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 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.

Northwest Earth Institute

Northwest Earth Institute was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about our relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create, and consume. Northwest Earth Institute provides easy and fun ways for people to create positive action for the environment. One of the ways they do this is through the EcoChallenge program. EcoChallenge helps you share your own stories about how you live, work, create, and consume. Through their online platform, you can work with a community of people who all want to make changes for the better. Most participants really do make personal changes like buying more local and organic produce, reducing household waste, becoming more politically involved in environmental issues, and reducing energy and water consumption.

Care2 - Petitions for Change

Care2 was founded in 1998 with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place. Their 37 million users start and join thousands of petitions supporting animal welfare, environmental issues, wildlife, women's rights, and human rights. When you create or sign a petition through Care2, you become part of the Care2 community where each participant helps each other.  Your signature conveys your support for the issues you care about. Care2 petitions cover a wide range of environmental issues like protecting endangered wildlife, advocating for sustainable energy policy, requesting better funding for climate change research, or urging states to ban the use of pesticides. Care2 partners with environmental and conservation organizations to help grow the impact. It is easy to find a cause to support by visiting the Care2 website.

Rock/Creek - Outdoor Gear

Rock/Creek's mission is to provide products that keep you safe and comfortable in the outdoors while being committed to leadership in environmental stewardship and improving access for outdoor recreation. Rock/Creek funds charitable foundations including the Southeastern Climbers Coalition, the Access Fund, the Cumberland Trail Conference, and the Lula Lake Land Trust and they help raise money for environmental initiatives. Recent funding projects include trail construction, land purchases, and parking and campsite construction for trail access. 

Rock/Creek participates in the Chaco shoe recycling program and Patagonia's recycling program to reduce waste and distribute clothing to people in need. 100% of the power used by Rock/Creek is offset by certified natural wind power and the company strives to conserve energy and offset their carbon footprint. Rock/Creek strives to eliminate waste in their daily operations by using low waste packaging and moving to a paperless warehouse fulfillment system. 

Rock/Creek offers an extensive collection of outdoor products including men's and women's jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, base layers, and footwear, plus a complete selection of gear for backpacking, camping, climbing, kayaking, running, and travel. Located in Tennessee, their products are available online.

Mountain Gear

Mountain Gear is an outdoor gear company with a passion for sustainability. Their online catalog offers an extensive collection of gear for hiking, camping, backpacking, mountaineering, skiing, canoeing, and kayaking, along with men's and women's outdoor clothing and footwear. Mountain Gear's distribution center is LEED Gold certified, making it a healthy place to work with minimal environmental impact. The building also includes recycled carpets, low-flow plumbing, and efficient lighting. Mountain Gear employees are encouraged to use alternative forms of transportation, supported with an indoor bike room and on-site showers. The company subsidizes bus passes and gives incentives for carpooling and hybrid vehicles. Mountain Gear offers a community organic garden for employees complete with vermiculture worm composting. Mountain Gear's commitment to the environment extends to the products they sell. Their Sustainable Pick program lets online shoppers know which products are made from organic, recycled, or quickly renewable materials, or are made using Fair Trade practices. Mountain Gear actively works with suppliers to encourage more sustainable options. For charitable giving, Mountain Gear partners with The Access Fund, as well as a program that helps at-risk urban youth experience the outdoors.

Garthenor - Organic Wool Knitting Yarn

Garthenor’s mission is to provide sustainable, organic, and British wool products in an ecologically responsible way. Garthenor produces beautiful certified organic wool yarn, fleece, and bespoke (custom made (bespoke) knitwear. Garthenor raises sheep on their own farm and they buy raw fleeces directly from UK farmers. All of their wool products are fully traceable to the farm of origin. Garthenor was the first company in the world to produce and sell certified organic yarns. Their sustainability goals include reducing energy use, reducing waste, promoting conservation, and inspiring others to act. Garthenor measures the direct and indirect environmental impact of their operations and actively develops solutions for reducing those impacts. Garthenor's wool is available in a wide array of beautiful natural colors and it can be purchased online with worldwide shipping.

Sleep & Beyond

Sleep & Beyond is a family owned manufacturer of organic and natural bedding with fair trade and sustainable factories located in Kyrgyzstan, India, and China. Their mission is to create an inspirational, sustainable, and educational system that will benefit people without harming the planet. Sleep & Beyond makes their products from organic Merino wool, natural Shropshire wool, and organic and natural cotton. They raise their own Merino sheep in the mountains of Kyrgyz Republic, which produce superfine organic wool. Sleep & Beyond is a fair trade employer who pays fair wages to their factory workers, provides great working conditions, and never employs children. Their products are tested to be free of arsenic, VOC’s, and other carcinogenic chemicals that are used in most conventional bedding products. Sleep & Beyond adheres to the most stringent certifications of USDA Organic, Oeko TEX, Woolmark, and GOTS to back up their “100% natural” and “100% organic” statements. You can purchase Sleep & Beyond pillows, comforters, sheets, blankets, mattress pads, and mattress toppers online with free shipping for U.S. orders and eco-friendly packaging.


Ecowool has been providing quality sheepskin rugs, boots, and slippers along with wool clothing and bedding to customers worldwide for over 20 years. Their environmentally friendly products are made from pure New Zealand wool that is grown in unpolluted alpine pastures. Ecowool's sheepskin rugs are not tanned using harsh chemicals like arsenic and formaldehyde. They are trimmed, machined, washed, left to dry in the sun, and finally combed over and over by hand. Ecowool offers free worldwide shipping in the currency of your choice.

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)

REI is the largest consumer cooperative in the United States. Their passion for outdoor adventure is expressed by their incredible product selection. REI offers a huge selection of gear for camping, hiking, climbing, cycling, winter sports, water sports, and travel. They pride themselves in offering the latest and greatest gear but also gear that is tried and tested to be the best available for their members. Membership benefits include a nice rebate credit at the end of each year based on excess profits. REI has been listed in Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" every year since the rankings began in 1998. REI donates millions of dollars each year to support conservation efforts and they send teams of volunteers to build trails, clean up beaches, and restore local habitats. REI has made a commitment to responsible business practices. They strive to reduce their environmental footprint throughout the company including setting lofty goals like drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing energy use, becoming a zero waste company, creating buildings that are environmentally responsible, and tracking product lifecycles to improve sustainability. All of the REI brand products are produced with the goal of minimal environmental impact and progress is measured each year. REI  strives to power their business operations with green energy. The company gives employees paid time off to get outdoors and they have launched a sustainable tourism program for connecting with other cultures. 

Johnson Woolen Mills

Johnson Woolen Mills has been producing rugged woolen outerwear in Vermont for nearly two centuries. The company's modern manufacturing facility is just feet from the original mill but many of the old processes remain, like hand cutting, piecing, and sewing their traditional patterned, checked, and plaid clothing lines. Johnson Woolen Mills has long practiced a no-waste policy. Every leftover piece of wool, string, or shipping pallet it put to use. Material extras are used for mittens, fanny packs, flasks, wool rugs, and other accessories. Some scraps are sent to local tailors that freelance for the mill from their homes and anything that can't be used is bagged and to be recycled or reused for yarn or insulating products. Johnson Wollen Mills produces a huge selection of wool jackets, shirts, pants, vests, hats, bags, mittens, rugs, throws, and wool fabric by the yard. It is all available for purchase online.