Arcadia Power - Renewable Energy

Arcadia Power purchases Renewable Energy Certificates on your behalf to allow you to easily match your power use with renewable energy production. Wind farms rely on the revenue from Renewable Energy Certificates to offer energy at a price that is competitive with fossil fuels. By purchasing the Certificates, you are increasing demand for clean energy and providing revenue to wind farms. This helps expand access and availability, helps the environment, and reduces reliance on fossil fuels - without having to install and maintain your own equipment. Once you sign up with Arcadia Power, they will monitor your monthly electricity usage and match it with energy produced by a wind farm. You can view and track your usage online. It is very simple to sign up for the service and you can even select a free plan providing a partial offset for your energy use. Arcadia Power works with power companies in all 50 states and their service is available to renters and homeowners.

Ninoshka - Fashion with a Conscience

Ninoshka is a sustainable fashion brand by designer Ninoshka Alvares-Delaney. Produced in India, her products are available worldwide through several online retailers. All of Ninoshka’s products are made from natural and organic material. She uses natural dyes including indigo, pomegranate, marigold, onion peels, and coconut. Embroidery is done by rural Indian artisans and Ninoshka works with handloom weavers from across India. By working with rural artisans, not only does she create employment opportunities, but also makes sure that the artisans she works with receive fair wages. Ninoshka practices the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle philosophy. She reduces waste and the use of resources by creating minimalistic styles and up-cycled fashion. Some of her designs are constructed in a single stitch line, while others can be reused by wearing a garment inside-out or in multiple ways.

Felvarrom - Upcycled Products

Felvarrom collects thrown-out bicycle parts from individuals and bicycle stores and turns them into attractive belts, bags, coin purses, and wallets. Any scraps that can't be used are taken to the local recycling facility. All of Felvarrom's manufacturing and cleaning processes are eco-friendly. Located in Budapest Hungary, Felvarrom offers free worldwide delivery on every order with no hidden costs. You can return any product for a refund if not satisfied. Every year, Felvarrom keeps thousands of bicycle innertubes, tires, and metal parts out of the landfill.

Polar Permaculture

Polar Permaculture is a grassroots company specializing in Permaculture-based food production for the arctic climate. They are based in Longyearbyen, Norway, the "northern most" city in the world. Longyearbyen has one of the highest CO2 outputs per capita in the world, and Polar Permaculture is actively working to make the place more sustainable. They have an indoor hydroponic garden, a mushroom garden, are composting with worms and are looking to make biogas and keep organic waste out of the sea. Polar Permaculture has been featured in several documentaries.

Upasana - Integral Design

Upasana is a place where creativity, fashion, design, Indian culture, business, social responsibility and spiritual progress are woven together. Their mission is to create conscious sustainable fashion without passing environmental costs on to the future. Upasana's work ranges from design and manufacturing of garments using a rich palette of traditional Indian textiles (organic cotton, silk from Benares etc.) to design consultancy, education and social development. It is a place where people are the central focus and all the projects, products and resources help people to grow and develop into their full radiance.

EcoloBlue - Making Water From Air

EcoloBlue produces atmospheric water generators that extract pure drinking water from the air. Their portable generators reduce the need for plastic storage bottles and the water produced from their units is free of harmful chemicals, surpassing the quality of many municipal water supplies. EcoloBlue seeks to provide limitless, sustainable water for nearly any location. Power for the generators can be from any source, including solar or wind. They currently sell water generators for home, office, or commercial use.

Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films is the oldest and largest publisher of videos and films about the environment in the United States. Their website features over 700 different films complete with trailers. Their films cover a broad range of environmental topics including ecology, energy, agriculture, globalization, climate change, sustainability, indigenous peoples, and science. Most of the films are documentaries, personal essays, animations, or dramas and they all point the way to a new paradigm for living happily, healthily and sustainably. Bulfrog Films works with the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Television Trust for the Environment, BBC-TV, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and independent producers from around the world.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists is an advocacy organization that conducts rigorous, independent scientific research to help solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Their main focus areas are clean energy, clean vehicles, food, global warming, nuclear power, and nuclear weapons. The organization has over 500,000 supporters. Their website offers in-depth information on all of the campaigns that are underway and you can easily get involved by instantly sending letters to legislators and decision makers using prefilled email forms.

Omega Institute

Omega Institute is a nonprofit organization founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Since 1977, Omega has offered educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living demonstrates and teaches what is possible through regenerative design. Housed in the Eco Machine building, visitors and students can learn how to create a path toward a sustainable future. Omega also offers hundreds of workshops, conferences, and teacher training programs in the areas of body, mind, spirit, health, relationships, creative expression, leadership, and sustainable living.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute is a global research organization dedicated to protecting the environment for current and future generations. Their main areas of focus are catalyzing a low-carbon economy, advancing clean energy, reducing the environmental impact of the world's food systems, reducing forest loss, mitigating global water risks, and scaling sustainable urban transport solutions. World Resources Institute takes action by partnering with governments and businesses. For example, last year World Resources Institute was instrumental in obtaining pledges to restore millions of acres of land in Latin American, getting commitments from 300 cities to take action to manage greenhouse gas emissions, and convincing 400 large companies to reduce food waste by 50%. World Resources Institute practices sustainability within their operations as well through sustainable investing, sustainable purchasing, and green office space. Their website is an excellent source for worldwide news about sustainability initiatives.

Rainforest Action Network

Rainforest Action Network is an activist organization that campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants, and the natural systems that sustain life. The organization focuses on preserving rainforests, protecting the climate, and defending human rights. They approach these issues through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Rainforest Action Network envisions a world where forests become healthy, rights of all communities are respected, and corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet. Their website offers easy ways to get involved or tweet about current pressing issues. 

Pesticide Action Network

Pesticide Action Network is an activist organization working to create a safe food system. Pesticides have resulted in health and economic burdens on farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities. Pesticide Action Network works with consumers, health organizations, environmental groups, and the agricultural community with the goal of creating actions that challenge the global proliferation of pesticides. Their current campaigns focus on protecting children from pesticides, helping farmworkers, protecting pollinating insects, stopping pesticide drift, and reducing pesticides in food. You can easily get involved in any campaign by visiting their website and taking actions steps like quickly submitting letters to decision makers online.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council is one of the most powerful environmental groups. They have more than two million members and 500 scientists, lawyers, and advocates across the globe. The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the air, water, plants, animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. The Natural Resources Defense Council website is full of simple action steps you can take to help the environment, from signing a petition online to learning about how to conserve energy and resources at home.

Earth Island Institute

Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by environmentalist David Brower as an umbrella organization that allows small environmental initiatives to quickly get started. Earth Island Institute provides administration and program management for projects that address pressing environmental and social issues. Since their founding, Earth Island Institute has provided fiscal sponsorship to more than 100 projects around the globe. By sharing resources, Earth Island’s organizations benefit from the synergistic exchange of experience and ideas, making its members more effective together than apart. Some of the current groups within Earth Island Institute include Bay Area Wilderness Training, Ethical Traveler, Project Coyote, International Marine Mammal Project, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Sacred Land Film Project, and Women’s Earth Alliance. Earth Island Institute also publishes the award-winning Earth Island Journal that is known for its investigative reporting and inspiring stories about environmental action. You can read the current issue of Earth Island Journal on their website.

Mother Nature Network

Mother Nature Network is one of the most visited online sites for news and information about the environment and responsible living. Its content is easy-to-understand and is targeted for people who want to make the world a better place.  Time has been called Mother Nature Network “The Green CNN”. Online content is divided among eight different channels: Earth Matters, Health, Lifestyle, Tech, Money, Food, Home, and Family.  Articles are updated in each category throughout the day. 

Organic Consumers Association

The Organic Consumers Association is a grassroots non-profit organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Association deals with crucial issues including food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, and environmental sustainability. Their website is a great place to learn about biotechnology, rBGH, genetically modified organisms, organic food, sustainable agriculture, and sustainability.

Center for a New American Dream

The Center for a New American Dream seeks to inspire Americans to re-examine our cultural values on consumption and never-ending economic growth. Since its founding in 1997, New American Dream has raised awareness of the negative impact of our hyper-consumer culture. They provide educational resources like media campaigns, articles, and films that counter the commercialization of our culture, support community engagement, and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed. New American Dream seeks to cultivate a new American culture that emphasizes community, ecological sustainability, and a celebration of non-material values. You can follow their work by reading their online blog or exploring their online resources.

Environmental Working Group

The Environmental Working Group a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The Environmental Working Group includes a team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts, and programmers who stand up for public health when government and industry won’t. They publish reports, online databases, and communications campaigns that educate and empower consumers to make safer and more informed decisions about the products they buy and the companies they support. In response to consumer pressure initiated by The Environmental Working Group, companies have given up  dangerous ingredients and improved their practices. Covering a wide range of environmental topics, the Environmental Working Group publishes information about tap water, shampoo, sunscreen, household cleaners, pesticides in food, fracking, and GMOs and they present their findings on their visually friendly website.

Bioneers

Bioneers is a nonprofit educational organization that highlights visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Bioneers connects with people through national conferences, radio programs, books, and media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour. Bioneers also provides sustainability educational materials to schools and colleges, sponsors a women's leadership program, and leads efforts to help re-indigenize our societies.