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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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There’s nothing less romantic than trashing the planet. This week, Laura is giving you the low-down on how to celebrate Valentine's Day in the most sustainable way possible. From gift ideas that won't break the bank (or the planet) to simple ways to reduce waste, you don’t need to sacrifice romance for sustainability. For show notes, visit https://…
 
Graham Hill has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years. From founding the website Treehugger in 2004 to the creation of The Carbonauts in 2019, he’s made it his life mission to better the planet. In this week’s episode, he’s helping you do the same by sharing what he calls “The Big Six”—the most impactful actions you can take to r…
 
Temperatures are rising all around the world. But if you feel like the streets of your urban neighborhood are especially sweltering, you may be right. Climate scientists like Dr. Jeremy Hoffman are studying the heat island effect, an infrastructure, equity, and climate-based issue that results in higher localized temperatures than those experienced…
 
Small changes can have a really big impact on the planet—and what better way to make a difference than by creating New Year's resolutions that help you live more sustainably in 2023? This week, Laura takes you through her own resolutions and shares tips and tricks on how to create eco-habits that stick. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/bl…
 
Yep, you read that right—restaurateur Kayla Abe wants you to eat your trash. In this week’s episode, learn how her San Francisco eatery, Shuggie’s Trash Pie + Natural Wine, relies on ingredients that might go unused elsewhere—think irregular produce and offcuts from the meat industry—to create a menu that’s unique, climate-friendly, and delicious. …
 
Whether it's a clothing item that doesn't fit or decor that isn't your style, returns are inevitable. But while most people assume a returned item goes back onto the shelf, that's unfortunately not always the case. In this week’s episode, we dive into what *actually* happens to your returns—and what you can do to combat the issue. For show notes, v…
 
In today's fast-paced, stressful world, a wellness routine isn’t a luxury—it’s essential. This week, Laura chats with Samantha Leal, the deputy editor at Well+Good, about how taking care of yourself and the planet can go hand-in-hand. From choosing activewear made from eco-friendly materials to swapping single-use beauty products for refillable opt…
 
Let’s be real—some people are really hard to shop for. This week, Laura is sharing her top tips for choosing the perfect holiday gifts, which not only brings on the holiday cheer, but also prevents returns—a category that accounts for five billion pounds of landfill waste every year. To shop her top sustainable picks, visit https://brightly.eco/blo…
 
The holidays are quickly approaching, and you know what that means: it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Before making a purchase, let’s dive into one of the most popular holiday debates: Which is better for the environment—real or artificial? This week, we answer that question with Andy Finton, a Massachusetts-based Forest Ecologist for The N…
 
We talk a lot about greenhouse gas emissions and what they’re doing to our atmosphere. But what about our oceans? That’s a question best posed to Dr. Jessica Cross, a research oceanographer with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Seattle, WA. In this week’s episode, you’ll learn everything there is to know about ocean acidi…
 
Last year, 27 million Americans moved. Not surprisingly, that many moves result in a lot of waste. Think about all the boxes, packing tape, and bubble wrap it takes to pack up and transport your entire life to a new location. This week, you’ll get tips and tricks from the Brightly team that will make your next move more sustainable. For show notes,…
 
When it comes to environmental footprints, our water use warrants a serious conversation—and Jonah Schein, the national program manager for Homes & Buildings at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense Program, agrees. This week, Jonah settles the dishwasher vs hand washing debate (once and for all!) as well as shares other ways we can…
 
This week, host Laura Wittig shares everything she's learned about sustainable parenting in her first year of motherhood. She covers the realities of cloth diapering, tips for cutting costs on essentials, how homemade baby food has helped her family combat food waste, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/sustainable-parenting-t…
 
The alternative leather market is exploding right now. There’s leather made from mushrooms, pineapples, recycled bottles, and even apples. This week, we're resharing a past episode where we do a deep-dive into the world of eco-leathers. Are they worth the hype? Come find out. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/vegan-leather-sustainabil…
 
Kellie Brown of "And I Get Dressed" is known for her incredible taste in style and interior design. But you won't always find her buying new—she prefers being thrifty and is a pro at scoring secondhand home finds that belong in your favorite magazines. In this week's episode, we're stealing all her secrets. For show notes, visit https://brightly.ec…
 
We know eating more plant-based dishes is a healthy and sustainable choice, but the assumption is that it’s also an expensive one. This week, we’re busting that myth with Toni Okamoto, founder of Plant-Based on a Budget. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/is-plant-based-diet-more-expensive.…
 
What actually happens to your recyclables once they're picked up from the curb, or the clothes you put in a donation bin? This week, we're resharing one of our favorite episodes where we do a deep-dive into what really happens to the items we throw away. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/blog/throwaway-culture.…
 
Our dependence on fossil fuels is quite literally reaching a boiling point. And while the likes of electric vehicles and solar power are among essential alternatives, a wholesale, readily available solution to our carbon dependence can sometimes feel like fiction. But, the answer exists—though it’s often vilified. This week, we discuss common misco…
 
If you're feeling anxious about the current state of our planet, you're not alone. These feelings, coined as "eco-anxiety" and "climate anxiety," have been affecting all of us in different ways. This week, we're resharing a past episode we love featuring Dr. Renee Lertzman—a researcher, educator, and eco-engagement strategist—about what eco-anxiety…
 
All it takes is a quick scroll through Remy Morimoto Park’s Instagram feed to inspire you to whip up a delicious vegan meal or make a lifestyle change that betters the planet. This week, the founder of Veggiekins is here to chat about her sustainability journey, dealing with trolls, and how she stays authentic on social media. https://brightly.eco/…
 
Over the last couple of decades, small and big businesses alike have begun incorporating sustainability commitments into their business models. Whether it’s going carbon neutral or switching to compostable packaging, these promises surrounding a company's efforts are ubiquitous. But when it comes to eco-conscious business practices, how can a consu…
 
When it comes to building a sustainable wardrobe, a lot of focus (read: ire) falls to fast fashion. But what about footwear? Though shoes are designed to travel with you, it's the journey from factory to foot that is cause for concern—and that entrepreneurs, like Jordan Clark of Dooeys, are striving to reimagine. For show notes, visit https://brigh…
 
We support all creatures, great and small. We also take the opportunity to learn from animals, because they can teach us a lot. This week, Julie C. Henry, author of Wisdom from the Wild, shares how both new and experienced leaders can learn from—and be inspired by—the wildlife around them, whether that’s a naked mole rat or a sea cucumber. For show…
 
10 years ago, most people's version of being energy-efficient was running a fan instead of an air conditioner. While that's still a great move, technology is making it easier than ever to help the planet—and the rise in residential solar panels in neighborhoods across the country is one such advance already making an impact. This week, James Lawler…
 
Typical back-to-school essentials include clothing from fast fashion brands, stacks of new textbooks and notebooks, and plastic school supplies. The good news is there are simple steps you can take to make this school year your most planet-friendly yet. Whether you're a college student or a parent, this week's episode is loaded with tips and tricks…
 
If adopting a plant-based diet is among your strategies for bettering the planet, you’re not alone. This week, Nisha Vora, the lawyer turned plant-based chef and cookbook author behind Rainbow Plant Life, shares how to cook up vegan dishes even the pickiest eaters will enjoy, ways you can develop more sustainable habits in the kitchen, and more. Fo…
 
Entrepreneurship and product innovation are the true drivers of change within the vision of a more sustainable future. There's always room for more people to work on solutions, small and large, that can change our way of life for the better. This week, Julia Collins, founder of Planet FWD and Moonshot, shares what goes into starting a planet-friend…
 
Earlier this year, we dropped our 2022 Sustainability Trends Report—and one of the buzziest of the bunch was waterless beauty. In this week’s episode, Kate McLeod, the pastry-chef-turned-beauty-entrepreneur behind the brand of the same name, discusses the rise of waterless beauty, why it’s better for the planet, and why you should give it a try. Fo…
 
If you have the travel bug, you’re not alone. Recent data shows 71% of Americans are planning on traveling for leisure this year. This week, we’re sharing tips and tricks that will help you explore as sustainably as possible, from booking a place to stay to packing with the planet in mind. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-to-travel-su…
 
Every month, an estimated 1.8 billion people around the world menstruate. As you can imagine, that results in a lot of waste. This week, Nadya Okamoto, the co-founder of August, discusses the environmental impact of periods, how period products have evolved over the years, and the rise of sustainable options. For snow notes, visit https://brightly.…
 
When most people think of sustainable fashion, they think of a minimalist wardrobe—a sea of browns, beiges, and creams. But designer and content creator Sara Camposarcone is teaching the world that maximalism—chunky jewelry, layering, bold prints, and lots of color—can be sustainable, too. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/what-is-sustaina…
 
If you live in an area that doesn’t accept glass recycling, tossing a single bottle in your bin can wreak havoc on the planet. Franziska Trautmann, co-founder of Glass Half Full, is challenging the current system by turning glass "waste" into a resource. In this episode, she discusses all things glass recycling and waste management, the benefits of…
 
If you were to take a walk around your block right now, what are the odds you’d find at least one piece of trash? Going out of your way to pick it up might feel pointless. But Sharona Shnayder of Tuesdays for Trash is here to prove small climate action work done by countless individuals across the globe adds up. In this week’s episode, she shares h…
 
The restaurant industry loses billions of dollars every year due to food waste. Luckily, some entrepreneurs are already figuring out how to make a difference. In this week’s episode, Jeremiah Chapman, the CEO and co-founder of FreshFry, shares how he’s turning one corporation’s trash into another corporation’s treasure. For show notes, visit https:…
 
Climate change doesn't just impact wildlife and the weather. It also impacts human life—and that includes parenting. In this week’s episode, Sara Mauskopf, CEO and co-founder of Winnie, discusses the intersection between climate and childcare—and how younger generations are directly impacted. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/how-climate-c…
 
If your lack of a green thumb has kept you from becoming a plant parent, you're not alone—promise. But that’s all about to change. This week, we’re discussing the best plants for beginners, how to avoid making common mistakes that can kill your plants, and more. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/houseplant-tips-for-beginners/.…
 
From the sheets on our beds to the clothes on our backs, textiles are everywhere. But what are our textiles really made of? And how should you go about shopping for options that are actually planet-friendly? In this week's episode, Eileen Mockus, the president and CEO of Coyuchi, will teach you everything you need to know. For show notes, visit htt…
 
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:/…
 
This week we’re resharing a past episode we love featuring Laura Fenton, author of The Tiny Book of Living Small. In it, she shares how to adopt a tiny living mindset, regardless of the square feet you’re in. For show notes, visit https://brightly.eco/living-tiny-creates-impact.
 
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…
 
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