Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

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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 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

Episode Date
Nerd Out About Nurdles: How Tiny Plastic Pellets Are Harming the Environment

If you’ve ever seen tiny plastic pellets mixed in the sand at the beach, on a lake shoreline, or in another natural environment, chances are you’ve encountered nurdles. While they may be small, they’re a huge threat to the planet. This week, Laura speaks with Jace Tunnell, the director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the founder of Nurdle Patrol, about the impact nurdles have on the environment, how they might be showing up in food sources, and how you can get involved as a conscious consumer. For show notes, visit

Jan 26, 2022
Tips and Tricks for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living

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 full of hacks, tips, and tricks that are bound to make 2022 your most sustainable year yet. For show notes, visit

Jan 19, 2022
How the Automotive Industry Impacts Climate Change—and What You Can Do to Help

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 Becker, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's Safe Climate Transport Campaign, about the future of the transportation industry and its role in climate change. He also discusses how we can shape the future of the automotive industry. For show notes, visit

Jan 12, 2022
Our January Product Drop Is Live! These Picks Will Help You Live Sustainably in 2022

Our January Product Drop is here! In this week's episode, Liza and Kendall share some of their top Brightly Shop picks that will help you live more sustainably in 2022. To see all the products, visit

Jan 05, 2022
#SaveTheBees Is More Than a Hashtag: Here's How You Can Help

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, what a "natural beekeeper" actually is, and how we can play an important role in their survival. To learn how to help save the bees, visit

Dec 29, 2021
Rob Greenfield Shares How to Be the (Radical) Change You Wish to See in the World

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 notes, visit

Dec 22, 2021
How Youth Are Leading the Charge for Environmental Change

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

Dec 15, 2021
Your Guide to Giving Gifts with Less Waste This Holiday Season

'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

Dec 08, 2021
How to Make Your Holiday Traditions More Eco-Friendly

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

Dec 01, 2021
Our Top Eco-Friendly Product Picks for Black Friday (+ How We Shop Sustainably!)

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

Nov 24, 2021
How Sustainable Are Overstock Stores, Really? The Truth About Big Names Like TJ Maxx

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

Nov 17, 2021
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving the Eco-Friendly Way

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

Nov 10, 2021
Our November Product Drop Is Live! Here Are the Eco Items We're Loving

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

Nov 03, 2021
Is Online Shopping Planet-Friendly? The Answer Might Surprise You

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

Oct 27, 2021
Which Coffee Chain Is the Best Choice for Conscious Consumers? We Found Out

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 informed about the impact of your daily latte. For the full report, visit

Oct 20, 2021
How to Celebrate Halloween the Eco-Friendly Way

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

Oct 13, 2021
Our October Product Drop Is Live! Here Are the Eco Items We're Loving

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

Oct 06, 2021
These Companies Are Making Eco-Friendly Headlines This Month

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 reusable cups to Allbirds launching eco-friendly activewear. For a full list, visit

Sep 29, 2021
10 Actionable Ways You Can Help Stop Climate Change

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 optimistic about the future of our planet. For show notes, visit

Sep 22, 2021
Earth Overshoot Day Came Early This Year: What That Means for Us and the Planet

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 Baillie, the population and sustainability organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity, about how our everyday consumption plays a role, what we can do to ensure our resources are sustained, and more. For show notes, visit

Sep 15, 2021
Are These Chain Stores as Sustainable as You Thought? Here's What We Discovered

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 full report, visit

Sep 08, 2021
Our September Shop Drop Is Almost Here! 5+ Eco Products We're Loving This Month

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

Sep 01, 2021
The Dirt on Sustainable Takeout—Plus Ways to Limit Your Waste

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 Waste Manager at World Centric, about how businesses are creating eco-friendly solutions, how to be aware of certain labels, and tips for reducing your takeout consumption overall. For show notes, visit

Aug 25, 2021
These Common Sustainability Hacks Aren't Actually Saving the Planet

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 to find out. For show notes, visit

Aug 18, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Building a Green Skincare Routine

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. For show notes, visit

Aug 11, 2021
The Brightly Shop Is Live! Here's Why We Launched a Sustainable Shopping Experience

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

Aug 04, 2021
What Actually Happens to the Things You Throw Away? The Answer Might Surprise You

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 this episode, Laura chats with Adam about where our recyclables and other discarded items go, why throwaway culture exists, and how we can reduce waste by buying less and buying better. For show notes, go to

Jul 28, 2021
Your Questions, Answered: Our First Eco Swaps, Why We're Launching a Shop, and More

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

Jul 21, 2021
Navigating Eco-Anxiety: How to Turn Your Feelings Into Positive Action

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 researcher, educator, and eco-engagement strategist—about what eco-anxiety is and how we can turn these feelings into positive actions that are good for our own mental well-being and the planet. For show notes, visit

Jul 14, 2021
National Parks: How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Trip

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 episode, Liza talks with Kasey Morrissey, president of the travel tour company Austin Adventures. Kasey has been guiding tour groups since she was six years old, making her the perfect person to tell us all about planning a sustainable National Park trip. For show notes, visit

Jul 07, 2021
Plastic Pollution: How You Can Be Part of the Solution

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 is an issue and how it became so problematic. For show notes, go to

Jun 30, 2021
The Global Impact of Fair Trade with Paul Rice

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 recent farmer protests in India, how fair trade artisans have been affected by COVID-19, and—of course—how we as consumers can help support fair trade workers and organizations, especially during these tumultuous times. For show notes, go to

Jun 23, 2021
Debunking Top Sustainable Living Myths and Misconceptions

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 the notion that you have to be vegan in order to be sustainable. For show notes, go to

Jun 16, 2021
Alicia Silverstone: How to Be Less Clueless About Plant-Based Eating

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 Diet, which tells the story of her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat with Alicia about her sustainability journey, her tips for plant-based eating, and her latest eco-friendly projects. For show notes, go to

Jun 09, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Own Food with Jacob Pechenik

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 Farmstands that make it super simple to grow your own food at home (even if you only have four square feet of space to do so). Together, they discuss the importance of understanding where your food comes from, the benefits of growing food yourself, and exactly how we can utilize hydroponic gardening in our own lives. For show notes, go to

Jun 02, 2021
Sustainable Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Summer

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 make for a fun and sustainable summer. For show notes, go to

May 26, 2021
Why It's Okay to Be an Imperfect Environmentalist with Nikki Reed

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 sustainable sneakers with LOCI. During the episode, we discuss Nikki’s sustainability journey, the eco-friendly materials that make up her new shoe line, and her favorite tips for living more sustainably. For show notes, go to

May 19, 2021
A Deep Dive Into Sustainable Leather Alternatives with Inder Bedi

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 landfill-destined materials. Together, they dive into the origin of Inder's interest in sustainable fashion, vegan leather, and the innovative new materials that make for planet-friendly alternatives. For show notes, go to

May 12, 2021
Plant Parenting 101 with Nick Cutsumpas of Farmer Nick

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 making common mistakes, and much more. For show notes, go to

May 05, 2021
What Exactly Is Climate Neutrality, and Why Is It So Important?

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 buzzy terms and what they mean for you and the planet. For show notes, go to

Apr 28, 2021
The Importance of Asking 'Who Made My Clothes' with Fashion Revolution's Orsola de Castro

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 intersection of sustainability and human rights in the fashion industry. In this episode, Laura talks with Orsola about the origin of the movement and the steps we can take as consumers to advocate for ethical fashion production. For show notes, go to

Apr 21, 2021
10+ Mother's Day Picks We Love (April's Eco Picks)

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 waste-free and planet-friendly Mother’s Day gifts. For show notes, go to

Apr 14, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Bedding

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 eucalyptus, bamboo, and hemp—and how to make the best choice for yourself and the planet. For show notes and more, visit

Apr 07, 2021
Stepping into Sustainability with Rothy's

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 carbon footprint at both an individual and institutional level. For show notes and more, visit

Mar 31, 2021
March's Eco-Picks: AAPI + Women Owned Products

This month, Laura and Liza highlight Women Owned products in honor of Women’s History Month, in addition to Asian and AAPI eco-friendly picks across beauty, home, and more. To get our picks and to see show notes, head to

Mar 24, 2021
To Recycle or Not to Recycle—That Is the Question
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. For show notes and more, visit
Mar 17, 2021
It's Not Rocket Science to Live Sustainably

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 and the planet. For show notes and more, visit

Mar 10, 2021
Sustainable Pet Parenting 101

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: Your pup will love plastic-free shampoo bars just as much as you do. For show notes, head to

Mar 03, 2021
Planet-Friendly Diets: How to Eat for a Healthier Future
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 vegetarian and vegan diets, delicious meatless recipes, and more. For show notes, visit
Feb 24, 2021
Let's Guac About The Impact of Avocados

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

Feb 18, 2021
February's Eco-Finds: 10+ Sustainable Products

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

Feb 10, 2021
The True Cost of Sustainable Skincare with Tata Harper

Tata Harper has been a pioneer in the “farm to beauty” movement since 2007, and she’s passionate about using natural ingredients to achieve serious skincare results without compromising on her values. In today’s episode, Laura chats with Tata about how her  clean beauty products are just as effective as the ones full of artificial ingredients that you can’t pronounce, and we have an important conversation around pricing in the ethical + sustainable products industry. For show notes and more, visit

Feb 03, 2021
How What We Eat Impacts The World Around Us

Lisa Elaine Held, host of the Farm Report and writer for Civil Eats, the New York Times and more chats with Laura about how consumers can support more sustainable food supply chains, how the new administration in the US Government plans on upending the system with equitable food policies, and what Lisa's favorite tips are around eating more sustainably. To see show notes and more, visit


Jan 27, 2021
Diamonds (And Love) Are In the Air

Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but are they the planet's? What if we could create diamonds from thin air, bypassing the toxic way they're produced today? With Valentine's Day approaching, the topic of ethically produced jewelry is top of mind. How sustainable is your engagement ring? In today's episode, Liza chats with Ryan Sherman, co-founder of Aether, a public benefit corporation that extracts harmful CO2 from the atmosphere and transforms it into valuable raw materials and consumer products. For show notes, head to

Jan 20, 2021
10+ Eco-Friendly Finds We Love: January Edition

Laura and Liza have had the opportunity to try thousands of eco-friendly products throughout their lives. Which ones stand out, and which ones are they recommending you pick up? In today’s episode, our hosts highlight their favorite eco-products that they've used constantly over the past few months and the ones they keep buying after they run out. Shop mindfully and listen for their favorite picks! To get their favorite products and to see show notes, head to

Jan 13, 2021
How to Set Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

New Years’ Resolutions can be great ways to make an impact in your life and for the planet. Laura and Liza chat about eco-friendly goals they made last year (like recycling, reducing food waste and more), plus they share where they're looking to improve in 2021. They also discuss how to make sustainable changes actually happen and stay in your life for years to come. For show notes and more, visit

Jan 06, 2021
Ask Us Anything: We Answer Our Community's Top Eco Questions

Have you ever wanted to ask Liza and Laura a question about our sustainability journeys, careers, favorite products, and more? In this episode of Good Together, our hosts answer a handful of questions from our community members about eco-friendly living. This will also be our last episode of 2020, and Liza and Laura want to say thank you for your support! Let’s carry the change and planet-positive attitude into a new year, and we’ll see you in 2021. For show notes and more, visit

Dec 23, 2020
Money Talks: How to Green Your Finances

"Greening" your financial assets (like your savings account) is 27 times more impactful in terms of your personal carbon footprint versus eating less meat, using public transportation and even shopping ethically. In today's episode, Liza sits down with Andrei Cherny, Founder & CEO of Aspiration, a new financial (and green!) tool to discuss how you can put your money to work, for good. For show notes and more, head to

Dec 16, 2020
(Almost) Zero Waste Holidays: Traditions With Less Trash

Our treasured holiday traditions that we repeat year after year help us create lasting memories, but they can also create lasting trash in the landfill. In today’s episode, Liza and Laura chat about ways to celebrate with the planet in mind. We answer the great fake versus real Christmas tree debate, share our favorite ways to wrap presents in an eco-friendly fashion, and more. For show notes and more, head to

Dec 09, 2020
Seasonings' Greetings: How to Spice Up Your Cooking

For most of us, spices are a way to add a bit of kick to our tried and true recipes. But for Ethan Frisch, co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, spices are a way to connect with thoughtful farmers around the world. Importing only the freshest single-origin spices, Burlap & Barrel is creating a new supply chain for specialty producers to get their crops into the US market. 

Liza and Ethan chatted about why single-origin spices are more flavorful and unique than their grocery-store counterparts and how home cooks everywhere can incorporate these ethical flavors into their kitchens. For show notes and more, head to

Dec 02, 2020
10+ COVID-Friendly Experience Gifts We Love

Giving an experience to someone is low waste, great for the earth, are given virtually and can be ordered as late as Christmas Day, which makes them perfect for last-minute options. We all know about the waste that gets generated around the holidays, so experience related gifts tick a LOT of good boxes. In this episode, we chat about what to give the budding gardener or cook in your life, the COVID-friendly experience gifts we’re gifting this year, and more. Stay safe and healthy, and celebrate responsibly with us right now!

Nov 25, 2020
What's In Your Wine?

Clean wine, organic wine, sustainable wine, what's the difference? Whether you love buttery Chardonnays or velvety Pinot Noirs, a delicious glass of wine can be the perfect way to end the day. But how do you know your wine aligns with your eco-friendly values? We spoke with Allison Jordan, Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, to learn what makes a wine “clean” and how the wine industry is incorporating sustainability into their growing, harvesting, and winemaking practices. For show notes and resources, visit

Nov 18, 2020
Our Ultimate Holiday Eco Gift Guide + Mindful Shopping Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again: the holiday shopping season! While the holidays might look a bit different this year (thanks, COVID), we’re still excited to celebrate with our loved ones, even if it’s over Zoom. Thankfully, a virtual holiday doesn’t mean you can’t give a thoughtful, sustainable gift to everyone on your list. We’re sharing seven ways to celebrate a sustainable holiday shopping season and seven of our favorite ethical brands on this special episode of Good Together. For show notes & more, visit 

Nov 11, 2020
How to Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

With a little bit of curiosity and planning, you can have a successful and sustainable Thanksgiving. In this episode, Liza and Laura share tips from their own lives plus others sourced from the hundreds of pointers that our Brightly community has compiled at They chat about how to cut down on wasted food, ways to source ethically ingredients, our favorite eco-friendly recipes, and more! For show notes, visit

Nov 04, 2020
Why You Should Buy A New "Kind" of Rug

Before you buy a new pillow, you should know: in the textile + home decor manufacturing industry, child labor is shockingly common. Children in this industry make products such as rugs, carpets, bedding, towels, and clothing. GoodWeave International has been leading the charge against child labor for 25 years, with an on-the-ground approach to certifying textile supply chains. IN this episode, we chat with GoodWeave’s CEO, Nina Smith, to learn about how GoodWeave is protecting children from exploitation and helping them access education—and what consumers can do to help. For show notes and more, head to

Oct 28, 2020
10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

What if we told you the scariest part of Halloween isn't the ghouls or frights – it's the amount of waste you can generate celebrating it. In this episode, we discuss how to creatively reuse your pumpkins after the holiday, low-budget and sustainable costume options, and more. For show notes, visit

Oct 21, 2020
7 Ways to Make Your Closet Sustainable

Our everyday clothing is an exciting form of personal expression.  Both necessary and artistic, timeless and of the moment, the clothes we wear say so much about us. But the fashion industry has a dark side: it produces 10% of all global carbon emissions and consumes nearly 1.5 trillion liters of water each year. Elizabeth Cline, author of The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, talked about the current state of the fashion industry and shared seven ways that we can cultivate a more conscious, ethical, and sustainable closet. For show notes and more, head to

Oct 14, 2020
Fair Trade 101: The Most Popular Ethical Certification, Explained

It's Fair Trade Month, giving us yet another reason to love the month of October. Buying fair trade is the perfect way to spend your dollars for good. Fair Trade labels can be confusing, though, so we’re sharing exactly what fair trade means and how it affects workers worldwide. We’re also breaking down the nine core principles of fair trade and three easy ways for you to get involved in the fair trade movement. For show notes and more, head to

Oct 06, 2020
How Fast Furniture Fails Our Planet + What You Can Do About It

Stephen Kuhl, co-founder of Burrow, joins us to chat about why it’s important to prioritize purchasing sustainable pieces from your home and why we should all “forget” fast furniture. Every year, over nine million tons of furniture end up in landfills, stemming from the sheer volume of low quality, low cost furniture sold by the likes of the big box stores. These cheap products serve a short term function for budget conscious consumers, but in the long run may cost consumers more money and come at the expense of our planet. For show notes, head to

Sep 30, 2020
How Your Daily Coffee Habit Can Create Change

400 million cups of joe are poured every day in the United States. It’s obvious that we love coffee a latte! With International Coffee Day coming up on September 29th, now is the perfect time to think about how you can sip sustainably. We’re sharing how coffee is made, where it comes from, what certifications to look out for on your coffee bags, and easy ways to make sure that every sip is both ethical and delicious. For show notes and more, go to

Sep 22, 2020
Why Is the World On Fire?

Stanford climate scientist and professor Noah Diffenbaugh joins us to discuss the link between wildfires and climate change. From Seattle to Portland to the Bay Area, it seems like the whole West Coast is covered in bright orange skies and billowing smoke. Wildfires aren’t a new phenomenon, but we are seeing more and more of them each year. In this episode, Noah shares how our actions contribute to global warming and what we need to do to stop climate change on both an individual and global scale. For show notes and more, head to

Sep 16, 2020
Guac Is Extra, But Sustainability Is Free

When someone says “fast food,” “sustainability” might not be the word that comes to mind. Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food restaurant best known for burrito bowls and #extra guac, is trying to change that. We chatted with Caitlin Leibert, Chipotle’s Head of Sustainability and Executive Director of the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, about what the fast-food chain is doing to change how the restaurant industry approaches sustainability. From how Chipotle processes organic waste to how it deals with the millions of plastic gloves used in its restaurants, Chipotle is shaking things up. For show notes and more, head to

Sep 09, 2020
10 Positive Eco-Friendly Trends Happening During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 reality we're all faced with has caused everyone to make sacrifices, endure hardships, and change up our daily routines. There's a silver lining, though: it's easier than ever to make eco-friendly choices. Our lifestyles have changed drastically, and almost all of these changes have been for the better. Today we’re sharing our best tips for making the most of our new normal, from working at home to cooking more to exploring the great outdoors. For show notes and more, visit

Sep 03, 2020
How Your Travel Habits Affect Climate Change

Not being able to travel because of COVID-19 makes it the perfect time to think about our future travel decisions and how your luggage can make a difference. Indré Rockefeller, the co-founder of sustainable travel goods company Paravel, chatted with us about sustainable travel. From her life-changing trip to Antarctica to how companies consider more ethical and sustainable materials, she gave us the inside scoop on why the environment is her primary consideration for her personal and business decisions. For show notes and more, head to

Aug 26, 2020
How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Move

About 10% of Americans move each year. But this year, 20% of Americans have moved or know someone who has. COVID-19 has led people to move back in with family, find a new place with more space, or look for cheaper housing. Some are even moving because staying in a major city isn’t quite as appealing when you’re confined to your apartment or home. Whether it’s the mountains of moving boxes, driving or flying long distances, or dealing with the extra stuff in your home, moving creates a lot of waste. We’re sharing our best tips to make your move easier and more sustainable. For show notes and more, head to

Aug 19, 2020
Apple, L'Oreal and More: Are Big Brands Making a Difference?

When a giant corporation like Apple, Driscoll’s, or L’Oreal truly commits to sustainable changes, it creates a massive positive impact. Trista Bridges, founder of Read the Air and co-author of Leading Sustainably, is an expert in corporate sustainability efforts. On this episode, we chat about the big companies that are truly working towards a more sustainable future, as well as what consumers can do to educate themselves on these brands’ values. For show notes and more, visit

Aug 13, 2020
What Circular Fashion Really Means with Levi's

What is circular fashion? In today’s episode, we talked with Paul Dillinger from Levi’s about how jeans should be made with their end in mind, and how to give them new life as a new pair of denim. Paul told us all about Levi’s WellThread™ collection, which is the first example of circular fashion available to consumers, and shared why sustainable fashion needs to move beyond recycled plastic fabrics. For show notes and more, visit

Aug 05, 2020
Eco + Budget Conscious Cleaning 101

Dreaming of a clean, sustainable, budget-friendly, and naturally organized home? Kait Schulhof, author of the sustainable cleaning blog A Clean Bee, shares her best cleaning and organizing tricks on this episode of Good Together. From how to make your own cleaning solutions to finding the best use for your old cleaning tools, Kait has loads of actionable tips for listeners. For show notes and more, go to 

Jul 29, 2020
Why You Should Go Plastic-Free

The Plastic-Free July challenge is meant to bring awareness to our daily plastic consumption and it can be staggering to see the amount of waste we generate constantly. We asked Brianne West, founder of Ethique, to help us spotlight the campaign and share tips on how we can all reduce our plastic waste from our personal care products. For show notes and more, visit

Jul 22, 2020
What You Need to Know About Carbon Emissions

Everyone knows that carbon emissions play a massive role in climate change, but understanding exactly how they effect climate change and what individuals can do to help is a different story. In this episode of Good Together, Liza sits down with Laura Diez, a climate scientist and the host of the Eco Chic podcast, joins us to explain the ins and outs of carbon, how and why carbon is priced, how it affects global policy, and what we as consumers can do to support carbon neutrality in every way, from our 401(k)s to the light bulbs in our homes. For show notes and more episodes, visit us at

Jul 16, 2020
Why Intersectional Environmentalism Matters

We can't talk about eco-friendly and sustainable living without understanding how environmentalism as we know it has not been accessible to all in the past, and still isn't today. Intersectional environmentalism puts environmentalism and social justice squarely together, and in this episode, we spoke about all things sustainability and equality with Carolyn Finney, the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Carolyn shared her own experiences around being Black in the outdoors, serving on the National Parks Advisory Board and what intersectional environmentalism means to her. For show notes and more, visit

Jul 09, 2020
How to Make Your Summer Sustainable

Summer is officially upon us, and with it comes lots of fun activities. In this episode, Liza and Laura chat about how to responsibly swim and camp in the wild, they share favorite swimsuit brands and picnic-ready conscious eating recipes, and discuss the impact that your upcoming road trip might have on the planet. We show you ways to tweak your plans slightly in order to have a big, hot impact on the planet this summer! For show notes, head to

Jul 01, 2020
How Your Fabric Choices Make Fashion More Sustainable

The fabric that makes up things like bedding, towels, and clothing have a huge impact on the environment, the people that make them, and your health, too. In today’s episode of Good Together, Liza and Laura sit down with Kestrel Jenkins McGill, host of the Conscious Chatter podcast and founder of Left Edit, to discuss how our textile consumption habits can become more planet friendly. We chat about new ethical fashion brands and their inventive ways of handling raw materials in sustainable supply chains, what labels to look for when shopping for clothing or softgoods, and more. For show notes, visit

Jun 24, 2020
10 Easy Tips for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living

You don’t need lots of money to live with the planet in mind, but it’s a myth that is constantly repeated. The good news is -- you can do good for the world on the cheap, and we’re here to share some tips on how you can put your values first while also saving money. While eco-friendly options sometimes do cost more, it’s not always the case. As a matter of fact, your thrifty grandmother is probably one of the most eco-friendly people you know, even accidentally -- her tips on turning off the lights or conserving bottles and jars help reduce your spending and reduce waste at the same time. Once you adopt the mindset of “working with what you’ve got” and being mindful of the new things you bring into your life, living sustainably and saving money go hand in hand. This episode is packed full of hacks, tricks, and tips and we’re excited to get into it! For show notes, head to

Jun 17, 2020
How to Live A Plastic-Free Life With Zuleyka Strasner of Zero

Plastic is the packaging of choice for so much of what we eat. Bulk stores are an option, of course, but that requires bringing along your own jars, getting them labeled, and trekking back home with heavy bags. Zuleyka Strasner knew that there was a better way to eliminate plastic from our groceries. She’s the founder of Zero, the first single-use-plastic free grocery delivery company. In this episode, Liza and Zuleyka help us answer questions like why big brands don’t go plastic free and how the eco-friendly + sustainable living movement has room to improve in ensuring access for all to quality, sustainable products. For show notes, head to:

Jun 10, 2020
Update: Sustainability Equals Fairness For All

At Good Together, and at Brightly, we condemn hate, violence, and racism. We seek to uplift and inspire everyone to create a better world. Current events are divisive and target those who have been oppressed. We believe that sustainability equals fairness for all. We will not be releasing a new episode this week in order to create space to amplify voices that need to be heard the most, right now, as they work to address the systematic racism at work in the United States. Thank you.

Jun 03, 2020
Why Your Clean Beauty Routine Makes A Difference

What does “clean beauty” actually mean, and why should care about the ingredients that we’re putting on our faces every day? In this episode of Good Together, Laura sits down with Tiila Abbitt, the founder of Aether Beauty, to discuss everything you need to know about the clean beauty industry. Tiila shares valuable tidbits about how the U.S. regulates cosmetics vs clean beauty. If you’re looking to start your own clean beauty routine, we’ve got you covered -- Tiila also gives us tips on what to look for in your cabinet as well as brand recommendations for staple products. She even shares an exclusive promo code for Brightly listeners at the end of the episode! For show notes, head to

May 25, 2020
How COVID-19 Has Changed Fast Fashion Forever

We all know that fast fashion is damaging to the people and the planet. What you probably haven’t heard is that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for garment factory employees. Jessica Andrews, Deputy Fashion Editor at Bustle discusses how Fair Trade USA is mobilizing to protect garment workers amid this unprecedented event. Jessica’s years of experience in the fashion journalism space and her passion for fighting back against the negative impact of the industry as a spokesperson for We Wear Fair Trade make for a fascinating and timely conversation at the intersection of human rights, fashion, and advocacy. For more info, head to

May 20, 2020
Organic Gardening for Beginners: Tips from America's #1 Gardener

Joe the Gardener from the hit PBS show Growing a Greener World shows would-be gardeners and green thumbs alike how to spring to action during COVID-19. Gardeners around the world are growing their own veggies, seeking fresh air, and enjoying a moment to connect with the planet via their garden. If you’ve never grown your own garden, it’s the perfect moment to start! Joe Lamp’l chats with Liza and shares his best tips and tricks for starting a sustainable organic garden in whatever space you have. For show notes and more, visit

May 13, 2020
25 Ethical and Sustainable Brands to Support Now

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your mom (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) or you’re looking to replace your threadbare sweatpants with an ethical alternative – today’s episode won’t disappoint. Our listeners have been asking us to break down some of our favorite sustainable brands to support, and we’ve got recommendations for people looking to become plant moms, ladies who love a good cozy vibe in their home, and more. For show notes, visit

May 06, 2020
Why Minimalism Will Change the World

Have you ever looked at your home and said, “I just can’t deal with all this stuff?!” Stephanie Seferian, our episode guest and co-host of the Sustainable Minimalists podcast, can relate. As a new mom, she struggled with the amount of baby gear filling her small apartment – so she decided to do something about it and turned to minimalism. She’s sharing her best tips to becoming a minimalist, and why now is the best time to switch to a decluttered lifestyle. For show notes, visit

Apr 29, 2020
10 Ways You Can Stop Climate Change Right Now

COVID-19 has inspired the world to roll up our sleeves to create change. We don’t need to ask whether climate change is happening – or whether humans are causing it. Instead, we need to ask: “what can we do?” In honor of Earth Day, we sit down with Kamea Chayne, the author of Thrive, a conscious creative, and the host of Green Dreamer Podcast, where she curiously and critically explores our varied paths to ecological regeneration, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all. In this episode, we discuss the top 10 things Consumers Can Do to Stop Climate Change, The Impact of Plastics on the Environment, and more. For show notes and more, head to

Apr 22, 2020
Why Tiny House Living Inspires Us to Live Small, Dream Big

Most of us are experiencing a world much smaller than we were previously used to a few months ago. Living tiny by choice or by current circumstances has a hugely positive impact on the planet, and we cover the mindset shift + actionable tips you need to make small steps towards change. In this episode, Laura Fenton, author of The Tiny Book of Living Small, shows us how to adopt a tiny living mindset, regardless of the square feet you’re in -- we talk about how to carefully introduce items into your home, creative ways to make old things new again, and more. For show notes, visit

Apr 13, 2020
Corona-Conscious Eating: Our Top 10 Tips

New York Times contributor Sophie Egan shows us how to make your grocery budget stretch while still doing the best you can for yourself, your community, and the world while facing the COVID-19 crisis. We're all in a season of flexibility and adaptation, and in this episode, we share actionable tips on quarantine-ready eating like how to smartly use your fridge and freezer, what "sell by dates" mean, and more from Sophie's book, How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet. For show notes, head to

Apr 07, 2020
How to Stay Cozy and Clean at Home

We're all spending a LOT more time at home now. The question is: what’s the best way to craft a space that is good for you both mentally and physically? In today’s episode, Liza and Laura chat with Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey, co-founders of Ettitude, about how to stay cozy and “clean” at home. We uncover tidbits like why it matters to use clean textiles while you sleep, how textile innovation is actively saving resources on the planet, and more. For show notes, head to

Mar 31, 2020
Creativity + Compassion During the COVID-19 Crisis

In today’s bonus episode: Fast Company senior staff writer Liz Segran walks Liza through ways humanity has been responding to our new reality with creativity and compassion and how we can all continue living ethically and mindfully, despite being homebound.
Liz also discusses actionable, inspiring, and uplifting tips from her upcoming book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life. To see the show notes, head to

Mar 24, 2020
How To Be Less Trashy: Zero Waste 101

According to the EPA, the average American produces around 6 pounds of trash each day, with only 1 and a half pounds of that trash ending up in the recycling bin. The problem is clear: we need to be less trashy. One solution is to go zero waste… but exactly does zero waste mean? Kathryn Kellogg, today’s guest, actually details over a hundred ways you can get started producing less trash in her book, 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, which she published last year. Through her blog and Instagram accounts, Kathryn’s Going Zero Waste movement inspires thousands every day to care for the planet by consuming less and being smart about the trash we generate. See show notes at: plus check out Kathryn at on Instagram and

Mar 17, 2020
Shop Ethically, Easier: 10 Labels to Look For

Choosing ethical + sustainable labels and certifications to trust while shopping can be difficult, especially now that there are so many different certifications that claim to be eco-friendly, ethical, and sustainable. So, how can you filter through the noise and make shopping decisions that make you proud? Laura and Liza discuss what Fair Trade, B Corp, Leaping Bunny, Organic, Free Range, and more actually mean for you (and your wallet) on today's episode. For more info:

Mar 03, 2020
How to Buy Nothing for a Year

The single most impactful thing you can do for the earth as consumer is to buy less. The entire modern consumption cycle is out of control, and the less you buy, the less waste you’re creating. There are lots of other benefits to cutting back purchasing items in one or more areas of your life, whether you’re looking to save up some extra cash or want to help save marine wildlife by reducing the amount of plastic you throw in the trash. In this episode, Liza and Laura go over various “challenges” to join and give you actionable ways to actually put a curb on your spending for the planet’s sake.

Feb 20, 2020
Sleep Sustainably for the Rest of Your Life

We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so where you rest your head at night makes a huge difference for your overall health and wellbeing. Liza and Laura sit down with Mark Abrials, CMO of Avocado Mattress, to discuss why investing in sustainable home pieces matters. We chat about everything mattress related (as in, how often should you change out your mattress, and what happens to all of those mattress returns?), advancements in organic-materials certifications, and more. We promise this episode will leave you wide awake with the knowledge we uncover about under the covers.

Feb 12, 2020