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-experts Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva, features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably. Start changing the world by listening to a new, bite-sized episode every week. For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast

Episode Date
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
How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Move
38:15

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 brightly.eco/podcast.

Aug 19, 2020
Apple, L'Oreal and More: Are Big Brands Making a Difference?
52:23

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Aug 13, 2020
What Circular Fashion Really Means with Levi's
44:33

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 www.brightly.eco/podcast

Aug 05, 2020
Eco + Budget Conscious Cleaning 101
50:28

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 www.brightly.eco/podcast 

Jul 29, 2020
Why You Should Go Plastic-Free
47:27

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Jul 22, 2020
What You Need to Know About Carbon Emissions
55:03

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 brightly.eco/podcast

Jul 16, 2020
Why Intersectional Environmentalism Matters
01:02:45

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 brightly.eco/podcast.

Jul 09, 2020
How to Make Your Summer Sustainable
54:49

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

Jul 01, 2020
How Your Fabric Choices Make Fashion More Sustainable
49:19

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 https://brightly.eco/how-your-fabric-choices-make-fashion-more-sustainable/

Jun 24, 2020
10 Easy Tips for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living
45:50

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

Jun 17, 2020
How to Live A Plastic-Free Life With Zuleyka Strasner of Zero
57:52

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: https://brightly.eco/plastic-free-lifestyle-with-zero

Jun 10, 2020
Update: Sustainability Equals Fairness For All
02:03

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
55:09

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 https://brightly.eco/why-your-clean-beauty-routine-makes-a-difference-with-tiila-abbitt-of-aether-beauty

May 25, 2020
How COVID-19 Has Changed Fast Fashion Forever
52:53

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 https://brightly.eco/podcast

May 20, 2020
Organic Gardening for Beginners: Tips from America's #1 Gardener
01:02:12

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 https://brightly.eco/organic-gardening-beginners-joe-gardener

May 13, 2020
25 Ethical and Sustainable Brands to Support Now
50:57

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 https://brightly.eco/eco-conscious-womens-gift-guide

May 06, 2020
Why Minimalism Will Change the World
31:39

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 https://brightly.eco/why-minimalism-will-change-the-world/

Apr 29, 2020
10 Ways You Can Stop Climate Change Right Now
38:43

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

Apr 22, 2020
Why Tiny House Living Inspires Us to Live Small, Dream Big
50:32

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 https://brightly.eco/living-tiny-creates-impact

Apr 13, 2020
Corona-Conscious Eating: Our Top 10 Tips
52:30

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 https://brightly.eco/conscious-eating-101

Apr 07, 2020
How to Stay Cozy and Clean at Home
41:50

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 https://brightly.eco/how-to-stay-cozy-and-clean-at-home/

Mar 31, 2020
Creativity + Compassion During the COVID-19 Crisis
43:54

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 https://brightly.eco/creativity-compassion-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

Mar 24, 2020
How To Be Less Trashy: Zero Waste 101
47:55

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: https://brightly.eco/going-zero-waste plus check out Kathryn at @going.zero.waste on Instagram and www.goingzerowaste.com

Mar 17, 2020
Shop Ethically, Easier: 10 Labels to Look For
49:30

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: https://brightly.eco/ethical-labels-to-look-for/

Mar 03, 2020
How to Buy Nothing for a Year
44:38

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
37:45

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
Make the Planet Your Valentine (Chocolate, Jewelry + More)
37:13

Chocolate, jewelry, or flowers are most likely your go-to gifts this Valentines' Day, and we dig into the sweetest way to show your affection for your loved one and the planet at the same time. Most of us have heard about the questionable ethics in the global chocolate supply chain, but your choice to gift a potted planet rather than fresh-cut roses from South America makes a bigger difference than you might think. As always, the conversation we have is designed to peak your curiosity and prompt you to pause before your next purchase. Fear not, casanovas, because we’ve got the perfect gift recommendations ahead for your sweetheart.

Feb 04, 2020
How Sustainable Is the Super Bowl?
38:22

With more than 90 million fans tuning in to watch Sunday's game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, it’s hard to ignore the impact that this event has every year. Believe it or not, though, the Super Bowl is more sustainable than most realize. Yes, it’s all about the game, the hype, the commercials, and the trophies, but we discovered that it's also about the NFL caring about the carbon footprint such a large event causes. Laura and Liza share the history of sustainability at the NFL, plus tips on how you can be a conscious consumer while at sporting events.

Jan 28, 2020
Calm Under Fire: How to Help During Natural Disasters
38:24

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, discouraged and helpless when learning that billions of animals in Australia have perished because of the wildfires, or that the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is still having a huge impact on the residents of Puerto Rico years later. We say to ourselves “how can I do something? How can I make a difference?" only to end up in unproductive spirals of research which usually lead to inaction. Liza and Laura discuss the best ways you can be helpful when faced with a natural disaster or crisis in your own backyard or halfway across the world. They leave you with actionable tips to have at the ready when you want to roll up your sleeves and help those in a time of need, and they approach this sensitive topic with humility, curiosity, and the utmost respect for those who are on the ground assisting victims.

Jan 23, 2020
How to Make Climate Choices "Parka" Your Life
38:41

30% of clothing in the average wardrobe hasn't been worn once in the past year. We bet you've got a closet full of coats at home, and you've probably never thought about how they contribute to climate change. In this episode Laura and Liza speak with a changemaker focused on reversing climate change through his livelihood, Eric Dayton. Eric is co-founder and CEO of Askov Finlayson, a company that makes outerwear with a net positive impact on the planet. Askov Finlayson has switched to 100% sustainable power for all of their offices and operations, their parkas are made from 100% recycled feather-less down and they have committed to giving back 110% by taking accountability for their carbon footprint. Through these innovations and many more, Askov Finlayson is proving that you can have an apparel company and impact the planet for the better. Whether or not you’re in need of new outerwear this episode is not to be missed.

Jan 14, 2020
2019: Sustainable News In Review (Part 2)
37:27

Part 2: We focus on the growth of conscious consumerism in 2019. More people than ever became aware this year of the negative effects of fast fashion, the positive benefits of meatless Monday, and how their Amazon shopping carts are impacting the planet. Laura and Liza invited Alden Wicker, investigative journalist and founder of EcoCult.com to weigh in on 2019's biggest themes in sustainable news. This is part two of a two-episode series.

Dec 31, 2019
2019: Sustainable News In Review (Part 1)
34:04

It's been quite a year for advancements in the ethical + sustainable lifestyle movement, whether we’re talking about the rise of Marie Kondo or the banning of plastic straws. There’s also been some setbacks (such as in the fight against climate change) and more information than ever before is coming to light about issues like recycling, fast fashion and more. Laura and Liza invited Alden Wicker, investigative journalist and founder of EcoCult.com to weigh in on 2019's biggest themes in sustainable news. This is part one of a two-episode series.

Dec 18, 2019
How To Give Gifts With Less Waste: Experiences + More
31:21

Gifting experiences rather than physical items can make a huge difference during the holiday season. Experiences are truly the gift that keeps giving – they create memories and give your recipient a unique thing to do, they support small businesses, and they don’t directly contribute to another item cluttering up a landfill. Laura and Liza discuss unique ideas that reduce waste while providing joy to everyone on your list.

Dec 05, 2019
Our Black Friday Sustainable Shopping Survival Guide
31:18

Americans spent a whopping $707.5 billion on holiday shopping in 2018, and it can be difficult to avoid getting swept up in the madness that ensues on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Laura and Liza's sustainable shopping survival guide includes practical tips on how to set a budget, shopping for others, and lots of shoutouts to ethical fashion + homegoods brands that are doing things right this season.

Nov 21, 2019
Recommerce is Reinventing How You Shop
26:05

The fashion resale market is exploding, growing 21 times faster than the retail market over the past three years, according to a 2019 study. Consumers are now choosing to buy reused clothing from thrift shops and new apps. One of those new apps is Relovv, a swipeable + personalized digital thrifting experience – we sat down with Alex Shadrow, CEO, to understand the environmental, social, and personal impacts of recommerce.

Nov 05, 2019
Live Episode: Enjoy the Holidays, Ethically
35:16

The holidays equal traditions, togetherness, and abundance. If you’re looking to lead a more minimalist lifestyle or you want to be more conscious about how you’re celebrating this year, it can be a challenge. We’ll get into Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas gifts… and more! This interactive episode was recorded live in San Francisco.

Oct 24, 2019
How Your Online Shopping Impacts the World
29:51

The environmental impact of e-commerce is a hot topic right now and it's full of misconceptions. Online shopping is actually more environmentally friendly than you think – compared to shopping in person, the average consumer's energy consumption + carbon footprint are reduced by over 30%. However, e-commerce has major downstream implications for waste, supply chains, and more, and Laura and Liza get into it on the latest episode.

Oct 08, 2019
The Birds and the Bees
34:36

Learn how to conserve our animal populations in your own backyard. Animal populations have been rapidly declining around the world, including birds and honeybees. Laura and Liza discuss simple steps you can take to make your backyard more wildlife friendly, plus they also get into the issue of microplastics and how your daily load of laundry is contributing to the plastic population in our freshwater supply.

Sep 24, 2019
The Made-to-Order Fashion Revolution
32:07

In 2014, we bought 60% more pieces of clothing than we did in 2000 and kept each garment for half as long. Our closets are stuffed with items that don't fit and the world is feeling the weight of thousands of overflowing bargain bins of cheaply made garments. In this episode, Laura chats with Andrea Madho of Lab 141 about how a new trend in the industry is poised to reduce the waste we're creating and revolutionize the way we think about clothing, paving the way for an inclusive and less harmful ethical fashion space for all.

Sep 10, 2019
Ethical Travel 101
35:38

In this episode, Laura and Liza explain ethical travel; they discuss everything from getting on an airplane to understanding more about carbon offsets and supporting local economies when traveling. Liza says to always have your reusable water bottle with you; however, there are some areas in the world where it is not a good idea to drink the tap water. Laura points out that there are some brands of water bottles with filters built into them, allowing for worry-free water consumption. Plus, Liza says to be careful about which souvenirs you are buying; some sellers take advantage of the artists. Then, the two explain how our travel is directly impacting climate change. We need to choose different avenues of public transportation over airplane travel and single-person car rides. 

Then, Laura tells us how carbon offsets help the environment. When you buy a carbon offset, you fund projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They may do things like restoring forests, planting trees, updating powerplants, and increase energy efficiency. Then, Laura and Liza give tips on things you can do to be sustainable on your trips. While on vacation, you can support businesses by eating at local restaurants rather than big chains. Being like a local is one of the most sustainable things you can do while on trips. Liza likes Airbnb because she can live just like a local and get tips for places to go from her hosts. Stay tuned to find why we shouldn’t exploit wildlife while traveling, think before you volunteer, and if cruises are a sustainable form of travel.

Aug 27, 2019
Back to School + Sustainable Shopping for Kids
30:53

In this episode, Laura and Liza discuss how to encourage your children to become global citizens and how to shop ethically during Back to School season. From re-using last year's supplies to understanding where your kids' clothing is coming from, Good Together investigates the best way to send your family off to school, sustainably.

Aug 13, 2019
Reducing Waste Through Smart Food Shopping
29:00

In this episode, Laura and Liza explain conscious consumerism and how they started thinking about the damaging effects their shopping dollars can have. Today’s topic is all about zero waste shopping regarding food consumption. One of the things you notice when you walk into Trader Joe’s is how much plastic there is. Following a Greenpeace petition to eliminate their plastic usage, Trader Joe’s will be eliminating a million pounds of plastic from their stores. Buying in bulk can be sustainable if you meal plan, utilize reusable containers, and eat the leftovers. Later, Laura and Liza discuss armchair activism and local farmer’s markets. 

Jul 29, 2019
Let's Create Good, Together + Fast Fashion FAQ
23:13

Living ethically should be easier. We'll show you how with 30 minute episodes dedicated to giving you actionable tips to save the planet, every day. In this episode, ethical fashion experts Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva tell us about the inspiration behind Good Together and their platform Brightly.eco. Also covered: all things fast fashion, including tips on cleaning out your closet and where to buy used fashion items.

Jul 29, 2019