The other day we talked about responsible and green magazine reading habits. I figured before I rant on organic dairy (oh, a BIG rant is coming) I’d offer some fun magazine suggestions. I don’t subscribe to any magazines right now, although I do buy one once in a while, but normally only if I REALLY think I can’t get the full experience online or at the library; for example I adore Brain, Child and they don’t post all their pieces online and I sometimes buy Hip Mama, because I’m not sure any of their pieces end up online – plus I like to support independent thinkers.
But I digress. There are plenty of good green magazines you can subscribe to if you really want a hard copy; just make sure, as noted previously that you’ll really read it to death before subscribing. Below are some magazines that I currently read when I can or that I have read or bought in the past and enjoyed for different reasons.
Boho Magazine – Fashion, beauty, style, cool gear and more; all green flavored. Ethically printed as well (the first magazine ever to use 100% recycled paper, packaging and inks). Read my Boho review.
Mother Earth News – I love this magazine. All sorts of cool tips about sustainable, DIY green tips and plenty of stories related to off-grid living.
Mothering – the best go-to magazine for eco-minded mamas and one of my most favorite magazines on earth. Attachment parenting, non-toxic diapers, green cleaning and so much more.
Dwell – not all green but mostly eco-friendly. Covers drool worthy design and architecture along with home and eco-living tips you can use. I super heart Dwell. It’s total eye candy.
Kiwi Magazine – This is the only magazine on this list that I haven’t read in print form. However, I have read their website and I really like it plus they’re always tweeting cool green tips and news. Kiwi offers “Natural and organic products, nutrition and wellness. You’ll find information on social and environmental issues that touch your family as well as parenting advice from leading experts.“ This would be a great magazine for parents newer to green living.
Earth Island Journal – This journal is less shiny and more eco-grassroots but that’s not a bad deal if you want to stay informed. Longer and more in-depth environmental pieces than any other pub I’ve read.
Natural Health – This magazine, in my opinion, is good, but not perfect (they always seem to have too many ads). However, when I do pick this up somewhere I always seem to learn something new related to green beauty, healthy eating or toxins and simple green style. I’d say if you’re more into the beauty aspects of green this is a second best choice to Boho although Natural Health does offer more health-minded pieces.
YES! – This hyper awesome magazine was one of the first eco-minded magazines I read (WAY back before other pubs were talking about green issues). YES! supports active engagement in building a just and sustainable world.They always have amazing pieces, the kind you cut out and save for years. In fact, I really do still have pieces cut out and saved from issues published in the 90s. YES! rocks. PS if you already read YES! then you might want to check out Mother Jones or Utne – neither is as green in my opinion, but both are along the same lines and great reads. This trio – YES!, Mother Jones and Utne are my regular library magazine reads, but if I couldn’t find them there, I’d likely subscribe stat.
I like and I don’t like Natural Home. On the negative side, I almost never gain new green tips from this publication – the tips featured seem to be more for newbies to green living. On the upside I love, love, love the featured green homes and the eco-friendly decor and design tips.
Vegetarian Times – eating less meat is a green move and this magazine can help you do it.
Adbusters – not labeled green, but if you want to live green you can’t afford to miss it. I first read Adbusters back in 1995 or so, and it’s still totally kicking a**. This magazine offers the biggest materialism frown I’ve ever seen (good). Anti-materialism is always a great kick off to green. They’re a not-for-profit, reader-supported magazine “Concerned about the erosion of our physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.” Groups like Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace love these guys and so do I.
AND one I don’t read. Honestly, if I read everything I wanted to read, I’d never get anything else done. With this in mind you might be less surprised when I say, “I’ve never read E – The Environmental Magazine.” I know, it’s all green and stuff. In fact, the reason I’m adding it is because I’ve got a pal who swears by it. She LOVES it and told me that no green magazine list would be complete without it. Still, I can’t recommend this one either way, not having read it but for my friend’s sake have included it. Have you read E? Is it really cool or not so much? Let me know in the comments.
NOTE: Every single magazine listed above (with one exception) is a Better Paper participants which means they’re committed to using environmentally responsible papers – papers that contain post-consumer recycled content and/or responsibly sourced virgin fiber and many have digital versions available. The exception; Dwell which has not always been green printed but has recently made the move to recycled content.
Um, where are the green kid publications?…
Well, here’s the deal. One, my son Cedar doesn’t read magazines. He’s got shelves of books but no magazines so I don’t have good suggestions. Two, do you know how many nature minded, green minded magazines there are for kids? Hardly any. Trust me, I’ve looked. Also, when I looked I did see some magazines that at first looked cool, but none that made it clear that they were printed on recycled content. IF you must order a magazine, I’d hope you’d choose one printed on recycled content.
Two of the only magazines I found were Ranger Rick and Your Big Backyard. Both have major nature flavor and both are Better Paper participants. To even the score I may call some publishing companies up and ask about their kid magazines. I couldn’t find any info on sustainability policies at almost every kids magazine website. That’s just lame.
Now, you tell me – which green magazines do you think are worth subscribing to?