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bubblesby Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP: Keep yourself up-to-date on the latest green issues, trends, news, recipes and shopping. Here are some of My Green Side’s favorite green sites of 2009.

  1. A Little Greener Every Day: Some useful information, some anecdotes, some rantings, and some inspiration from Robin Shreeves in her quest to make her family and the world around her A Little Greener Every Day.
  2. Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ): CHEJ’s overarching goal has consistently been to prevent harm—particularly among vulnerable populations such as children. If a safer process, material or product exists it should be used. They believe that everyone, regardless of income, race, religion, or occupation, has a right to live, work, learn, play and pray in a healthy community.
  3. ChefMD: Healthy recipes from Dr. John LaPuma.
  4.  Ecosystem Gardening: Carole Brown teaches us how to manage our properties to benefit the environment, conserve natural resources, and create wonderful habitats for the wildlife around us.
  5. Eat Well Guide: Find wholesome, fresh and sustainable food in the U.S. and Canada.
  6. Environmental Working Group: The EWG exposes threats to our Reduce, Reuse, Recyclehealth and the environment and finds solutions.
  7. Fake Plastic Fish: This site is a record of Beth Terry’s journey to live with as little unnecessary plastic as possible. Our oceans are filling up with plastic: plastic that harms wildlife and never biodegrades; plastic that enters the food chain and leaches toxic chemicals.
  8. Glue&Glitter: A fun site filled with craftsand great writing. One of the site’s goals is to create products that help folks waste less in their day to day, especially in the kitchen
  9. Green Living Ideas: Keeping going green down to earth.
  10. Green Upgrader: This site helps to make sustainable living accessible to everyone, because they believe that if everyone makes at least a small change, the impact will be big.
  11. Healthy Child Healthy World: They are igniting a movement that inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. Filled with tons of relevant information.
  12. Lighter Footstep: No matter where you are on the journey toward a lighter, more Earth-friendly lifestyle, this site is here to help along the way. A healthier family. A cleaner planet. Making the most of your weekly budget.
  13. Love Earth Always: Founders Glenn and Donna Fay created this site with a passionate commitment to sustainability, renewable energy and social responsibility.
  14. Loving Nature’s Garden: Alison Kerr, writer and editor, founded this site to connect, to share, to inform and to inspire others to make positive green changes.
  15. My Zero Waste: A site dedicated to reducing waste and environmental contamination. It documents a family’s journey to Zero Waste. Filled with great tips and articles.
  16. Natural Papa: A site focusing on natural parenting and fatherhood, Gorgeous leaves - taken at the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Gardenshome remedies for common children’s ailments, homeschooling, green and simple living for families, and natural foods.
  17. Raising Them Green: Melissa Hincha-Ownby created this site to help parents raise eco-conscious children.
  18. Recycle Your Day: Giving back to nature one excellent article at a time.
  19. The Cornucopia Institute: Seeking economic justice for the family-scale farming community. Through research, advocacy, and economic development their goal is to empower farmers, partnered with consumers, in support of ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food.
  20. The Good Human: A destination that encourages people to be better humans through working to clean up the environment, being active in political issues and being more aware of one’s life and surroundings.
  21. The Grass Stain Guru: Kid-at-heart Bethe Almeras is always reminding us all to get outside and play. A charming, fun-filled, information packed site.
  22. The Green Mom
  23. The Greenists: Providing simple green answers to everyday life.
  24. The Smart Mama: Simple steps to non-toxic kids.
  25. Twilight Earth: This is one of my favorite sites run by one of my favorite people, Adam Shake. Twilight Earth is dedicated to saving the Environment through shared News, Discussion, Advocacy and Activism.

Happy New Year!It would be impossible to include every outstanding site I’ve either stumbled upon or become an all-out fan of over the past year. There are enormous amounts of people all over the world doing amazing things to improve the way we live while being mindful of educating us on how to better treat our planet. To suggest the list above is partial would be The Understatement of 2009.

If you’ve not visited the sites I’ve listed, do so. Now. It’s a great way to bring in 2010.

And in the coming year… Be Healthy. Be Happy. Be Green.

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