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Living sustainably should be easier. Curious about a zero waste lifestyle? Want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? Each episode, brought to you from Brightly.eco by eco-experts Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva, features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably. Start changing the world by listening to a new, bite-sized episode every week. For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
 
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New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, but as a Good Together listener, it’s likely that doing your part to better the planet is one of them. While there’s a myth floating around that you need a lot of money to live sustainably, that’s not at all the case. There are many budget-friendly ways to better the world, and this episode is fu…
 
Transportation accounts for 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest contributor—even over electricity and agriculture. After decades of stalled action on fuel efficiency standards, fuel efficiency and new vehicle greenhouse gas standards are on a path to improve over the next 13 years. This week, Laura speaks with Dan Beck…
 
Although #savethebees was once a trendy movement on social media, it has since grown into a larger call to action for the protection and preservation of honeybees. In today's episode, Laura chats with Jonathan Powell, a trustee at Natural Beekeeping Trust and a natural beekeeper himself, to learn about the vital role bees play in the environment, w…
 
This week, Liza chats with Rob Greenfield, an environmental activist and humanitarian who wore every piece of trash he created for an entire month. They discuss his journey to green living, how he strives for simplicity and abundance in his life without material possessions, and how we can all be the change we want to see in the world. For show not…
 
In this week’s episode, Liza chats with Sara Nathan, the president and CEO of Amigos de las Américas, about how young people can be catalysts for social and environmental change in their own communities. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-young-people-can-change-the-world.
 
'Tis the season for giving. But "giving" can have a serious impact on the planet if you don't do so mindfully. In this episode, Laura and Liza share unique, low-waste gift ideas that will bring joy to everyone on your list. For more ideas, visit https://brightly.eco/top-experience-gifts/.
 
Between the rolls of wrapping paper, impressive holiday feasts, and Christmas trees, this time of year can generate a lot of waste if we're not careful. This week, we’re resharing a past episode to help you go about your holiday traditions the eco-friendly way. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/zero-waste-holiday-season/.…
 
Black Friday gets a bad rap. But if you're in the market for eco-friendly essentials or gifts, it's a great way to try out sustainable brands and products at a discount. In today's episode, Laura and Liza share how to shop sustainably this week, as well as their favorite Brightly Shop deals. To check out the products, visit https://brightly.eco/bla…
 
Have you ever thought buying something at an overstock store like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, or HomeGoods was helping excess inventory stay out of a landfill? It might seem that way, but these stores aren't nearly as eco-friendly as they seem. In today's episode, Laura and Liza share the truth. For the full report, visit https://brightly.eco/are-ove…
 
With a little bit of curiosity and planning, you can make your Thanksgiving much more eco-friendly. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about how to cut down on food waste, ways to source ethical ingredients, their favorite eco-friendly holiday recipes, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/eco-friendly-thanksgiving.…
 
Our November Product Drop is here! In this week's episode, Laura and Liza share some of their top Brightly Shop picks. They're eco-friendly products you won't just want for yourself, but items you'll want to gift over the holidays, too. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/november-shop-picks.…
 
Many of us would initially assume online shopping is a worse offender than brick-and-mortar when it comes to waste and carbon emissions, but the truth might surprise you. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about its environmental impact from a shipping, packaging, and brand perspective. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/is-online-shoppin…
 
The coffee industry is booming: There are more than 37,000 coffee shops in the U.S. alone. But as coffee sales continue to rise, it begs the question: Just how sustainable are these popular chains? In this episode, our team ranked some of the most popular chains—including Starbucks and Dunkin'—on how eco-friendly they are. That way, you can be more…
 
Spooky Season is almost upon us! Aka it's time to bring out the pumpkins, cobwebs, and creativity. With Halloween right around the corner, you're probably thinking about your costume, festive decor, and treats—and we're here to help you celebrate the eco-friendly way. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-have-an-eco-friendly-halloween/…
 
In the latest episode of Good Together, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza spotlighted some eco-friendly products we can’t wait for you to discover this month. From our favorite kitchen essentials to beauty items we can't live without, you're sure to find something you love. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/october-shop-picks/.…
 
Every month, we anticipate which companies will be in the news for their sustainability efforts, and every month we always find ourselves with plenty to celebrate. Because when a big company makes a move that has the planet in mind, there are always others that follow in their footsteps. Here are some wins to celebrate, from McDonald's trialing reu…
 
Last year on Earth Day, Laura and Liza spoke with Kamea Chayne, one of the OG sustainability podcasters with her interview-based show, Green Dreamer. During the interview, Kamea shared actionable ways we can all combat climate change. We felt like this was a great time to reshare such an inspirational message and hope it leaves you feeling optimist…
 
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what our planet can regenerate for that entire year. This year, it fell on July 29, which means that humans currently use 74 percent more resources than what the planet can regenerate. In this episode, Laura speaks with Sarah Bail…
 
Think of your go-to chain stores. You know them, you love them—but do you know if their sustainable values go beyond strategic marketing? We ranked some of America’s most popular picks—including Walmart, Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's—to find out how sustainable they are. Here's which ones came out on top, and which still have work to do. For the…
 
In today’s episode, Laura and Liza highlight their favorite sustainable products from Brightly's upcoming September Product Drop, only available for a limited time from September 6-12. From clean beauty to home goods, discover some of the standout picks we can’t wait for you to get your hands on. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/sept…
 
With takeout sales at an all-time high as a result of the global pandemic, sustainable packaging is more important than ever. As sales rise, so do concerns about the environmental toll of all the extra packaging waste being sent straight to landfills—which are already almost at full capacity. In this episode, Laura talks with Lauren Olson, the Zero…
 
We all understand how important it is to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, but there are a lot of popular eco hacks out there that might not be as sustainable as you think. In this episode, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza dive into some of the most common—like is washing dishes by hand really better than using the dishwasher? Keep listening t…
 
So many of us have made it a goal to build a sustainable skincare routine. In today's episode, Liza talks to Lorraine Dallmeier, a biologist, chartered environmentalist, and the CEO of Formula Botanica, about what "green" beauty really is, the good (and bad) beauty trends out there right now, how to develop your own green skincare routine, and more…
 
As we set out to create the most sustainable shopping experience possible, we knew it would look a little different than your average big box online store. In this episode, Laura and Liza discuss why they launched the Brightly Shop, how it works, and what our community thinks so far. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/why-we-launched-the-br…
 
Have you ever wondered what happens to your recyclables once they're picked up from the curb? What happens to those mattresses or old TVs we throw away? Or where all those clothes you put in a donation bin end up? Adam Minter knows the answer. Adam is a journalist and author who has been covering the global recycling trade for almost 20 years. In t…
 
In this very special episode, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza dive into some burning questions from the Brightly community, including how they got started on their own sustainability journeys, the "why" behind the Brightly Shop, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/community-questions/.…
 
If you've seen the news lately, you may be feeling angry, worried, and helpless about the current state of our planet. But you aren't alone. These feelings, coined as "eco-anxiety" and "climate anxiety," have been affecting all of us in different ways. In this episode of Good Together, Brightly co-founder Laura talks to Dr. Renee Lertzman—a researc…
 
Whether it's for a day trip or a week-long camping adventure, National Parks make the perfect backdrop for your summertime adventure. But with annual visitation increasing by over 40 million people between 2009 and 2019, the park system and the animals that live within it are really starting to feel the impact of the human footprint. In this episod…
 
Plastic Free July is global movement that encourages people to decrease their plastic consumption throughout the month of July. Are you up for the challenge? If you need some plastic-free inspiration, be sure to tune into this episode. Laura and Liza share their favorite ways to reduce plastic waste, in addition to discussing why plastic pollution …
 
Purchasing fair trade products can be a great way to go about living a more sustainable and ethical life. Someone who knows this just about better than anyone is Paul Rice, the president, CEO, and founder of Fair Trade USA. In this episode, Liza and Paul take a deep-dive into fair trade and how it intersects with global events. They touch on the re…
 
There are plenty of misconceptions about sustainable living. Sometimes, they can prevent people from entering the world of eco-friendly living altogether. But don't believe everything you hear. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about some of these common myths and misconceptions, from the idea that sustainable living is always more expensive to …
 
You may know Alicia Silverstone as the star of the cult-classic film, Clueless, but what you may not know is that she's also a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space. Not only does Alicia run her own healthy living blog called The Kind Life, but she has also been vegan for many years and even released a book in 2011 called The Kind Die…
 
Have you ever been curious about starting a garden or growing your own food, but always assumed you didn't have adequate space or time? Turns out there's a solution to that: hydroponic gardening. In this episode, Laura chats with Jacob Pechenik, the co-founder of Lettuce Grow—a company that makes self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic Farmstand…
 
Summer is right around the corner, which means sunshine, beach days, camping, hiking—basically all things outdoors. But while we're enjoying everything Mother Earth has to offer, it's also important to keep our eco-footprints as small as possible. In this episode, Laura and Liza share some of their favorite eco-friendly products that are sure to ma…
 
We're all about celebrating imperfect eco-friendly living, and it turns out actress and environmentalist Nikki Reed is, too. Nikki is widely known for her role in the Twilight series, but she also has a passion for the planet. In 2017, she launched a line of ethical and sustainable jewelry, skin-care, and apparel, and now she has a line of sustaina…
 
Leather doesn't have the best rap when it comes to the environment. Luckily, there are more sustainable alternatives than ever before, and that's exactly what we discuss in this episode. Laura chats with Inder Bedi, the founder of Matt & Nat, who has gone on to launch 457 ANEW—a slow fashion line that creates handbags, clothing, and more out of lan…
 
If you love the aesthetic of a plant-filled home but don’t have the greenest thumb, you’re in the right place. In this episode, Laura chats with Nick Cutsumpas, who you may know as @farmernick on Instagram. Together, they discuss the ins and outs of plant parenting, including what Nick considers the "holy trinity" of beginner plants, how to avoid m…
 
Phrases like "climate neutrality" and "net-zero emissions" are rising in popularity. But why is being climate neutral so important, and what does it actually mean? In this episode, Liza explores those exact questions during her conversation with Caitlin Drown from the non-profit organization, Climate Neutral. Together, they dig deep into all the bu…
 
Have you ever asked "Who Made My Clothes?" According to Orsola de Castro, the co-founder and global creative director of Fashion Revolution, it's one of the most important things you can do. Fashion Revolution was founded following the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. Since then, it's evolved into an annual week-long event focused on the intersect…
 
If you celebrate Mother’s Day, it's just around the corner on May 9th. Besides being a great reminder to celebrate the most important mothers in your life, it's also a big shopping day – making it a great time to be a conscious consumer. In this episode, Laura and Liza share their favorite April eco product finds, plus give you creative ideas for w…
 
You use biodegradable sponges in the kitchen and shampoo bars in the bathroom. But how sustainable is your bedroom? In today’s episode, Liza chats with Colin McIntosh, the CEO and founder of Sheets & Giggles, an eco-friendly bedding brand. They go over the most popular sustainable bedding options available to consumers right now—including eucalyptu…
 
You’ve probably heard of Rothy’s—a brand that hand-makes all its products from recycled materials. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Saskia Van Gendt, the head of sustainability at the company, about balancing sustainability goals and growth as a brand, what circular production is and how it betters the planet, and the importance of reducing your…
 
Recycling seems easy enough, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how to go about it correctly in order to better the planet. Today’s guests, Rosie Briggs and Kylie Byrd of Eco-Cycle, discuss why we should think about the three R's differently, exactly what happens to materials once they leave your home, and the ins and outs of composting. Fo…
 
Zero-waste living seems complicated. But the good news? It's not rocket science. Today’s guest is Anita Vandyke—a qualified rocket scientist, medical doctor, and author. During the episode, she shares simple tips that make sustainable living easy, including how to build your own zero-waste kit. You’ll also learn how living minimally benefits you an…
 
Caring for a pet is a fun and exciting journey, but have you ever wondered about the environmental impact of being a pet parent? That’s a topic area today’s guest, veterinarian Dr. Rory Cowlam, is very familiar with. During the episode, we go over sustainable pet diets, how to cut down on waste—poop bags, included—and more. Because spoiler alert: Y…
 
Plant-forward diets are only on the rise. Not just because of the growing list of health benefits, but also because eating less meat is one of the best ways to slow the effects of climate change. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Shiri Avnery, the COO and co-founder of Thistle, about the benefits of being a flexitarian, the difference between veg…
 
Is our love for avocados bad for the environment? While avocados might not be as sustainable as you originally thought, don’t worry, they’re more eco-friendly than meat options. We get into the avocado supply chain, ways to better use them before they go bad, and more on today's episode. To see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast/…
 
In honor of Black History Month, Laura and Liza highlight a few of their favorite BIPOC ethical + sustainable brands alongside other picks they've been returning to in February. All of these products are their organic and authentic recommendations, but don't forget to shop mindfully! To get their picks and to see show notes, head to https://brightl…
 
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