Bookmans Picks for Best Environmental Blogs
From electric car charging stations to eco-friendly lighting, from recycling to reusing, from partnering with environmentally active community agencies to sponsoring climate-friendly events, Bookmans strives to do right by the big blue ball we call Earth. That’s what you do when environmentalism is one of your core values. Another thing you do is to read up on how to continue progressing in green ways. We’ve unscientifically collected the best environmental blogs based on web metrics we made up and subjective determinations of strength of content. In other words, here’s some blogs we like to read.
TreeHugger. TreeHugger is the granddaddy longlegs of all enviro-blogs so we’ll let them promote themselves. According to their about page, Treehugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, they strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions and product information. We especially enjoy following them on social media because they are prolific posters.
Inhabitat. With an interest in design innovations that enhance sustainability, efficiency and interactivity in the home, Inhabitat draws attention to objects and spaces that are BOTH eco-friendly AND stylish. We appreciate Inhabitat’s belief that, “all design should be inherently ‘Green’. Good design is not about color, style or trends–but instead about thoughtfully considering the user, the experience, the social context and the impact of an object on the surrounding environment.” We also find it easier to keep up with them via social media.
No Impact Man. The No Impact Man lifestyle experiment formed the basis of the No Impact Man book, film and non-profit project. Launched 2007, this blog chronicles the year of environmentally living Colin Beavan undertook with his family. It’s not updated often anymore, but it’s a great story. If you like this sort of start-to-finish experiment blogs, we also suggest reading about the Little Brown Dress experiment.
Grist. “You know how some people make lemonade out of lemons? At Grist, we’re making lemonade out of looming climate apocalypse.” Naturally, we appreciate the injection of fun into our giant environmental foot print guilt. Each day, Grist uses their Clarity-o-Meter to draw out the real meaning behind green stories and to connect big issues like climate change to daily life.
EcoGeek. Hank Green says he spends most of his time thinking about how our brains can save our planet. His blog EcoGeek is for armchair engineers of all types who are interested in how science can inform our behaviors to benefit the earth. Hank thinks we can stay happy without destroying the environment. If you’re up for the brainwork, check out EcoGeek.
Environmental Graffiti. Environmental Graffiti claims an eclectic mix of the most bizarre, funny and interesting environmental news on the planet. From extreme sports, conservation, art or freaky nature Environmental Graffiti aims to save the planet and make the environment sexy. They don’t always hit our green buttons, but they are always entertaining as they bring environmental news for environmentalists who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Mindful Mama. Blogger Micaela aims to inspire people to live a green and healthy life. She doesn’t claim to have all the answers but she tries to be mindful of her choices and do her best. She started blogging as a way to make sense of the confusing information about green and healthy living that she was confronted with as a parent. Instead of being just about the environment, it is about being mindful of all the small decisions we make every day.
Green Issues. Singapore-based Agy does DIY with recyclable items and refashioning, which is the DIY of changing an old piece of clothing into something new and more wearable. Her belief that we have become a consumerist, throwaway society is behind her efforts to spread the message that you don’t have to buy something new and you shouldn’t throw something away without thinking about what it could be turned into. She advocates the purchase of “preloved goods” so naturally we like what we read from her.
Mother Jones. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Mother Jones, the nonprofit news organization that specializes in investigative, political and social justice reporting. They have a dedicated section to the environment and aren’t afraid to drop a four-letter word now and again. We know they cause knee-jerk reactions in some folks but we aren’t afraid of controversy.
Hugg. Here’s where we violate the rules of our list. Hugg isn’t a blog, but a tool. Also, it was created by TreeHugger, who is already on the list. We don’t care because we like it anyway and we aren’t always the best rule followers. Hugg is like Digg but for eco issues.
Bookmans.com includes many posts about the environment, “green” events and our eco-conscious partners. We are also beginning to build boards highlighting some fun reuse/repurpose projects on Pinterest including our Made From Books and Comic-al Crafts boards. We’d love to hear from you about your favorite environmental blogs and activities.
Post author Rebecca Ballenger is a wannabe Internet practitioner, subtly charming public school advocate and amateur communicator who asks too many questions and writes mostly about books at RebL Nation.
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