The other day we talked about responsible and green magazine reading habits. 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 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.
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.
Mother Earth Living – take a look at sustainable home design and materials, earth-friendly decor and natural lifestyles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now, you tell me – which green magazines do you think are worth subscribing to?