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At some point or another, we’ve all said to ourselves “I have way too much STUFF!”. If you haven’t yet, consider yourself ahead of the game as we discuss sustainability and financial literacy with this week’s guest, personal financial educator and sustainability advocate Catherine Agopcan. After much trial and error, she arrived at the conclusion that too much stuff was bad for the wallet and the planet. She is now on a mission to show others that caring for the environment and seeking financial independence go hand-in-hand.
She is the founder of Sisters for Financial Independence and The Do Something Project, which provides resources to empower women to start owning their finances in pursuit of financial independence. The Do Something Project is dedicated to a well-lived life full of adventure and good health by following the tenets of minimalism and eco-friendly living.
In this episode we discuss:
- The switch from believing money is bad & not in line with minimalism to viewing money in a positive way
- Why Zero Waste is not possible but we should still attempt it
- How looking out for the planet helps our financial pursuits
- Small steps we can start today to be more responsible with the way we consume, live, and invest
- Why you should choose hobbies and pursue interests to help build your skill set
- The hard truths of minimalism and decluttering
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Other related blog posts/links mentioned in this episode:
B Corp – certifying companies meeting environmental, social, transparent and accountability standards like Patagonia
ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) – I personally use Fidelity and here’s how they use ESG for their funds.
BankLocal – Find a local bank that reinvests in the community
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Other options for local investing via Locavesting
Swell Investing – investing in companies solving today’s problems with thematic portfolios on Clean Water, Zero Waste, Renewable Energy, etc.
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