Hi, my name is Ashleigh Prince and I'm the host of EcoGal
With the EcoGal podcast, I will talk with a wide range of people who have first-hand experience and knowledge about subjects that are important to humankind & our planet. They share their expertise, to help broaden and illuminate our understanding of complex systems. At EcoGal we also share insights, shortcuts, and tips about ACTIONS we can all take to create positive change in our lives and our environment.
It all began when a series of events collided 7 years ago, the perfect storm, so to speak. My health took a nosedive, I learned about GMO’s and began to understand what ‘food industry’ actually meant, and that there were so many toxins in the products I bought, more than I could ever have imagined. That wasn’t good, neither for me nor the environment. Things I never questioned before. But because I live by the philosophy look don’t listen, my journey really began there.
I showed up to farms, markets, stores, facilities and asked a lot of questions. I began watching documentaries, listening to podcast, audio books and seeking out those who had expertise in their area to really gain a deeper understanding of whatever issue I was trying to understand.
I then took what I was learning and began to apply it to my life in practical ways. I started with my kitchen and worked my way through the house. I have continued to tweak and adjust as I learn more, as it’s a journey, not a destination. This reconnected me with nature and I could see how interdependent we really are. I began to truly understand the cost of consumption and doing business.
I looked around and realized I had this very shallow understanding of the world I’m immersed in. I was a consumer, I bought what I wanted and needed, I trusted the stores and brands that I shopped with and when I was done with something I threw it away or took it to the Salvation Army or GoodWill. I wasn’t thinking about the raw materials it takes to create one item, the chemicals used in that process, what happens to those chemicals when done. How the working conditions are for the people making the item; if they were being paid a living wage and how they were protected from the toxins...
Then there’s the packaging, the transportation to bring the product to the store, then from the store to the home. And what about the energy used in all of that, where does that come from? And where does it all go once we are done with it? Then the realization, that the population is growing exponentially, 7 billion and rising.
Since I was already on this journey, sharing it with friends and it had become my mission, Ecogal the Curious Consumer was born.
"EcoGal is my go-to place
to find the special news I'm interested in."
What you can expect to find:
- We will be exploring issues, topics, products, resources, and some alternatives for that non-toxic sustainable life you want to achieve.
- Conversations that get to the point with our expert, with a little fun along the way.
- Keeping it simple and real, to make it attainable.
There is no one way for everyone, however, we hope to provide solid information that you can build upon, be inspired by and help you create the changes you want to make in your life.
The podcast will be available in Itunes, Google Play, Spotify and Stitcher, or listen with the podcast player right here!
The story of EcoGal’s bee
While I was looking for what would be a great little symbol for EcoGal, I had many ideas, from chemical symbols to scientists and what not. But what IS EcoGal really? EcoGal is curious, EcoGal jumps from one subject to another because they are all interrelated, and none of the symbols I was looking at would really convey that.
Ecogal is my journey, my path to a better understanding of things around me, my health and that of the people and pets I love.
The bee is full of survival: for itself, for the hive, and for us. That’s how the bee came up. A bee is both strong and very delicate. It cannot survive in a poisoned environment, yet if we protect it, it will bring us the most exciting, tasty and nourishing products. The bee needs beautiful flowers to pollinate; it flies from blossom to blossom, busily working away. It is a beautiful insect, bright and yellow, caring for the whole hive.
That’s why the bee ended up being the symbol for EcoGal: the Curious Consumer. We fly from shop to shop, from product to product, from question to question, in a never-ending quest for a cleaner, safer, healthier life.
Follow the bee.
In my journey I will ask questions, find out things and bring them to you as we go. In no particular order: I am not an encyclopedia, and there are so many places one can find deep, exact and scientific information, and I will bring you these links too, for further research. But EcoGal is about opening doors, discovering.
EcoGal is the diary of my personal journey to better information, so I can make my choices. And I want to share that with you so that you too can apply it in your everyday busy life.
One cannot be an expert in everything, but one can start with a few great changes and enjoy the results. That’s why the bee is my symbol for EcoGal: a journey and learning, from question to question, one new change at the time.
Be the first to know when a new episode is released!
Subscribe to EcoGal's Newsletter
With a life-long background in entertainment, I can ask the questions that matter so you can get the integrity of the answers in a simple and clear way.
We are the change, and it takes decency and persistence to walk the path. I’ll make it easier to find your way by finding the right people to ask.