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The Ultimate Guide to Being Environmentally Friendly

We’re all responsible for the well-being of the earth. From the food you eat to the gear you buy to how you travel, here’s everything you need to know about putting the planet first.

Eat Green

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After taking a critical eye to the amount of food she was throwing away, one writer realized things needed to change

Marine biologists aren’t impressed with Netflix’s hit documentary on ocean conservation. They recommended some other films on the subject for us.

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Alt meat isn't going to stay alt for long, and cattle are looking more and more like stranded assets

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Food scientists and marketers are creating healthy, plant-based, imitation tuna, crab, and shrimp that look and taste like the real thing. Better yet, switching to faux seafood will help curb our reliance on an international fishing industry that has become an environmental and human-rights disaster.

At just $40, the bamboo Countertop Composter is a bargain and will keep you from sending food waste to landfills

The endless cascade of nutritional information—about localism, vegetarianism, veganism, organic food, the environmental impact of eating meat, poultry, or fish, and more—makes the simple goal of a healthy, sustainable diet seem hopelessly complex. We talked to scientists, chefs, and farmers to get the ultimate rundown on how you should fuel up.

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This Swedish export combines jogging or hiking with picking up trash. What’s not to love?

Buy Better

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Pre-owned gear is easier on the planet and your bank account

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Spoiler: it’s all about ditching single-use items

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Be cautious, but don't let small things scare you away from a deal

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The problem is a global one, but individual actions still matter

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Lots of big brands are shifting toward more sustainable gear, without harmful PFCs. But for the industry as a whole, change is slow.

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I'm careful with my consumption, but what I found scared me

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The good news: you can easily opt for a greener bank so your money works for good

Some cut down on waste. Some funnel proceeds to environmental organizations. Some are green literally and figuratively.

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Turn your garage clutter into cash

Eco-Friendly Travel

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Carbon offsets are confusing, and many people wonder how—or if—they even work. Hoping to find a more guilt-free way to travel, frequent flier Tim Neville heads to the ranchlands of Montana to see what an offset looks like on the ground. Hint: it involves cows.

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From cork floors to wool insulation, here’s what you need to build out an environmentally responsible rig

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Yes, you should fly less, but it's complicated. Here's a guide to when you should take a plane, when you shouldn't, and how to be a more conscious traveler.

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From remote wilderness resorts to a ski-in, ski-out hotel, these properties care as much about environmental practices as they do guest amenities

Vanlife might seem like the most eco-friendly living option, but in reality, my gas-guzzler is hurting the environment more than I would in a small, nonmobile home

Protect Our Planet

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Edgar McGregor started cleaning up Eaton Canyon near Los Angeles in May 2019, and he didn’t stop until it was spotless nearly two years later. We talked to McGregor about how to stay motivated to take care of the earth.

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Two new books, ‘Under the Sky We Make’ and ‘Overheated,’ lay out a plan to overcome our cynicism and anxiety and realize a sustainable, carbon-free future

Recycling is broken. The oceans are trashed. As the plastics crisis spirals out of control, an unlikely collection of executives and environmentalists set sail for the North Atlantic Gyre in a desperate attempt to find common ground.

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The marine biologist has become a leading voice in the movement by deftly communicating what few people understand: that cleaning up the planet requires a commitment to social justice

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Sustainable finance has finally hit the big time. Is it time to risk your wallet to save the planet?

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We have 22 years until we're in a significant global crisis. Show your kids how to implement these simple planet-friendly household changes now.

Skier Greg Hill attempts big-mountain pursuits with only electricity and a front-wheel-drive Chevy Bolt

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Getting one was, by far, the most powerful personal action I could take for our planet