Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

By Brightly

Living sustainably should be easier. Curious about a zero waste lifestyle? Want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? As the founder of both Brightly.eco and Wildwoven (a sustainable pajama company), eco-expert Laura Alexander Wittig brings you actionable daily sustainability tips in each episode of Good Together. Tune in weekly for bite-sized ways to make a positive impact! For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast

Episodes

Your Guide to Traveling Sustainably—From Accommodations to Packing

Summer is quickly approaching, meaning you or someone you know will likely be traveling! That’s why, this week, we’re resharing an important past episode with 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/.
22/05/2433m 42s

The Problem with Plastic: Microplastics are Everywhere

Unfortunately, microplastics are everywhere—from the landfill to our oceans, and now even our food and bloodstreams. In this solo episode, Laura goes in depth on the microplastic crisis on the tail of recently published information about the impacts of microplastics on humans. She also shares what she’s doing to avoid microplastics as a consumer, mom, business owner, and advocate of the Earth. For show notes, visit: https://brightly.eco/blog/microplastics-fast-fashion-overview.
15/05/2434m 56s

The Intersection of Wellness and Sustainability with Sadie Lincoln

Conscious consumerism and personal wellness go hand in hand. This week, we're joined by Sadie Lincoln, the visionary CEO and founder of Barre3, to explore the symbiotic relationship between sustainability and physical well-being, and how Barre3 studios nationwide are paving the way for a healthier planet and populace.
08/05/2432m 16s

A Deep Dive Into Donations and the Secondhand Market With George Burt

Have you ever wondered what happens to your donations once you drop them off at Goodwill? Us too! This week, we're joined by George Burt, COO of ShopGoodwill.com—an ecommerce platform that is owned and operated by the non-profit. We explore what happens to donations, how Goodwill gives back to the community, and how to change your shopping habits for good.
01/05/2434m 18s

Reconnecting with the Earth: Hiking and Nature Walks

Warmer weather is here, meaning that there's no better time to get outside and reconnect with our planet. In this solo episode, Laura discusses how spending time in nature can be good for your health and your mind.
24/04/2430m 15s

Are Eco-Friendly Cleaners Actually Effective?

Whether you're team traditional or eco-friendly cleaning products, you might be wondering how effective these eco-friendly cleaners actually are. This week Jason Tetro—AKA "The Germ Guy"— is back to talk about these cleaning products, including their effectiveness and some rules you should always follow.
17/04/2437m 56s

How Franziska Trautmann Is on a Mission to Fix The Glass Recycling System

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 honor of Earth Month, we're resharing an important past episode where 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.
10/04/2430m 33s

Finding Balance: How Manduka is Making Sustainable Strides in the Yoga Industry

In terms of mindfulness, conscious consumerism and practicing yoga go hand in hand. This week, we're joined by Pamela Levine and Christian Regester to discuss the sustainability of yoga and how their company, Manduka, is working on solutions that are better for your practice and the planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-manduka-is-making-sustainable-strides-in-the-yoga-industry/.
03/04/2434m 51s

The Impacts of Climate Change on Childcare and Education with Sara Mauskopf

Climate change doesn't just impact wildlife and the weather. It also impacts human life—and that includes parenting. This week, we're resharing an important past episode with Sara Mauskopf, CEO and co-founder of Winnie, that 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/.
27/03/2433m 46s

How to Make Your Spring Cleaning More Sustainable with Adam Minter

Spring is here, aka the season of deep-cleaning and decluttering. But there's no need to sweep the planet under the rug in the process. Though this time of year finds many Americans sorting through their belongings, the practice can result in undue waste when undertaken mindlessly. This week, we're resharing an important past episode with tips and tricks from journalist and recycling expert Adam Minter, who's nothing short of a sustainable spring cleaning pro. For a full guide, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-spring-cleaning-guide.
20/03/2436m 21s

Sustainable Myth-Busting: Is Eating Plant-Based *Actually* More Expensive?

We know eating more plant-based dishes is a healthy and sustainable choice, but the assumption is that it’s also an expensive one. This week, we're resharing an important past episode where we bust that myth with Toni Okamoto, founder of Plant-Based on a Budget. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/is-plant-based-diet-more-expensive.
13/03/2436m 44s

A Plastic Consumption Deep Dive with Arielle Crawford

Plastic-free living may seem overwhelming, especially when it feels like plastic is everywhere! In this week's episode, Arielle Crawford, sustainability educator and professor of sustainable manufacturing, chats all things plastic and zero-waste living, including how you can start reducing your plastic consumption.
06/03/2429m 49s

Sustainable News Roundup: February Edition

In this month's news roundup, Laura discusses some sustainable headlines you may have missed during February. From Thrive Market accepting SNAP EBT to how your hotel stay might become more eco-friendly, here are some news stories from the sustainability realm.
28/02/2426m 54s

How Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau Are Inspiring the Next Wave of Planet Champions

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. This week, we're resharing an important past episode where 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.
21/02/2436m 31s

The Impact of Climate Change on Germ Spread with Jason Tetro

As we know climate change has major implications, including natural disasters and infrastructure damage. However, have you ever considered how it impacts microbes? This week Jason Tetro—AKA "The Germ Guy"—educates us on how climate change affects microbes and germ spread.
14/02/2438m 2s

How to Keep Your Clothing Out of Landfills with Amelia Trumble

With spring cleaning around the corner, you're probably wondering if there's a sustainable way to get rid of unwanted clothing. This week, Amelia Trumble, co-founder and CEO of Retold Recycling, talks all things clothing recycling and how you can keep your clothing out of the landfill.
07/02/2432m 12s

Sustainable News Roundup: January Edition

In this new series, Laura is discussing news stories she’s seen in the sustainability realm. From Kroger's initiative that prioritizes pollinators in the supply chain to the world's largest cruise ship setting sail, here are some headlines you may have missed this month. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/january-sustainability-news.
31/01/2426m 55s

Small Changes in Your Daily Routine That Can Shrink Your Family's Carbon Footprint

In an era where planet Earth could use a little extra TLC, many parents are setting out to raise their little ones with a side of sustainability. The good news? You don't have to be an eco-warrior to make a difference. This week, Jen Panaro, the founder and editor-in-chief of Honestly Modern, shares small changes in your daily routine that can wield a super-sized impact on shrinking your family's carbon footprint. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-parenting-habits.
24/01/2435m 7s

Exploring Ocean Acidification and Its Detrimental Impact on Marine Life with Dr. Jessica Cross

We talk a lot about greenhouse gas emissions and what they’re doing to our atmosphere. But what about our oceans? That’s a question best posed to Dr. Jessica Cross, a research oceanographer with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, WA. This week, we’re resharing an important past episode where you’ll learn everything there is to know about ocean acidification and the effect it has on the planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/ocean-acidification.
17/01/2430m 56s

Is Aquaponics the Future of Farming?

Imagine a farming method where fish and vegetables engage in a mutually beneficial tango, creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. This week, Cody Parker, founder of Drop the Beet Farms, is diving into the world of aquaponics—something that’s not only transforming the way we grow food, but also holds the promise of a more sustainable and interconnected future for our planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/aquaponics.
10/01/2436m 14s

Balancing Sustainability Goals vs. Financial Realities

Current economic circumstances are putting a lot of pressure on everyone right now. As we enter 2024, our mission is to equip you with all the tools you'll need to balance your sustainability goals with financial realities—from cost-cutting grocery shopping tips to ways to utilize your community before buying new. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainability-goals-vs-financial-realities.
03/01/2431m 23s

How to Make Craft Time More Sustainable with Tiffanie Anne Westgor

Crafting is fun—there's no doubt about that. Unfortunately, it isn't always the most sustainable hobby. One quick walk through any craft store will leave you looking at shelves brimming with an endless array of glittering possibilities, but it's hard to ignore the environmental impact that often lurks behind the sparkle. This week, Tiffanie Anne Westgor, a sustainable crafting expert, is sharing how making small changes during our crafting and DIY adventures can make a big impact on the world around us. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-crafting.
20/12/2334m 6s

Thrifty Gifting: How to Turn Secondhand Treasures Into Unforgettable Gifts

The notion of wrapping up a pre-owned item as a gift was traditionally met with raised eyebrows. However, in recent times, the narrative surrounding secondhand gifting has undergone a notable transformation as more and more people embrace the idea of sustainable and eco-friendly gift-giving. This week, Bre Eggert, the founder of Average But Inspired, is sharing all the tips and tricks you need to ensure your thrifting endeavors result in thoughtful and memorable presents. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/secondhand-gifting-tips.
13/12/2329m 44s

How to Make Your Christmas More Sustainable with Sarah Robertson-Barnes

Between the gift shopping, endless rolls of wrapping paper, and glittery decor, staying sustainable over the holidays can be a challenge. This week, Sarah Robertson-Barnes, a low-waste living expert and the founder of Sustainable in the Suburbs, is back to discuss everything you need to know to make your holiday season more eco-friendly, no matter how you’re celebrating. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-have-an-eco-friendly-christmas.
06/12/2339m 9s

Want to Dedicate Your Career to the Climate? Dr. Lisa Allyn Dale Is Here to Help

At Good Together, a huge part of what we do involves connecting the dots between conscious consumerism and climate change, and we recognize that daily actions CAN make a difference. But what if you’re looking to get involved in a bigger way and even want to dedicate your career to the climate? Someone who’s full of great advice is this week's guest, Dr. Lisa Allyn Dale, who teaches at Columbia Climate School in New York City. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/jobs-in-sustainability.
29/11/2331m 2s

How to Make Your Thanksgiving More Eco-Friendly with Sarah Robertson-Barnes

Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to celebrate everything we're thankful for. What you may not realize, though, is between the food waste and holiday travel emissions, it's one of the least sustainable holidays. The good news is you don't have to sacrifice your holiday fun. This week, Sarah Robertson-Barnes, a low-waste living expert and the founder of Sustainable in the Suburbs, is here to help make your Thanksgiving more eco-friendly. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/eco-friendly-thanksgiving.
15/11/2331m 56s

Everyday Lower-Waste Recipes with Grace Elkus

In search of a new recipe that's not only delicious but also has the planet in mind? Look no further than Good Together’s new series, Everyday Lower-Waste Recipes, where Laura shares which meal has been on repeat in her home. This week, she’s joined by Grace Elkus, a food writer and editor, recipe developer, and content creator, to chat about her latest food obsession and ways to cut down on waste.
08/11/2336m 5s

How to Reduce Your Digital Carbon Footprint

You're probably well aware of your carbon footprint and the impact it has on the environment. It's why we make such conscious efforts to reduce things like our energy consumption, water usage, and waste on a daily basis. However, what we often overlook is our *digital* carbon footprint. This week, Laura shares how everything from social media to streaming to our inbox impacts the planet—and how we can make positive changes toward a brighter future. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/digital-carbon-footprint.
01/11/2324m 25s

Robin Greenfield on Cultivating Sustainable Change for a Better World

When it comes to being ultra-sustainable, Robin Greenfield definitely knows what he's doing. The activist and humanitarian has been working on making the world a more sustainable space for years now, oftentimes with attention-grabbing projects that highlight important issues. This week, he discusses his journey to green living and how we can all be the change we wish to see in the world. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/rob-greenfield-interview.
25/10/2336m 15s

Endocrine Disruptors Are Sneaking Into Your Daily Routine—Here's How

Have you ever wondered what harmful substances might be lurking in your everyday routine? One such example is endocrine disruptors, and they're making their way into our lives in the most unexpected ways, not only harming our health but also the environment. This week, award-winning journalist Alden Wicker joins Laura to discuss the growing problem and what conscious consumers can do to stay safe.
18/10/2338m 8s

How to Shop Secondhand Like a Pro with Kellie Brown

Kellie Brown of "And I Get Dressed" and "Deeply Madly Modern" is known for her incredible taste in style and interior design. But you won't always find her buying new—she prefers being thrifty and is a pro at scoring secondhand home finds that belong in your favorite magazines. In this week's episode, we're stealing all her secrets. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/secondhand-shopping-tips-that-elevate-your-home.
11/10/2332m 42s

Which Saves More Water—Hand Washing Dishes or Using the Dishwasher?

When it comes to environmental footprints, our water use warrants a serious conversation—and Jonah Schein, the national program manager for Homes & Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, agrees. This week, Jonah settles the dishwasher vs hand washing debate (once and for all!), as well as shares other ways we can increase our efficiency around usage. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/dishwasher-vs-hand-washing.
04/10/2335m 29s

How Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change Right Before Our Eyes

Scientists say climate change is already affecting every region across the globe. And, animals are responding quicker than humans. This week, we're resharing a past episode with Thor Hanson, a biologist and the author of Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid. In it, he discusses how animals are adapting to climate change right before our eyes. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/animals-adapting-climate-change.
13/09/2335m 8s

The Secret to Becoming a Planet-Conscious Cook with Max La Manna

Plant-forward, sustainable eating and scrappy cooking are on the rise as ways to mitigate climate change and better the planet. This week, we’re resharing a past episode with Max La Manna, a sustainable chef and award-winning author. In it, he 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.
06/09/2339m 10s

Is Climate Change Curriculum Coming to a School Near You?

Climate change hasn't always been part of the curriculum at schools across the nation, but that's changing. In 2020, New Jersey became the first state to require that climate change is taught across all subjects. Then in 2022, Connecticut passed a law that required that lessons on human-caused climate change be incorporated into the science curriculum. Now, New York City has officially rolled out a climate-based curriculum, too. In this week’s episode, Vicki Sando, a Green STEM teacher at PS 41 in Manhattan, touches on the future of climate-based education, the green roof revolution, and more.
30/08/2322m 38s

Could Ocean Waves Be the Answer to Our Sustainable Energy Needs?

We get energy from wind and the sun, but have you ever looked toward the vast, untapped energy potential of our oceans? Yep, that's right—with more than 70% of the earth's surface covered by water, wave energy has the potential to become a key contributor to our global energy needs. The topic is something this week’s guest, Jan Skjoldhammer, the founder and CEO of the wave energy developer Novige AB, definitely knows a thing or two about. So could wave energy be the next big thing in sustainable energy? For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/wave-energy.
23/08/2335m 19s

Can 'Mindful Consumption' Help You Live More Sustainably?

This week, we're diving into “mindful consumption”—a concept that allows us to make more intentional choices in our daily lives. By being more mindful about what we’re buying, we can foster a more sustainable lifestyle, benefitting both our bank accounts and the planet.
16/08/2319m 58s

Is Regenerative Agriculture a Solution to the Climate Crisis?

As we witness the mounting challenges posed by climate change, soil degradation, and biodiversity loss, regenerative agriculture emerges as a beacon of hope, offering a paradigm shift from conventional farming practices. This week, we’re diving into the ins and outs of the innovative approach to farming with Evan Harrison, the CEO at Kiss the Ground. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/regenerative-agriculture.
09/08/2332m 32s

Why the Founder of OfferUp Thinks We Have Too Much Stuff, with StuffTV

Laura Wittig recently sat down with Nick Huzar, the co-founder of OfferUp, to talk about the impact that all of the stuff we accumulate has on the planet. (Spoiler: It's not good!) This week, you can listen in from the other side: We're sharing Nick's interview with Laura on his own podcast, StuffTV. For more episodes, visit stufftv.org.
02/08/2341m 14s

The Importance of Bees—and What You Can Do to Help Save Them

Bee species are being threatened by multiple factors, from pesticide use to habitat loss. That's why we all need to do our part to help save them. This week, we're resharing an important past episode with Jonathan Powell, a trustee at Natural Beekeeping Trust and a natural beekeeper himself. In it, you'll 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. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-save-the-bees.
26/07/2336m 48s

Want to Upgrade Your Space, Sustainably? Tips and Tricks for Eco-Friendly Home Improvements

We all love the feeling of accomplishment that comes with making small upgrades around the home. Unfortunately, these changes can come at a cost to the planet—be it in the form of excess waste, buying decor or furniture that’s cheaply made and doesn’t last, or using non-renewable resources that have a hefty environmental footprint. This week, Laura is sharing eco-upgrades she's made around her own home—and how you, too, can make home improvements sustainably. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-home-improvement-tips.
19/07/2331m 41s

How to Master Meal Prepping—the Secret to Reducing Food Waste (and Saving Money)

If you haven’t jumped on the meal prepping bandwagon yet, you’ll want to change that ASAP. It’s a secret weapon that can transform your life into a sustainable, money-saving, waste-reducing adventure. This week, Dini Klein, the founder of Prep + Rally, is sharing everything you’ll need to know to get started on your journey. For more tips and tricks, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-make-homemade-salad-dressing.
12/07/2335m 0s

A Surprising View on Climate Politics (Plus a Stasher Rant You Won't Want to Miss)

This week, Laura is chatting about an interesting new report from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication that will leave you feeling hopeful for the future of our planet. Plus, a Stasher rant you won't want to miss.
05/07/2334m 56s

How Our 'Stuff' Problem Impacts the Planet (and the Key to Beating Overconsumption for Good)

We have a major “stuff” problem. With everything we want just a click away, we bring new things into our homes every day… just to toss them out. This excessive consumption has led to an alarming statistic: The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash each day. For a family of four, that’s 6,570 pounds of trash generated per year. This week, we dive into the issue with Nick Huzar, the co-founder and board director at OfferUp and the founder of StuffTV. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/americas-stuff-problem.
28/06/2337m 53s

Are Your Donations to Environmental Organizations Actually Making an Impact?

We all want to put our money toward saving the environment, and luckily, there are many organizations to choose from that are doing just that. The unfortunate reality is that it can be really hard to tell where your donations are actually going—and whether or not they’re making an impact. This week, Chris Vargas, a Silicon Valley-based tech entrepreneur and the founder of ReWorld, is sharing the surprising truth about what goes on behind the scenes at some of these environmental organizations and how to ensure your dollars are being well-spent.
21/06/2326m 3s

How to Break Up With Fast Fashion and Build a Sustainable Wardrobe You Love

It feels impossible to scroll through social media without stumbling upon a fast fashion haul. And it's no wonder why fast fashion is so popular—it's cheap, easily accessible, and trendy. But there are much better ways to shop for both your wallet and the planet. This week, we're resharing a past episode that dives into how to break up with fast fashion for good and finally build a sustainable wardrobe you love. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-break-up-with-fast-fashion.
14/06/2337m 23s

What's the Deal With PVC? How the Popular Plastic Affects Human Health and the Planet

PVC or polyvinyl chloride, one of the most widely used plastics in the world, has a unique combination of properties, making it versatile and useful in the fashion industry and beyond. However, it’s also a controversial material due to its environmental impact and potential health risks. This week, Laura dives into the topic with Alden Wicker, an award-winning journalist and the author of ‘To Dye For: How Toxic Fashion Is Making Us Sick.’ For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/pvc-health-environment-concerns.
07/06/2338m 55s

Meet ‘Creative Reuse Centers’—a New Wave of Thrift Stores Keeping Craft Supplies Out of Landfills

If you’ve ever wished there was a thrift store for crafters filled with paint, fabrics, scrapbooking supplies, stickers, beads, and essentially everything else your creative heart desires, you’re in luck. Creative reuse centers are on the rise, and they’re giving these odds and ends a new destiny—one that doesn’t involve the landfill. This week, Toban Nichols, the director of education and development at REMAINDERS Creative Reuse in Pasadena, California, discusses how creative reuse centers are benefiting the planet—and why you’ll want to plan a visit to one ASAP. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/creative-reuse-centers.
31/05/2333m 48s

All Things Clean Beauty—Including the Staples Laura Can’t Live Without

Clean beauty is a complicated topic. This week, Laura shares what "clean beauty" really means, the benefits of switching to cleaner products, how to make the transition, and the tried-and-true products she can't live without. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-successfully-transition-into-a-clean-beauty-routine.
24/05/2324m 17s

Watt’s Up With Hydropower? How We Can Harness Nature’s Energy Source for a Greener Future

Hydropower is one of the world's oldest renewable energy sources. But what is it, how does it work, and how does it benefit the planet? In this week’s episode, Dr. Melissa Lott, the Director of Research at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, is diving into all of the above. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/hydropower-guide.
17/05/2330m 36s

Are the Materials in Your Mattress Affecting the Quality of Your Sleep?

There are many reasons why it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep—stress, too much scrolling on your phone, too much caffeine, and beyond. But did you know that the materials your mattress is made of could be impacting the quality of your sleep, too? To discuss this important topic is Arin Schultz, the vice president of sales and marketing at Naturepedic. Save 15% sitewide at Naturepedic.com by using the code BRIGHTLY15 at checkout. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-sleep.
10/05/2338m 35s

Grow With Purpose: Dominique Charles on the Joys of Starting Your Own Garden

There are so many benefits to going outside and getting your hands dirty. This week, Dominique Charles, the CEO and creator of Plots & Pans, talks gardening with purpose—from growing produce that inspires creative cooking to deepening your connection with nature. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/urban-gardening-tips.
03/05/2336m 27s

The Urban Farming Boom: How to Start Growing Your Own Food From Anywhere, From Backyards to Balconies

Gone are the days of solely relying on grocery stores to provide fresh produce, eggs, and other meal essentials. Now, an increasing number of individuals are reconnecting with their agricultural roots and discovering the advantages of urban farming. Two people who are very familiar with this trend are this week’s guests—Stephanie Thurow and Michelle Bruhn, the co-authors of the new book ‘Small-Scale Homesteading.’ Learn how to start growing your own food from anywhere, whether you’re working with a small apartment balcony or a big backyard. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/urban-farming.
26/04/2336m 45s

Extra Sneezy Lately? How Climate Change Is Making Allergy Season Worse

Are your seasonal allergies extra bad this year? According to a recent report, allergy season is said to be earlier, longer, and worse—all due to climate change. To discuss this matter, Laura is joined by Dr. Lewis Ziska, the senior author of the study and an associate professor in the Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/allergies-and-climate-change.
19/04/2332m 6s

Lessons in Sustainability from Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the Peanuts Gang

Everyone is a fan of the Peanuts gang, whether that’s Snoopy, Charlie Brown, or Lucy. We’ve partnered with Peanuts to create an exclusive capsule collection of sustainable products, called the “Brightly x Take Care with Peanuts Collection,” to help you make small swaps in your daily routine that better the planet. This week, Laura is joined by Melissa Menta, the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Peanuts Worldwide, to discuss the collection and beyond. To shop the collection, visit https://brightly.eco/peanuts.
12/04/2334m 4s

Dying to Be Green: The Rise of Aquamation, a Water-Based Alternative to Flame Cremation

Brightly’s second annual Sustainability Trends Report just went live, and one of the most intriguing trends covers the deathcare industry’s sustainable evolution. One eco-friendly alternative worth diving into is aquamation, a water-based alternative to flame cremation. This week, Mallory Greene, the co-founder and CEO at Eirene, discusses exactly how the process works and why it’s a more sustainable option. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/eco-friendly-burial-options.
05/04/2333m 45s

Curious About Minimalism? An Expert Shares How (and Why!) to Downsize Responsibly

We all know that a huge cornerstone of sustainability is reevaluating our relationship with consumerism—which means taking stock of what we have, what we need, and what we don’t. Dara Zycherman, a minimalist lifestyle coach and the owner of Less Equals More, has made a career of helping others pare down their belongings, supporting clients in reducing their “stuff” to help improve their lives. Here's how you can do the same sustainably and responsibly. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/minimalist-lifestyle.
29/03/2336m 18s

Not All Wildfires Are Bad: The Benefits of Controlled Burns with Deborah Landau of The Nature Conservancy

Did you know not all wildfires are bad? This week, Deborah Landau, the Director of Ecological Management at The Nature Conservancy, discusses the benefits of prescribed burns—aka planned wildfires that encourage ecosystem restoration and natural biodiversity. To learn more, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/controlled-burns-benefits.
22/03/2333m 38s

Spring Cleaning? Here's How to Get Rid of Your Stuff Sustainably

Spring is here, aka the season of deep-cleaning and decluttering. But there's no need to sweep the planet under the rug in the process. Though this time of year finds many Americans sorting through their belongings, the practice can result in undue waste when undertaken mindlessly. That's exactly why we’re getting tips and tricks from journalist and recycling expert Adam Minter, who's nothing short of a sustainable spring cleaning pro. For a full guide, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-spring-cleaning-guide.
15/03/2338m 5s

Do Our Streaming Habits Negatively Impact the Planet?

When we talk about reducing our carbon footprint, we often look toward obvious factors like landfill waste, transportation, emissions, and household use. But speaking of household use, there's actually another factor that has a greater impact than you might think: streaming your favorite shows, music, and more. This week we're resharing an important past episode that will make you see your binge-watching habits in a new light. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/environmental-impact-streaming.
08/03/2336m 52s

How Organization and Sustainability Go Hand-in-Hand

Living a more sustainable lifestyle is all about paying attention to your consumer habits—investing in products with a longer life and lower footprint, repurposing as much as possible, and generally buying less. But this week you'll learn how organizing these items can be a crucial step in making the most of what you have (saving time and money in the process). For more tips and tricks, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainability-and-organization.
01/03/2328m 37s

Urban Gardener Nick Cutsumpas Discusses Collecting Rainwater, Why to Ditch Grass, and More

Whether you're interested in learning how to collect rainwater, the benefits of native plants, or why to ditch grass for good, Nick Cutsumpas has you covered. This week, the plant coach and urban gardener discusses all of the above... and then some. To learn more, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/plant-blindness.
22/02/2338m 48s

Everything You Should Know About Microplastics

Microplastics can be found everywhere, from our oceans to our food and even our drinking water. This week, Dr. Imogen Napper, a marine scientist and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Plymouth, shares everything you should know about microplastic pollution—including how to start making a difference right at home. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/microplastics.
15/02/2335m 5s

Australia’s Plastic Recycling Scam—Plus Other Current Eco-Events to Know About

In our new series that covers current eco-events, Laura will be discussing important headlines you should know about. This week, learn about a recycling scam in Australia that’s resulted in a ton (actually, thousands of tons) of wasted plastic. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/australia-redcycle-plastic-recycling-scam.
08/02/2324m 29s

How to Green Your Laundry Routine: Small Swaps That Make a Big Difference

Did you know the average American family does 300 loads of laundry per year? As you can imagine, that water and energy usage adds up. In this week’s episode, Zachary Pozniak, a mechanical engineer turned luxury dry cleaner and laundry content creator, shares simple swaps that will make your laundry routine more sustainable. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/eco-friendly-laundry-swaps.
01/02/2344m 56s

Reduce, Reuse, Romance: How to Have a Sustainable Valentine's Day

There’s nothing less romantic than trashing the planet. This week, Laura is giving you the low-down on how to celebrate Valentine's Day in the most sustainable way possible. From gift ideas that won't break the bank (or the planet) to simple ways to reduce waste, you don’t need to sacrifice romance for sustainability. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-have-an-eco-friendly-valentines-day.
25/01/2327m 20s

Graham Hill Shares 'The Big 6'—Impactful Actions That Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Graham Hill has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years. From founding the website Treehugger in 2004 to the creation of The Carbonauts in 2019, he’s made it his life mission to better the planet. In this week’s episode, he’s helping you do the same by sharing what he calls “The Big Six”—the most impactful actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/how-to-reduce-carbon-footprint.
18/01/2336m 5s

What Is the Heat Island Effect—and How Is It Affecting Cities Across the Country?

Temperatures are rising all around the world. But if you feel like the streets of your urban neighborhood are especially sweltering, you may be right. Climate scientists like Dr. Jeremy Hoffman are studying the heat island effect, an infrastructure, equity, and climate-based issue that results in higher localized temperatures than those experienced in outlying areas. Climate change is undoubtedly turning up the heat on this issue—but there are things you and your community can do to help, starting with learning about heat islands themselves. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/heat-islands.
11/01/2338m 55s

New Year, New (Sustainable) You: Creating Resolutions That Stick

Small changes can have a really big impact on the planet—and what better way to make a difference than by creating New Year's resolutions that help you live more sustainably in 2023? This week, Laura takes you through her own resolutions and shares tips and tricks on how to create eco-habits that stick. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-new-years-resolutions.
04/01/2330m 29s

Why One Restaurateur Wants You to Eat Your Trash

Yep, you read that right—restaurateur Kayla Abe wants you to eat your trash. In this week’s episode, learn how her San Francisco eatery, Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine, relies on ingredients that might go unused elsewhere—think irregular produce and offcuts from the meat industry—to create a menu that’s unique, climate-friendly, and delicious. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/kayla-abe-interview.
28/12/2232m 12s

What Actually Happens to Returns? The Truth Might Surprise You

Whether it's a clothing item that doesn't fit or decor that isn't your style, returns are inevitable. But while most people assume a returned item goes back onto the shelf, that's unfortunately not always the case. In this week’s episode, we dive into what *actually* happens to your returns—and what you can do to combat the issue. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/what-happens-to-returns.
21/12/2234m 17s

How to Make Your Wellness Routine More Sustainable

In today's fast-paced, stressful world, a wellness routine isn’t a luxury—it’s essential. This week, Laura chats with Samantha Leal, the deputy editor at Well+Good, about how taking care of yourself and the planet can go hand-in-hand. From choosing activewear made from eco-friendly materials to swapping single-use beauty products for refillable options, consider this your go-to guide. To learn more, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-wellness-tips.
14/12/2233m 1s

Sustainable Present Ideas for Even the Most Hard-to-Gift People

Let’s be real—some people are really hard to shop for. This week, Laura is sharing her top tips for choosing the perfect holiday gifts, which not only brings on the holiday cheer, but also prevents returns—a category that accounts for five billion pounds of landfill waste every year. To shop her top sustainable picks, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/gifts-for-people-who-are-hard-to-shop-for.
07/12/2232m 43s

Real or Artificial Christmas Trees: Which Option Is Better for the Environment?

The holidays are quickly approaching, and you know what that means: it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Before making a purchase, let’s dive into one of the most popular holiday debates: Which is better for the environment—real or artificial? This week, we answer that question with Andy Finton, a Massachusetts-based Forest Ecologist for The Nature Conservancy. For more information, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/christmas-tree-sustainability.
30/11/2240m 24s

What Is Ocean Acidification—and How Is It Affecting the Planet?

We talk a lot about greenhouse gas emissions and what they’re doing to our atmosphere. But what about our oceans? That’s a question best posed to Dr. Jessica Cross, a research oceanographer with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, WA. In this week’s episode, you’ll learn everything there is to know about ocean acidification and the effect it has on the planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/ocean-acidification.
23/11/2230m 45s

How to Make Your Next Move More Sustainable

Last year, 27 million Americans moved. Not surprisingly, that many moves result in a lot of waste. Think about all the boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap it takes to pack up and transport your entire life to a new location. This week, you’ll get tips and tricks from the Brightly team that will make your next move more sustainable. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/10-tips-for-an-eco-friendly-move.
16/11/2227m 45s

Dishwasher vs Hand Washing—Which Actually Saves More Water?

When it comes to environmental footprints, our water use warrants a serious conversation—and Jonah Schein, the national program manager for Homes & Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, agrees. This week, Jonah settles the dishwasher vs hand washing debate (once and for all!) as well as shares other ways we can increase our efficiency around usage. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/dishwasher-vs-hand-washing.
09/11/2234m 9s

Realistic Sustainable Parenting Tips: Cloth Diapering, DIY Baby Food, and Beyond

This week, host Laura Wittig shares everything she's learned about sustainable parenting in her first year of motherhood. She covers the realities of cloth diapering, tips for cutting costs on essentials, how homemade baby food has helped her family combat food waste, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-parenting-tips.
02/11/2236m 50s

Pineapple, Mushrooms, and Beyond—Are Alternative Leathers Worth the Hype?

The alternative leather market is exploding right now. There’s leather made from mushrooms, pineapples, recycled bottles, and even apples. This week, we're resharing a past episode where we do a deep-dive into the world of eco-leathers. Are they worth the hype? Come find out. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/vegan-leather-sustainability.
26/10/2235m 55s

How to Shop Secondhand Like a Pro with Kellie Brown

Kellie Brown of "And I Get Dressed" is known for her incredible taste in style and interior design. But you won't always find her buying new—she prefers being thrifty and is a pro at scoring secondhand home finds that belong in your favorite magazines. In this week's episode, we're stealing all her secrets. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/secondhand-shopping-tips-that-elevate-your-home.
19/10/2230m 43s

Is Eating Plant-Based *Actually* More Expensive? A Common Myth, Busted

We know eating more plant-based dishes is a healthy and sustainable choice, but the assumption is that it’s also an expensive one. This week, we’re busting that myth with Toni Okamoto, founder of Plant-Based on a Budget. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/is-plant-based-diet-more-expensive.
12/10/2235m 53s

What Really Happens to the Items You Throw Away (It’s Not What You Think)

What actually happens to your recyclables once they're picked up from the curb, or the clothes you put in a donation bin? This week, we're resharing one of our favorite episodes where we do a deep-dive into what really happens to the items we throw away. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/throwaway-culture.
05/10/2234m 36s

Nuclear Waste Isn't What You Think It Is—Here's the Truth and How It Could Benefit the Planet

Our dependence on fossil fuels is quite literally reaching a boiling point. And while the likes of electric vehicles and solar power are among essential alternatives, a wholesale, readily available solution to our carbon dependence can sometimes feel like fiction. But, the answer exists—though it’s often vilified. This week, we discuss common misconceptions around nuclear waste, as well as its potential to power our planet.
28/09/2231m 51s

Dealing With Eco-Anxiety? A Climate Psychologist Is Here to Help

If you're feeling anxious about the current state of our planet, you're not alone. These feelings, coined as "eco-anxiety" and "climate anxiety," have been affecting all of us in different ways. This week, we're resharing a past episode we love featuring 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/.
21/09/2243m 4s

Remy Morimoto Park on Her Sustainability Journey, Dealing with Trolls, and Staying Authentic on Social Media

All it takes is a quick scroll through Remy Morimoto Park’s Instagram feed to inspire you to whip up a delicious vegan meal or make a lifestyle change that betters the planet. This week, the founder of Veggiekins is here to chat about her sustainability journey, dealing with trolls, and how she stays authentic on social media. https://brightly.eco/remy-park-interview/
14/09/2228m 42s

Sustainability Entrepreneur Jeffrey Hollender Talks Greenwashing and the Need for Corporate Transparency

Over the last couple of decades, small and big businesses alike have begun incorporating sustainability commitments into their business models. Whether it’s going carbon neutral or switching to compostable packaging, these promises surrounding a company's efforts are ubiquitous. But when it comes to eco-conscious business practices, how can a consumer determine what's genuine and what's greenwashing? This week, Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation and current CEO of the American Sustainable Business Network, answers all your questions. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/jeffrey-hollender-interview.
07/09/2232m 33s

Footwear's Footprint: The Shoe Industry’s Issues—and Steps Toward a Sustainable Future

When it comes to building a sustainable wardrobe, a lot of focus (read: ire) falls to fast fashion. But what about footwear? Though shoes are designed to travel with you, it's the journey from factory to foot that is cause for concern—and that entrepreneurs, like Jordan Clark of Dooeys, are striving to reimagine. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/footwear-industry-sustainability/.
31/08/2230m 38s

Leadership Lessons We Can Learn From Our Animal Friends

We support all creatures, great and small. We also take the opportunity to learn from animals, because they can teach us a lot. This week, Julie C. Henry, author of Wisdom from the Wild, shares how both new and experienced leaders can learn from—and be inspired by—the wildlife around them, whether that’s a naked mole rat or a sea cucumber. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/leadership-lessons-we-can-learn-from-animals/.
24/08/2236m 15s

Everything You Should Know About Residential Solar Power

10 years ago, most people's version of being energy-efficient was running a fan instead of an air conditioner. While that's still a great move, technology is making it easier than ever to help the planet—and the rise in residential solar panels in neighborhoods across the country is one such advance already making an impact. This week, James Lawler, founder of Climate Now, discusses residential solar in detail—a topic so many people are curious about but have yet to fully dive into. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-solar-energy-benefits-environment.
17/08/2233m 41s

It’s Back-to-School Season! Tips and Tricks for a Sustainable Academic Year

Typical back-to-school essentials include clothing from fast fashion brands, stacks of new textbooks and notebooks, and plastic school supplies. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to make this school year your most planet-friendly yet. Whether you're a college student or a parent, this week's episode is loaded with tips and tricks to start your year on a sustainable note. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/sustainable-back-to-school-tips/.
10/08/2235m 24s

For Chef Nisha Vora, the Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Is All About Small Wins

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/.
03/08/2232m 36s

The Ins and Outs of Building a Climate-Friendly Business from Scratch

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.
27/07/2233m 15s

The Rise of Waterless Beauty: Why Consumers Are Saying No to Excess H2O

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/.
20/07/2231m 24s

How to Travel Sustainably, From Booking the Best Accommodation to Packing Your Bag

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/.
13/07/2233m 46s

The Environmental Impact of Periods with Nadya Okamoto

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.
06/07/2236m 54s

Sustainable Maximalism Is Possible—and This Designer Is Proof

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/.
29/06/2232m 3s

The Glass Recycling System Is Broken—but Franziska Trautmann Is on a Mission to Fix It

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.
22/06/2228m 59s

How Environmental Activist Sharona Shnayder Is Using Social Media to Start an Anti-Litter Revolution

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.
15/06/2227m 59s

How the Restaurant Industry Is Tackling Food Waste, One Deep Fryer at a Time

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.
08/06/2234m 44s

Does Climate Change Affect Childcare and Education? This Expert Thinks So

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/.
01/06/2232m 47s

Your Guide to Being a First-Time Plant Parent

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/.
25/05/2238m 35s

Sustainable Textiles 101: How to Avoid Greenwashing and Shop Like a Pro

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.
18/05/2236m 14s

How to (Finally!) Break Up with Fast Fashion for Good

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.
11/05/2235m 7s

Climate Scientist Peter Kalmus' Viral Protest Was Just the Beginning—Here's What's Next

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/
04/05/2239m 46s

Max La Manna Is Turning Millions Into Planet-Conscious Cooks—and You're Next

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
27/04/2236m 36s

Who’s Really Responsible for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions on a Global Scale?

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.
20/04/2242m 39s

Reimagining Sustainable Eating with Clarissa Wei of 'Climate Cuisine’

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.
13/04/2234m 7s

How to Reduce the Carbon 'Pawprint' of Your Pets

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
06/04/2239m 8s

Ashlan and Philippe Cousteau on Inspiring the Next Wave of Planet Champions

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.
30/03/2236m 32s

Is Our Obsession with Netflix, Spotify, and Other Streaming Services Harming the Planet?

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/.
23/03/2233m 47s

Why Are Coral Reefs Dying—and What Can You Do to Help Save Them?

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.
16/03/2230m 51s

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 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.
09/03/2234m 37s

Torrey DeVitto: How the Actress Advocates for Animals and the Planet, On-Screen and Off

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.
02/03/2235m 15s

How to Adopt a Tiny Living Mindset from Anywhere

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.
23/02/2247m 31s

How Animals Are Adapting to Climate Change Right Before Our Eyes

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.
16/02/2238m 43s

Shop Talk: Everyday Swaps for Coffee, Batteries, and More

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.
09/02/2239m 42s

The Dirt on Human Composting

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.
02/02/2233m 48s

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

If you’ve ever seen tiny plastic pellets mixed in the sand at the beach, on a lake shoreline, or in another natural environment, chances are you’ve encountered nurdles. While they may be small, they’re a huge threat to the planet. This week, Laura speaks with Jace Tunnell, the director of the Mission-Aransas Reserve at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the founder of Nurdle Patrol, about the impact nurdles have on the environment, how they might be showing up in food sources, and how you can get involved as a conscious consumer. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/what-are-nurdles.
26/01/2236m 3s

Tips and Tricks for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living

New Year’s resolutions come in all shapes and sizes, but as a Good Together listener, it’s likely that doing your part to better the planet is one of them. While there’s a myth floating around that you need a lot of money to live sustainably, that’s not at all the case. There are many budget-friendly ways to better the world, and this episode is full of hacks, tips, and tricks that are bound to make 2022 your most sustainable year yet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/making-sustainability-affordable-for-all.
19/01/2243m 41s

How the Automotive Industry Impacts Climate Change—and What You Can Do to Help

Transportation accounts for 29% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the largest contributor—even over electricity and agriculture. After decades of stalled action on fuel efficiency standards, fuel efficiency and new vehicle greenhouse gas standards are on a path to improve over the next 13 years. This week, Laura speaks with Dan Becker, director of the Center for Biological Diversity's Safe Climate Transport Campaign, about the future of the transportation industry and its role in climate change. He also discusses how we can shape the future of the automotive industry. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-reduce-your-transportation-footprint.
12/01/2238m 8s

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

Our January Product Drop is here! In this week's episode, Liza and Kendall share some of their top Brightly Shop picks that will help you live more sustainably in 2022. To see all the products, visit https://brightly.eco/january-shop-picks/.
05/01/2231m 15s

#SaveTheBees Is More Than a Hashtag: Here's How You Can Help

Although #savethebees was once a trendy movement on social media, it has since grown into a larger call to action for the protection and preservation of honeybees. In today's episode, Laura chats with Jonathan Powell, a trustee at Natural Beekeeping Trust and a natural beekeeper himself, to learn about the vital role bees play in the environment, what a "natural beekeeper" actually is, and how we can play an important role in their survival. To learn how to help save the bees, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-save-the-bees/.
29/12/2140m 56s

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

This week, Liza chats with Rob Greenfield, an environmental activist and humanitarian who wore every piece of trash he created for an entire month. They discuss his journey to green living, how he strives for simplicity and abundance in his life without material possessions, and how we can all be the change we want to see in the world. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/rob-greenfield-interview.
22/12/2135m 8s

How Youth Are Leading the Charge for Environmental Change

In this week’s episode, Liza chats with Sara Nathan, the president and CEO of Amigos de las Américas, about how young people can be catalysts for social and environmental change in their own communities. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-young-people-can-change-the-world.
15/12/2142m 54s

Your Guide to Giving Gifts with Less Waste This Holiday Season

'Tis the season for giving. But "giving" can have a serious impact on the planet if you don't do so mindfully. In this episode, Laura and Liza share unique, low-waste gift ideas that will bring joy to everyone on your list. For more ideas, visit https://brightly.eco/top-experience-gifts/.
08/12/2137m 36s

How to Make Your Holiday Traditions More Eco-Friendly

Between the rolls of wrapping paper, impressive holiday feasts, and Christmas trees, this time of year can generate a lot of waste if we're not careful. This week, we’re resharing a past episode to help you go about your holiday traditions the eco-friendly way. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/zero-waste-holiday-season/.
01/12/2150m 56s

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

Black Friday gets a bad rap. But if you're in the market for eco-friendly essentials or gifts, it's a great way to try out sustainable brands and products at a discount. In today's episode, Laura and Liza share how to shop sustainably this week, as well as their favorite Brightly Shop deals. To check out the products, visit https://brightly.eco/black-friday-shop-picks.
24/11/2139m 14s

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

Have you ever thought buying something at an overstock store like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, or HomeGoods was helping excess inventory stay out of a landfill? It might seem that way, but these stores aren't nearly as eco-friendly as they seem. In today's episode, Laura and Liza share the truth. For the full report, visit https://brightly.eco/are-overstock-stores-sustainable/.
17/11/2134m 32s

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving the Eco-Friendly Way

With a little bit of curiosity and planning, you can make your Thanksgiving much more eco-friendly. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about how to cut down on food waste, ways to source ethical ingredients, their favorite eco-friendly holiday recipes, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/eco-friendly-thanksgiving.
10/11/2141m 30s

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

Our November Product Drop is here! In this week's episode, Laura and Liza share some of their top Brightly Shop picks. They're eco-friendly products you won't just want for yourself, but items you'll want to gift over the holidays, too. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/november-shop-picks.
03/11/2135m 53s

Is Online Shopping Planet-Friendly? The Answer Might Surprise You

Many of us would initially assume online shopping is a worse offender than brick-and-mortar when it comes to waste and carbon emissions, but the truth might surprise you. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about its environmental impact from a shipping, packaging, and brand perspective. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/is-online-shopping-bad-for-environment/
27/10/2135m 32s

Which Coffee Chain Is the Best Choice for Conscious Consumers? We Found Out

The coffee industry is booming: There are more than 37,000 coffee shops in the U.S. alone. But as coffee sales continue to rise, it begs the question: Just how sustainable are these popular chains? In this episode, our team ranked some of the most popular chains—including Starbucks and Dunkin'—on how eco-friendly they are. That way, you can be more informed about the impact of your daily latte. For the full report, visit https://brightly.eco/most-sustainable-coffee-chain-ranking/.
20/10/2139m 20s

How to Celebrate Halloween the Eco-Friendly Way

Spooky Season is almost upon us! Aka it's time to bring out the pumpkins, cobwebs, and creativity. With Halloween right around the corner, you're probably thinking about your costume, festive decor, and treats—and we're here to help you celebrate the eco-friendly way. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-have-an-eco-friendly-halloween/.
13/10/2143m 50s

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

In the latest episode of Good Together, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza spotlighted some eco-friendly products we can’t wait for you to discover this month. From our favorite kitchen essentials to beauty items we can't live without, you're sure to find something you love. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/october-shop-picks/.
06/10/2147m 28s

These Companies Are Making Eco-Friendly Headlines This Month

Every month, we anticipate which companies will be in the news for their sustainability efforts, and every month we always find ourselves with plenty to celebrate. Because when a big company makes a move that has the planet in mind, there are always others that follow in their footsteps. Here are some wins to celebrate, from McDonald's trialing reusable cups to Allbirds launching eco-friendly activewear. For a full list, visit https://brightly.eco/mcdonalds-trials-reusable-cups/.
29/09/2128m 21s

10 Actionable Ways You Can Help Stop Climate Change

Last year on Earth Day, Laura and Liza spoke with Kamea Chayne, one of the OG sustainability podcasters with her interview-based show, Green Dreamer. During the interview, Kamea shared actionable ways we can all combat climate change. We felt like this was a great time to reshare such an inspirational message and hope it leaves you feeling optimistic about the future of our planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/10-actionable-ways-you-can-stop-climate-change-right-now/.
22/09/2142m 8s

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

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity's demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what our planet can regenerate for that entire year. This year, it fell on July 29, which means that humans currently use 74 percent more resources than what the planet can regenerate. In this episode, Laura speaks with Sarah Baillie, the population and sustainability organizer at the Center for Biological Diversity, about how our everyday consumption plays a role, what we can do to ensure our resources are sustained, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/earth-overshoot-day.
15/09/2131m 40s

Are These Chain Stores as Sustainable as You Thought? Here's What We Discovered

Think of your go-to chain stores. You know them, you love them—but do you know if their sustainable values go beyond strategic marketing? We ranked some of America’s most popular picks—including Walmart, Costco, Target, and Trader Joe's—to find out how sustainable they are. Here's which ones came out on top, and which still have work to do. For the full report, visit https://brightly.eco/most-sustainable-chain-stores-ranking/.
08/09/2132m 11s

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

In today’s episode, Laura and Liza highlight their favorite sustainable products from Brightly's upcoming September Product Drop, only available for a limited time from September 6-12. From clean beauty to home goods, discover some of the standout picks we can’t wait for you to get your hands on. To see the products, visit https://brightly.eco/september-shop-picks.
01/09/2131m 20s

The Dirt on Sustainable Takeout—Plus Ways to Limit Your Waste

With takeout sales at an all-time high as a result of the global pandemic, sustainable packaging is more important than ever. As sales rise, so do concerns about the environmental toll of all the extra packaging waste being sent straight to landfills—which are already almost at full capacity. In this episode, Laura talks with Lauren Olson, the Zero Waste Manager at World Centric, about how businesses are creating eco-friendly solutions, how to be aware of certain labels, and tips for reducing your takeout consumption overall. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-reduce-takeout-waste.
25/08/2137m 21s

These Common Sustainability Hacks Aren't Actually Saving the Planet

We all understand how important it is to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, but there are a lot of popular eco hacks out there that might not be as sustainable as you think. In this episode, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza dive into some of the most common—like is washing dishes by hand really better than using the dishwasher? Keep listening to find out. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/sustainability-hacks-to-avoid.
18/08/2131m 0s

Everything You Need to Know About Building a Green Skincare Routine

So many of us have made it a goal to build a sustainable skincare routine. In today's episode, Liza talks to Lorraine Dallmeier, a biologist, chartered environmentalist, and the CEO of Formula Botanica, about what "green" beauty really is, the good (and bad) beauty trends out there right now, how to develop your own green skincare routine, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/green-beauty-routine-tips/
11/08/2138m 48s

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

As we set out to create the most sustainable shopping experience possible, we knew it would look a little different than your average big box online store. In this episode, Laura and Liza discuss why they launched the Brightly Shop, how it works, and what our community thinks so far. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/why-we-launched-the-brightly-shop/.
04/08/2127m 44s

What Actually Happens to the Things You Throw Away? The Answer Might Surprise You

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recyclables once they're picked up from the curb? What happens to those mattresses or old TVs we throw away? Or where all those clothes you put in a donation bin end up? Adam Minter knows the answer. Adam is a journalist and author who has been covering the global recycling trade for almost 20 years. In this episode, Laura chats with Adam about where our recyclables and other discarded items go, why throwaway culture exists, and how we can reduce waste by buying less and buying better. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/throwaway-culture.
28/07/2135m 35s

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

In this very special episode, Brightly co-founders Laura and Liza dive into some burning questions from the Brightly community, including how they got started on their own sustainability journeys, the "why" behind the Brightly Shop, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/community-questions/.
21/07/2131m 26s

Navigating Eco-Anxiety: How to Turn Your Feelings Into Positive Action

If you've seen the news lately, you may be feeling angry, worried, and helpless about the current state of our planet. But you aren't alone. These feelings, coined as "eco-anxiety" and "climate anxiety," have been affecting all of us in different ways. In this episode of Good Together, Brightly co-founder Laura talks to Dr. Renee Lertzman—a researcher, educator, and eco-engagement strategist—about what eco-anxiety is and how we can turn these feelings into positive actions that are good for our own mental well-being and the planet. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/navigating-climate-anxiety/.
14/07/2143m 53s

National Parks: How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Trip

Whether it's for a day trip or a week-long camping adventure, National Parks make the perfect backdrop for your summertime adventure. But with annual visitation increasing by over 40 million people between 2009 and 2019, the park system and the animals that live within it are really starting to feel the impact of the human footprint. In this episode, Liza talks with Kasey Morrissey, president of the travel tour company Austin Adventures. Kasey has been guiding tour groups since she was six years old, making her the perfect person to tell us all about planning a sustainable National Park trip. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/eco-friendly-national-park-trip/
07/07/2145m 44s

Plastic Pollution: How You Can Be Part of the Solution

Plastic Free July is global movement that encourages people to decrease their plastic consumption throughout the month of July. Are you up for the challenge? If you need some plastic-free inspiration, be sure to tune into this episode. Laura and Liza share their favorite ways to reduce plastic waste, in addition to discussing why plastic pollution is an issue and how it became so problematic. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/how-to-use-less-plastic
30/06/2134m 18s

The Global Impact of Fair Trade with Paul Rice

Purchasing fair trade products can be a great way to go about living a more sustainable and ethical life. Someone who knows this just about better than anyone is Paul Rice, the president, CEO, and founder of Fair Trade USA. In this episode, Liza and Paul take a deep-dive into fair trade and how it intersects with global events. They touch on the recent farmer protests in India, how fair trade artisans have been affected by COVID-19, and—of course—how we as consumers can help support fair trade workers and organizations, especially during these tumultuous times. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/what-is-fair-trade/
23/06/2149m 38s

Debunking Top Sustainable Living Myths and Misconceptions

There are plenty of misconceptions about sustainable living. Sometimes, they can prevent people from entering the world of eco-friendly living altogether. But don't believe everything you hear. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat about some of these common myths and misconceptions, from the idea that sustainable living is always more expensive to the notion that you have to be vegan in order to be sustainable. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/sustainable-living-myths
16/06/2134m 40s

Alicia Silverstone: How to Be Less Clueless About Plant-Based Eating

You may know Alicia Silverstone as the star of the cult-classic film, Clueless, but what you may not know is that she's also a dedicated activist in the health and wellness space. Not only does Alicia run her own healthy living blog called The Kind Life, but she has also been vegan for many years and even released a book in 2011 called The Kind Diet, which tells the story of her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat with Alicia about her sustainability journey, her tips for plant-based eating, and her latest eco-friendly projects. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/alicia-silverstone-interview
09/06/2153m 26s

Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Own Food with Jacob Pechenik

Have you ever been curious about starting a garden or growing your own food, but always assumed you didn't have adequate space or time? Turns out there's a solution to that: hydroponic gardening. In this episode, Laura chats with Jacob Pechenik, the co-founder of Lettuce Grow—a company that makes self-watering, self-fertilizing hydroponic Farmstands that make it super simple to grow your own food at home (even if you only have four square feet of space to do so). Together, they discuss the importance of understanding where your food comes from, the benefits of growing food yourself, and exactly how we can utilize hydroponic gardening in our own lives. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/hydroponic-gardening-for-beginners/
02/06/2142m 28s

Sustainable Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Summer

Summer is right around the corner, which means sunshine, beach days, camping, hiking—basically all things outdoors. But while we're enjoying everything Mother Earth has to offer, it's also important to keep our eco-footprints as small as possible. In this episode, Laura and Liza share some of their favorite eco-friendly products that are sure to make for a fun and sustainable summer. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/sustainable-summer-swaps.
26/05/2142m 46s

Why It's Okay to Be an Imperfect Environmentalist with Nikki Reed

We're all about celebrating imperfect eco-friendly living, and it turns out actress and environmentalist Nikki Reed is, too. Nikki is widely known for her role in the Twilight series, but she also has a passion for the planet. In 2017, she launched a line of ethical and sustainable jewelry, skin-care, and apparel, and now she has a line of sustainable sneakers with LOCI. During the episode, we discuss Nikki’s sustainability journey, the eco-friendly materials that make up her new shoe line, and her favorite tips for living more sustainably. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/nikki-reed-interview.
19/05/2158m 29s

A Deep Dive Into Sustainable Leather Alternatives with Inder Bedi

Leather doesn't have the best rap when it comes to the environment. Luckily, there are more sustainable alternatives than ever before, and that's exactly what we discuss in this episode. Laura chats with Inder Bedi, the founder of Matt & Nat, who has gone on to launch 457 ANEW—a slow fashion line that creates handbags, clothing, and more out of landfill-destined materials. Together, they dive into the origin of Inder's interest in sustainable fashion, vegan leather, and the innovative new materials that make for planet-friendly alternatives. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/vegan-leather-sustainability.
12/05/2140m 4s

Plant Parenting 101 with Nick Cutsumpas of Farmer Nick

If you love the aesthetic of a plant-filled home but don’t have the greenest thumb, you’re in the right place. In this episode, Laura chats with Nick Cutsumpas, who you may know as @farmernick on Instagram. Together, they discuss the ins and outs of plant parenting, including what Nick considers the "holy trinity" of beginner plants, how to avoid making common mistakes, and much more. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/houseplant-tips-for-beginners.
05/05/2144m 45s

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

Phrases like "climate neutrality" and "net-zero emissions" are rising in popularity. But why is being climate neutral so important, and what does it actually mean? In this episode, Liza explores those exact questions during her conversation with Caitlin Drown from the non-profit organization, Climate Neutral. Together, they dig deep into all the buzzy terms and what they mean for you and the planet. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/climate-neutrality-meaning.
28/04/2148m 46s

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

Have you ever asked "Who Made My Clothes?" According to Orsola de Castro, the co-founder and global creative director of Fashion Revolution, it's one of the most important things you can do. Fashion Revolution was founded following the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. Since then, it's evolved into an annual week-long event focused on the intersection of sustainability and human rights in the fashion industry. In this episode, Laura talks with Orsola about the origin of the movement and the steps we can take as consumers to advocate for ethical fashion production. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/fashion-revolution.
21/04/2133m 32s

10+ Mother's Day Picks We Love (April's Eco Picks)

If you celebrate Mother’s Day, it's just around the corner on May 9th. Besides being a great reminder to celebrate the most important mothers in your life, it's also a big shopping day –  making it a great time to be a conscious consumer. In this episode, Laura and Liza share their favorite April eco product finds, plus give you creative ideas for waste-free and planet-friendly Mother’s Day gifts. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/podcast
14/04/2130m 4s

Everything You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Bedding

You use biodegradable sponges in the kitchen and shampoo bars in the bathroom. But how sustainable is your bedroom? In today’s episode, Liza chats with Colin McIntosh, the CEO and founder of Sheets & Giggles, an eco-friendly bedding brand. They go over the most popular sustainable bedding options available to consumers right now—including eucalyptus, bamboo, and hemp—and how to make the best choice for yourself and the planet. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast.
07/04/2152m 25s

Stepping into Sustainability with Rothy's

You’ve probably heard of Rothy’s—a brand that hand-makes all its products from recycled materials. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Saskia Van Gendt, the head of sustainability at the company, about balancing sustainability goals and growth as a brand, what circular production is and how it betters the planet, and the importance of reducing your carbon footprint at both an individual and institutional level. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast.
31/03/2142m 22s

March's Eco-Picks: AAPI + Women Owned Products

This month, Laura and Liza highlight Women Owned products in honor of Women’s History Month, in addition to Asian and AAPI eco-friendly picks across beauty, home, and more. To get our picks and to see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/march-picks/
24/03/2134m 9s

To Recycle or Not to Recycle—That Is the Question

Recycling seems easy enough, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how to go about it correctly in order to better the planet. Today’s guests, Rosie Briggs and Kylie Byrd of Eco-Cycle, discuss why we should think about the three R's differently, exactly what happens to materials once they leave your home, and the ins and outs of composting. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
17/03/2154m 54s

It's Not Rocket Science to Live Sustainably

Zero-waste living seems complicated. But the good news? It's not rocket science. Today’s guest is Anita Vandyke—a qualified rocket scientist, medical doctor, and author. During the episode, she shares simple tips that make sustainable living easy, including how to build your own zero-waste kit. You’ll also learn how living minimally benefits you and the planet. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
10/03/2137m 54s

Sustainable Pet Parenting 101

Caring for a pet is a fun and exciting journey, but have you ever wondered about the environmental impact of being a pet parent? That’s a topic area today’s guest, veterinarian Dr. Rory Cowlam, is very familiar with. During the episode, we go over sustainable pet diets, how to cut down on waste—poop bags, included—and more. Because spoiler alert: Your pup will love plastic-free shampoo bars just as much as you do. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast.
03/03/2144m 25s

Planet-Friendly Diets: How to Eat for a Healthier Future

Plant-forward diets are only on the rise. Not just because of the growing list of health benefits, but also because eating less meat is one of the best ways to slow the effects of climate change. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Shiri Avnery, the COO and co-founder of Thistle, about the benefits of being a flexitarian, the difference between vegetarian and vegan diets, delicious meatless recipes, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
24/02/2149m 17s

Let's Guac About The Impact of Avocados

Is our love for avocados bad for the environment? While avocados might not be as sustainable as you originally thought, don’t worry, they’re more eco-friendly than meat options. We get into the avocado supply chain, ways to better use them before they go bad, and more on today's episode. To see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast/
18/02/2132m 57s

February's Eco-Finds: 10+ Sustainable Products

In honor of Black History Month, Laura and Liza highlight a few of their favorite BIPOC ethical + sustainable brands alongside other picks they've been returning to in February. All of these products are their organic and authentic recommendations, but don't forget to shop mindfully! To get their picks and to see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/february-picks/
10/02/2142m 59s

The True Cost of Sustainable Skincare with Tata Harper

Tata Harper has been a pioneer in the “farm to beauty” movement since 2007, and she’s passionate about using natural ingredients to achieve serious skincare results without compromising on her values. In today’s episode, Laura chats with Tata about how her  clean beauty products are just as effective as the ones full of artificial ingredients that you can’t pronounce, and we have an important conversation around pricing in the ethical + sustainable products industry. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
03/02/2146m 8s

How What We Eat Impacts The World Around Us

Lisa Elaine Held, host of the Farm Report and writer for Civil Eats, the New York Times and more chats with Laura about how consumers can support more sustainable food supply chains, how the new administration in the US Government plans on upending the system with equitable food policies, and what Lisa's favorite tips are around eating more sustainably. To see show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
27/01/2142m 32s

Diamonds (And Love) Are In the Air

Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but are they the planet's? What if we could create diamonds from thin air, bypassing the toxic way they're produced today? With Valentine's Day approaching, the topic of ethically produced jewelry is top of mind. How sustainable is your engagement ring? In today's episode, Liza chats with Ryan Sherman, co-founder of Aether, a public benefit corporation that extracts harmful CO2 from the atmosphere and transforms it into valuable raw materials and consumer products. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
20/01/2142m 40s

10+ Eco-Friendly Finds We Love: January Edition

Laura and Liza have had the opportunity to try thousands of eco-friendly products throughout their lives. Which ones stand out, and which ones are they recommending you pick up? In today’s episode, our hosts highlight their favorite eco-products that they've used constantly over the past few months and the ones they keep buying after they run out. Shop mindfully and listen for their favorite picks! To get their favorite products and to see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/january-picks/
13/01/2143m 26s

How to Set Eco-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions

New Years’ Resolutions can be great ways to make an impact in your life and for the planet. Laura and Liza chat about eco-friendly goals they made last year (like recycling, reducing food waste and more), plus they share where they're looking to improve in 2021. They also discuss how to make sustainable changes actually happen and stay in your life for years to come. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
06/01/2141m 50s

Ask Us Anything: We Answer Our Community's Top Eco Questions

Have you ever wanted to ask Liza and Laura a question about our sustainability journeys, careers, favorite products, and more? In this episode of Good Together, our hosts answer a handful of questions from our community members about eco-friendly living. This will also be our last episode of 2020, and Liza and Laura want to say thank you for your support! Let’s carry the change and planet-positive attitude into a new year, and we’ll see you in 2021. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco
23/12/2050m 7s

Money Talks: How to Green Your Finances

"Greening" your financial assets (like your savings account) is 27 times more impactful in terms of your personal carbon footprint versus eating less meat, using public transportation and even shopping ethically. In today's episode, Liza sits down with Andrei Cherny, Founder & CEO of Aspiration, a new financial (and green!) tool to discuss how you can put your money to work, for good. For show notes and more, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
16/12/2044m 35s

(Almost) Zero Waste Holidays: Traditions With Less Trash

Our treasured holiday traditions that we repeat year after year help us create lasting memories, but they can also create lasting trash in the landfill. In today’s episode, Liza and Laura chat about ways to celebrate with the planet in mind. We answer the great fake versus real Christmas tree debate, share our favorite ways to wrap presents in an eco-friendly fashion, and more. For show notes and more, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
09/12/2051m 4s

Seasonings' Greetings: How to Spice Up Your Cooking

For most of us, spices are a way to add a bit of kick to our tried and true recipes. But for Ethan Frisch, co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, spices are a way to connect with thoughtful farmers around the world. Importing only the freshest single-origin spices, Burlap & Barrel is creating a new supply chain for specialty producers to get their crops into the US market.  Liza and Ethan chatted about why single-origin spices are more flavorful and unique than their grocery-store counterparts and how home cooks everywhere can incorporate these ethical flavors into their kitchens. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast
02/12/2058m 24s

10+ COVID-Friendly Experience Gifts We Love

Giving an experience to someone is low waste, great for the earth, are given virtually and can be ordered as late as Christmas Day, which makes them perfect for last-minute options. We all know about the waste that gets generated around the holidays, so experience related gifts tick a LOT of good boxes. In this episode, we chat about what to give the budding gardener or cook in your life, the COVID-friendly experience gifts we’re gifting this year, and more. Stay safe and healthy, and celebrate responsibly with us right now! https://brightly.eco/podcast
25/11/2041m 10s

What's In Your Wine?

Clean wine, organic wine, sustainable wine, what's the difference? Whether you love buttery Chardonnays or velvety Pinot Noirs, a delicious glass of wine can be the perfect way to end the day. But how do you know your wine aligns with your eco-friendly values? We spoke with Allison Jordan, Executive Director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, to learn what makes a wine “clean” and how the wine industry is incorporating sustainability into their growing, harvesting, and winemaking practices. For show notes and resources, visit brightly.eco/podcast
18/11/2042m 48s

Our Ultimate Holiday Eco Gift Guide + Mindful Shopping Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year again: the holiday shopping season! While the holidays might look a bit different this year (thanks, COVID), we’re still excited to celebrate with our loved ones, even if it’s over Zoom. Thankfully, a virtual holiday doesn’t mean you can’t give a thoughtful, sustainable gift to everyone on your list. We’re sharing seven ways to celebrate a sustainable holiday shopping season and seven of our favorite ethical brands on this special episode of Good Together. For show notes & more, visit brightly.eco/podcast
11/11/2047m 45s

How to Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

With a little bit of curiosity and planning, you can have a successful and sustainable Thanksgiving. In this episode, Liza and Laura share tips from their own lives plus others sourced from the hundreds of pointers that our Brightly community has compiled at 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
04/11/2041m 24s

Why You Should Buy A New "Kind" of Rug

Before you buy a new pillow, you should know: in the textile + home decor manufacturing industry, child labor is shockingly common. Children in this industry make products such as rugs, carpets, bedding, towels, and clothing. GoodWeave International has been leading the charge against child labor for 25 years, with an on-the-ground approach to certifying textile supply chains. IN this episode, we chat with GoodWeave’s CEO, Nina Smith, to learn about how GoodWeave is protecting children from exploitation and helping them access education—and what consumers can do to help. For show notes and more, head to https://brightly.eco/home-decor-child-labor/
28/10/2043m 54s

10 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

What if we told you the scariest part of Halloween isn't the ghouls or frights – it's the amount of waste you can generate celebrating it. In this episode, we discuss how to creatively reuse your pumpkins after the holiday, low-budget and sustainable costume options, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/10-ways-to-have-an-eco-friendly-sustainable-halloween/
21/10/2044m 28s

7 Ways to Make Your Closet Sustainable

Our everyday clothing is an exciting form of personal expression.  Both necessary and artistic, timeless and of the moment, the clothes we wear say so much about us. But the fashion industry has a dark side: it produces 10% of all global carbon emissions and consumes nearly 1.5 trillion liters of water each year. Elizabeth Cline, author of The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good, talked about the current state of the fashion industry and shared seven ways that we can cultivate a more conscious, ethical, and sustainable closet. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast
14/10/2043m 55s

Fair Trade 101: The Most Popular Ethical Certification, Explained

It's Fair Trade Month, giving us yet another reason to love the month of October. Buying fair trade is the perfect way to spend your dollars for good. Fair Trade labels can be confusing, though, so we’re sharing exactly what fair trade means and how it affects workers worldwide. We’re also breaking down the nine core principles of fair trade and three easy ways for you to get involved in the fair trade movement. For show notes and more, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast/
06/10/2033m 23s

How Fast Furniture Fails Our Planet + What You Can Do About It

Stephen Kuhl, co-founder of Burrow, joins us to chat about why it’s important to prioritize purchasing sustainable pieces from your home and why we should all “forget” fast furniture. Every year, over nine million tons of furniture end up in landfills, stemming from the sheer volume of low quality, low cost furniture sold by the likes of the big box stores. These cheap products serve a short term function for budget conscious consumers, but in the long run may cost consumers more money and come at the expense of our planet. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
30/09/2031m 53s

How Your Daily Coffee Habit Can Create Change

400 million cups of joe are poured every day in the United States. It’s obvious that we love coffee a latte! With International Coffee Day coming up on September 29th, now is the perfect time to think about how you can sip sustainably. We’re sharing how coffee is made, where it comes from, what certifications to look out for on your coffee bags, and easy ways to make sure that every sip is both ethical and delicious. For show notes and more, go to brightly.eco/podcast
22/09/2037m 21s

Why Is the World On Fire?

Stanford climate scientist and professor Noah Diffenbaugh joins us to discuss the link between wildfires and climate change. From Seattle to Portland to the Bay Area, it seems like the whole West Coast is covered in bright orange skies and billowing smoke. Wildfires aren’t a new phenomenon, but we are seeing more and more of them each year. In this episode, Noah shares how our actions contribute to global warming and what we need to do to stop climate change on both an individual and global scale. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast
16/09/2031m 55s

Guac Is Extra, But Sustainability Is Free

When someone says “fast food,” “sustainability” might not be the word that comes to mind. Chipotle Mexican Grill, the fast-food restaurant best known for burrito bowls and #extra guac, is trying to change that. We chatted with Caitlin Leibert, Chipotle’s Head of Sustainability and Executive Director of the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, about what the fast-food chain is doing to change how the restaurant industry approaches sustainability. From how Chipotle processes organic waste to how it deals with the millions of plastic gloves used in its restaurants, Chipotle is shaking things up. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast
09/09/2044m 47s

10 Positive Eco-Friendly Trends Happening During a Pandemic

The COVID-19 reality we're all faced with has caused everyone to make sacrifices, endure hardships, and change up our daily routines. There's a silver lining, though: it's easier than ever to make eco-friendly choices. Our lifestyles have changed drastically, and almost all of these changes have been for the better. Today we’re sharing our best tips for making the most of our new normal, from working at home to cooking more to exploring the great outdoors. For show notes and more, visit brightly.eco/podcast
03/09/2033m 21s

How Your Travel Habits Affect Climate Change

Not being able to travel because of COVID-19 makes it the perfect time to think about our future travel decisions and how your luggage can make a difference. Indré Rockefeller, the co-founder of sustainable travel goods company Paravel, chatted with us about sustainable travel. From her life-changing trip to Antarctica to how companies consider more ethical and sustainable materials, she gave us the inside scoop on why the environment is her primary consideration for her personal and business decisions. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast
26/08/2045m 18s

How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Move

About 10% of Americans move each year. But this year, 20% of Americans have moved or know someone who has. COVID-19 has led people to move back in with family, find a new place with more space, or look for cheaper housing. Some are even moving because staying in a major city isn’t quite as appealing when you’re confined to your apartment or home. Whether it’s the mountains of moving boxes, driving or flying long distances, or dealing with the extra stuff in your home, moving creates a lot of waste. We’re sharing our best tips to make your move easier and more sustainable. For show notes and more, head to brightly.eco/podcast.
19/08/2038m 14s

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

When a giant corporation like Apple, Driscoll’s, or L’Oreal truly commits to sustainable changes, it creates a massive positive impact. Trista Bridges, founder of Read the Air and co-author of Leading Sustainably, is an expert in corporate sustainability efforts. On this episode, we chat about the big companies that are truly working towards a more sustainable future, as well as what consumers can do to educate themselves on these brands’ values. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
13/08/2052m 22s

What Circular Fashion Really Means with Levi's

What is circular fashion? In today’s episode, we talked with Paul Dillinger from Levi’s about how jeans should be made with their end in mind, and how to give them new life as a new pair of denim. Paul told us all about Levi’s WellThread™ collection, which is the first example of circular fashion available to consumers, and shared why sustainable fashion needs to move beyond recycled plastic fabrics. For show notes and more, visit www.brightly.eco/podcast
05/08/2044m 32s

Eco + Budget Conscious Cleaning 101

Dreaming of a clean, sustainable, budget-friendly, and naturally organized home? Kait Schulhof, author of the sustainable cleaning blog A Clean Bee, shares her best cleaning and organizing tricks on this episode of Good Together. From how to make your own cleaning solutions to finding the best use for your old cleaning tools, Kait has loads of actionable tips for listeners. For show notes and more, go to www.brightly.eco/podcast
29/07/2050m 27s

Why You Should Go Plastic-Free

The Plastic-Free July challenge is meant to bring awareness to our daily plastic consumption and it can be staggering to see the amount of waste we generate constantly. We asked Brianne West, founder of Ethique, to help us spotlight the campaign and share tips on how we can all reduce our plastic waste from our personal care products. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
22/07/2047m 26s

What You Need to Know About Carbon Emissions

Everyone knows that carbon emissions play a massive role in climate change, but understanding exactly how they effect climate change and what individuals can do to help is a different story. In this episode of Good Together, Liza sits down with Laura Diez, a climate scientist and the host of the Eco Chic podcast, joins us to explain the ins and outs of carbon, how and why carbon is priced, how it affects global policy, and what we as consumers can do to support carbon neutrality in every way, from our 401(k)s to the light bulbs in our homes. For show notes and more episodes, visit us at brightly.eco/podcast
16/07/2055m 2s

Why Intersectional Environmentalism Matters

We can't talk about eco-friendly and sustainable living without understanding how environmentalism as we know it has not been accessible to all in the past, and still isn't today. Intersectional environmentalism puts environmentalism and social justice squarely together, and in this episode, we spoke about all things sustainability and equality with Carolyn Finney, the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Carolyn shared her own experiences around being Black in the outdoors, serving on the National Parks Advisory Board and what intersectional environmentalism means to her. For show notes and more, visit brightly.eco/podcast.
09/07/201h 2m

How to Make Your Summer Sustainable

Summer is officially upon us, and with it comes lots of fun activities. In this episode, Liza and Laura chat about how to responsibly swim and camp in the wild, they share favorite swimsuit brands and picnic-ready conscious eating recipes, and discuss the impact that your upcoming road trip might have on the planet. We show you ways to tweak your plans slightly in order to have a big, hot impact on the planet this summer! For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
01/07/2054m 48s

How Your Fabric Choices Make Fashion More Sustainable

The fabric that makes up things like bedding, towels, and clothing have a huge impact on the environment, the people that make them, and your health, too. In today’s episode of Good Together, Liza and Laura sit down with Kestrel Jenkins McGill, host of the Conscious Chatter podcast and founder of Left Edit, to discuss how our textile consumption habits can become more planet friendly. We chat about new ethical fashion brands and their inventive ways of handling raw materials in sustainable supply chains, what labels to look for when shopping for clothing or softgoods, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-your-fabric-choices-make-fashion-more-sustainable/
24/06/2049m 18s

10 Easy Tips for Budget-Friendly Sustainable Living

You don’t need lots of money to live with the planet in mind, but it’s a myth that is constantly repeated. The good news is -- you can do good for the world on the cheap, and we’re here to share some tips on how you can put your values first while also saving money. While eco-friendly options sometimes do cost more, it’s not always the case. As a matter of fact, your thrifty grandmother is probably one of the most eco-friendly people you know, even accidentally -- her tips on turning off the lights or conserving bottles and jars help reduce your spending and reduce waste at the same time. Once you adopt the mindset of “working with what you’ve got” and being mindful of the new things you bring into your life, living sustainably and saving money go hand in hand. This episode is packed full of hacks, tricks, and tips and we’re excited to get into it! For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/making-sustainability-affordable-for-all
17/06/2045m 49s

How to Live A Plastic-Free Life With Zuleyka Strasner of Zero

Plastic is the packaging of choice for so much of what we eat. Bulk stores are an option, of course, but that requires bringing along your own jars, getting them labeled, and trekking back home with heavy bags. Zuleyka Strasner knew that there was a better way to eliminate plastic from our groceries. She’s the founder of Zero, the first single-use-plastic free grocery delivery company. In this episode, Liza and Zuleyka help us answer questions like why big brands don’t go plastic free and how the eco-friendly + sustainable living movement has room to improve in ensuring access for all to quality, sustainable products. For show notes, head to: https://brightly.eco/plastic-free-lifestyle-with-zero
10/06/2057m 51s

Update: Sustainability Equals Fairness For All

At Good Together, and at Brightly, we condemn hate, violence, and racism. We seek to uplift and inspire everyone to create a better world. Current events are divisive and target those who have been oppressed. We believe that sustainability equals fairness for all. We will not be releasing a new episode this week in order to create space to amplify voices that need to be heard the most, right now, as they work to address the systematic racism at work in the United States. Thank you.
03/06/202m 2s

Why Your Clean Beauty Routine Makes A Difference

What does “clean beauty” actually mean, and why should care about the ingredients that we’re putting on our faces every day? In this episode of Good Together, Laura sits down with Tiila Abbitt, the founder of Aether Beauty, to discuss everything you need to know about the clean beauty industry. Tiila shares valuable tidbits about how the U.S. regulates cosmetics vs clean beauty. If you’re looking to start your own clean beauty routine, we’ve got you covered -- Tiila also gives us tips on what to look for in your cabinet as well as brand recommendations for staple products. She even shares an exclusive promo code for Brightly listeners at the end of the episode! For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/why-your-clean-beauty-routine-makes-a-difference-with-tiila-abbitt-of-aether-beauty
25/05/2055m 8s

How COVID-19 Has Changed Fast Fashion Forever

We all know that fast fashion is damaging to the people and the planet. What you probably haven’t heard is that the COVID-19 pandemic has created a crisis for garment factory employees. Jessica Andrews, Deputy Fashion Editor at Bustle discusses how Fair Trade USA is mobilizing to protect garment workers amid this unprecedented event. Jessica’s years of experience in the fashion journalism space and her passion for fighting back against the negative impact of the industry as a spokesperson for We Wear Fair Trade make for a fascinating and timely conversation at the intersection of human rights, fashion, and advocacy. For more info, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast
20/05/2052m 52s

Organic Gardening for Beginners: Tips from America's #1 Gardener

Joe the Gardener from the hit PBS show Growing a Greener World shows would-be gardeners and green thumbs alike how to spring to action during COVID-19. Gardeners around the world are growing their own veggies, seeking fresh air, and enjoying a moment to connect with the planet via their garden. If you’ve never grown your own garden, it’s the perfect moment to start! Joe Lamp’l chats with Liza and shares his best tips and tricks for starting a sustainable organic garden in whatever space you have. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/organic-gardening-beginners-joe-gardener
13/05/201h 2m

25 Ethical and Sustainable Brands to Support Now

Whether you’re looking for a gift for your mom (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) or you’re looking to replace your threadbare sweatpants with an ethical alternative – today’s episode won’t disappoint. Our listeners have been asking us to break down some of our favorite sustainable brands to support, and we’ve got recommendations for people looking to become plant moms, ladies who love a good cozy vibe in their home, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/eco-conscious-womens-gift-guide
06/05/2050m 56s

Why Minimalism Will Change the World

Have you ever looked at your home and said, “I just can’t deal with all this stuff?!” Stephanie Seferian, our episode guest and co-host of the Sustainable Minimalists podcast, can relate. As a new mom, she struggled with the amount of baby gear filling her small apartment – so she decided to do something about it and turned to minimalism. She’s sharing her best tips to becoming a minimalist, and why now is the best time to switch to a decluttered lifestyle. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/why-minimalism-will-change-the-world/
29/04/2031m 38s

10 Ways You Can Stop Climate Change Right Now

COVID-19 has inspired the world to roll up our sleeves to create change. We don’t need to ask whether climate change is happening – or whether humans are causing it. Instead, we need to ask: “what can we do?” In honor of Earth Day, we sit down with Kamea Chayne, the author of Thrive, a conscious creative, and the host of Green Dreamer Podcast, where she curiously and critically explores our varied paths to ecological regeneration, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all. In this episode, we discuss the top 10 things Consumers Can Do to Stop Climate Change, The Impact of Plastics on the Environment, and more. For show notes and more, head to https://brightly.eco/10-actionable-ways-you-can-stop-climate-change-right-now
22/04/2038m 42s

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

Most of us are experiencing a world much smaller than we were previously used to a few months ago. Living tiny by choice or by current circumstances has a hugely positive impact on the planet, and we cover the mindset shift + actionable tips you need to make small steps towards change. In this episode, Laura Fenton, author of The Tiny Book of Living Small, shows us how to adopt a tiny living mindset, regardless of the square feet you’re in -- we talk about how to carefully introduce items into your home, creative ways to make old things new again, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/living-tiny-creates-impact
13/04/2050m 31s

Corona-Conscious Eating: Our Top 10 Tips

New York Times contributor Sophie Egan shows us how to make your grocery budget stretch while still doing the best you can for yourself, your community, and the world while facing the COVID-19 crisis. We're all in a season of flexibility and adaptation, and in this episode, we share actionable tips on quarantine-ready eating like how to smartly use your fridge and freezer, what "sell by dates" mean, and more from Sophie's book, How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/conscious-eating-101
07/04/2052m 29s

How to Stay Cozy and Clean at Home

We're all spending a LOT more time at home now. The question is: what’s the best way to craft a space that is good for you both mentally and physically? In today’s episode, Liza and Laura chat with Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey, co-founders of Ettitude, about how to stay cozy and “clean” at home. We uncover tidbits like why it matters to use clean textiles while you sleep, how textile innovation is actively saving resources on the planet, and more. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/how-to-stay-cozy-and-clean-at-home/
31/03/2041m 49s

Creativity + Compassion During the COVID-19 Crisis

In today’s bonus episode: Fast Company senior staff writer Liz Segran walks Liza through ways humanity has been responding to our new reality with creativity and compassion and how we can all continue living ethically and mindfully, despite being homebound. Liz also discusses actionable, inspiring, and uplifting tips from her upcoming book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life. To see the show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/creativity-compassion-during-the-covid-19-crisis/
24/03/2043m 53s

How To Be Less Trashy: Zero Waste 101

According to the EPA, the average American produces around 6 pounds of trash each day, with only 1 and a half pounds of that trash ending up in the recycling bin. The problem is clear: we need to be less trashy. One solution is to go zero waste… but exactly does zero waste mean? Kathryn Kellogg, today’s guest, actually details over a hundred ways you can get started producing less trash in her book, 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, which she published last year. Through her blog and Instagram accounts, Kathryn’s Going Zero Waste movement inspires thousands every day to care for the planet by consuming less and being smart about the trash we generate. See show notes at: https://brightly.eco/going-zero-waste plus check out Kathryn at @going.zero.waste on Instagram and www.goingzerowaste.com
17/03/2047m 54s

Shop Ethically, Easier: 10 Labels to Look For

Choosing ethical + sustainable labels and certifications to trust while shopping can be difficult, especially now that there are so many different certifications that claim to be eco-friendly, ethical, and sustainable. So, how can you filter through the noise and make shopping decisions that make you proud? Laura and Liza discuss what Fair Trade, B Corp, Leaping Bunny, Organic, Free Range, and more actually mean for you (and your wallet) on today's episode. For more info: https://brightly.eco/ethical-labels-to-look-for/
03/03/2049m 29s

How to Buy Nothing for a Year

The single most impactful thing you can do for the earth as consumer is to buy less. The entire modern consumption cycle is out of control, and the less you buy, the less waste you’re creating. There are lots of other benefits to cutting back purchasing items in one or more areas of your life, whether you’re looking to save up some extra cash or want to help save marine wildlife by reducing the amount of plastic you throw in the trash. In this episode, Liza and Laura go over various “challenges” to join and give you actionable ways to actually put a curb on your spending for the planet’s sake.
20/02/2044m 37s

Sleep Sustainably for the Rest of Your Life

We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so where you rest your head at night makes a huge difference for your overall health and wellbeing. Liza and Laura sit down with Mark Abrials, CMO of Avocado Mattress, to discuss why investing in sustainable home pieces matters. We chat about everything mattress related (as in, how often should you change out your mattress, and what happens to all of those mattress returns?), advancements in organic-materials certifications, and more. We promise this episode will leave you wide awake with the knowledge we uncover about under the covers.
12/02/2037m 44s

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

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.
04/02/2037m 12s

How Sustainable Is the Super Bowl?

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.
28/01/2038m 22s

Calm Under Fire: How to Help During Natural Disasters

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.
23/01/2038m 23s

How to Make Climate Choices "Parka" Your Life

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.
14/01/2038m 40s

2019: Sustainable News In Review (Part 2)

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.
31/12/1937m 26s

2019: Sustainable News In Review (Part 1)

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.
18/12/1934m 3s

How To Give Gifts With Less Waste: Experiences + More

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.
05/12/1931m 20s

Our Black Friday Sustainable Shopping Survival Guide

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.
21/11/1931m 17s

Recommerce is Reinventing How You Shop

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.
05/11/1926m 4s

Live Episode: Enjoy the Holidays, Ethically

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.
24/10/1935m 15s

How Your Online Shopping Impacts the World

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.
08/10/1929m 50s

The Birds and the Bees

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.
24/09/1934m 35s

The Made-to-Order Fashion Revolution

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.
10/09/1932m 6s

Ethical Travel 101

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.
27/08/1935m 37s

Back to School + Sustainable Shopping for Kids

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.
13/08/1930m 52s

Reducing Waste Through Smart Food Shopping

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.
29/07/1928m 59s

Let's Create Good, Together + Fast Fashion FAQ

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.
29/07/1923m 12s
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