The Town Haul
On a mission to end waste
info_outline Reviewing Resiliency with Chief Strategy Officer, Michael Allegretti 08/31/2020
Reviewing Resiliency with Chief Strategy Officer, Michael Allegretti Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Rubicon's Chief Strategy Officer, Michael Allegretti, to discuss the concept of resiliency: what it means, why it's important, and how it impacts our environment, public health, and the overall ability for communities to thrive, worldwide.
info_outline Going For 2 With Shane Keough 07/20/2020
Going For 2 With Shane Keough From growing up on reality TV and the baseball field, to a passionate pursuit to make the world a better place than he found it, Shane Keough is an inspirational breath of fresh air. Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Keough to talk all things sustainability in sports in what is sure to be one of the best episodes of the season!
info_outline Toward A Future Without Waste with Chief Sustainability Officer, David Rachelson 06/15/2020
Toward A Future Without Waste with Chief Sustainability Officer, David Rachelson Host Amy Koonin Taylor is sitting down with Rubicon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, David Rachelson, to talk about Rubicon's inaugural ESG (environmental, social, and governance) report. The ESG report covers a multitude of topics relating to environmental impact reduction, the use of technology to to innovate and solve global waste issues, and tells the story of partnerships and business cases along the way.
info_outline A Sit Down with The National Wildlife Federation: Kristy Jones and Liz Soper 05/29/2020
A Sit Down with The National Wildlife Federation: Kristy Jones and Liz Soper Host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with two of the brains behind the brand, the National Wildlife Federation, Kristy Jones and Liz Soper to talk about the importance of an environmental education. Rubicon is the official technology partner of their highly popular Recyclemania competition, and although the campaign was cut short due to Covid-19, the recycling results are still astounding. With the pandemic keeping us at home, the NWF has created so many resources to help take action right from your couch.
info_outline Fill-anthropy: H20 Happy Hour with Ruby Bowry 05/08/2020
Fill-anthropy: H20 Happy Hour with Ruby Bowry While everyone is self-quarantining during the COVID-19 pandemic, Fill it Forward has a fun, healthy, and charitable solution to drinking your way to a better world. Host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined by Fill it Forward's Ruby Bowry to expand on the technology behind their unique line of products, how you can champion the clean water cause from your own couch, and how to find the silver linings while we all stay at home.
info_outline #HaulerHeroes: Keeping Sanitation Workers Safe With Rubicon's Michael Allegretti 04/01/2020
#HaulerHeroes: Keeping Sanitation Workers Safe With Rubicon's Michael Allegretti Recording from her closet, host Amy Koonin Taylor sits down with Rubicon’s Chief Strategy Officer, Michael Allegretti, to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic and our new normal. A short episode, but jam packed with information on Rubicon’s #haulerheroes campaign to engage quarantined families to show gratitude for their garbage pick ups, and most importantly, how we can help keep our sanitation workers safe during these scary and unprecedented times.
info_outline Changing the Grocery Game: Wasteless General Manager, Ilan Gluck 02/13/2020
Changing the Grocery Game: Wasteless General Manager, Ilan Gluck Friends for over 20 years and now reuniting on air to talk all things food waste, our host Amy Koonin Taylor is joined via Skype by her childhood friend Ilan Gluck, US East General Manager for Wasteless. With a proven model abroad and new stores stateside, Wasteless is changing the grocery game with their transparent technology and weapons against waste!
info_outline From Coast to Coast: A Conversation with Eddie Donaldson 01/30/2020
From Coast to Coast: A Conversation with Eddie Donaldson Kentucky born and Cali raised, Eddie Donaldson is on his way back home to beautify, engage, and uplift the Louisville community. With a passion for the human and artistic connection, Donaldson's involvement in the Wall Sluggers Mural Project is sure to be a home-run. Join host Amy Koonin Taylor for a unique conversation with a cultural curator focusing on social impact. Eddie Donaldson's story is one that is not to be missed.
info_outline Magic Mushrooms: Mycocycle's Joanne Rodriguez 01/22/2020
Magic Mushrooms: Mycocycle's Joanne Rodriguez Season 3 of The Town Haul is kicking off with a bang! Our host, Amy Koonin Taylor, is joined by Mycocycle founder Joanne Rodriguez to talk all about the magic of mushrooms. Using our earth's greatest detoxifier, Mycocycle is making fungi functional to repurpose construction materials. Good on pizza and great for our environment, mushrooms are the unsung heroes of the circular movement.
info_outline Scrubbin' Sustainably: Blueland Founder and CEO Sarah Paiji Yoo 08/02/2019
Scrubbin' Sustainably: Blueland Founder and CEO Sarah Paiji Yoo After becoming a mother, Blueland founder and CEO Sarah Paiji Yoo began her journey to reduce her personal plastic consumption. After researching all of the harmful plastics and chemicals in our oceans, our homes, and even in our stomachs; Sarah sought to change the way we clean. Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by Paiji Yoo to talk about her revolutionary eco-friendly cleaning products and the Blueland mission for a clean home and a clean planet!
info_outline Major Moves in the Mountains: AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb 07/26/2019
Major Moves in the Mountains: AppHarvest founder Jonathan Webb On a quest to revolutionize the agricultural and social landscape of Eastern Kentucky, Jonathan Webb has his work cut out for him. Working from within Appalachia in Kentucky, AppHarvest is combining conventional agriculture techniques with technology innovation. He's bringing his idea to the region, to the soil, and to the local schools. Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Webb to talk all things education, entrepreneurship, and eating your vegetables!
info_outline Fashion, Fabric, and Family: Alternative Apparel CEO Evan Toporek 07/19/2019
Fashion, Fabric, and Family: Alternative Apparel CEO Evan Toporek With an emphasis on biodegradable packaging, WRAP certified facilities, and clothing made from recycled water bottles, Alternative Apparel's line is a sustainable fashion slam-dunk. Alternative Apparel CEO Evan Toporek joins host Amy Koonin via Skype to break down their commitment to their customers, comfort, and eco-friendly practices.
info_outline Across the Ocean: Round Table with Rubicon, rePurpose Global, and Saahas Zero Waste 07/12/2019
Across the Ocean: Round Table with Rubicon, rePurpose Global, and Saahas Zero Waste From Atlanta to Mumbai, the fight to neutralize our plastic footprint rages on. At the forefront of the movement is rePurpose Global, a social enterprise shedding light on harmful habits and encouraging the public to pass on plastic through their #plasticnetural and partnerships. Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by rePurpose and their partner, Saahas Zero Waste to chat about how to close the loop locally and across the ocean.
info_outline Sustainability, Surfing, and Shark Tank: RAREFORM's Kara Morin 06/28/2019
Sustainability, Surfing, and Shark Tank: RAREFORM's Kara Morin After landing a deal with Mr. Wonderful on NBC's Shark Tank, RAREFORM saw both a surge in sales and opportunity to tell their sustainability story. The line of bags, cases, and accessories are made from recycled vinyl and boast a unique business model. Upcycling the large billboards we all pass on our highways, the brains behind the bags are able to keep the material out of the landfill, create lightweight, trendy, and durable products, and give a second life to a street staple.
info_outline Zero Waste but Lots of Influence: Blogger Kathryn Kellogg of "Going Zero Waste" 06/13/2019
Zero Waste but Lots of Influence: Blogger Kathryn Kellogg of "Going Zero Waste" Even if you're unfamiliar with her name, chances are you've come across some of her tips and tricks peppered throughout the eco-conscious community. Author and influencer Kathryn Kellogg lives a zero waste lifestyle. What does that mean? Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Kellogg to break down her own waste reduction journey. Answering all of Amy's burning questions, Kellogg is a human diversion database with an unparalleled passion for sustainability!
info_outline The Big Bag Battle: ChicoBag's Andy Keller 06/07/2019
The Big Bag Battle: ChicoBag's Andy Keller At the forefront of the single-use saga, ChicoBag founder Andy Keller is making some massive strides against big plastic. Keller is an electric personality with a deep-rooted passion for environmental sustainability. Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by Keller and his alter-ego "bag monster" to talk about everything from material transparency, helping musician Jack Johnson clean up the ocean, and the lawsuit that propelled his passion for plastic alternatives.
info_outline The Pursuit of Hoppiness: ReGrained's Daniel Kurzrock 05/31/2019
The Pursuit of Hoppiness: ReGrained's Daniel Kurzrock How did a college hobby become a full-time weapon in the fight against food waste? ReGrained's Daniel Kurzrock joins host Amy Koonin via Skype to chat about how his super idea became a super grain! This truly unique business model and bar allow consumers to have their beer and eat it too. Kurzrock's sustainable snack is quickly taking over the game and we're just "hoppy" to be along for the ride!
info_outline His Earth Bags Are Out of This World: Hamilton Perkins 05/15/2019
His Earth Bags Are Out of This World: Hamilton Perkins Hamilton Perkins is changing the game when it comes to travel style. Host Amy Koonin is joined by Perkins via Skype to talk about the early days of the collection and the future of sustainable fashion. With sleek and modern styles of "Earth Bags" made from pineapple leaf fiber, plastic water bottles, and even old museum banners, Perkins' creativity and passion for the planet is truly out of this world.
info_outline The Yardi Boys: Millennials on a Mission 05/06/2019
The Yardi Boys: Millennials on a Mission In a belated Earth Day celebration, host Amy Koonin sits down in the Rubicon studio with the affectionately named, "Yardi Boys"; 3 millennial men trying to change the planet one day at a time. With 4 people, 2 microphones, and endless passion for sustainability, the boys cover everything from their own in-office eco-friendly efforts to emojis.
info_outline The Godfather of the Circular Economy: A Sit-Down With William McDonough 03/27/2019
The Godfather of the Circular Economy: A Sit-Down With William McDonough William McDonough's resume reads like a thick phone book. He's an architect, a designer, an author, a professor, and an established thought leader in the Circular Economy space. He also sat down with host Amy Koonin at Rubicon HQ to walk listeners through his professional timeline, personal passion for sustainability, and how he sees the future for closing the loop and upcycling. Known as "The Godfather" of the Circular Economy, McDonough makes our planet an offer we shouldn't refuse.
info_outline Doin' it Rye: Toast Ale's Louisa Ziane 03/15/2019
Doin' it Rye: Toast Ale's Louisa Ziane Beer, Bread, and B Corp; what could be better? Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Toast Ale's Louisa Ziane to talk about all things food waste and fermentation. Toast Ale is a B Corp out of the UK that is taking craft beer to the next level by using leftover bread from bakery partners to brew both smooth and smart. With over 1 million loaves saved from the landfill, Toast Ale is a mission-driven malt that is changing the way we think about the ingredient supply chain.
info_outline FroYo, Family, and Food Waste: Author Ocean Robbins 03/11/2019
FroYo, Family, and Food Waste: Author Ocean Robbins With an ice cream cone shaped swimming pool in his backyard, Author Ocean Robbins' father fled the family business and moved his brood to a remote island to focus on sustainable living. The next generation of the Robbins family (of Baskin Robbins fame) has turned his life's work into educating and inspiring consumers to make healthier choices when it comes to waistlines and waste bins. His journey may have been a "rocky road", but boy has it been interesting!
info_outline What Are You Wasting For? Ends and Stems' Alison Mountford 02/01/2019
What Are You Wasting For? Ends and Stems' Alison Mountford Ends and Stems is a meal planning service with sustainable values at its core (no pun intended). Our host, Amy Koonin, is joined via Skype by Alison Mountford, CEO and Founder of Ends and Stems and a Rubicon 2018 Waste Fit Champion. With over a decade in the culinary industry, Mountford is successfully fighting food waste without sacrificing flavor!
info_outline Buy the Change: Be a Conscious Consumer with Author Jane Mosbacher Morris 01/30/2019
Buy the Change: Be a Conscious Consumer with Author Jane Mosbacher Morris How did a background in counterterrorism inspire conscious consumerism? Author Jane Mosbacher Morris joins host Amy Koonin in the studio to celebrate the launch of her new book, "Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place!" Jane explains how small changes in sustainability can lead to big improvements in underserved areas, gives advice for budding female entrepreneurs, and even makes a case for why Dominos pizza is the best in NYC.
info_outline Won't You Be Our Neighbor? An Interview with Serenbe Founder, Steve Nygren 01/04/2019
Won't You Be Our Neighbor? An Interview with Serenbe Founder, Steve Nygren A unique community near Atlanta, Serenbe has quickly become a slice of heaven outside of city limits. Serenbe has it all: retail and spa amenities, fresh food straight from the farm, and focus on overall health and wellness. Amy Koonin, our host and proud Serenbe resident, sits down with founder Steve Nygren to break down the Serenbe story, the community's conscious steps towards waste diversion, and how Steve was instrumental in introducing Amy to her fiance!
info_outline The Millennial Whisperer: Author Chris Tuff 12/14/2018
The Millennial Whisperer: Author Chris Tuff Author Chris Tuff has created an easily digestible and engaging manual for managing millennials. The waste industry is antiquated and is now being run by new leaders and young and hungry employees. How do we respect the old while ushering in the new? CT is the authority on all things millennial culture; he was a digital pioneer at Facebook and even turned his proposal into a viral sensation. Our host, Amy Koonin, sits down in the studio with Tuff for what turns into quite the therapy session.
info_outline Live from Philly: Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein 11/16/2018
Live from Philly: Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein From branding booze to branding bubbles, Seventh Generation CEO Joey Bergstein has had a hand in several household names. A Keynote speaker for the event, Bergstein joins host Amy live on location in Philadelphia at the Sustainable Brands Conference. Learn more about his unique career trajectory, ingredient transparency in all Seventh Generation products, and his legendary Halloween costumes!
info_outline Zero Waste Daniel: How One Man Turned Scraps into Style 11/09/2018
Zero Waste Daniel: How One Man Turned Scraps into Style Made from 100% pre-consumer cutting room scraps, Brooklyn's Daniel Silverstein and his unique "ReRoll" fabric are taking the fashion world by storm. Zero-waste in and out of the atelier, Daniel's nickname evolved after working in the industry and witnessing first-hand what textile waste is doing to our environment. ZWD joins host Amy Koonin via Skype to talk about his eco-conscious evolution in Brooklyn, his NY Fashion Week stand-up comedy routine, and why he's Amy's favorite person to follow on Instagram!
info_outline Trash to Treasure: Ken Beckstead's Big Idea 11/02/2018
Trash to Treasure: Ken Beckstead's Big Idea Ken Beckstead is turning a bad habit into something good for our planet! Host Amy Koonin is joined via Skype to learn everything about his Butts to Watts program and how he's turning discarded cigarette butts into a powerful and unique energy source. This west-coast waste warrior is on a unique mission to revolutionize our roadways!
info_outline Craft for a Cause: Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers 10/12/2018
Craft for a Cause: Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers Find out how a Florida craft brewery is tackling a global problem, one sip at a time! Amy Koonin is joined via Skype by Saltwater Brewery's Dustin Jeffers to talk about everything from wild flavors to wildlife. Saltwater Brewery is a pioneer in the brewing movement that utilizes their edible six-pack rings to not only rid the brewhouse of extra food waste but to feed sea creatures instead of endangering them. We'll cheers to that!