It’s April 22nd — which means it’s Earth Day! It also means we’re two days out from our first-ever conference created for mom bloggers and influencers — #BlogHer20 Parenting — have you registered for your free ticket yet?
While there are tons of lovely ways to celebrate our planet off-screens, we’re here to do what we do best — connect leading ladies with knowledge and inspiration to empower them to continue being their bad ass selves. In this case, we’re asking our readers to follow the below, super-green influencers and bloggers in an effort to make your Instagram feeds greener year-round!
These ladies know their sustainable, earth-friendly stuff. Following them is a sure-fire way to help you cut through some of the how-to-start, sustainable haze – you may even find yourself making better, good-for-the-Earth decisions about the brands you work with and purchase from, the produce you buy, how you recycling, and beyond.
Check ‘em out and let us know what you think — and if there’s anyone you think we missed, comment them below!
lauren singer of @trashisfortossers
Lauren Singer took the ‘gram by storm when she first came on the scene — you might also know her as “that girl” with effortless fashion sense, who can fit all her trash for the year in a single mason jar. Lauren’s career has taken off since that fateful post — she’s now the CEO of Package Free Shop, a company on a mission to make the world less “trashy” by offering products that help you reduce waste daily. She is also the founder of the leading Zero Waste editorial platform Trash is for Tossers, which shows that living a low or zero waste lifestyle can be cost effective, accessible, and fun! Lauren has empowered millions to reduce their waste and has kept over 100 million pieces of trash out of landfills through her work at Package Free.
LEAH SEGEDIE, MAMAVATION
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Hop on the Ark! 🦜🦚 . We shut down downtown Los Angeles today to have a protest dance party pressuring @wellsfargo @bankofamerica and @chase to drop their support of 5 companies that are responsible for over 85% of the deforestation of the Amazon. 🦜😢 . These banks have the power to say NO, enough is enough…will they? *angry face*😡 . @joingoodmoney is coming and I’m supporting them! It’s a new way to bank where they give half of their profits away to support environmental and social justice issues like the deforestation of the Amazon. 🦜 . And during the protest, I was the Marshall on the Ark so I got so great shots of the crowd and all the love shown today for our planet! 🌎 . #amazonuprising #shiftcon #shifthappens #shiftthis #mamavation #socialmedia #blogging #blog #blogs #social #getsocial #facebook #mombloggers #greenbloggers #twitter #instagram #bloggerlife #bloggerswanted #bloggerstyle #bloggermom #bloggervent #bloggerfood #wellnessblogger #fitnessblogger #foodie #foodies #nontoxic #organic #nongmo
Leah Segedie of Mamavation.com — and member SHE Media Partner Network — has made it her mission to connect moms with products that are completely safe for them and their families to use. She tests products so you don’t have to — and doles out tons of great tips on simple ways to make your home as eco-friendly as possible. For more on Leah, be sure to check out her SHE Media Partner of the Week feature!
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Turning a lawn into a garden: before & after #1 A few years ago, I didn’t know what fruit & vegetables looked like in the ground—ACTUALLY growing!!🌱In my world, food came nicely stacked in a grocery store. I was so disconnected from our food system. It wasn’t until my sustainability journey took me to farms and permacultures that I learned: pineapples grow in shrubs??( thanks @suncoastcompost ) I still have a lot to master, but this is the journey of me growing — Oh, and growing my own food😉 ✨And yes, I do wear skirts 90% of the year… even gardening. Life’s too short not to wear what you like. . . #growsomethinggreen #victorygardens #sustainablesprout #gardentotable #greenthumb #homegrown #organicgardener #urbangarden #ediblegarden #kitchengarden #mygarden #instagarden #thehappygardeninglife #gardenfresh #sustainability #gardenbeforeandafter
Manuela Barón’s Instagram feed and blog meet everyone on their journey to practicing sustainability exactly where they are — whether you’re just starting out or an old pro, there’s something for everyone on Manuela’s site. The Girl Gone Green platform was created to educate and bring awareness to eco-issues and solutions, and prides itself on being a community with an emphasis on sustainability and conscious living.
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Marching through NYC 250k strong for #ClimateStrike this weekend, alongside millions of people striking across the world from Mumbai to Berlin to South Bend, Indiana was indescribable. History gets written in these moments and Friday was a glorious start. Now, the fight continues every damn day til we get what we came for and win a #GreenNewDeal for all. And shoutouts to @sunrisemvmtnyc, @350org, @sunrisemvmt, @fridaysforfutureusa, @thisiszerohour for the incredible work 💪🏽 PC: Alex O’Keefe
Varshini Prakash’s contributions to your feed will be nothing short of amazing. She’ll make you laugh, cry, and wanna tear your hair out — but in a good, empowered way. She’s a leader of Sunrise Movement — a collective created to motivate young people to help put a stop to climate change, while creating millions of jobs in the process, and are focused on making going green an inclusive, viable option for everyone everywhere.
KATE NELSON of @plasticfreemermaid
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Currently touring the ONLY secondary ‘mrf’ or materials recovery facility in the USA. They recover all sorts of plastic & trash that would have been sent to the landfill or worse sent overseas to our friends island homes. Here they sort out valuable plastics to be recycled. And what’s cool is this particular centre actually has a buyer HERE IN THE US. Good to learn of domestic recycling of HDPE. . We can’t ignore the carbon footprint of transporting these huge bales across the country & also the energy in sorting these plastics here & the intense washing, de-labelling, & ultimately the recycling of these plastics. Better than shipping across the planet? Yes. . This stuff will be recycled into building materials and children’s playgrounds. These plastics absorb the chemicals from the liquids they contain, so if they house bleach or car fluids or toxic cleaning products they could absorb those and be passed on when recycled. On top of the toxins already leaching from these materials. Houses and play toys made from this stuff? . Hmm. Stoked it’s being “recovered” but not sure we want to be inserting more plastic into our homes and lives. Unfortunately, this is about the only route for these plastics. . Better than nothing? Or not good enough? Or make you want to just build and play with natural materials. . I can tell you this, after an hour touring this facility, my throat is sore and I don’t feel great. Can’t imagine how the workers feel or anyone within wind blow or water flow of all this microplastic dust. This is a dirty business. And these guys are only just breaking even. It’s as complicated as knowing what bin to put what container and if we need to remove lids and labels or not. Is this information you want to learn more about? What interests you on this subject ? If this is worth sharing like and comment, so more eyes see it. 👍🏽 . #recycling #recycle #plasticfree #storyofplastic #zerowaste #plastic #plasticrecycling #recycleplastic
Kate Nelson hasn’t used plastic in a decade. Why? “Because…the ocean,” reads her Insta-bio. Kate is as close to a mermaid as it gets in terms of being a hardcore advocate for marine life, the eradication of plastics, and ocean health in general. She’s funny, she’s bright, and she’ll make you feel really shitty about forgetting your reusable coffee-cup — in a good, necessary way.
P.S. — The good news about that mountain of trash behind Kate in that post? It’s all being recycled and made into equipment for playgrounds. #OBSESSED
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¿Qué haces tú para cuidarte? Ante la constante aparición de catastrofes debidas a la emergencia climática, activismo por los derechos animales, lidiar con personas que negan los hechos… ¿qué haces para descansar? Es una de las preguntas que más recibo. En mi caso, por ejemplo, el año pasado me sentía “culpable” por descansar y hacer algo que no tuviese nada que ver, ya que pensaba que nada tiene que ver mi malestar con lo que pasan los animales o las personas que lo están pasando reslmente mal por ello… o que si no miraba vídeos día a día de lo que pasaba en los mataderos para ver lo mal que lo pasaban los animales no era una verdadera activista. Pero no es así. Me di cuenta de que si no me cuidaba a mi misma, no podía dar. Porque la mejor persona que puede cuidar de mi soy yo misma. Yo soy la responsable de mi propia felicidad y eso para mi no era sostenible, ni creo que lo sea para nadie. Así que estoy aprendiendo a cuidarme sin exponerme como lo hacía antes y la culpabilidad empieza a desaparecer y a sentirme mucho mejor. ¿Tu has tenido alguna experiencia parecida? ¿Qué haces tú? 🌷
Carlota Bruna is a Spain-based friend of the environment. Yes, all of her posts are in Spanish, but that’s what the handy dandy translate feature on Instagram was made for! This lady has some pretty stellar insights into global issues, and it doesn’t hurt that her pictures are oh-so-soothing to look at. Taking care of our planet needs to happen at a global scale — what better way to remind ourselves of this than by following influencers taking steps in the right direction from around the world?
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I really got into water conservation last year! Did you know only .007% of the water on Earth is available and clean enough for drinking!? Being on a planet made mostly of water, I had no idea that amount was going to be so low. When we talk about saving water, we often talk about taking shorter showers and turning off the tap. But, most of the water we use is VIRTUAL water AKA water we don't see that goes into the production of everything we use! 🥩It takes 1,910 US gallons for ONE pound of beef (BCRC) 👕It takes 2,700 liters of water for ONE cotton t-shirt (National Geographic) 🍽️It takes 8 gallons of water to create ONE paper plate. (EPA) 🚽It takes 37 gallons of water to create ONE roll of toilet paper (Scientific American) 🚰It takes 3 liters of water to create ONE liter of bottled water (Academy of Sciences) So, a few of the best ways to save water is simply eat way more plants, shop less and buy secondhand, and choose reusables like cloth dishtowels instead of paper towels and reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones. What are a few ways you're working to reduce your water footprint? #GoingZeroWaste . . . . . . . #savewater #sustainability #zerowaste #waterconservation #ecofriendy #gogreen #sustainableliving #eco #gogreen #sustainable #simplicity #simpleliving #slowliving #gogreen #plasticfree #climatechange #saveourplanet #saveouroceans #take3forthesea #reducereuserecycle⠀
Kathryn Kellogg began her journey of sustainability and conscious living after being diagnosed with (thankfully benign) breast cancer in her early 20s. The experience got her thinking about the plastics and chemicals we interact with every day — if the effects they have on our bodies are similar to the way they “trash” our planet, what good could they possibly be doing? Today, Kathryn is the author of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste and the keeper of an excellent eco-friendly blog, also named Going Zero Waste. Her posts are smart, funny, empowering and an awesome way to get inspired about reducing your own waste.
Emily Atkin is an avid tweeter and the creator of Heated World, a newsletter and Instagram account bringing crazy important messaging about what’s going on as our world heats up straight to your cell screens. She recently began producing a podcast by the same name (featured in the above post), while continuing to grow her Twitter and newsletter followings. Emily’s voice is seething, salient and often pretty funny despite the gravity of the subjects she breeches.
Lucy Biggers is the producer and host of One Small Step from Now This news. Her personal gram is host to 28.1K followers and her posts provide upbeat, super-easy ways everyone can practice being more eco-conscious — from something as small as donating your old clothes to not tossing your Christmas tree into the trash (but rather returning it to nature where it can decomp!) Lucy is a reminder that making smarter, earth-friendly choices is accessible for everyone.
Obviously, we can’t talk about influential women looking out for our planet without mentioning Greta Thunberg. Though she’s young, she is mighty — and she is a beautiful, constant reminder that when we talk about sustainability and thinking about the consequences of our actions against our planet, we’re quite literally talking about the well-being of our children and children’s children. They are the ones who will have to clean up our messes. We only have one planet — we MUST be good to it.
We’re grateful to each of these ladies for being the positive change they wish to see in the world and leading by excellent example. #BlogHer urges you to find ways to celebrate and honor our planet today and everyday — following awesome content from these ladies is one small step in the right direction!