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.

YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine offers a refreshing look at the biggest problems of our times by presenting them in terms of solutions. They strive to reframe the news in a way that empowers people to create a healthy planet and vibrant communities. As a non-profit organization supported by their readers, Yes! Magazine is not driven by advertising revenue. You can read YES! Magazine stories every day online and they also print a quarterly hard copy magazine that is printed on 100% post-consumer chlorine-free recycled paper.

Worldwatch Institute

Worldwatch Institute is an independent research institute devoted to global environmental concerns, Worldwatch Institute is well known for its fact-based analysis and innovative solutions to environmental problems that emphasize a blend of government leadership, private sector involvement, and citizen action. Worldwatch Institute is dedicated to creating an environmentally sustainable and socially just society. Their top objectives are to encourage universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expand environmentally sound development, transform cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and control population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing. Worldwatch Institute has numerous publications available on their website including an active blog and books like State of the World, their flagship annual report that covers selected sustainability topics including urban development, climate change, global security, consumerism, and agricultural innovation.

TreeHugger - Green News

TreeHugger is a media outlet dedicated reporting on sustainability and leading it into the mainstream. They strive to be a one-stop destination for green news, solutions, and product information. TreeHugger publishes an online blog and newsletter and they regularly update their Twitter and Facebook pages. The web magazine is dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible, with an emphasis on breaking news, product reviews, and recommendations. Topics covered generally fall into the categories of sustainable
design, living, science, technology, transportation, and business.

Orion Magazine

Orion Magazine was first published in 1982. The publication is based on the conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature. The bimonthly magazine covers a wide range of environmental and cultural topics including ecology, science, food, agriculture, justice, and visual art. Orion has a full-time staff of ten. With no advertising, the publication is supported by subscriptions and donations. Back issues of the magazine are available for purchase and the current issue and many stories are available to read online.

Organic Authority

Organic Authority is an online publication dedicated to helping Americans change how they eat and choose what they purchase. Organic Authority presents the latest news, how-to’s, recipes, and recommendations about consciously-raised and sustainably-made food and other products. Organic Authority strives to uncover the truth about our food supply and how our food is grown and processed. Their website is a great place to start learning about organic food or to keep up to date with the latest news about our food supply and foodie trends.  If you love food and care about organic and healthy choices, Organic Authority is a great site to follow.

Mother Jones - News

Mother Jones is a reader-supported nonprofit news organization and leader in providing independent and investigative reporting on everything from politics and climate change to education and food. Their website is full of excellent stories that are well researched and intelligently written. You can also access their content by subscribing to their hard copy magazine, listening to their podcast, or following on Facebook or Twitter. Headquartered in San Francisco, Mother Jones also has offices in Washington, DC, and New York City. Mother Jones doesn't answer to stockholders, a corporate parent company, or a deep-pocketed donor. Instead, they are accountable to and funded by their readers.

Mother Earth News

Mother Earth News magazine has been helping folks live self-reliant, sustainable, meaningful lives for more than 35 years. Available in both print and digital versions, the magazine covers topics like organic food, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health and green building. The main articles in Mother Earth News fall into the categories of homesteading, livestock, organic gardening, do-it-yourself, renewable energy, nature, and natural health. Their emphasis is on practical applications for anyone from a backyard gardener to a rural homesteader. Mother Earth News is known for presenting inspiring articles about building your own home, going off the grid, achieving self-sufficiency, and living a healthier life.

Island Press

Island Press publishes books for people who are seeking to understand and protect the environment and create sustainable solutions. As a non-profit organization, Island Press works closely with authors and experts to develop publications, workshops, webinars, outreach, and events that bring authors and their views into conversation with people. Their main publishing topics relate to food systems, ecosystems, and the built environment, covering challenges like designing livable resilient cities, ensuring abundant fresh water, protecting the beauty and diversity of the natural world, and limiting the scale and impact of climate change. Island Press books are available for purchase online in both hard copy and e-book formats.

Fellowship for Intentional Community

The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting cooperative culture. Intentional communities are pioneers in sustainable living, cultural transformation, and peaceful social evolution. Intentional communities include ecovillages, cohousing, residential land trusts, income-sharing communes, student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values. The Fellowship for Intentional Community promotes cooperative culture and sustainable living through their online Communities Directory that provides a way for you to find communities near you. They also publish Communities Magazine, provide an extensive online community bookstore, host events, and publish an online blog. Their goal is to provide information and inspiration for those seeking community, forming communities, or struggling with the challenges of community.

EarthTalk - Environmental News

EarthTalk is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people understand complex environmental issues, promote sustainability, and live greener lives. They produce a weekly educational column, syndicated to 1700 media outlets across North America with a combined readership of over 80 million people. EarthTalk picks the most relevant and timely questions received from readers and responds with 500-word answers that are distributed to their syndication partners for publication in newspapers, magazines and websites. The EarthTalk website serves as the online home of the column and is full of interesting and informative articles about sustainability.