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By Lora O’Brien
It’s fair to say that blogs are as popular today as magazines have been for years–instead of popping into the local newsagents for a weekly fix of glossy gossip, we’re now opening up our phone, laptop and tablet browsers and reading our favourite sites.
For eco-lifestyle lovers, this is a great thing: sustainability hasn’t yet hit the mainstream, so blogs are still our very best source of information on the topics that interest us most. The issue is, they can be a little bit difficult to find, unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. But never fear: whether it’s organic beauty, zero-waste living or sustainable fashion, we’ve found 10 eco friendly bloggers we think you’ll love.
Super stylish and super cool this is a woman who walks the walk and talks the talk! Nini is a bee-keeper, organic farmer, off-grid pioneer, eco-consultant and the voice behind the green lifestyle blog, Eco Warrior Princess. Proving you can still love fashion without compromising your beliefs, Jennifer is a shining example of a blogger who is fully dedicated to promoting not only green fashion, but living a full-on green lifestyle, beautifully.
Based in: Australia
Best for: Those already into sustainable fashion, but seeking more info on that and organic living
Yarina uses her blog, Fashionhedge, in a fairly conventional way, taking plenty of pics of herself wearing eco-friendly outfits. But it is also a gateway to debate about what “ethical fashion” is, exactly, and she particularly focuses on the business of fashion and fashion sourcing. You think those jeans are good just because they weren’t mass produced? Straight-talking Yarina will make you think again.
Based in: USA
Best for: Those in search of eco-outfit ideas and hot debates
Electra’s blog, the Eco Gypsy is a place that all nomads, adventurers and wanderers will love. This site is a virtual Mecca of information for those that care about the planet and wish to experience all its beauty, in five star style. The Eco Gypsy guides restless souls to eco-escapes round the world whose purpose is both to pamper and preserve. There’s also a wonderful Shop on the site that features eco-friendly bikinis and accessories, all hand-made from natural materials in Bali.
Based in: Bali
Best for: Rich hippies with heart
Besides writing the occasional travel post for Eluxe, Danish native Katrine Carstens keeps busy running a blog called SusDane, which she uses to write about the treasures of a sustainable and socially aware world. With the aim to ignite your inner curiosity, Katrine brings you on a journey to explore which fascinating places this wonderful planet we live on really has to offer.
Based in: Denmark
Best for: Conscious foodies and travellers
5. Bea Johnson
The Zero Waste Home Queen once boasted that her family of four created no more than a Mason jar’s worth of rubbish in a whole year! This requires careful planning, from buying food in your own containers, cooking all meals from scratch, recycling, composting and of course, reducing your consumption to only that which is truly necessary. She’s a true inspiration for us all, and her blog became so popular, it’s now a book.
Based in: America (but originally from France)
Best for: Learning how to live with as little as possible, very stylishly!
This is a healthy beauty and lifestyle blog by Danielle Messina – a young breast cancer survivor whose story motivated her to go green with her skincare and makeup.
In 2009, when she was only 31, Danielle was diagnosed with stage II breast cancer. This came totally out of the blue: there was no history of the disease in her family, and was a huge shock, as this young woman was a healthy former pro figure skater. After two surgeries and radiation, (she opted out of chemo and Tamoxifen after learning that the side effects included other forms of cancer) Danielle is thankfully well again, and has since chosen a more natural lifestyle.
As a figure skater, she had been wearing makeup since she started training at the age of 4, and she clued in that maybe chemicals in cosmetics contributed to her cancer. Determined to turn her pain into purpose, Danielle has publicly documented her journey on The Glamorganic Goddess and is on a mission to find the very best clean beauty products.
Based in: USA
Best for: Anyone concerned about chemicals in skincare and makeup
On her cosy blog, Summer Edwards celebrates the value of slow living as a practice in sustainability. Cooking from scratch, growing herbs in window sills, and darning socks before we toss them out are the kind of small, lovely commitments we can make as individuals that she firmly believes will collectively make a big difference. Tortoise and Lady Grey features gorgeous sustainable and slow fashion alternatives as well as offering DIY tutorials for textile crafts, beauty recipes, and home and garden techniques. Edwards is also the founder of Social Impact Stories, a consulting firm that assists social enterprises communicate their social impact stories. “Just like the children’s fable, I believe that the tortoise will eventually win the race- that sustainable ways of living will emerge as the way forward,” she says.
Based in: Australia
Best For: Crafty fashionistas
‘Life+Style+Justice is a resource for sustainable lifestyle including food, travel and fashion with a focus on social ethics. She features stories of people making a difference in these areas as well as featuring ethical brands and resources for positive change. ‘I believe in the concept of ‘everyday justice’ – that normal, everyday actions can affect change in the areas of the world that need it most,’ says Hannah. She takes a look at things we take for granted as being ‘good’ like: what really happens when we donate to a thrift shop. Intriguing, no?
Based in: USA
Best For: The wannabe investigative journalist
8. The Peahen
Kasi loves all things sustainable, but questions whether it’s possible for us, in the age of fast fashion and Instagram, to really make an important shift into sustainability in fashion. She asks all kinds of relevant, intelligent questions, and makes salient points about our addiction to fashion, as well as great suggestions for what we can do about it.
Based in: the UK
Best for: the thoughtful fashionista
Professional makeup artist Tahira shares everything she knows about natural makeup and beauty – and it’s quite a bit, considering she’s spent 20+ years in the industry. Tahira has a host of video tutorials where she uses an easy-to-follow, direct approach to share all kinds of beauty tips. Tahira also advocates for small brands, new companies and people ‘striving to create beautiful products in beautiful ways.’
Based in: London
Best For: Organic and vegan skin care and beauty
Founder Dominique Drakeford
“We are proud to be a safe space promoting non-toxic style and diversity at the SAME DAMN TIME,” says MelaninASS founder, Dominique Drakeford. Hers is a platform for communities of colour in the ethical fashion and beauty spaces. where inclusion and representation is lacking, (as she points out in her article written for Eluxe, here.) Drakeford is as dynamic as she is passionate in all of her fields; she is an environmental educator, publicist, writer, creative director, and community advocate.
Based in: The USA
Best For: Women of colour looking for empowerment and social change