Anastasia Mikhalochkina: Lean Orb Founder

Podcast Episode #57

Anastasia is the founder of the Miami-based startup Lean Orb, using agricultural byproducts to create plant-based food service products and packaging that can actually be easily composted as opposed to tricky alternatives like bioplastics. Inspired by her connection to and appreciation of nature, her interest in the circular economy, and her desire to make a positive impact as an entrepreneur, she is making products to replace the single-use plastic and styrofoam items we wastefully and dangerously use, that often end up in the ocean.

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Shannon Switzer Swanson: Ocean Photojournalist & Nat Geo Adventurer

Podcast Episode #47

Shannon is an ocean scientist, photojournalist, and conservationist working to share her stories with the world – on topics ranging from storm water pollution to the global aquarium fish trade. She was recently honored as one of National Geographic’s 2017 Adventurers of the Year. In this episode we discuss the importance of curiosity, Shannon’s interest in photography and writing, and how her definition of adventure has no boundaries.

Connect with Shannon on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Chad Nelson: CEO of Surfrider Foundation

Podcast Episode #23

Chad is the CEO of Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. Hear about Chad’s history with Surfrider, the initiatives he’s spearheaded, and how you can get involved with this global community of change-making ocean advocates.

Follow @surfrider on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit to get involved and learn more.

Mugdha Flores: Educator at Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Podcast Episode #22

Mugdha is a dedicated ocean educator working with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii to inspire communities to care for their beaches, ocean, and planet by creating awareness and providing achievable solutions. Hear what slogans, techniques, and innovations Mugdha and the SCH team are using to change the tide on marine debris and plastic pollution in Hawaii, inspiring others around the world to do the same.

Follow Mugdha @mugsie_b on Instagram and follow @sustainablecoastlineshawaii on Instagram and Facebook. Visit to learn more.

Rob Machado: Pro surfing icon and ocean steward

Podcast Episode #17

Rob Machado is a world renowned professional surfing icon with a deep commitment to ocean stewardship. Hear how his profound appreciation of the ocean inspired him to start the Rob Machado Foundation with which he empowers people to make sustainable choices.

Follow Rob Machado Foundation on Instagram and Facebook and check out the RMF website to learn more about their ocean stewardship initiatives.