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Resources

Below we've curated lists of recipes, products, and sustainable businesses to inform and inspire you on your path towards a sustainable lifestyle!

Vegan & Vegetarian Recipes List

Want to go vegan/vegetarian completely or for just a few nights a week but don't know where to start?  Click the link below to access a compilation of our favorite vegan and vegetarian recipes from the web.  The public Google Doc also contains the link to our AllRecipes profile, where we will continue to add new recipes as we test them!

Click here for Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes List

Sustainable Swaps

Looking for recommendations for eco-friendly products that are tested and approved by other young environmental enthusiasts?  Rather than provide a list of specific brands of products, we've curated a general list of Earth-friendly alternatives to common household items to use as a starting point to figure out which sustainable swaps will work best for you!  If you have a favorite product not included in the list below, we'd love to hear from you:  click here to Contact Us

Click here for Sustainable Swaps List

SoCal Sustainable Businesses

If you live in or are visiting Southern California and want to buy green, check out our list of local businesses that spotlight sustainable goods and services!

Home and Body goods

Eco Now - Located in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Riverside

Fill Up Buttercup - Located in Costa Mesa
BYO Long Beach
- Located in Long Beach and Huntington Beach

Apparel and Clothing

Salad Bowl Dress - Upcycled fashion made by Mary Colmar

Suay Sew Shop - Sustainable clothing and accessory manufacturing company based in Los Angeles. The perfect place to recycle old clothes and get your current favs redyed to a different color

Seed Peoples Market - Two-story department store in Costa Mesa that supports eco-minded brands and artisan small businesses

Body and Self care

Huppy - Dental care including toothpaste tablets, mouth wash, etc

Thrifting

EcoTown - a store born in Japan, they are an eco-friendly secondhand store. Come sell your unwanted, good condition items. Explore clothing, home decor, electronics, toys, and more! Located in Fountain Valley and Santa Ana
Assistance League - This non-profit organization has many thrift stores in most Southern California cities. Come here for some of the best deals on second hand clothing, electronics, furniture, and more

Restaurants

Goodtown Donuts - vegan donuts that are truly out of this world. Located in Costa Mesa

VEG'D - A new take on fast food in Costa Mesa. Try out their vegan takes on classic burgers and other sandwiches, or get one of their bowls. A great option if you are looking for a drive through place that is entirely vegan

Groceries

Amis de la Terre - OC’s FIRST and ONLY zero-waste grocer with all your pantry staples in Costa Mesa

Farmer's Markets

Farmers markets are a great way to source local, in-season, low-emissions food and support the community. Farmers should also be able to tell you more information about how the food was grown. You can find a list of local markets here.

Apps

Some apps make it easier to live sustainable lives. Here's a few: 

Ecorate - find local BYOC (cup) coffee shops, plastic-free stores, and refill shops

Refill - find places to refill your reusable water bottle

Too Good to Go - purchase end-of-day food surprise bags at a discounted rate

Climate Action Now - provides a daily climate call to action whether it be requesting support, thanking a rep for their action, or something else climate-inspired

Trashie - earn recycling points

Treecard - earn points for walking/running that converts into planted trees

Ecosia - search engine that plants trees for every search (also a browser extension)

Eco ATM - make money recycling broken/old tech

Commons: Spend Sustainably - find sustainable brands, earn rewards for sustainable purchases

Nature: Walks, Hiking, Gardening

There are endless benefits for spending time outdoors for both mental health to physical health. The outdoors contain many vital ecosystems and connecting to them can remind us what we're working towards protecting. Additionally, growing our own food ensures no harmful chemicals are used, no or minimal transportation is used, only in-season food is produced, and it's extra delicious and a source of pride.

Click here for lists of nature walks, hiking, and gardening resources

Looking for more?

Search more business on California Green Business Network

The California Green Business Program leads the state and nation in working with small to medium-sized businesses to grow a vibrant and healthy green economy. Led by a coalition of cities and counties, they contribute to more livable communities with healthier environments, while also conserving resources and saving money.

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