to have your period without creating mountains of waste. We cover the health, sustainability and financial problems posed by disposable period products, and present some reusable alternatives for safe and mindful menstruation!
saving the world,
one period at a time
In HTSTW's first-ever interview (!!!), Jaimie and Meghan chat with professional chef Kyual Cribben about his experiences cooking in eco-conscious and no-waste restaurant kitchens. He gives us the scoop on food waste, supporting local agriculture, sustainable seafood, and more! This dude is warm, passionate, and full of fascinating insights about food and the restaurant industry. Thank you, Kyual!
The holidays are here! That usually means mountains of excess trash, but Meghan and Jaimie want to help you celebrate sustainably and mindfully, without sacrificing a speck of holiday cheer. Happy happy merry merry!
The Nature Conservancy
The Sierra Club
National Resources Defense Council
The Ocean Conservancy
The Environmental Defense Fund
Nation Environmental Education Foundation
In part two of our series on politics and the environment, Meghan and Jaimie chat about the impact the Trump administration has had on environmental legislation, and what efforts we can make to affect change from the bottom up!
politics and the
Since when was protecting the planet a partisan issue? Jaimie and Meghan are BACK with a doozy of a special all about the government’s role in environmentalism! In part 1 of our 2-part series, we take a look at industrialization, the origins of the EPA, and when the split occurred between the left and the right on environmental issues. Plus, some exciting news!
politics and the
episode 5: Compost!
This week, Meghan and Jaimie take a deep dive into the world of food waste! We discuss different avenues for our leftovers, scraps and trimmings, and explain why we should be diverting this waste away from landfills.
Basic information about composting
The science of composting
How to help
diet and the environment
Have you ever wondered, "Where did this chicken come from?" Or, "Does 'organic' really mean anything?" This week, Jaimie and Meghan tackle a big, sticky issue (foodfoodfood), focusing primarily on conglomerate agriculture and livestock production.
Meghan's reading list
"The End of Food" by Paul Roberts
"Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver
"Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer
"Animal Liberation" by Peter Singer
Where we got our stats
recycling 101 (part 2)
In part two of the recycling saga, Meghan and Jaimie get into the nitty gritty of how different materials are recycled, and detail the best practices for recycling certain items!
The EPA's WARM model
Glass recycling video
Plastic recycling and CarbonLite
How to recycle cartons by mail
Step 1: Make sure cartons are empty and dry, with the cap on and any straws removed.
Step 2: Address your cartons to one of the following locations closest to you. Include proper postage and write “cartons” on the front of your package.
Altogether Recycling, 645 W 53rd Place, Denver, CO 80216
Firstar Fiber, 10330 "I" Street; Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68127
Tidewater Fiber, 1958 Diamond Hill Road, Chesapeake, VA 23324