The 2018 Golden Leaf Awards
Editor’s note: Congratulations to all who made it on our list. LawnStarter’s editorial team monitored countless blogs about sustainability throughout the year and chose these as the most deserving of recognition. If your favorites are missing from our list of top eco-friendly blogs, let us know in the comments below.
Discovering the Best Eco-Friendly Blogs of 2018
Climate change is an advancing issue. It’s one of our most consequential challenges for this century, and although governments are ultimately responsible for confronting this, individuals should try reducing their environmental impact as well.
In order to create a helpful resource on sustainability, LawnStarter’s editorial team compiled a list of the best blogs that provide actionable green-living tips or environmental knowledge.
Congratulations to our winners! These blogs were judged on four criteria:
- Quality and Consistency of Writing
- Demonstration of Environmental Knowledge
- Resourcefulness With Waste and Money
- Social Media Outreach
Winners may display our Golden Leaf Award badge on their blogs. We tried to contact each of the winners, but if we missed you, please reach out. Other than that, here are the top home decor blogs for this year—listed in no particular order.
Green Living Guy
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Reducing Common LED Problems to Maximize Energy Saving Benefits
Seth Leitman is a sustainable lifestyle guru because his blog, Green Living Guy, touches on the technical aspects of everyday items. From light bulbs to cars, Green Living Guy breaks down the environmental impacts we can either inflict or avoid by purchasing the right type of products.
Greenne (The Eco Friendly Blog)
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Water Stewardship: Concepts for a More Sustainable Future
Greenne (The Eco Friendly Blog) draws the consequential ecological picture when businesses and households are negligent of waste. This blog leverages practicality and eco-friendly goals for daily life. Your office and household can become eco-friendlier by following the tweaks and adjustments that Greenne suggests.
Eco Warrior Princess
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: 16 Eco-Stylish Reusable Bags, Water Bottles, Coffee Cups and Other Zero Waste Essentials
The Eco Warrior Princess demonstrates you can be simultaneously eco-friendly and stylish. The blog’s founder, Jennifer Nini, writes engagingly about the need for accountability in fashion and other industries when it comes to the ecological damage of consumer goods. Environmental consciousness begins with awareness, and Jennifer’s Eco Warrior Princess spreads it.
The Chic Ecologist
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Minor Eco Products with Maximum Environmental Impact
Jean-Paul LaCount’s The Chic Ecologist is an incredibly impressive and handy blog, full of DIY and eco-friendly guides. For homeowners, The Chic Ecologist blends gardening, home decor, and lifestyle in an appealing and presentable way—all while improving practices that unnecessarily waste water and resources.
Big Green Purse
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Affordable DIY Green Cleansers for Your Spring Cleaning
Diane MacEachern is a venerated entrepreneur focused on improving the eco-friendliness of consumer spending, and she presents clear and actionable green living tips in the Big Green Purse. This blog highlights through clearly written guides on everyday habits and products that you can adjust and change, so you reduce your ecological footprint.
Do The Green Thing
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Why Your Dog Can-And Should—Go Vegan
Do The Green Thing is a well-illustrated blog about how to live more sustainably. Founded in 2007, Do The Green Thing’s wide readership inspires many to challenge the unsustainable status quo for our environment. Sharply written and argued, this blog will motivate you to not only modify your own habits but also to teach others to do the same—and campaign for causes that will reduce ecological damage.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Green Giving Guide: Charity That Makes a Difference to the Planet
Greg Seaman’s Earth Easy sells high-quality eco-conscious goods, such as for home decor and your garden, but this blog also provides highly-informative green living tips. As someone who moved from major cities to a rural area, Greg recognized both the benefits and the responsibilities of environmentally conscious living. This blog’s philosophy is no matter if you live on a farm or in a downtown apartment, your lifestyle can be adjusted to better reduce your ecological impact.
The Green Samaritan
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Pick Me Up Instead!
Jeanne Blaisdell’s care for the environment is evident throughout her career. She was once Vice-Chair of Audubon Women in Conservation, and she currently displays her wisdom in her blog, The Green Samaritan. Jeanne’s blog is rife with useful health and green lifestyle tips.
Get Green Be Well
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Organic Cotton Clothing: Benefits of Sustainable Natural Fibers
As a journalist and green living expert, Kimberly Button writes accessibly about how to reduce your carbon footprint in your daily life. This blog provides novel ways of reducing plastic use and useful buying tips for eco-friendly products.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Glass Spray Bottles for Cleaning Products
Wendy’s Moral Fibres is a green lifestyle blog that’s actually stylish. Piercing through stereotypes and simplifications that green living is intended for hippies, this blog displays stylish and effective guides to dress and decorate in an environmentally conscious way.
The Rogue Ginger
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: My Newborn Zero Waste Essentials List (0-3 Months)
Erin writes personally and endearingly in her blog, The Rogue Ginger. She discusses the importance of leading by example for sustainable living. As a mother, Erin wants to leave the planet in better—not worse—shape for her family, and her guides on making eco-friendly adjustments are a terrific contribution.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: How to Unclog your Drain the Natural Way Without Harsh Chemicals
Shia is the owner of Wasteland Rebel, a blog focused on waste reduction and replacement of chemical products with natural alternatives. A handy blog with easy-to-follow guides, Wasteland Rebel tackles common household problems and needs with great clarity.
Zero Waste Nerd
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: 4 Ways to Floss Zero Waste
Zero Waste Nerds challenges our meager habits of recycling and teaches us to waste less in all aspects of our consumer-intensive lives. Check out her blog for both informative guides, from bathroom products to pumpkin decorations, that will curb neglectful waste.
Skip The Bag
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Zero Waste Coffee and Tea
Skip The Bag is a blog that reminds us people can make a difference on an individual level. Imagine if all owners of coffee makers never used one-use filters. Skip The Bag pushes for these norms with tips that are easy to adopt. This blog is a great resource for ways you can make your lifestyle more eco-friendly.
Simple. Green. Organic. Happy.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: What to Do (and Not Do) If You Find a Baby Deer
Robin Strong Elton writes illustratively in Simple. Green. Organic. Happy. She covers the day-to-day of a home life that’s in touch with nature. Her DIY attitude brings out many wonderful guides on aromatherapy and other natural products. This blog is a lovely example of why protecting our eco-system is crucial and offers resourceful tips on animal and plant preservation.
The Green Grandma
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Single Stream Recycling — What Does That Mean?
The Green Grandma is a long-running blog by a Pittsburgh resident who not only champions green living—but also well-being in general. Her writing covers important subjects that range from proper recycling methods to wise reflections on identity. The Green Grandma will surprise not only with environmental knowledge but with her wisdom as well.
Groovy Green Living
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Time To Ditch Your Teflon And 3 Safe Alternatives
Groovy Green Living spares no excuse for those who think being eco-friendly is only meant for hippies. Lori, the owner of Groovy Green Living, created a well-written and fashionably-designed blog. It aims to reform wasteful habits, such as using straws and to help us find natural, healthier alternatives to household products.
Saved By Grace
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: How to Have a Zero Waste Kitchen
Saved By Grace is a lovely blog about home, exercise, DIY craft, and green living. This is blog is like Christine, its owner, because both are eco-friendly and frugal. One of the most comprehensive and helpful blogs on our list, Saved By Grace will improve your sense of well-being—both for you and the environment.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: How to Make Your Office Kitchen Space Eco-Friendly
Eco-Office Gals spearheads the issue of offices not focused enough on eco-friendly behavior. For example, many businesses can virtually run paperless. Owned by workplace professionals, Eco-Office Gals is an essential resource because it provides green alternatives to many office products and layouts.
Going True Green
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Benefits To Growing Our Own Food
Going True Green is an indispensable resource on environmental science and green living. This is because Bill Lauto, a well-respected sustainability consultant and expert, runs this blog. Going True Green shows the full picture of our damage on Earth, while providing info on how we as individuals can reduce our impact.
Green Your Decor
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: How I Reconcile My Love for Pretty Things with Sustainability
Green Your Decor is a blog that will make your home an environmentally-friendly place to return to. Full of light budget and DIY tips, your home can flourish with eco-friendly decor by following this blog.
Survival Renewable Energy
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Can Global Plastic Waste Be Turned into Renewable Energy?
Survival Renewable Energy is a well-written blog about the large scale impact of human activity upon the climate. This blog adds urgency for the need to reform certain individual habits, while also maintaining the focus on why we need to campaign for more eco-friendly policies.
Who’s Green Online
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Legalized Marijuana, Good for the Planet?
Who’s Green Online discusses topics of environmental science and the urgency for governmental change against climate change. An all-around good resource to examine the deleterious impact we have on the environment over time, this blog is educational.
Trend Privé Magazine
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Killing Plastic One Day at The Time
Trend Privé Magazine disposes of one stereotype about eco-friendly individuals—they’re all ragged hippies. In fact to the opposite, this magazine blends high fashion with ecologically conscious clothes. Follow this blog for terrific fashion tips.
The Sustainable Living Podcast
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Pia at the Coffeshop—Sustainably
It’s not enough to say The Sustainable Living Podcast triumphs in a medium that needs more climate change broadcasting. This podcast also provides a solid blog that discusses the small changes to lifestyle that can be tremendously beneficial to environment over time.
Robert Rodriguez Jr.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: PhotoJournal: Summer Fog, Hudson Valley
Robert Rodriguez Jr. is a naturalistic adventurer. His photography is surreal, and his mission is clear: preserve the environment that he reminds we’re so fortunate to live in. His blog motivates readers to take action themselves to fight climate change.
Small Footprint Family
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: 5 Planet-Friendly Ways to Keep Yourself Cool This Summer
Small Footprint Family is a blog concerned with how the next generation will deal with climate change, but it offers practical tips on preparing for this issue. The goal is to make small but meaningful steps over the long haul, and this blog is well-equipped to teach this.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: 3 Ways Nature Can Help You Sleep Better
Green Divas is a champion of minimalism and connection with nature. This blog reminds you why preserving the environment is crucial because of the benefits it innately gives to us. Follow this guide for solid eco-friendly tips.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Father & Son Project: A Perfect Tree House
Natural Papa is owned by a father who ponders how he can contribute to fighting climate change so his son will grow up in a better world. Part of that goal is driven by teaching his son about the need to avoid waste and to be ecologically conscious. An endearing blog to read, Natural Papa helps one look not only at the current state of climate change but its future consequences as well.
Our Favorite Blog of 2018: Get Rid Of The 3 Most Toxic Cleaning Products In Your Home
Mindful Momma examines which household goods are bad for the environment and replaces them with clever DIY or naturally-produced items. You’ll not only be eco-friendly but also more healthy in the long-run by follow this blog’s tips.