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Aug 05, 2011

Blog Notes: Green Edition

Working as the blogger relations manager for PR Newswire, I come across my fair share of great blogs that cover a wide variety of subject matters and interests.   And as you might expect, some blogs are better than others. With that in mind and in an effort to highlight the better ones, I do my best to review one of these blogs every day. This week my focus is on green blogs. I try to do my best to be green. I bike to work. I try to remember to bring my own bag to the grocery store. But there’s always more that can be done. And as I’ve recently discovered there are a LOT of great blogs out there leading that charge. More times than not these blogs highlight how green living can pervade everything we do. Blog after blog shows us how we can easily change our impact on our world… for the best.  So with that in mind, let’s take out the recycling, unplug those not-in-use phone chargers and enjoy this brief roundup of some of the best green blogs I’ve seen lately.

The Mother Nature Network is for “everyday people who simply want to make our world better.” Nowadays, making our world better is everybody’s concern and responsibility. MNN helps readers navigate how best to take care of their part of the world, be it their house, their family, their health, their business, or even their planet. If I were to pitch this blog, I might look for an angle that promoted family households and business to be more green. Check out the full review here.

Tree hugger used to be an insult flung at hippies. But the folks over at, well, Treehugger have embraced that name as a badge of honor and as a brand. The site covers a wide array of topics that intersect with being green, because they think that being green should intersect in just about everything we do… and buy… and eat. If I were to pitch this blog, I might go for any and everything that has a green angle. Check out the full review here.

The folks at Grist have been preaching green since long before it was fashionable. They’ve been at since 1999, in fact. But this is by no means a stuffy or academic publication. Grist handles the very weighty issues of climate change and environmental impact with a light, often times funny tone. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something that coincides with consumer issues. Check out the full review here.

ecofabulous blends sustainable living with fashionable living. It’s the type of blog that your yoga teacher might write for, or in my case, does. (Hi, Sara!)  As green as they are at ecofabulous, they won’t be pushing patchouli oil on their readers anytime soon. If I were to pitch this blog, I’d look for something along the lines of sustainable/socially responsible fashion. Stories pitching green home improvement might also work well, too. Check out the full review here.

The folks at Cleantech Blog have been writing about cleantech for so long they were able to get the easy-to-remember domain name,, before anybody else. The blog authors don’t pretend to be journalists, but rather experts in their field writing about what they see. And really who better to get information from than an expert? If I were to pitch this blog, I might try something with clean or alternative (or green) energy. Check out the full review here.

That’s all for now. In the meantime, if there’s a blog I should be reviewing, drop me a line or a note in the comments, and I’ll take a look. Until next time…

Author Tom Hynes is PR Newswire’s manager of blogger relations.

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