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Living sustainably should be easier. Curious about a zero waste lifestyle? Want to know what the “circular economy” or “slow fashion” really means? Each episode, brought to you from Brightly.eco by eco-expert Laura Alexander Wittig, features daily, actionable tips to help you live your life more sustainably. Start changing the world by listening to a new, bite-sized episode every week. For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
 
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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://…
 
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 posit…
 
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:/…
 
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.…
 
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-…
 
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.…
 
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 combi…
 
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…
 
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 c…
 
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 …
 
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:/…
 
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 http…
 
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.
 
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 Kat…
 
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 Marin…
 
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 fu…
 
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 Beck…
 
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, w…
 
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 not…
 
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.
 
'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/.
 
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/.…
 
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/bla…
 
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-ove…
 
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.…
 
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.…
 
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-shoppin…
 
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…
 
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/…
 
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/.…
 
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 reu…
 
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 optimist…
 
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 Bail…
 
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…
 
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/sept…
 
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…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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-br…
 
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 t…
 
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/.…
 
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 researc…
 
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 episod…
 
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 …
 
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 re…
 
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 …
 
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 Die…
 
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 Farmstand…
 
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