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 15 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.
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
Wallace is the voice behind Sasstainable, a blog that presents the nitty gritty of issues surrounding sustainability. With her experience as a motivational speaker, Angela uses her blog to support sustainable principles, and she brings a very personal point of view, talking about her family, her take on various issues, and
Based in: Canada
Best for: Family-orientated Earth-lovers
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
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
Best for: Learning how to live with as little as possible, very stylishly!
All images courtesy Zero Waste Home
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