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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-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 week. For more info, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
 
Do you know what it means to shop sustainably? Sustainable fashion is sourced, produced, and manufactured while reducing the negative environmental and social impacts. Welcome to "Change Is Now," the sustainable fashion podcast where we discuss everything about sustainable and fast fashion. If you're interested in sustainability in the fashion industry, or just want to learn more about bettering your community, this is the perfect listen for you!
 
Ready to change the world? Hey Change Podcast flips the narrative on climate change from fear to climate optimism. Co-hosts Anne Therese Gennari and Robin Shaw speak with scientists, experts, and activists about the challenges we face with climate change and what we can do about it. With topics ranging from intersectional environmentalism, climate justice, neuroscience, and more, the Hey Change Podcast educates listeners about climate change while inspiring courage, inclusivity, and optimism ...
 
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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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…
 
In this episode, we discuss what mindful gifting can look like during the holiday season and how we can be intentional with how we express love for the people we care about while being kind to the planet. Then Robin joins Garik Himebaugh, founder of Eco-Stylist, for a conversation about what makes a brand sustainable, men’s role in sustainable fash…
 
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.…
 
In this episode of Change Is Now, your hosts Eartha Hubbell and Stella Abril talk about mega fast fashion company, SHEIN. Shein is a B2C company based in China. They are one of the leading e-commerce sites in the world with over 7 million monthly users on their app ALONE. 40% of Shein website visitors are based in the US. Eartha and Stella break do…
 
Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist whose work has resulted in over 125 peer-reviewed papers. Her Ted talk has nearly 4 million views and she’s been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People, one of the Huffington Post’s 20 Climate Champions, and has been named one of FORTUNE’s world’s greatest leaders. In this conversation with Kath…
 
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…
 
We had the pleasure of speaking with Sally Ranney, the President and Co-Founder of Global Choices, a women-led organization on a mission to drive action on the Ice Crisis and climate change. We spoke with Sally about the profound importance of polar ice and how we are - in fact - all ice dependent species! The Ice Crisis 101: The Arctic is warming …
 
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/.…
 
We had the pleasure of speaking with Zanagee Artis, the 21-year-old founder, co-executive director and policy director for the global, youth-led climate justice organization Zero Hour. Zanagee has been featured in a number of publications for his work on climate justice and climate policy, including The New York Times, Teen Vogue, and edie. Zanagee…
 
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…
 
Today we are talking with Arizona Sustainable Apparel Association’s Executive Director, Madeline Dolgin and we are breaking down the superstore, Target. If you’re a frequent Target shopper or someone who’s ever wondered just how sustainable Target truly is, you won’t want to miss this episode. Madeline shares her expertise and research on the store…
 
This episode is for every climate activist from all parts of the journey, from beginners to experienced eco-nerds, who want to learn how to better engage people into climate-positive actions and mindset! I learned all about Per Espen’s work last summer when I dove deep into his book on human psychology and the many reasons we’re not acting on clima…
 
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…
 
Today we are talking with Remake Ambassador, Emily McKay from British Columbia, Canada and breaking down the brand ASOS. Your hosts Eartha and Stella are asking the questions you want to know about ASOS and their sustainability and transparency. We are talking about the Bangladesh accord and the Payup petition and giving you all tips for making an …
 
What roles should businesses play in fighting climate justice and co-creating a better world? We'll get into that and much more in this episode with Yvette Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder and CEO of Business Fights Poverty. Get FREE tickets to the UNGA summit on September 20-24, 2021. Use code "HEYCHANGEUNGA" when registering! Event Tickets: https://busi…
 
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…
 
The Bangladesh Accord is a free standing legal agreement between brands and trade unions to work towards a safe and healthy garment and textile industry in Bangladesh. In order to maintain standards that hold brands accountable, large clothing brands must sign the agreement. Brands like H&M, Zara and many other top fashion brands are being urged to…
 
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 order for sustainable businesses to make the impact they are working to create, they need eyes on their products, services, and missions! That’s where a sustainable copywriter comes in! Our hosts Stella and Eartha are excited to have Sarah Bloodworth on the podcast to talk about how she uses her copywriting powers for good! She also shares tips …
 
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/.…
 
Living sustainability is compiled of a string of small yet impactful decisions in our everyday lives! When it comes to celebrating with the people you love most or planning an event for your business, these also take a series of small decisions unique to gathering a larger group of people together. In this episode, our hosts Stella and Eartha are e…
 
This has been an incredible season for the Hey Change Podcast, where we focused on Optimism in Action. We have learned so much from each of our guests, and in today’s episode, we will be sharing with you some of the gems from our conversations in season 3. This episode is going to be packed with takeaways, so get your pen and paper ready to jot dow…
 
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…
 
UStrive, I strive, we all strive for a future full of sustainability in fashion! Guest Scott Wilson is here to share tips and advice on how he achieved sustainability and ethics in his business, so we can achieve it, too. We’re discussing ingraining sustainability into the supply chain, prioritizing employees, and what it takes to become GOTS certi…
 
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…
 
Did you know that the roots of regenerative agriculture, organic farming, and the farm-to-table movement grew from the work of Black farmers like Dr. Booker T. Whatley and Dr. George Washington Carver? And yet today, Black farmers are highly underrepresented in farming and farm ownership. While the Black population of the US is approximately 13.4%,…
 
We’re back! Change is Now is relaunching and ready to bring you more incredible series around sustainable fashion and conscious living! In this episode, we are excited to welcome Eartha as our full-time co-host of the show and dive deeper into both her and Stella’s stories! Tune in to hear what ignited their passion for striving to make an impact o…
 
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 …
 
Did you know that there isn’t a single corner of the Earth where microplastics do not exist? Yes, plastics are taking over our world, but how bad is it, really? We sat down with our friend and colleague Madeleine MacGillivray to take a deep dive (no pun intended) into the topic of microplastics. Tune in to gain a full understanding of what they are…
 
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…
 
Lonely Whale’s #stopsucking campaign has eliminated approximately 20 billion single-use plastic straws from the waste stream. Today, we learned from Kendall Starkman, the Director of NextWave Plastics, about her work with the consortium of companies convened by the award-winning non-profit Lonely Whale. In this conversation: Plastic credits & plast…
 
A guided meditation to look beyond climate change and envision a new kind of world! Scripted, recorded, and edited by your host, Anne Therese Gennari. Sign up for my newsletter to receive updates on more meditations, classes, and other climate optimist news: https://theclimateoptimist.com/sign-up ----- What future could we find ourselves in if we k…
 
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 …
 
In this episode, we speak with Val Emanuel, sustainability advocate, animal activist, entrepreneur and co-founder, with Anne Therese, of the world’s first ethical modeling agency, Role Models Management. Val shares with us how growing up in an immigrant family shaped her views on sustainable living, and how she practices a sustainable lifestyle, no…
 
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…
 
In this episode, you’ll hear the incredible story of refugee-turned-model/entrepreneur and humanitarian Mari Malek. Mari shares with us how she went from fleeing South Sudan as a child refugee to modeling and DJ'ing for top magazines and luxury brands in NYC. Mari has worked with clients like Lanvin, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar, acted in the feature…
 
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…
 
In this episode, we speak with the incredible Dr. Julie Pullen about the importance of building community around climate solutions. Dr. Julie Pullen is a climate scientist using advanced computing technology and open-source software to quantify climate risk in the financial sector and beyond. With a background in earth system prediction and complex…
 
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 ma…
 
This episode is for the creatives and creators! We had the pleasure of speaking with 26 year old, London-based poetic phenomenon, Tom Roberts, aka Tomfoolery. His poem “The Great Realization” has been viewed over 60 million times and been transcribed into languages all over the world. Tom’s mission to spread a message of hope, optimism, and sociall…
 
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