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 Brightly.eco by eco-expert Laura Alexander Wittig, 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

Episode Date
For Chef Nisha Vora, the Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Is All About Small Wins
32:37

If adopting a plant-based diet is among your strategies for bettering the planet, you’re not alone. This week, Nisha Vora, the lawyer turned plant-based chef and cookbook author behind Rainbow Plant Life, shares how to cook up vegan dishes even the pickiest eaters will enjoy, ways you can develop more sustainable habits in the kitchen, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/nisha-vora-interview/.

Aug 03, 2022
The Ins and Outs of Building a Climate-Friendly Business from Scratch
33:16

Entrepreneurship and product innovation are the true drivers of change within the vision of a more sustainable future. There's always room for more people to work on solutions, small and large, that can change our way of life for the better. This week, Julia Collins, founder of Planet FWD and Moonshot, shares what goes into starting a planet-friendly business from scratch, insight into innovation within the sustainability sector, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/julia-collins-interview.

Jul 27, 2022
The Rise of Waterless Beauty: Why Consumers Are Saying No to Excess H2O
31:25

Earlier this year, we dropped our 2022 Sustainability Trends Report—and one of the buzziest of the bunch was waterless beauty. In this week’s episode, Kate McLeod, the pastry-chef-turned-beauty-entrepreneur behind the brand of the same name, discusses the rise of waterless beauty, why it’s better for the planet, and why you should give it a try. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/waterless-beauty-trend/.

Jul 20, 2022
How to Travel Sustainably, From Booking the Best Accommodation to Packing Your Bag
33:47

If you have the travel bug, you’re not alone. Recent data shows 71% of Americans are planning on traveling for leisure this year. This week, we’re sharing tips and tricks that will help you explore as sustainably as possible, from booking a place to stay to packing with the planet in mind. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-travel-sustainably/.

Jul 13, 2022
The Environmental Impact of Periods with Nadya Okamoto
36:55

Every month, an estimated 1.8 billion people around the world menstruate. As you can imagine, that results in a lot of waste. This week, Nadya Okamoto, the co-founder of August, discusses the environmental impact of periods, how period products have evolved over the years, and the rise of sustainable options. For snow notes, visit https://brightly.eco/environmental-impact-of-periods.

Jul 06, 2022
Sustainable Maximalism Is Possible—and This Designer Is Proof
32:04

When most people think of sustainable fashion, they think of a minimalist wardrobe—a sea of browns, beiges, and creams. But designer and content creator Sara Camposarcone is teaching the world that maximalism—chunky jewelry, layering, bold prints, and lots of color—can be sustainable, too. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/what-is-sustainable-maximalism/.

Jun 29, 2022
The Glass Recycling System Is Broken—but Franziska Trautmann Is on a Mission to Fix It
29:00

If you live in an area that doesn’t accept glass recycling, tossing a single bottle in your bin can wreak havoc on the planet. Franziska Trautmann, co-founder of Glass Half Full, is challenging the current system by turning glass "waste" into a resource. In this episode, she discusses all things glass recycling and waste management, the benefits of turning glass into sand, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/glass-recycling.

Jun 22, 2022
How Environmental Activist Sharona Shnayder Is Using Social Media to Start an Anti-Litter Revolution
28:00

If you were to take a walk around your block right now, what are the odds you’d find at least one piece of trash? Going out of your way to pick it up might feel pointless. But Sharona Shnayder of Tuesdays for Trash is here to prove small climate action work done by countless individuals across the globe adds up. In this week’s episode, she shares how she’s using social media to start an anti-litter revolution—one that’s already resulted in 23,000 pounds of trash collected worldwide. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/sharona-shnayder-tuesdays-for-trash-interview.

Jun 15, 2022
How the Restaurant Industry Is Tackling Food Waste, One Deep Fryer at a Time
34:45

The restaurant industry loses billions of dollars every year due to food waste. Luckily, some entrepreneurs are already figuring out how to make a difference. In this week’s episode, Jeremiah Chapman, the CEO and co-founder of FreshFry, shares how he’s turning one corporation’s trash into another corporation’s treasure. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/restaurant-industry-sustainability.

Jun 08, 2022
Does Climate Change Affect Childcare and Education? This Expert Thinks So
32:48

Climate change doesn't just impact wildlife and the weather. It also impacts human life—and that includes parenting. In this week’s episode, Sara Mauskopf, CEO and co-founder of Winnie, discusses the intersection between climate and childcare—and how younger generations are directly impacted. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-climate-change-affects-childcare-and-education/.

Jun 01, 2022
Your Guide to Being a First-Time Plant Parent
38:36

If your lack of a green thumb has kept you from becoming a plant parent, you're not alone—promise. But that’s all about to change. This week, we’re discussing the best plants for beginners, how to avoid making common mistakes that can kill your plants, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/houseplant-tips-for-beginners/.

May 25, 2022
Sustainable Textiles 101: How to Avoid Greenwashing and Shop Like a Pro
36:15

From the sheets on our beds to the clothes on our backs, textiles are everywhere. But what are our textiles really made of? And how should you go about shopping for options that are actually planet-friendly? In this week's episode, Eileen Mockus, the president and CEO of Coyuchi, will teach you everything you need to know. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-shop-for-sustainable-textiles.

May 18, 2022
How to (Finally!) Break Up with Fast Fashion for Good
35:08

Fast fashion dominates our feeds. Scroll through your TikTok "For You" page and you’re bound to see clothing hauls from SHEIN, Princess Polly, and other brands. This week, Laura sits down with Garik Himebaugh of Eco-Stylist to discuss how to finally break up with fast fashion and build a sustainable wardrobe you love. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-break-up-with-fast-fashion.

May 11, 2022
Climate Scientist Peter Kalmus' Viral Protest Was Just the Beginning—Here's What's Next
39:47

NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus was recently part of a peaceful protest outside of a JP Morgan Chase building in Los Angeles. His passionate speech not only made headlines, but also went viral on TikTok. In this episode, he discusses what leaders and civilians need to be paying attention to in order to make substantial change, offers some positive outcomes from the climate movement, and shares how you can help make an impact. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/peter-kalmus-interview/

May 04, 2022
Max La Manna Is Turning Millions Into Planet-Conscious Cooks—and You're Next
36:37

Plant-forward, sustainable eating and scrappy cooking are on the rise as ways to mitigate climate change and better the planet. This week, Max La Manna, a low-waste, sustainable chef and award-winning author, shares simple ways to reduce food waste, how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your routine, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/max-la-manna-interview

Apr 27, 2022
Who’s Really Responsible for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions on a Global Scale?
42:40

With everyone pointing fingers at each other, who’s really responsible for achieving net-zero emissions on a global scale? Shanu Mathew, an expert in all things sustainable investing and net-zero research, is here to help answer your questions. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/viral-meme-starts-conversation-about-global-carbon-emissions.

Apr 20, 2022
Reimagining Sustainable Eating with Clarissa Wei of 'Climate Cuisine’
34:08

When it comes to sustainable eating, many people assume swapping meat and dairy for plant-based alternatives is the only way to reduce your impact. But this week's guest, Clarissa Wei, host of the Climate Cuisine podcast, is reimagining mindful and sustainable eating—one local crop at a time. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/clarissa-wei-climate-cuisine-interview.

Apr 13, 2022
How to Reduce the Carbon 'Pawprint' of Your Pets
39:09

We just launched our Sustainability Trends Report on Brightly.eco, and one thing that's on the rise in 2022 is sustainable pet parenting as conscious consumers look to reduce the carbon pawprint of their furry friends. In this episode, Laura and veterinarian Dr. Rory Cowlam discuss everything from eco-friendly pet diets to how to cut down on waste. (Poop bags, included.) For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/eco-friendly-dog-products

Apr 06, 2022
Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau on Inspiring the Next Wave of Planet Champions
36:33

Jacques Cousteau was a legendary researcher, explorer, filmmaker, and pioneer in ocean conservation. Now, his grandson Philippe Cousteau—an oceanographer, environmental activist, producer, and author—is following in his footsteps. In this week’s episode, Philippe and his wife, journalist and environmentalist Ashlan Cousteau, share how they’ve combined entertainment with activism and research to inspire the next generation to change the world for the better. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/ashlan-and-philippe-cousteau-interview.

Mar 30, 2022
Is Our Obsession with Netflix, Spotify, and Other Streaming Services Harming the Planet?
33:48

When we talk about carbon footprints, we often look toward the obvious factors, like landfill waste and transportation emissions. However, there’s another factor that could have a greater impact than we think: streaming. In this week’s episode, Laura Marks, the co-author of the paper Streaming Media’s Environmental Impact, shares what she's learned about the topic through her research. And how we can change our streaming habits for the better. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/environmental-impact-streaming/.

Mar 23, 2022
Why Are Coral Reefs Dying—and What Can You Do to Help Save Them?
30:52

Coral reefs play a vital role in protecting coastal cities from waves, storms, and floods. They're also important to biodiversity, supporting 25% of marine life. But they're in serious danger, and Jolyon Collier—the president and founder of the nonprofit Counting Coral—is working hard on changing that. In today’s episode, he shares what’s putting coral reefs at risk, how he and his team of leading scientists are working to restore them, and what you can do to help. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/why-are-coral-reefs-dying.

Mar 16, 2022
Clean Wine, Organic Wine, Sustainable Wine... What's the Difference?
34:38

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 values? This week, we’re resharing a past episode we love featuring Allison Jordan, the executive director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. In it, we discuss what makes a wine “clean” and how the wine industry is incorporating sustainability into its growing, harvesting, and winemaking practices. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/wine-that-is-better-than-clean-wine.

Mar 09, 2022
Torrey DeVitto: How the Actress Advocates for Animals and the Planet, On-Screen and Off
35:16

You know actress Torrey DeVitto from her roles in Chicago Med, Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars. But she's also a philanthropist and advocate for animals and the planet. In this week’s episode, she shares exactly how she incorporates sustainability into every aspect of her life—on-screen and off. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/torrey-devitto-interview.

Mar 02, 2022
How to Adopt a Tiny Living Mindset from Anywhere
47:32

This week we’re resharing a past episode we love featuring Laura Fenton, author of The Tiny Book of Living Small. In it, she shares how to adopt a tiny living mindset, regardless of the square feet you’re in. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/living-tiny-creates-impact.

Feb 23, 2022
How Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change Right Before Our Eyes
38:44

Scientists say climate change is already affecting every region across the globe. And, animals are responding quicker than humans. In this week’s episode, Laura chats with Thor Hanson, a biologist and the author of Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, about how animals are adapting to climate change right before our eyes. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/animals-adapting-climate-change.

Feb 16, 2022
Shop Talk: Everyday Swaps for Coffee, Batteries, and More
39:43

Keeping the planet in mind throughout the day can be difficult, but every small change you make has a big impact. This week, Laura and Kendall share simple yet effective swaps that will make your daily routine more eco-friendly! For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/february-swaps.

Feb 09, 2022
The Dirt on Human Composting
33:49

We talk a lot about small steps we can take to better the planet while we're living on it. One thing that’s not often discussed, however, is the environmental impact of leaving it. Toxic chemicals leach into the soil from embalming, and cremation releases millions of tons of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. The solution? If you ask Katey Houston and Brie Smith of Return Home, the world's first large-scale terramation facility, that’s human composting. In this week’s episode, we dig into the environmental impact of dying and options that could transform the "deathcare" industry for the better. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/human-composting.

Feb 02, 2022
Nerd Out About Nurdles: How Tiny Plastic Pellets Are Harming the Environment
36:04

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 https://brightly.eco/what-are-nurdles.

Jan 26, 2022
Tips and Tricks for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living
43:42

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 https://brightly.eco/making-sustainability-affordable-for-all.

Jan 19, 2022
How the Automotive Industry Impacts Climate Change—and What You Can Do to Help
38:09

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 https://brightly.eco/how-to-reduce-your-transportation-footprint.

Jan 12, 2022
Our January Product Drop Is Live! These Picks Will Help You Live Sustainably in 2022
31:16

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 https://brightly.eco/january-shop-picks/.

Jan 05, 2022
#SaveTheBees Is More Than a Hashtag: Here's How You Can Help
40:57

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 https://brightly.eco/how-to-save-the-bees/.

Dec 29, 2021
Rob Greenfield Shares How to Be the (Radical) Change You Wish to See in the World
35:09

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 https://brightly.eco/rob-greenfield-interview.

Dec 22, 2021
How Youth Are Leading the Charge for Environmental Change
42:55

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.

Dec 15, 2021
Your Guide to Giving Gifts with Less Waste This Holiday Season
37:37

'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/.

Dec 08, 2021
How to Make Your Holiday Traditions More Eco-Friendly
50:57

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/.

Dec 01, 2021
Our Top Eco-Friendly Product Picks for Black Friday (+ How We Shop Sustainably!)
39:15

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/black-friday-shop-picks.

Nov 24, 2021
How Sustainable Are Overstock Stores, Really? The Truth About Big Names Like TJ Maxx
34:33

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-overstock-stores-sustainable/.

Nov 17, 2021
How to Celebrate Thanksgiving the Eco-Friendly Way
41:31

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.

Nov 10, 2021
Our November Product Drop Is Live! Here Are the Eco Items We're Loving
35:54

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.

Nov 03, 2021
Is Online Shopping Planet-Friendly? The Answer Might Surprise You
35:33

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-shopping-bad-for-environment/

Oct 27, 2021
Which Coffee Chain Is the Best Choice for Conscious Consumers? We Found Out
39:21

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 https://brightly.eco/most-sustainable-coffee-chain-ranking/.

Oct 20, 2021
How to Celebrate Halloween the Eco-Friendly Way
43:51

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/.

Oct 13, 2021
Our October Product Drop Is Live! Here Are the Eco Items We're Loving
47:29

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/.

Oct 06, 2021
These Companies Are Making Eco-Friendly Headlines This Month
28:22

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 https://brightly.eco/mcdonalds-trials-reusable-cups/.

Sep 29, 2021
10 Actionable Ways You Can Help Stop Climate Change
42:09

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 https://brightly.eco/10-actionable-ways-you-can-stop-climate-change-right-now/.

Sep 22, 2021
Earth Overshoot Day Came Early This Year: What That Means for Us and the Planet
31:41

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 https://brightly.eco/earth-overshoot-day.

Sep 15, 2021
Are These Chain Stores as Sustainable as You Thought? Here's What We Discovered
32:12

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

https://brightly.eco/most-sustainable-chain-stores-ranking/.

Sep 08, 2021
Our September Shop Drop Is Almost Here! 5+ Eco Products We're Loving This Month
31:21

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/september-shop-picks.

Sep 01, 2021
The Dirt on Sustainable Takeout—Plus Ways to Limit Your Waste
37:22

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 https://brightly.eco/how-to-reduce-takeout-waste.

Aug 25, 2021
These Common Sustainability Hacks Aren't Actually Saving the Planet
31:01

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 https://brightly.eco/sustainability-hacks-to-avoid.

Aug 18, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Building a Green Skincare Routine
38:49

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 https://brightly.eco/green-beauty-routine-tips/

Aug 11, 2021
The Brightly Shop Is Live! Here's Why We Launched a Sustainable Shopping Experience
27:45

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-brightly-shop/

Aug 04, 2021
What Actually Happens to the Things You Throw Away? The Answer Might Surprise You
35:36

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 https://brightly.eco/throwaway-culture.

Jul 28, 2021
Your Questions, Answered: Our First Eco Swaps, Why We're Launching a Shop, and More
31:27

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/

Jul 21, 2021
Navigating Eco-Anxiety: How to Turn Your Feelings Into Positive Action
43:54

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 https://brightly.eco/navigating-climate-anxiety/

Jul 14, 2021
National Parks: How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Trip
45:45

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 https://brightly.eco/eco-friendly-national-park-trip/

Jul 07, 2021
Plastic Pollution: How You Can Be Part of the Solution
34:19

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 https://brightly.eco/how-to-use-less-plastic

Jun 30, 2021
The Global Impact of Fair Trade with Paul Rice
49:39

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 https://brightly.eco/what-is-fair-trade/

Jun 23, 2021
Debunking Top Sustainable Living Myths and Misconceptions
34:41

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 https://brightly.eco/sustainable-living-myths

Jun 16, 2021
Alicia Silverstone: How to Be Less Clueless About Plant-Based Eating
53:27

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 https://brightly.eco/alicia-silverstone-interview

Jun 09, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Own Food with Jacob Pechenik
42:29

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 https://brightly.eco/hydroponic-gardening-for-beginners/

Jun 02, 2021
Sustainable Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Summer
42:47

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 brightly.eco/sustainable-summer-swaps.

May 26, 2021
Why It's Okay to Be an Imperfect Environmentalist with Nikki Reed
58:30

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 brightly.eco/nikki-reed-interview.

May 19, 2021
A Deep Dive Into Sustainable Leather Alternatives with Inder Bedi
40:05

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 brightly.eco/vegan-leather-sustainability.

May 12, 2021
Plant Parenting 101 with Nick Cutsumpas of Farmer Nick
44:46

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 brightly.eco/houseplant-tips-for-beginners.

May 05, 2021
What Exactly Is Climate Neutrality, and Why Is It So Important?
48:47

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 brightly.eco/climate-neutrality-meaning.

Apr 28, 2021
The Importance of Asking 'Who Made My Clothes' with Fashion Revolution's Orsola de Castro
33:33

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 brightly.eco/fashion-revolution.

Apr 21, 2021
10+ Mother's Day Picks We Love (April's Eco Picks)
30:05

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Apr 14, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Bedding
52:26

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast.

Apr 07, 2021
Stepping into Sustainability with Rothy's
42:23

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast.

Mar 31, 2021
March's Eco-Picks: AAPI + Women Owned Products
34:10

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 https://brightly.eco/march-picks/

Mar 24, 2021
To Recycle or Not to Recycle—That Is the Question
54:55
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 https://brightly.eco/podcast
 
Mar 17, 2021
It's Not Rocket Science to Live Sustainably
37:55

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Mar 10, 2021
Sustainable Pet Parenting 101
44:26

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast.

Mar 03, 2021
Planet-Friendly Diets: How to Eat for a Healthier Future
49:18
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 https://brightly.eco/podcast
 
Feb 24, 2021
Let's Guac About The Impact of Avocados
32:58

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/

Feb 18, 2021
February's Eco-Finds: 10+ Sustainable Products
43:00

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://brightly.eco/february-picks/

Feb 10, 2021
The True Cost of Sustainable Skincare with Tata Harper
46:09

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Feb 03, 2021
How What We Eat Impacts The World Around Us
42:33

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

 

Jan 27, 2021
Diamonds (And Love) Are In the Air
42:41

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Jan 20, 2021
10+ Eco-Friendly Finds We Love: January Edition
43:27

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 https://brightly.eco/january-picks/

Jan 13, 2021
How to Set Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions
41:51

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Jan 06, 2021
Ask Us Anything: We Answer Our Community's Top Eco Questions
50:08

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 https://brightly.eco

Dec 23, 2020
Money Talks: How to Green Your Finances
44:36

"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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Dec 16, 2020
(Almost) Zero Waste Holidays: Traditions With Less Trash
51:05

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Dec 09, 2020
Seasonings' Greetings: How to Spice Up Your Cooking
58:25

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Dec 02, 2020
10+ COVID-Friendly Experience Gifts We Love
41:11

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! https://brightly.eco/podcast

Nov 25, 2020
What's In Your Wine?
42:49

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Nov 18, 2020
Our Ultimate Holiday Eco Gift Guide + Mindful Shopping Tips
47:46

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 brightly.eco/podcast 

Nov 11, 2020
How to Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving
41:25

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 https://brightly.eco/holiday-tips. 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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Nov 04, 2020
Why You Should Buy A New "Kind" of Rug
43:55

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 https://brightly.eco/home-decor-child-labor/

Oct 28, 2020
10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween
44:29

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 https://brightly.eco/10-ways-to-have-an-eco-friendly-sustainable-halloween/

Oct 21, 2020
7 Ways to Make Your Closet Sustainable
43:54

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Oct 14, 2020
Fair Trade 101: The Most Popular Ethical Certification, Explained
33:23

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast/

Oct 06, 2020
How Fast Furniture Fails Our Planet + What You Can Do About It
31:53

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Sep 30, 2020
How Your Daily Coffee Habit Can Create Change
37:20

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Sep 22, 2020
Why Is the World On Fire?
31:56

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Sep 16, 2020
Guac Is Extra, But Sustainability Is Free
44:48

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Sep 09, 2020
10 Positive Eco-Friendly Trends Happening During a Pandemic
33:22

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Sep 03, 2020
How Your Travel Habits Affect Climate Change
45:19

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Aug 26, 2020