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Episode 156 - Lisa Bronner, Author, "Soap & Soul" (Dr. Bronner's Clean Genius)

In this episode, we’re “coming clean” with Lisa Bronner about the myriad ways we can detoxify our homes, offices, and lives, and create healthier, happier circumstances for ourselves, our families, and our communities. Whether in the bathroom, the kitchen, the yard, or the garage, there are so many opportunities for us to remove toxic chemicals from our situations and replace them with much gentler, safer (and almost always better smelling) natural products like Dr. Bronners soaps. In a lovely, mothering manner, Lisa guides us through these many opportunities and invites us to take steps to improve our lives and our impacts on the planet. It turns out these go hand in hand.

She also reflects on the multi-faceted story of the Bronner family – originally from the German-Jewish Heilbronner family, which includes shared ancestry with Albert Einstein. From her family’s direct experiences during the Holocaust, to the mental health struggles and institutionalization of her grandfather, soap-making scion, and spiritual activist Emanuel Bronner (known for his “Moral ABCs” and his famous “We are all one or none” wisdom), Lisa opens up her home and shares intimate stories with us. In her lovely book, Soap & Soul: A Practical Guide to Minding Your Home, Your Body, and Your Spirit with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Lisa presents years-worth of accumulated knowledge, wisdom, and insights, including much gleaned from her long-running blog “Going Green With Lisa Bronner.” The book presents a variety of very practical frameworks for understanding labeling (and misleading labels), for detoxifying our cleaning products, for much safer body and self-care products, and for tips and tricks to apply in our homes and offices alike. Adorned with “Lab Coat Moments,” “Origin Stories,” “Ingredient Spotlights,” and “Ask Lisa:” vignettes, the book is an easy-to-approach resource that belongs in every home and workplace. When reading Soap & Soul, not only is the reader presented with ample, practical advice and way-showing, he also encounters several personal stories that soften, humanize, de-stress, and relax us on our ongoing journeys toward healthier, happier lifestyles.

About Dr. Bronner’s

Dr. Bronner’s is the largest organic soap-making company in the United States (and quite possibly world-wide) and happens to be the largest user of certified organic peppermint oil in the world as well. Dedicated to regenerative organic practices, to social enterprise structures and strategies for stakeholder wellbeing, to sustainable education and economic development in the agricultural communities its connected to world-wide, and to supporting a variety of social and environmental causes, Dr. Bronner’s is at the forefront of the “Regeneration Renaissance” celebrated by the Y on Earth Community and our many partners and collaborators around the world. See the list of “Related Episodes” below for direct access to several other podcast interviews with Dr. Bronner’s executives to gain more view and insight into the company’s innovative leadership.

About Lisa Bronner

The author of Soap & Soul, Lisa Bronner is a prolific writer, consumer advocate, and speaker on health and green lifestyle issues. Her blog, “Going Green with Lisa Bronner,” addresses diverse topics related to green living, from personal care and GIY (“Green It Yourself”) home cleaning tips, to essays on food and family, living lightly, mindfulness and daily life encouragement. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Emanuel Bronner, the founder of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, which is the top-selling natural brand of soaps in North America. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in English and taught English and journalism in Raleigh, NC before moving to California where she resides in rural San Diego County.

Resources & Related Episodes

Facebook @GoingGreenWithLisaBronner




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