Episode 080 – Varun George | Divemaster, Surfer, Sustainability champion, & Founder of Greenlane.TV
Greenlane.TV is a media company that curates content around green living, and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. A bevy of eco warriors have come together for this venture to cater to discerning consumers across the world.
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Tune in to learn about initiatives, products, services, and experiences for the conscious at heart. Browse their online store where you can shop for sustainable local brands.
Varun George is a sustainability champion and the founder of Greenlane.TV. This watersports buff is a seasoned divemaster, avid surfer, and kite surfer.
Varun has been dabbling in the digital space, connecting creators and green brands, via a company called Soul Skill, now rejuvenated as Treety. As a believer in the power of video, he’s involved in showcasing and producing regional stories of sustainability.
Expect to find him admiring marine life, riding surf breaks, chilling on permaculture farms, or hiking across beautiful landscapes, somewhere in the world.
Listen to his journey from growing up in a family that embraced an eco-conscious lifestyle, and immersing himself in the oceans, to now starting a media company with a vision to nudge others towards greener lifestyles by making sustainability sexy!
Varun has been inspired by his family business called CGH Earth, his partner Lakshmi Poti and her sister Meenakshi Poti, while navigating the world of sustainability.
Also mentioned in this episode
Adani Group – AirInk – Alphabet – Amazon – Andaman Nicobar Environment Team – Anup J Kat – Apple – Ayurveda – Bali – Bio stores, Germany – Burma Bike Partnership – Blue Origin – Brenninkmeijer family – CBD (cannabidiol) – CGH Earth – Dutch Good Growth Fund – Dzüko Valley – Earth Roamer – Ecosia – Electric Bikes – Elon Musk – Extinction Rebellion – Extreme E series – Freediving – Gold Coast, Queensland – Google – Green Fund – Green Stories – Gucci – Heritage City, Gurgaon – HORECA – Hotstar – Jeff Bezo’s contribution to sustainability – Jimmy Lee Wolf – Journeys With Meaning – Julia Hulme – Kerala – Kim Kardashian’s prison reform efforts – Kitesurfing – Kochi – Lakshmi Poti – Land Rover – Mahabalipuram – Meenakshi Poti – Mergui Archipelago – Microplastics in fish – Mind Valley – Moken people – Mu Koh Surin National Park – Neil Island – No Nasties – Northeast India – OTT – Patagonia – Patrons of the Earth – Peter Fernandes – Plant-based meat – Plant medicines – Pornhub planting trees – Prathima Muniyappa – Raw food – Reliance Retail – Something Slow – Surfing – Surfing in India – Surfing in Sri Lanka – Tanaz Noble – Tesla – Tesla Roadster Starman in space – The Better India – The Ninth Isle – Treety – Unilever – Vinod Sreedhar – Wall E
Timestamps for reference
03:00 Lockdown and remote working
07:32 Moving towards local and regional
11:13 Global collective consciousness and going local
17:35 Technology and current scenario with sustainability
23:00 Understanding sustainability?
26:20 Evil corporations funding emerging resources
29:19 Corporations embracing sustainability
31:31 Big corporations with green operations vs green startups
40:36 Sustainable living is a conscious choice
41:22 A game to explore sustainability
49:57 What is Greenlane.TV?
57:57 Short videos vs long-form content
01:01:00 Big businesses and green initiatives
01:04:00 Understanding sustainable businesses
01:10:36 Investing in green businesses, and believing in emerging ideas
01:13:23 Crowdfunding for green businesses
01:14:25 Shopping for sustainable products on Greenlane.TV
01:15:29 The spectrum of products and services that can be available in local flea markets
01:22:24 Taking about Amazon Go
01:28:00 Is sustainable living a luxury?
01:29:44 Consumption and updating products in daily life
01:31:44 Carbon footprint counter
01:33:35 Examples of a few sustainable brands
01:38:18 Plant-based meat and eating meat
01:42:28 Varun’s family, and CGH Earth
01:50:08 Amazon Go reprise
01:53:44 How do you know if a business is truly green?
01:56:16 Just planting trees as a business is not going green
01:58:35 Ecosia and Google
02:03:41 Varun’s many influences
02:11:11 Why travel and getting out is the best way to understand sustainability
02:13:28 Youth and positions of power
02:19:15 Varun’s love for the oceans
02:39:57 Travel and sustainability, along with examples of destinations
02:58:06 Talking about Mollem National Park
03:01:00 Space and the stars
03:03:14 Nature and interacting with plants
03:09:55 Are we nature? We are nature!
Show cover jingle courtesy of Icons8
Music by Nordgroove from Fugue
Episode background tunes courtesy of Icons8 and YouTube Audio Library
Book a Rental With It by RAGE
Dark Lotus (Sting) by MK2
Hang – Music by Max Sergeev from Fugue
Sunday Stroll by Huma Huma
All photographs by Greenlane.TV, & Varun George, unless otherwise stated