Planet Pod - the regular podcast for everyone who cares about the planet

Stories, news and insights from behind the headlines – we cover it all from teabags to tech

The prospects for the planet often make for gloomy reading – from pollution to plastic, climate crisis to carbon emissions – how much difference can we really make? At Planet Pod we believe that the first step is to take action, every small step adds up and together we can make great strides towards halting climate change and making a difference.

Our mission is to inform, inspire and entertain. We bring together guests from every walk of life and every sector who share their knowledge, expertise and ideas to help us all be better guardians of the planet. So, whether you are a sustainability expert, or a concerned consumer, Planet Pod is for you.

Planet Pod is thrilled to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Be The Change Awards 2019. You can watch our short video entry by clicking on the image above.

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Michael Mainelli

The Planet Pod Team

The team at Planet Pod are passionate but not pious – we don’t preach. While we don’t have all the answers we aim to bring you insights and ideas from people who do. Do get in touch with us via twitter or email – we would love to hear your programme ideas and thoughts.  

Amanda Carpenter - Host

Amanda has a lifelong passion for the planet having been an active member of conservation groups at school and University, she spent time as a volunteer at Friends of the Earth before moving into wider conservation fields and then back into sustainability with her consultancy Achill Management. For the last 25 years she has worked with organisations of all shapes and sizes across all sectors trying to help them be more sustainable operationally, financially, strategically and environmentally.

Jim Haywood - Producer

Jim is an ex-Royal Navy nuclear submarine engineer with engineering and technology in his veins (as well as a touch of salt!). He also has many years’ experience in the private, public and charitable sectors leading environmental and sustainability programmes. His career has included blue chip multinational corporates, the Environment Agency and Business in the Community (leading that charity’s environmental campaign on behalf of HRH The Prince of Wales). Jim is now an independent sustainability consultant and works alongside Amanda as part of Achill Management. Jim is also the producer of Planet Pod!

Beth Salt - Researcher

Starting out as a runner in documentary producer 3bm TV Beth spent nearly a decade working on an array of documentaries for 3bm and Brook Lapping Productions, working her way up to Producer/Director. She spent two years as an Assistant Producer at BBC World News, Executive Producing series and commissioning and running the short format content for the channel. Following a career break to start a family, Beth looks after two young boys and works as a freelance social media producer and researcher. She provides programme research and social media support to Planet Pod and tries to spend as much time outside and live as sustainably as she possibly can.

Guest Presenters & Co-Hosts

Julie Flower

Alex Gilbert

Tom Hunt

Michael Mainelli

Steve Malkin

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Specials and Shorts

Circular Economy explained by Suzannah Gore from Bioregional

What do we mean by the Circular Economy and how can the digital world of the internet, big data and innovations in advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing revolutionise our concept of waste and resources?  Listen to this Planet Pod Short to hear from Bioregional’s Suzannah Gore who explains the Circular Economy and how...

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Sustainability and the NHS by Edward van Reenen from Bywaters

Amanda talks to Edward van Reenen, Head of Health and Sustainability at Bywaters about how Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is working hard to deal with its waste streams in a more sustainable way.

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Smart Ledgers Explained by Michael Mainelli from Long Finance

Amanda talks to finance expert Michael Mainelli from Long Finance about Smart Ledgers (aka ‘Block Chain’ ledgers) and finds out why this new accounting technology is playing an increasingly important role in supporting Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

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Planet Pod is brought to you by Achill Sounds, part of the Achill Management Group.  We are proud to work alongside our friends at The Planet Mark.

Planet Mark helps organisations combat climate change, and it does it differently. Planet Mark believes every organisation can be sustainable and can contribute to a planet where everyone can thrive. Holders of The Planet Mark are required to measure and reduce their annual carbon emissions associated with business operations. Each year the new carbon footprint becomes the next year’s baseline, thus driving continuous improvement and helping generate our outstanding results. The programme brings sustainability into the centre of your business through a combination of measuring the environmental impact of your business and an employee-led approach to continuous improvement.

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