Living ethically should be easier. Curious about a zero waste lifestyle? Want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? Each 30 minute 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.
Here's the Latest Episode from Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living:
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.