Living ethically should be easier. Curious about a zero waste lifestyle? Want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? Each episode, brought to you from Brightly.eco by ethical experts Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva, features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably. Start changing the world by listening to a new, bite-sized episode every other week. For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
Here's the Latest Episode from Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living – Brightly:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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/
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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/
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
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
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
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/
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/
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
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.