Do you want to do your part to help the environment?
Of course you do! We know change can be hard, and things don’t happen overnight. Still, every small change you make, from eating less meat to walking or using public transportation, adds up over time. Eventually, you’ll find you’ve dramatically lowered your carbon footprint without even noticing.
Not sure where to start? Fortunately there are tons of online resources to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. In fact, you’ll find a thriving community of passionate, knowledgeable people eager to welcome you.
We thought we’d share nine of our favorite sustainable lifestyle resources for you to explore. We recommend bookmarking the sites below or better yet, subscribing to their blogs or newsletters to get eco-inspiration straight to your inbox. We’ve organized these resources into groups for people new to sustainable living and those who want to participate beyond their own personal lifestyle commitments.
Sustainable Lifestyle Resources for Newbies
Don’t let the name of this government organization fool you as the CDC doesn’t just concentrate on diseases. Visit the Sustainable Lifestyle page on the CDC website and you’ll see what we mean. It’s almost a website within a website with lots of useful info to guide you towards a sustainable eating habits, work commutes, and patronizing green businesses. Speaking of work, you might want to implement a sustainability project at your job with Worksite Wellness suggestions from the CDC.
New to the whole sustainability concept? Global Stewards is probably the best place to begin your journey. Everything is presented in a way that makes sustainability seem possible, including for families with young children. We suggest you take a look at the eco tips section for DIY waste reduction tactics, conservation info, and advice specific to homeowners and the challenges you face with clean energy, cleaning, and gardening.
Along the same lines, MyZeroWaste encourages you to use your power as a consumer to push for green products. Authors Mr. & Mrs. Green present the Zero Waste Week Challenge, an exciting way to reach your goals and change your mindset about the environmental effects of your daily activities. This is another great go-to for parents as Mr. and Mrs. Green began the blog in an effort to live a zero waste life as a family and set a model for their young daughter.
While sustainability isn’t always the aim of minimalist lifestyles, we think you’ll enjoy this resource as a fresh perspective. If you’re trying to simplify your lifestyle overall in addition to being greener, we think you’ll want to get to know Joshua & Ryan, the duo behind this blog, several books, a documentary, and a popular podcast. Their approach to consumption may change your life.
A long standing pillar of the sustainable blogosphere, Sustainablog owner Jeff McIntire-Strasburg focuses on ways to reduce waste. An excellent read for eco-conscious parents, Sustainablog regularly posts product reviews, how-to videos, relevant news, and scientific studies that will educate and enlighten you. Jeff allows outside contributors, too, in case you’d like to share your upcycling ideas or recycling strategies.
Sustainable Lifestyle Organizations to Follow
As the name suggests, the Center for Biological Diversity is dedicated to a future for all species. If you’re concerned about saving endangered species, maintaining our forests, and keeping our oceans clean, then become a part of the Center!
You may have guessed by the organization’s name that Friends of the Earth International isn’t just a sustainability blog. It’s a group of about 75 member organizations that collectively consult for the ECOSOC (the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations). The group envisions a peaceful future for the planet in which mankind lives in harmony with nature. The FOEI website will keep you informed about global climate action, forests and biodiversity, volunteer opportunities, and more. Check out FOEI to make a bigger impact beyond your personal sustainability efforts.
This resource isn’t quite an environmental organization so much as an outstanding media source about sustainability in the business world. Follow the stories highlighting new green startups, eco-friendly technology, and environmental policies around the world. Make sure you keep up with the latest updates by following the dedicated Guardian Sustainable Business Twitter account.
— Sustainable Business (@GuardianSustBiz) July 7, 2017
Brought to you by the fine folks at the Sierra Club, Sierra Magazine covers a wide variety of environmental issues. You’ll see current events stories alongside well researched guides to buying an electric car, switching to solar power, and preparing healthy vegetarian meals. If you’ve got questions about products, services, or other ecological stuff, ask the resident expert Mr. Green aka Bob Schildgen, the magazine’s former managing editor. You have the option of subscribing to Sierra Magazine by donating to the Sierra Club or simply reading the online version for free.
Did we forget your favorite sustainability blog or website? Share your recommendations with the community in the comments below!