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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
 
Fashion and apparel. It touches nearly everyone. When its at its best, fashion and apparel is not only functional, but also fun, expressive, sexy, and for some businesses, very profitable. But when it is at its worst, fashion and apparel is superficial, exploitative, polluting and extremely wasteful - in other words the essence of unsustainable consumption. And while it is argued that the industry's rapid growth has created employment opportunities for more than 300 million people worldwide, ...
 
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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. …
 
In episode 219, Kestrel welcomes Dr. Kimberly McGlonn, the CEO and creative director of Grant Blvd, to the show. By sourcing reclaimed fabrics, manufacturing exclusively in Philadelphia, and supporting incarcerated & returning citizens, Grant Blvd believes it’s time to recalibrate our systems and our style. “Love takes commitment — right? Those of …
 
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…
 
In episode 218, Kestrel welcomes the multifaceted 20-year-old phenom, Maya Penn, to the show. The award-winning founder and CEO of eco-fashion brand Maya’s Ideas, Maya is a 3 time TED Speaker, artist, global activist, animator, filmmaker, social entrepreneur, coder and Simon & Schuster author. “Especially now, with things really coming to a tipping…
 
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 s…
 
In episode 217, Kestrel welcomes Katie Pruett, the founder and editor-in-chief of Ethical Style Journal, back to the show to reconnect. A multimedia platform exploring fashion with a modern and mindful perspective, Ethical Style Journal is expanding the conversation surrounding ethics and sustainability in fashion. “That’s the issue with sustainabl…
 
"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 …
 
Forests play a crucial role in promoting biodiversity, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and supporting livelihoods, especially in poorer countries. But because wood is the basis for so many of our products, the pressure to exploit forests, usually in unsustainable ways, continues to increase. What does this have to do with the fashion in…
 
In episode 216, Kestrel welcomes Robbie Stuart, the founder of KIDS WORLDWIDE, to the show. A collaborative brand, KIDS WORLDWIDE is focused on supporting, empowering and nurturing youth through socially and environmentally-conscious fashion. Robbie is also joined by Swami Durga Das, the founder of nonprofit River Fund, who KIDS WORLDWIDE partners …
 
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 e…
 
In episode 215, Kestrel welcomes Kameese Davis, the founder and CEO of Nylah’s Naturals, to the show. A young plant-based hair care brand, Nylah’s Naturals has introduced a science-based approach to textured hair products, and is pushing boundaries for clean and sustainable products. “It’s about combining that plant-based knowledge with the knowled…
 
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 in…
 
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 t…
 
It's been nearly a decade since Patagonia, Walmart and a number of other brands, retailers, manufacturers and NGOs established the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an innovative industry collaboration. As the coalition's website states, its vision is "an apparel, footwear, and textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm an…
 
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 Winegrowin…
 
In episode 214, Kestrel welcomes Isaias Hernandez, the creator of Queer Brown Vegan, to the show. As a Queer, Brown, and Vegan environmentalist, Isaias makes accessible environmental education content, showcased on his platform Queer Brown Vegan, and seeks to provide a safe space for other like-minded environmentalists to engage in the discourse of…
 
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 s…
 
Sweden has a reputation for being a sustainability leader in many areas, so you can imagine how curious we were to learn about a newish proposal from the current Swedish government for a chemical tax on textiles. The proposal was recently made available to stakeholders for comment, and of course, a robust debate has ensued. Is this proposal, as pre…
 
In episode 213, Kestrel welcomes Reza Cristián, the founder and editor-in-chief of SUSTAIN The Mag, to the show. An online media platform, SUSTAIN The Mag is a space where eco-conscious warriors cultivate a healthy, planet-friendly lifestyle. “There was mostly you know, white people that were at the top, executives and editors-in-chiefs for example…
 
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 …
 
In episode 212, Kestrel welcomes Comet Chukura, the founder of GLOW, to the show. A knitwear brand pioneering adaptable accessories that reflect light, GLOW is committed to using sustainable materials and ethical production, with an intention to create social as well as environmental impact. “The point is to always work with women on the peripherie…
 
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 cert…
 
Sweden has a reputation for being a sustainability leader in many areas, so you can imagine how curious we were to learn about a newish proposal from the current Swedish government for a chemical tax on textiles. The proposal was recently made available to stakeholders for comment, and of course, a robust debate has ensued. Is this proposal, as pre…
 
In episode 211, Kestrel welcomes Diandra Marizet, who spearheads Business Development + Operations at Intersectional Environmentalist. A conscious curator, brand strategist + writer, Diandra is dedicated to elevating intersectional sustainability through the lens of fashion, social impact + culture. “We need everybody pursuing intersectionality, en…
 
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-friend…
 
The Root Episode 6: The New Standard is broken down into 3 parts — 1) coproducers Dominique and Kestrel interview each other to get a brief feeling of how this project has impacted them individually, 2) we share interviews with 4 of our sponsors from this project, and 3) we share more on what “The New Standard” means to us, the pillars it is built …
 
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 Consc…
 
Sasja Beslik, Head of Sustainable Finance Development at J Safra Sarasin, fled Bosnia when he was 18 to escape the war. He ended up in Sweden and today spends his time leveraging the power of the financial sector to improve the world. He is particularly interested in the fashion industry's impact on people and has recently attracted attention for h…
 
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 th…
 
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 bo…
 
Phil Patterson, Managing Director at Colour Connections, has been working at the intersection between the textile industry and influential retail brands for over twenty years, and after some recent soul-searching he had an epiphany. He has come to the conclusion that the current way we use and dispose of chemicals is extremely wasteful and will not…
 
The Root Episode 5: Where Do We Go From Here? is a unique compilation of all 17 guests from the previous 4 episodes sharing a proclamation statement of how we intentionally move the fashion industry forward. PART 1, Historical Analysis & Paradigm Shift MIKO UNDERWOOD “The American fashion community was born from the inception of indigo farms in Ame…
 
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, an…
 
The Root Episode 4: The Future Of Fashion is broken down in 4 lightening talk segments, hosted by Dominique Drakeford. Part 1 discuses Marketing with Aditi Mayer & Terumi Murao. Part 2 hones in on Education with Kimberly Jenkins and Whitney McGuire. Part 3 dives into Small Business Entrepreneurship with Akilah Stewart and Ibada Wadud. Lastly, Part …
 
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…
 
In this episode we continue to explore the most commonly repeated "factoids" in fashion and sustainability in order to determine whether they are substantive and useful. As a reminder, a "factoid" is information that is reported and repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact. During Stockholm Fashion Week, Mike spoke with Alden Wicker, free…
 
The Root Episode 3: Racism In The Fashion Industry is broken down into 2 segments. The first segment focuses on the designer lens in which Dominique Drakeford speaks with sustainable fashion designers Miko Underwood and DJ discussing the creation of the fashion industry and the importance of shifting the white exploitive gaze through historical ana…
 
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 …
 
In The Root Episode 2: The Power of Privilege, Dominique Drakeford speaks with activist-educators Ericka Hart, Blair Imani and Rachel Ricketts, discussing the functions of privilege and the importance of applying critical and intersectional approaches toward dismantling white supremacy in fashion and beyond. Rachel Ricketts is a global thought lead…
 
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 tip…
 
In The Root Episode 1: Racism as a System, Dominique Drakeford speaks with scholars and academic activists Nikki Sanchez and Lisa Betty on the importance of dismantling colonial systems and reclaiming the fullness of Native American & Afro-Indigenous history as a regenerative framework for liberation and true sustainability across every industry. N…
 
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 mor…
 
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. W…
 
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…
 
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 f…
 
In episode 204, Kestrel welcomes Kamea Chayne, the host of Green Dreamer Podcast, to the show. A Taiwanese American eco creative, writer and author, Kamea illuminates our paths to ecological regeneration, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all through her powerful show, Green Dreamer. “Sustainability to me isn’t an i…
 
In episode 203, Kestrel welcomes Manpreet Kaur Kalra, the founder of Art of Citizenry, to the show. An activist and educator, Manpreet is dedicated to exploring the intersection of digital media, social impact and justice. “One of those very tangible things that I often tell people that they need to work on is the language they use — really being t…
 
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 acti…
 
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 note…
 
In episode 202, Kestrel welcomes Fashion Psychologist Shakaila Forbes-Bell to the show. With her area of research focused on diversity in fashion and the importance of multicultural marketing, Shakaila was among the first people in the world to hold a Masters Degree in Psychology for Fashion Professionals at University of the Arts London: London Co…
 
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