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Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living

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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
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We're all spending a LOT more time at home now. The question is: what’s the best way to craft a space that is good for you both mentally and physically? In today’s episode, Liza and Laura chat with Phoebe Yu and Kat Dey, co-founders of Ettitude, about how to stay cozy and “clean” at home. We uncover tidbits like why it matters to use clean textiles while you sleep, how textile innovation is actively saving resources on the planet, and more. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/how-to-stay-cozy-and-clean-at-home/
In today’s bonus episode: Fast Company senior staff writer Liz Segran walks Liza through ways humanity has been responding to our new reality with creativity and compassion and how we can all continue living ethically and mindfully, despite being homebound. Liz also discusses actionable, inspiring, and uplifting tips from her upcoming book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life. To see the show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/creativity-compassion-during-the-covid-19-crisis/
According to the EPA, the average American produces around 6 pounds of trash each day, with only 1 and a half pounds of that trash ending up in the recycling bin. The problem is clear: we need to be less trashy. One solution is to go zero waste… but exactly does zero waste mean? Kathryn Kellogg, today’s guest, actually details over a hundred ways you can get started producing less trash in her book, 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, which she published last year. Through her blog and Instagram accounts, Kathryn’s Going Zero Waste movement inspires thousands every day to care for the planet by consuming less and being smart about the trash we generate. See show notes at: https://brightly.eco/going-zero-waste plus check out Kathryn at @going.zero.waste on Instagram and www.goingzerowaste.com
Choosing ethical + sustainable labels and certifications to trust while shopping can be difficult, especially now that there are so many different certifications that claim to be eco-friendly, ethical, and sustainable. So, how can you filter through the noise and make shopping decisions that make you proud? Laura and Liza discuss what Fair Trade, B Corp, Leaping Bunny, Organic, Free Range, and more actually mean for you (and your wallet) on today's episode. For more info: https://brightly.eco/ethical-labels-to-look-for/
The single most impactful thing you can do for the earth as consumer is to buy less. The entire modern consumption cycle is out of control, and the less you buy, the less waste you’re creating. There are lots of other benefits to cutting back purchasing items in one or more areas of your life, whether you’re looking to save up some extra cash or want to help save marine wildlife by reducing the amount of plastic you throw in the trash. In this episode, Liza and Laura go over various “challenges” to join and give you actionable ways to actually put a curb on your spending for the planet’s sake.
We spend over a third of our lives asleep, so where you rest your head at night makes a huge difference for your overall health and wellbeing. Liza and Laura sit down with Mark Abrials, CMO of Avocado Mattress, to discuss why investing in sustainable home pieces matters. We chat about everything mattress related (as in, how often should you change out your mattress, and what happens to all of those mattress returns?), advancements in organic-materials certifications, and more. We promise this episode will leave you wide awake with the knowledge we uncover about under the covers.
Chocolate, jewelry, or flowers are most likely your go-to gifts this Valentines' Day, and we dig into the sweetest way to show your affection for your loved one and the planet at the same time. Most of us have heard about the questionable ethics in the global chocolate supply chain, but your choice to gift a potted planet rather than fresh-cut roses from South America makes a bigger difference than you might think. As always, the conversation we have is designed to peak your curiosity and prompt you to pause before your next purchase. Fear not, casanovas, because we’ve got the perfect gift recommendations ahead for your sweetheart.
With more than 90 million fans tuning in to watch Sunday's game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, it’s hard to ignore the impact that this event has every year. Believe it or not, though, the Super Bowl is more sustainable than most realize. Yes, it’s all about the game, the hype, the commercials, and the trophies, but we discovered that it's also about the NFL caring about the carbon footprint such a large event causes. Laura and Liza share the history of sustainability at the NFL, plus tips on how you can be a conscious consumer while at sporting events.
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, discouraged and helpless when learning that billions of animals in Australia have perished because of the wildfires, or that the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is still having a huge impact on the residents of Puerto Rico years later. We say to ourselves “how can I do something? How can I make a difference?" only to end up in unproductive spirals of research which usually lead to inaction. Liza and Laura discuss the best ways you can be helpful when faced with a natural disaster or crisis in your own backyard or halfway across the world. They leave you with actionable tips to have at the ready when you want to roll up your sleeves and help those in a time of need, and they approach this sensitive topic with humility, curiosity, and the utmost respect for those who are on the ground assisting victims.
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.
The Birds and the Bees

The Birds and the Bees

2019-09-2434:362

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.
Ethical Travel 101

Ethical Travel 101

2019-08-2735:38

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.
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Laura Wittig

Hey Castbox fam! This is Laura from Good Together. Thank you for listening – let me know what other topics you want us to dig into!

Feb 12th
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#Royalebleu

#Recommendation

Jan 7th
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Panagiotis Hatziioannou

great vibe, keep up!

Aug 28th
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