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Reading green blogs and websites is the key to eco-education and enlightenment no matter what's on your mind—be it biodynamic tippling, eco-friendly diapering, organic composting, or low-carbon driving. Are you a rabid online shopper prone to skimming product descriptions and then filling a virtual shopping cart with green goodies? There are plenty of sites for you, too. So sit back, power up the PC, and let GreenYour usher you to greener pastures. And remember, tell 'em GY sent ya.

Find it! Green blogs and websites

General
The Budget Ecoist E Magazine
EcoStreet The Green Guide
GroovyGreen Ideal Bite
The Lazy Environmentalist LIME
Sprig TreeHugger
Environmental news
Dot Earth Ethical Living
Environmental News Network Grist
Off Grid Orion Magazine
World Changing
The Greenguard
Environmental Defense Fund Environmental Working Group
Greenpeace International Natural Resources Defense Council
Organic Consumers Association Rocky Mountain Institute
The Sierra Club US Environmental Protection Agency
Worldwatch Institute World Wildlife Fund
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Eco-shopping
3R Living EVO
Great Green Goods Hippyshopper
Big Green Purse
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Science & technology
Ecofriend EcoGeek
Green Car Congress MetaEfficient
RealClimate Scientific American
Union of Concerned Scientists
Green fashion & design
Ecofabulous Inhabitat
Metro Hippie Style Saves the World
Style Will Save Us Sustainable Style Foundation
How Green Is Your Life? Green Design Girl
Food & diet
Chews Wise EatLocalChallange.com
Eat Well Guide The Ethicurean
FoodRoutes GoVeg.com
Sustainable Table Veggie Chic
Green business
Environmental Capital GreenBiz
Sustainable Business.com Triple Pundit
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Green building & homes
Broomhuggers Building Green TV
GreenHomeGuide Jetson Green
Low Impact Living Re-nest
Obligatory celebrity stalking
Al's Journal Dhlovelife
Ecorazzi
A mixed blog
The Accidental Environmentalist Alice in Blogland
Ask Pablo Crunchy Chicken
Eco-Libris EcoSherpa
Exploring the Urban Green Fake Plastic Fish
Green Thing The Sietch Blog
Society of Environmental Journalists How Green Is Your Life?
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Listed ablove you'll find just a small sampling of blogs and sites on GreenYour's finely tuned eco-radar—categorized for easy surfing. Although we'd like to think we've covered all bases, there is a lot out there. If there's an eco-blog or website that you think should be here, please drop us a line.

In addition to the blogroll above, we've pinpointed websites that may be useful for greenies interested in networking, activism, influencing political change, or finding true amour. Also head over to Best Green Blogs for a comprehensive round-up of the green blogosphere or scroll down to External links for other top blog and website rankings. And if you'd rather curl up with a hardcover instead of a laptop, check out our eco-themed book picks.

Reading green blogs and websites helps you go green because...

  • It's an easy way to keep in-sync with the fast-moving world of environmental news. Keeping informed of the latest in green technology, sustainability, politics, and yes, retail therapy, can influence personal decision making and even play a part in sparking global trends.
  • Patronage of green blogs and websites—whether it's just skimming an article, making a comment, or even contributing—gives the movement toward a more sustainable future its vital pulse.
  • The non-static, boundless nature of blogs and websites often provides much more than print materials, like books, magazines, and even newspapers, for those looking to keep constantly abreast of green issues. By perusing the Internet for green information, you're also avoiding the cycle of paper production and waste associated with print materials.

Not too long ago, a Google search for "green" may have yielded a mixed bag of results, many of them having to do more with color swatches than with the environmental movement. The blogosphere was also sparsely populated, inhabited mostly by diary-keeping teenagers, college students, and technophiles. However, the meteoric rise of blogging—many credit Gawker Media publisher Nick Denton for first pairing a weblog format with a traditional magazine business model—along with the strengthening of global eco-consciousness has led Internet users to turn up a lot more than just facts on fabric hues and paint shades.

Approximately 15.5 million active blogs—or blogs updated within a 90 day period—were tracked by the leading blog index Technorati in April 2007.[1] One year later, in April 2008, over 6,700 blogs were tagged with the key term "environment" on Technorati. TreeHugger, a venerable green blog covering an extensive range of topics, leads the pack in terms of popularity.[2] Founded in 2004 by Graham Hill, TreeHugger's popularity led to its acquisition by the Discovery Channel in August of 2007.[3]

According to another blog traffic tracker, the Truth Laid Bear, the top five most visited environmental blogs are TreeHugger, AutoblogGreen, Inhabitat, The Oil Drum, and Worldchanging. In his own blog, Marketing Green, David Wigder admits that the art of measuring the popularity and influence of green blogs is not perfect (and rather confusing), although tools that track site traffic and external links from other sites are helpful. And whatever the numbers or rankings, green bloggers, like other bloggers, are increasingly influential and can compete with traditional news websites after building faithful readerships.[4]

The growth—or explosion, rather—of green on the Web is not restricted to North America. According to a May 2007 study conducted by UK-based Internet analysis firm Hitwell, traffic on environmental websites (not exclusively blogs) had increased by 25 percent over a two-year period. Most visited sites included the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Freecycle Network, and the Earthday Network. The most frequently used environmental search terms were "freecycle," "environment agency," "earth day," "global warming," and "live earth" (an eco-charity concert).[5]

Overall, it's believed that popular green blogs and websites lure in more readers than environmentally focused print publications.[6] Says GreenBiz.com's Joel Makower: "One of the realities of our day and age is that as communication and media flourish, discourse is happening in a lot more places. And good ideas flourish no matter where they come from."[6]

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11/08/2008
11:55pm
EcoLarry

Please consider adding my website to the General category...Thanks! EcoLarry

Ecopalooza Green Events Network
www.ecopalooza.net

12/02/2008
3:36pm
lisathebestone

www.greensuv.com A eco-friendly car service in Los Angeles.

11/21/2008
9:05pm
greentalk

Consider adding mine as well, Green Talk (www.green-talk.com) to green homes and buildings. My website is designed to engage my readers in a discussion about living a greener lifestyle based upon the topics that I write about. Topics can include green building, green living, recycling, organic gardening or just a mix bag of content interjected with my own personal experiences of my decade long journey of going green.

In addition, I am involved with a group of wonderful moms and mothers of the Earth that host a green carnival monthly on specific green topics that anyone can join in. We would love it if one of your writers from Green Your would enter a post on one of our monthly carnival. Posts can be entered by any gender and whether or not you have children. Check out OrganicMania.com for more information. Every one of the founding "mom" blogs would be a must read. It is group of diverse, high intelligent women with different points of view.

Anna

PS I love that you footnote your sources. True quality.

05/24/2009
12:52pm
EasyEcoBlog.com

www.easyecoblog.com

We help people go green with easy to follow tips that help the environment while saving green.

06/13/2010
9:42pm
jessie31

Great! I will check these green websites now and then...
http://www.walkintubsoutlet.com/full-soak-walk-in-tubs.html

08/11/2010
6:54am
henz

I'm thinking to making some event in which all of schoolmate or office-mate can gathering in one place. http://www.esleepmasters.com/Copper_Sinks_s/6762.htm

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