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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
 
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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…
 
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…
 
We're all about celebrating imperfect eco-friendly living, and it turns out actress and environmentalist Nikki Reed is, too. Nikki is widely known for her role in the Twilight series, but she also has a passion for the planet. In 2017, she launched a line of ethical and sustainable jewelry, skin-care, and apparel, and now she has a line of sustaina…
 
Leather doesn't have the best rap when it comes to the environment. Luckily, there are more sustainable alternatives than ever before, and that's exactly what we discuss in this episode. Laura chats with Inder Bedi, the founder of Matt & Nat, who has gone on to launch 457 ANEW—a slow fashion line that creates handbags, clothing, and more out of lan…
 
If you love the aesthetic of a plant-filled home but don’t have the greenest thumb, you’re in the right place. In this episode, Laura chats with Nick Cutsumpas, who you may know as @farmernick on Instagram. Together, they discuss the ins and outs of plant parenting, including what Nick considers the "holy trinity" of beginner plants, how to avoid m…
 
Phrases like "climate neutrality" and "net-zero emissions" are rising in popularity. But why is being climate neutral so important, and what does it actually mean? In this episode, Liza explores those exact questions during her conversation with Caitlin Drown from the non-profit organization, Climate Neutral. Together, they dig deep into all the bu…
 
Have you ever asked "Who Made My Clothes?" According to Orsola de Castro, the co-founder and global creative director of Fashion Revolution, it's one of the most important things you can do. Fashion Revolution was founded following the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse. Since then, it's evolved into an annual week-long event focused on the intersect…
 
If you celebrate Mother’s Day, it's just around the corner on May 9th. Besides being a great reminder to celebrate the most important mothers in your life, it's also a big shopping day – making it a great time to be a conscious consumer. In this episode, Laura and Liza share their favorite April eco product finds, plus give you creative ideas for w…
 
You use biodegradable sponges in the kitchen and shampoo bars in the bathroom. But how sustainable is your bedroom? In today’s episode, Liza chats with Colin McIntosh, the CEO and founder of Sheets & Giggles, an eco-friendly bedding brand. They go over the most popular sustainable bedding options available to consumers right now—including eucalyptu…
 
You’ve probably heard of Rothy’s—a brand that hand-makes all its products from recycled materials. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Saskia Van Gendt, the head of sustainability at the company, about balancing sustainability goals and growth as a brand, what circular production is and how it betters the planet, and the importance of reducing your…
 
Recycling seems easy enough, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how to go about it correctly in order to better the planet. Today’s guests, Rosie Briggs and Kylie Byrd of Eco-Cycle, discuss why we should think about the three R's differently, exactly what happens to materials once they leave your home, and the ins and outs of composting. Fo…
 
Zero-waste living seems complicated. But the good news? It's not rocket science. Today’s guest is Anita Vandyke—a qualified rocket scientist, medical doctor, and author. During the episode, she shares simple tips that make sustainable living easy, including how to build your own zero-waste kit. You’ll also learn how living minimally benefits you an…
 
Caring for a pet is a fun and exciting journey, but have you ever wondered about the environmental impact of being a pet parent? That’s a topic area today’s guest, veterinarian Dr. Rory Cowlam, is very familiar with. During the episode, we go over sustainable pet diets, how to cut down on waste—poop bags, included—and more. Because spoiler alert: Y…
 
Plant-forward diets are only on the rise. Not just because of the growing list of health benefits, but also because eating less meat is one of the best ways to slow the effects of climate change. In today’s episode, Liza chats with Shiri Avnery, the COO and co-founder of Thistle, about the benefits of being a flexitarian, the difference between veg…
 
Is our love for avocados bad for the environment? While avocados might not be as sustainable as you originally thought, don’t worry, they’re more eco-friendly than meat options. We get into the avocado supply chain, ways to better use them before they go bad, and more on today's episode. To see show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast/…
 
In honor of Black History Month, Laura and Liza highlight a few of their favorite BIPOC ethical + sustainable brands alongside other picks they've been returning to in February. All of these products are their organic and authentic recommendations, but don't forget to shop mindfully! To get their picks and to see show notes, head to https://brightl…
 
Tata Harper has been a pioneer in the “farm to beauty” movement since 2007, and she’s passionate about using natural ingredients to achieve serious skincare results without compromising on her values. In today’s episode, Laura chats with Tata about how her clean beauty products are just as effective as the ones full of artificial ingredients that y…
 
Lisa Elaine Held, host of the Farm Report and writer for Civil Eats, the New York Times and more chats with Laura about how consumers can support more sustainable food supply chains, how the new administration in the US Government plans on upending the system with equitable food policies, and what Lisa's favorite tips are around eating more sustain…
 
Diamonds might be a girl's best friend, but are they the planet's? What if we could create diamonds from thin air, bypassing the toxic way they're produced today? With Valentine's Day approaching, the topic of ethically produced jewelry is top of mind. How sustainable is your engagement ring? In today's episode, Liza chats with Ryan Sherman, co-fou…
 
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. …
 
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…
 
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…
 
"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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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…
 
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