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Good Together: Ethical, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Living
50 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
The Global Impact of Fair Trade with Paul Rice
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 recent farmer protests in India, how fair trade artisans have been affected by COVID-19, and—of course—how we as consumers can help support fair trade workers and organizations, especially during these tumultuous times. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/what-is-fair-trade/
35 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Debunking Top Sustainable Living Myths and Misconceptions
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 the notion that you have to be vegan in order to be sustainable. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/sustainable-living-myths
53 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Alicia Silverstone: How to Be Less Clueless About Plant-Based Eating
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 Diet, which tells the story of her own journey toward a more conscious way of eating. In this episode, Laura and Liza chat with Alicia about her sustainability journey, her tips for plant-based eating, and her latest eco-friendly projects. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/alicia-silverstone-interview
42 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Growing Your Own Food with Jacob Pechenik
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 Farmstands that make it super simple to grow your own food at home (even if you only have four square feet of space to do so). Together, they discuss the importance of understanding where your food comes from, the benefits of growing food yourself, and exactly how we can utilize hydroponic gardening in our own lives. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/hydroponic-gardening-for-beginners.
43 minutes | May 26, 2021
Sustainable Swaps for an Eco-Friendly Summer
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 make for a fun and sustainable summer. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/eco-friendly-summer-swaps.
58 minutes | May 19, 2021
Why It's Okay to Be an Imperfect Environmentalist with Nikki Reed
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 sustainable sneakers with LOCI. During the episode, we discuss Nikki’s sustainability journey, the eco-friendly materials that make up her new shoe line, and her favorite tips for living more sustainably. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/nikki-reed-interview.
40 minutes | May 12, 2021
A Deep Dive Into Sustainable Leather Alternatives with Inder Bedi
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 landfill-destined materials. Together, they dive into the origin of Inder's interest in sustainable fashion, vegan leather, and the innovative new materials that make for planet-friendly alternatives. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/vegan-leather-sustainability.
45 minutes | May 5, 2021
Plant Parenting 101 with Nick Cutsumpas of Farmer Nick
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 making common mistakes, and much more. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/houseplant-tips-for-beginners.
49 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
What Exactly Is Climate Neutrality, and Why Is It So Important?
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 buzzy terms and what they mean for you and the planet. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/climate-neutrality-meaning.
34 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
The Importance of Asking 'Who Made My Clothes' with Fashion Revolution's Orsola de Castro
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 intersection of sustainability and human rights in the fashion industry. In this episode, Laura talks with Orsola about the origin of the movement and the steps we can take as consumers to advocate for ethical fashion production. For show notes, go to brightly.eco/fashion-revolution.
30 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
10+ Mother's Day Picks We Love (April's Eco Picks)
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 waste-free and planet-friendly Mother’s Day gifts. For show notes, go to https://brightly.eco/podcast
52 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Everything You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Bedding
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 eucalyptus, bamboo, and hemp—and how to make the best choice for yourself and the planet. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast.
42 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Stepping into Sustainability with Rothy's
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 carbon footprint at both an individual and institutional level. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast.
34 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
March's Eco-Picks: AAPI + Women Owned Products
This month, Laura and Liza highlight Women Owned products in honor of Women’s History Month, in addition to Asian and AAPI eco-friendly picks across beauty, home, and more. To get our picks and to see show notes, head to brightly.eco/march-picks or go to brightly.eco/podcast.
55 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
To Recycle or Not to Recycle—That Is the Question
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. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
38 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
It's Not Rocket Science to Live Sustainably
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 and the planet. For show notes and more, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast
44 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Sustainable Pet Parenting 101
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: Your pup will love plastic-free shampoo bars just as much as you do. For show notes, head to https://brightly.eco/podcast.
49 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Planet-Friendly Diets: How to Eat for a Healthier Future
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 vegetarian and vegan diets, delicious meatless recipes, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/podcast (edited)
33 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Let's Guac About The Impact of Avocados
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 brightly.eco/podcast.
43 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
February's Eco-Finds: 10+ Sustainable Products
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 brightly.eco/february-picks or go to brightly.eco/podcast.
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