Originally written on Sept. 2, 2005, this post by Green LA Girl is constantly updated and occasionally reposted at Siel’s whim.
Here’s the green Angeleno’s updated guide to the good life.
Eat and drink
1. Get caffeinated. Drink fair trade coffee by the cup or buy by the pound. Or if you must go to Starbucks, take the Starbucks Challenge.
2. Dare to eat a peach — a fresh juicy one from a local farm. Enjoy the tastiest, most eco-friendly fruits and veggies possible — without going out of your way.
3. Get your protein. Opt for grass-fed, free range, organic, and local meat, milk, and eggs, stick to sustainable seafood, and go easy on the highly processed veg meats.
4. Do happy hour. Find out how to green your drink — from beer to wine to shots to cocktails and beyond.
5. Indulge in dessert. Eat ice cream, sorbet, and chocolate. Fair trade and organic options are easy to find now –
6. Learn to cook. Take a local, organic cooking class. There’s bound to be one suited to your diet and lifestyle.
7. Treat yourself. Dine out at an eco-friendly restaurant — or get organic meals delivered to your doorstep.
8. Lose the junk. Try an eco-friendly diet — or just get motivated to get the scary crap out of your body.
1. Take a walk — It’s sunny out! Easiest way to get walking more often: Live in a walkable spot. But wherever you are, discover one-mile-radius living.
2. Bike it. My pink townie saves me lots of money and parking hassles — and the Los Angeles biking community’s helpful and friendly.
3. Ride easy — whether on bus or rail. Some bus routes will actually get you to your destination faster and cheaper than in a car, especially if you account for the driving time spent looking for parking — and the money spent paying for it.
4. Cab it — or rent it — green. Find out about local green taxis, car sharing programs, rental cars, and even green limos.
5. Fly free. Avoid parking hassles — or begging friends for rides — by taking advantage of green and easy airport travel options.
6. Go with friends. Carpooling will give you driving company — and also make you a safer driver!
7. Find a Better World. Still car-dependent? Dump AAA for Better World Club, which gives money to environmental causes and doesn’t lobby against public transportation.
1. Find fashion bargains. Shop pre-loved and get great deals on everything from couture to casual wear.
2. Shop green boutiques. Majestical Roof, All Shades of Green, Natural High Lifestyle, Patagonia, and Whole Foods Lifestyle are just 5 of the many stores where you can try on eco-friendly fashions before opening your wallet.
3. Indulge a shoe fetish. From flip flops to casual everyday shoes to sky high stilettos, dress your feet in eco-style.
4. Start from the bottom. Comfy green panties and sexy organic bras come in many cute styles. Got a bra that doesn’t fit? Recycle it!
5. Trade up. Trade designer brands with other eco-fashionistas, locally or nationally.
6. Get pretty. Opt for healthier, eco-friendly skin care, hair care, nail care — and oral hygiene while you’re at it. Then pretty up with paraben-free makeup, lead-free lipstick, and phthalate-free perfume.
7. Pamper yourself. Get organic facials, greener hair color, and safer manicures from green-minded salon.
1. Junk the junk mail. Stop unwanted letters, catalogs, and coupons once and for all.
2. Bring your own. Soon, BYOing will be the status quo — so get a stylish reusable bag, eco-friendly lunchbox and utensils, and to-go mug and bottle — and maybe other new reusables hitting the green market. Wish your neighbors would do likewise? Help ban disposable eco-blights in L.A. and beyond.
3. Recycle everything from your old running shoes to your broken DVD player — because you might even be able to make money at it.
4. Feed the compost. City-subsidized composters will let you turn veggie scraps into garden fertilizer — and reduce your landfill waste.
5. Clean up. Make your own green cleaning products on the cheap or buy better-for-you cleaners — and spiff up your place using eco-friendly tools. Read a book on green cleaning and clean the carpet too if you’ve got the energy — or if not, hire a green cleaning service or eco-friendly organizer.
6. Get radical. Unfetter yourself from all your possessions and seek out an eco-adventure — or just get inspired to shop less and figure out how to get rid of crap you don’t want without sending it to the landfill.
1. Make friends. Stay motivated through your green social network. Green Drinks, Green Business Networking, Women of the Green Generation, and EcoTuesday all want you at their events — and lots of other eco-themed events happen in L.A. every week!
2. Watch movies. Find out about the latest green films to buy, rent, or watch at a screening near you.
3. Read books. Pick up all my green reading tips — then page through one of the eco-themed books I’ve reviewed.
4. Play games. See if you can score better than I did at eco-socio-political games that are actually fun to play.
5. Do good. Lend a hand with a local green nonprofit like Treepeople, Heal the Bay, and Sustainable Works — or organize your own local green group or unique volunteer event!
6. Get crafty. Make what you want, how you want it while checking out of mass produced consumer culture by sewing, knitting, upcycling, and trying other handy hobbies.
1. Win freebies. Twice a week, I give away an eco-friendly freebie. Enter for your chance to win it!
2. Use your city. Get a free rain barrel, a green landscaping grant, and rebates for energy and water-efficient appliances — all from the government.
3. Swap and share. Neighborgoods and other green-minded websites let you borrow and share stuff you don’t want to buy.
4. Find your Eden. Grow your own food — on a balcony, yard, or even someone else’s yard. Then share the bounty with your hungry neighbors.
5. Slay vampires. Stop the slow energy drain in your home and learn how to make electronics last — and opt for greener gadgets and phones while you’re at it.
6. Shop green. Buy green goods that will last and save you money over the long term at eco-friendly local stores like Co-opportunity, The Green Life, and Locali.