Earth Day was created in the spring of 1970 to raise awareness of, and take action on, the pressing environmental issues of the time. Lately it seems like just an excuse for a green-washed blog post or a sale on products that seem sustainable but are poorly made halfway around the world.
All too often, environmental consciousness online gets sucked up into the same click bait marketing and advertorial schemes that rules the rest of the Internet. As conscious consumers ourselves, we thought that this year, rather than share a discount code or wag our fingers, that we would simply share some sustainably focused things that we personally like. People, businesses, bloggers, and more that are asking good questions and doing good work that is leading to real change:
Vice is arguably the best resource the world has right now for highlighting the alarming rate at which we’re changing our climate. The HBO Series has been extended well into the next few years and we couldn’t be happier.
Ecocult is a blog by Alden Wicker. While sustainability is very trendy and zero waste living is in a lot of ways cool in some circles these days - there’s a lot of good questions that fall through the cracks. Ecocult is good at asking these questions while keeping it real.
Salon Sustainability is a great resource for all sorts of long form pieces about the planet. They get into the good details and deliver very complete stories.
With festival season warming up - one organization will be at the big ones cleaning up. Clean Vibes aims to show concertgoers how easy it is to minimize one’s waste footprint through recycling and composting at large events in hopes that they might take this knowledge and apply it to their daily lives.
While Reddit is still a weird alien place to many - there’s a helluva lot of good information somewhere in there. /r/green isn’t as cool as you’d think but here’s a few subreddits that are definitely worth checking out in your quest to live a little lighter on the planet
And you can get a really cool look at a company making products in America over at Outlier’s own subreddit: r/Outlier
Bikes are, without question, a big part of any sustainable future. No one is making bikes look better right now than John and everyone at The Radavist. Need any inspiration to get riding now that the weather is nice? Don’t hesitate to dig deep into the years of content that John and Co. have shared.
Making food yourself is always more sustainable than the alternative. Food52 nails the balance between straight up food porn and stuff that you could actually make yourself.
We’re loving Boostrap Compost’s efforts here in our fair city. A pair of individuals who weren’t seeing the action they wanted - started that action on their own. This piece in the Globe covers their work well.
Hope you have a great Earth Day and don’t get sucked into too many sales just make Gaylord Nelson proud and be the change but don’t forget to keep it real.