Friday, August 14, 2009

Top 20 Online Green Sources

Shop . Pick the most energy efficient refrigerator, washer, dryer, or air conditioner for your home with Consumer Report's green product Web site. Using research complied from government data and environmental groups, this site rates foods and everyday household products, showing you which ones are better for your health and earth. This search-able site dishes on the latest and greatest green products, clothes, fashion, accessories, home goods, and kids stuff. As a eggregator, Greenzer directs you to the best green retailers, saving you tons of time and legwork. Just click on a product in one of Greenzer's many categories-apparel, baby gear, cleaning supplies, office products-and you'll be sent to the Web site that sells it.

Mind Your Money Aiding investors since 1996, Sustainable Business showcases a list of top sustainable stocks and helps you track the performance of your favorite ecofriendly companies. The Wall Street Journal offers it's analysis of the green business sector with daily postings on relevant news stories about oil prices, emissions cap and trade, alternative energy, and government environmental policy.

Make A Difference The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) gives online visitors concrete ideas for protecting the planet, whether it's urging the EPA to regulate the disposal of coal waste or helping to save the honeybees. This nonprofit carbon credit organization supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and reforestation projects around the globe.

Live Green Whether you're updating a bedroom or building a new home, turn to the U.S. Green Building Council's residential building site for guidance on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Search for recycling centers by address or ZIP code, and learn where to recycle anything-from Styrofoam and car batteries to eyeglasses and old linoleum.

Eat The nonprofit Green Restaurant Association helps eateries go green and points prospective diners toward ecofriendly establishments. With the "Find a Restaurant" section, you can search by category (cafes, tea houses, resorts, etc), location, or keyword. Dedicated to empowering farmers "in support of ecologically produced local, organic, and authentic food," the Cornucopia Institute provides, among other things, a thorough report on the practices of organic diaries nationwide. See how your favorite brand of organic milk scores. The website for this famed California aquarium offers an array of ocean conservation research and learning tools. Click on the "Seafood Watch" section for a printable pocket guide of sustainable fish guidelines.

Have Some Fun This comprehensive guide to the great outdoors provides maps and descriptions of more than 45,000 hiking and mountain biking trails all over the country, plus access to U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps for a minimal subscription fee. Want to know what your favorite actors and musicians are doing to save the planet? Check out this green Hollywood gossip site to find out. Their efforts just might inspire you to do more, too.

Get Healthy Determine the safety (or toxicity) of your personal care products with the Environmental Working Group's "Skin Deep" database, which offers a searchable list of more than 42,000 cosmetic products and ingredients. Have concerns about mercury levels or the quality of your water? The Environmental Protection Agency offers the latest info and research on environmental and health hazards.

Stay Informed This one-stop destination for eco info aggregates the day's news headlines, offers its own take on variety of hot topics, and draws commentary from noted environmental writers. Get informed with news stories by TreeHugger reporters, interact via Twitter and topical forums, and take action with carefully selected buying guides. You can even watch informational webcasts on "TreeHugger TV." With info on new advances and experiments in bio fuels and wind power and the latest green gadgets, this Web site covers "innovations that are saving the planet," appealing to those who enjoy science and want to take care of the environment.

For more information on this topic, trek up to your local grocery store and buy the September 09 issue of Whole Living Body and Soul by A Martha Stewart Publication.

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