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Joshua and Ryan talk about sustainability, overconsumption, environmental concerns, health and beauty products, and shopping with co-founder and CEO of TheGoodTrade.com, AmyAnn Cadwell. Watch “Maximal” episodes of The Minimalists Private Podcast exclusively at http://patreon.com/theminimalists

Questions answered in this episode:

What are the most pragmatic hygiene practices for a minimalist? (00:44)

How do I introduce sustainability practices into our relationship without offending my partner?

Where should I start if I want to live a more sustainable life? (16:45)

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Maddy Masters says:

Beauty products is a hard one. I’m an esthetician (who waxes) and I’m CONSTANTLY trying new things to see whether or not the large price tag is worth it, whether or not something can serve multiple purposes, this that and the other. It’s hard to do this minimalist thing when you work in the beauty industry and there’s a million different skin types. And don’t even get me started on trying out different products to see if they work or not. That can rack up a lot of money fast.

Michael Hitchcock says:

I saw the netflix documentary I am taking on the minimalist lifestyle….well as much as i can, and so far i feel great, even though i have only taken care of my Personal items (bring on the kids toys)……My question, with fathers day in australia and my birthday coming up, im torn for gift ideas and people keep asking. Normally people will buy me a cheap shirt, a magazine, sometimes a book. these are the items i am trying to minimize/avoid as these are all the items i seem to be moving out of my house. Thoughts, suggestions… Love your work, its opened my eyes and mind to waste and junk

esteffannyh says:

Lots to think about 🙂

andthenifellinlove says:

Yesss. I love this. I've been trying to conquer this myself with my beauty routine.

Miabean42 says:

Ryan/Josh – PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE invite Bea Johnson to come on your podcast. She's a big influence in the eco-minimalist/zero waste movement. Love your podcast!

smallhouseinthecountry says:

I use Dr. Bronners in the shower, (they also have a toothpaste I use),coconut oil for makeup remover and body and face lotion,water to wash my face, BOOM products on my face which is all natural, and you can use the glimmer on your eyes, or body, the color as blush, or lipcolor and it is made with healthy ingredients by a company who is "pro age" as opposed to the ads that promote the unhealthy misconception that we can stay young for ever by using certain products. It keeps my makeup bag simple and in my fifth decade of life, everyone tells me how beautiful my skin is. I wish that I had simplifyed my beauty routine in my thirties.What a relief it is. I also ditched the haircolor and am letting the silver shine!I have never felt more beautiful.

Alain REMI says:

I really like your philosophy & I'll follow my current trend of drastic simplification… but how about a MINIMALIST HAIRCUT ? I don't mean a shaved head but let say 1"1/2 long i.e. something your girlfriend can do for free 🙂

Bri Wolfe says:

Lol it's called The Magnificent Mile, Ryan 😂

Ryan Jenkins says:

I'm on board wih 95% of the points being made in this conversation. Good episode. I'd like to point out that I think there's a lot of misunderstanding around the issue of red meat and it's affects on the environment. Instead of stating flatly to "eat less red meat". I think it is better to suggest eating less grain-fed beef and more grass-fed beef. There's a lot of evidence showing that grass-fed beef, and regenerative farming techniques could actually create a very effective carbon sink and help reverse global climate change by improving grasslands. There are a number of good TED talks on the subject if anyone is interested.
Anyway, keep up the good work guys.

Erick Hernandez says:

One stone .

Serena says:

Great question about lady hygiene

Erika leppelmeier says:

Just love these guys! She was a gracious and well informed guest!
I’m always inspired after their videos. ❤️😀

Samuel says:

So they're explaining all sorts of use of minimalism in daily lives, but aren't you supposed to know it by only knowing what the message of minimalism is?

Sarah Schroeder says:

Just saying, I love Ryan's personality

Esraa Bassiouni says:

When it come to beauty, i think it is all just for ads, you can use minimal stuff d get the same results

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