The Above Green, LEED Consulting, team has scoured the web to find the the best eco-conscious blogs worth following. We reached out to over 400 of the best eco-conscious blogs selected the top 50. The best of the best. We’ve asked them to share their top tips for green and healthy living at home and in your work space. We’ve ranked the top 50 based on their traffic, SEO & social media with highest possible score being 150 points. We also included 4 other highly commended bloggers at the end of the list. We are always on the hunt for great eco-conscious and healthy living blogs so let us know if we missed one!
Top tip: I love to keep plants in my office and in my home for the air benefits and the natural beauty.
Top tip: Getting all the processed food out of our house (and no longer buying it) was the best thing I ever did. It’s a lot harder to eat if it’s not here!.
Top tip: I have an enamel watering can that I keep by the sink, which I pour all my cooking water into. Not only does this save water but the extra minerals in the water are great for the plants!
Top tip: Giving up animal products and eating a vegan diet is both healthy and green.
Top tip: Many of us spend hours in our office or home on a daily basis. While we’re spending time indoors we’re also breathing in the air around us. It’s important to do everything we can to improve our indoor air quality. By adding a few common houseplants to your office or home you’re creating a natural air filter, which will remove toxins from the air we breathe.
Top tip: Stock up on as many plants as you can possibly take care of! They naturally filter the air, which is important if your space has conventional, off-gassing painted walls or veneers that you can’t control. They also improve your mood, and the mood of those around you!
Top tip: Be a lifelong learner and respect diversity
Top tip: Entice people into outdoor rooms around their home or workspace. When people spend time in outdoor working or living rooms, they get acclimated to the local environment. When they return indoors on all but the most extreme days, they may be able to throw the windows open rather than turning on the air conditioning equipment… and there is no equipment so efficient as that equipment which is off.
Top tip: Purchase houseplants for around your home which help to keep the air clear. Being surrounded by green and nature has also been shown to reduce stress and improve wellbeing.
Top tip: Use visual prompts to remind yourself and others to reduce electricity whenever possible: Turn out the lights when they are not in use, shut down the computer and monitor when leaving for the day or lunch, and print double-sided.
Top tip: Use non-toxic, phthalate-free, fragrance-free cleaning products. Cleansers filled with synthetic chemical scents make people cranky and tired, can worsen asthma, & have been linked to cancer. Stay healthy and be more productive by skipping room “fresheners” and artificial scents. All you need is a damp cloth for dusting and simple, fragrance-free liquid soap and water to clean up.
Top tip: Avoid using harmful cleaning products around the home that are full of nasty ingredients and add in plants that will clean the air. I have a dragon plant in my bedroom at home & it brightens up the room and makes it feel fresher!
Top tip: I’d say invest your time in making your home as energy efficient as possible. Insulate where you can, particularly your loft, taking advantage of the free insulation schemes currently on offer. Block up any draughts. Line your curtains. Anything that keeps the heat in and the cold out basically, and you’ll use significantly less energy to heat your home, thereby cutting your fossil fuel usage and saving you a considerable sum of money.
Top tip: If you’re shopping for a new desk to complete your workspace to reuse a piece of furniture that you already have, or buy a piece second-hand. Think creatively and use a table, chest of drawers or dressing table to create the space you need. You can make over old furniture with colourful paint, decoupage images or even metallic spray paint. Reusing old pieces of furniture stops them going to waste or ending up in landfill and can give you a cheaper desk solution than buying new.
Top tip: Using organic, fairtrade or ethical fabrics for your soft furnishings in your home or office environment is great for so many reasons! No chemicals in organic fabrics mean they are better for your health and you’ll have a warm fuzzy feeling knowing that no people or the planet were harmed to decorate your room
Top tip: Plants! I’m currently a fan of succulents as they are easier to keep alive and last longer than buying freshly cut flowers. Plus plants can help clean your indoor air, making it a more pleasant place to hang out.
Top tip: Make sure you’ve got natural light and fresh air wherever you’re working, it will help you think more clearly, be more efficient and less lethargic.
Top tip: A greener workspace means less carbon footprint, a healthier and productive place to work. If I were to make my living or work space healthy, I would place indoor plants like English Ivy, Peace Lily, Spider Plant that increase oxygen and filter out unwanted particles from the air. Presence of these plants at living or work space can lead to a more healthy and productive day. Above all, they make the space lively and create an environment where wellness is encouraged and facilitated.
Top tip: The one big tip we always give to folks is “Bring nature inside” In other words; try to create an environment where you are one with nature. an example of that is make sure your windows overlook (of glass doors) a natural landscape that attracts birds. By making that window (which has to be eco-friendly of course), it will create a healthier environment stimulating tranquility and clarity of thought
Top tip:Make your work space a greener place by swapping your desk drawer snacks for vegan options such as homemade bliss balls that were just made for mid-morning snacking! The meat and dairy industry is responsible for around 40% of greenhouse gas emissions (according to the UN) so this small change can, over time, make a big difference.
Top tip: Remove personal bins from all employee desks and set up centralised and source separated recycling bins. This is a proven method to be increase recycling levels by up to 60%.
Top tip: My number one tip is to reduce the amount of plastic that comes into your home. Bags, takeout containers, trinkets, toys, and food packaging all add up to a lot of wasteful plastic, which can can reduced by being mindful and prepared. Taking reusable bags when shopping, buying package-free foods, using durable glass or metal containers throughout the house, and saying no to mindless use of straws and other convenience items will add up. Try reducing one stream of plastic use at a time and the task will seem more manageable. You can do it!
Top tip: Add plants to your living or work space and avoid toxic cleaning products and air fresheners. Water the plants with leftover water from drinks and leave used teabags to drain on plants. Swap cleaning and air freshening products for lavender, lemon juice, bicarbonate of soda and diluted vinegar. If you need new furniture, look at preloved furniture first and charity shops are great places to find the finishing touches to a room like curtains, lamp shades and wall art.
Top tip: What most greenies already know is that “environment” is just code word for health. Unfortunately, in most homes, the rooms where we spend the most time–such as the new baby’s bedroom–are far more polluted than even the outdoor air. A quick fix is to open the windows and take off your shoes at the entrance.
Top tip: I pretty much have a paper free work environment. I have eliminated the use of note books, paper and excess stationary where possible.
Top tip: I believe decluttering is the first big step. Get rid off all the stuff you don’t use, somebody else might need it. You never know you might discover things that can be reused again and again saving money and the environment too.
Top tip: I love having plants in my office, not only do they create a natural and relaxed ambiance but can improve mood too!
Top tip: As a work at home mum (with the kitchen table for a desk) I can highly recommend the benefits of thermals under layers of comfy clothing, a pair of woollen socks, and a large mug of hot green tea to keep warm, rather than heating the house for just one person during the day!
Top tip: Trying to use as less things as possible and keeping all date on computer because our business does not use plastic nor paper in one way or another, Zero waste and zero trash are produced because it is all based online which makes it as efficient and environment friendly as possible.
Top tip: I always recommend starting in your wardrobe and ending your relationship with fast fashion. Create a capsule wardrobe and use what you already have. When shopping buy less and choice quality over quantity. Fashion is the world’s second highest polluter (second only to oil and gas) so we all need to do our bit to reduce the impact our clothes have on the environment. Once you have a sustainable wardrobe you will soon want to make sustainable choices in every area of your life.
Top tip: Keep a couple of waste-sorting bins nearby so you can sort any recycling out as you go – sorting empty cans, waste paper and plastics throughout the day means you’re less likely to dump it all in the non-recycling bin just because it’s quicker!
Top tip: Surround yourself with plants, herbs, vegetables! They will keep the air clean, supply oxygen, calm you down and provide extra nutrition.
Top tip: Bringing nature into your work environment, such as keeping a plant on your desk, can really lift your mood. Plants also have the bonus of purifying the air whilst decreasing dust and toxins, so you’re less likely to suffer from colds, sore throats and coughs. Something easy to keep like a succulent will survive weekends and holidays, looks pretty and feels rewarding to care for.
Top tip: I’d highly recommend an office worker or someone who sits at a desk most of the day to invest in a good standing desk. Not only does it burn more energy, it is great for your posture and back as well.
Top tip: To keep healthy whilst at the office, make sure you get up and move around on a regular basis. This is great for your mind,body and productivity balance, spending too much time sitting is not good for anyone. Also, it’s an excuse to make another green tea or discuss something face to face.
Top tip: Green your workspace (literally) with air purifying plants, and succulents planted in mismatched re-purposed ceramics that you’ve rescued for another life. Keeping several plants in each room add a lovely calm to your home and workspace, and infuse your indoor air with fresh oxygen, lowering your carbon footprint at the same time. Buy locally grown plants to reduce product miles, and recycle all your plastic pots.
Top tip: Switching off appliances at the wall and unplugging them when you’re not using them can make a huge difference. It takes seconds but saves so much energy.
Top tip: We use essential oils in our office to improve mood, boost immunity and improve air quality, we’re a wellness company afterall! Using our room diffusers, we release a fine mist of aromatic organic essential oils. We think the natural aromas create a cheerful and bright environment and our visitors always comment on the smell. During cold and flu season, we have our “Clean Air” diffuser blend pumping through the air ducts. The eucalyptus, orange and star anise essential oils smell great and help to decrease the spread of airborne germs. The oils are anti-microbial and kill mold and mildew and nasty super-bugs. Fewer sick days for everyone!
Top tip: “I currently have a standing desk and I find this a great way to keep myself alert and helps my posture. It definitely helps my running as my muscles aren’t so cramped!
In terms of a more green way of living, charity shops are my best friend. Instead of throwing old clothes or shoes away, I’ll donate to charity shops. And not just clothes, but books, old items that I no longer want but are still usable and in good condition. I hate throwing things away and re-use and recycle as often as I can.”
Top tip: As a foodie it has to be eating seasonal and buying local organic produce.
Top tip: To make my work space more healthy and green friendly, I like to place a few indoor plants on my desk. Not only do plants and flowers add beauty to our surroundings, but research has shown that they can remove toxins from the air and improve our productivity, concentration and mood.
Top tip: Take it one step at a time. When you want to change it can easy to feel paralysed by all the things you need to alter, but throwing away everything and trying to start over all at once often isn’t the most helpful way to go. Instead start small and simple. What do you use the most that can be replaced with a more sustainable alternative? What small changes can you begin to implement? And build from there until, over time, you’re living the green dream.
Top tip: The number one tip for making our living and work spaces more sustainable, healthier, and to save money is this: There isn’t one tip, in fact there are thousands of steps, projects, and tips, that leads to a True Green life style. In addition, just having a small amount of passion in all your sustainable efforts will also produce a happier life. After all, do you want to be going green and only reach a pale shade of the color or do you want to be going true green?
Top tip: Cut out unhealthy or toxic options out and replace them with healthier and greener options one at a time. When I first decided to go green with my skincare and makeup I made the mistake of chucking out all of my toxic products at once. Replacing everything at the same time was expensive and stressful. However I found that when I was trying to improve my diet I would tackle one thing at a time, (for example replacing fizzy drinks with water) and it was a much easier transition that way.
Top tip: Invest in a good water bottle! This way, you will avoid buying lots of plastic water bottles or use many plastic cups.
Top tip: I like keeping my living and work environment healthy and green with little plants and terrariums, not only do they keep the air around you fresh but it also looks great.
Top tip: “believe that a healthy and green friendly environment is one that is ergonomically tailored to the individual, e.g. height adjustable desks at work and a bed that suits your needs at home. Open spaces to communicate and socialize in as well as closed off spaces for privacy and focus are also vital and allows for a less cluttered mind.
Adding greenery to your surroundings both at home and the office will help increase oxygen in the air and increases your general wellness + it’s beautiful! Lastly, minimize your waste and printing and recycle what you can.”
Top tip: We touch fabric constantly from couches, to clothing and everything in between. Chemicals used to treat these fabrics can absorb into our skin leaving some pretty nasty side-effects. Surround yourself with non-toxic organic fabrics that are good for the environment and even better for your health and well-being.
Top tip: Positioning your work area by a window allows the natural sunlight to warm you up and provide soft lighting. This saves a little energy but also makes you feel much happier. When it’s warmer you can leave the window open a little to keep fresh air flowing while you’re working. It’s pretty straight forward but makes a big difference.
Top tip: Our # 1 tip is to use your window space to grow micro-greens such as chia sprouts or mustard greens. This is a cheap & easy replacement to buying unsustainable, sprayed bags of salad. It’s also such a fun project that requires very little space & is 100% organic. Having plants & food growing in the home/work space keeps the air around us clean & helps us feel more connected to nature & the food we eat!
Below are 4 other highly commended bloggers who may break into the top 50 in the months to come.
Top tip: Micro beads are in a surprising amount of products, and they are awful for our environment. They get washed down the drain, end up in our oceans and in our ecosystem. Avoid using body washes, toothpaste, facial watches and house hold products with micro beads and opt for more natural products. Buying from natural and independent brands are better for your health, our environment and your local economy.
Top tip: Ensure that you don’t throw away any scrap paper! Keep a tray of used paper so you can jot notes down without using a clean sheet every time 🙂
Top tip: Find ways to fly less, this is often the biggest impact that can mitigated relatively easily. This means having a good setup for connecting with others remotely (good hardware and internet connection).
Top tip: I like to grow many indoor plants to help keep the air in my house clean and use natural beeswax/soy/flaxseed scented candles rather than paraffin based ones.
Above Green ranked the top 50 Eco-Conscious bloggers on the basis of 5 criteria:
Each of the categories contribute a maximum of 30 points for a total possible score of 150.