5 of the best green and ethical social networking sites

by EcoStreet on November 5, 2007

in EcoReview, Sustainable Lifestyle

socialnetworking 5 of the best green and ethical social networking sites

Social networking, everybody’s doing it. We all know who the big guys are, but some prefer a space for online interaction with others of like mind.

Here are our favourite green and ethical social networking sites:

Care2.com – The big daddy of green social networking, Care2.com has been around since 1998. There are over 7 million users, groups, news, e-cards, petitions. shopping and lots of green living advice.

Zaadz – Zaadz has a new-agey feel to it, but if you’re into that sort of thing, it’s perfect for you. There are over 85,000 members who are interested in the environment, philosophy and spirituality. Features of the site include a community book list of favourite books, an events calendar, zPages for socially conscious businesses listings by area, favorite quotes, and discussion groups called Pods. Each Zaadzster, i.e. Zaadz user, also has a personal area with profile; share videos; photos, books, ideas, quotes, and goals; and their own Zaadz blog. There’s a lot to this site if you can get past the hippyness.

River Wired – RiverWired is a cross between a news aggregator and a social networking site. You’ll find the latest news from a number of excellent blogs, divided into four topics: do good, live green, be entertained, and be well, and users can share videos and pictures, and discuss various issues.

2People – 2People’s mission is to achieve sustainability in one generation. Once you’ve registered you can connect with others, form or join groups, and find or organise events local to you. The idea is that by moving just 2 people you can move a nation, and each user is encouraged to recruit 2 more people.

Razoo – The new kid on the block. Learn about environmental and humanitarian issues. Connect with others who are concerned about the same issues as you are. Take action by setting yourself goals and ticking off your achievements. Check out others’ goals to inspire you.

Other green and ethical social networking sites worth checking out: Actics, Zelixy, Tree-Nation, dianovo, five limes, WorldCoolers, beTurtle and Common Circle.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Mechele November 5, 2007 at 9:09 pm

You forgot the coolest, hippest, newest, greenest social site of all… http://www.beturtle.com

The slogan is “don’t pee in the pond”

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Tracy November 5, 2007 at 9:48 pm

Sorry Mechele, I totally meant to include you guys, and have now added your link to the post.

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jason November 5, 2007 at 11:40 pm

though it’s not specifically ‘social-networking’, MindBodyGreen.com is a social news website that is entirely focused on better, healthier, greener living!

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Sue Luxton November 6, 2007 at 1:00 pm
Lyn November 6, 2007 at 9:16 pm

The five sites are great, but this new community should be definitely included in the list http://www.ecostudio.com.au

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Samantha November 7, 2007 at 5:33 pm

http://WWW.JustMeans.com is the best! Gives you not only the community network but also 60+ social job postings every day! Its great!

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Joe November 7, 2007 at 10:10 pm

I have to throw http://www.ecojoes.com in there as a bit o’ shameless self-promotion

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Richard November 8, 2007 at 2:25 pm

I have been through the list and http://www.ecostudio.com.au is the stand-out. It seems fresh and takes a more interesting approach than the others. It seems to have a good community and the articles, healthy recipes are good.

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RecycleCindy November 9, 2007 at 8:33 pm

Thanks for this listing of awesome green sites. I am checking out several that I had not heard of before. There are so many wonderful eco-friendly sites to visit!

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Siona November 9, 2007 at 9:47 pm

I think we tend to get tarred with the New Age brush more than the hippie one, but thanks for the note all the same. :)

I’d say, personally, that the heart of Zaadz involves being the change–if you want a kinder world, be more kind; if you want a greener world, plant more trees; if you want a healthier planet, do your part to minimize your footprint. We’re about taking responsibility.

And being friendly, too.. Again, a big thank you for the plug!

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Dalt January 10, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Great new Eco site is http://www.ecobites.com If you into the eco biting then this community site is brilliant.

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Mia January 16, 2008 at 3:37 am

We love your site and we’ve linked you to our blog.

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Charisse McAuliffe February 9, 2008 at 1:41 am

You should check out GenGreen.org it is the internet’s answer to social networking with a localization focus

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abhibnrj February 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

There’s this site which not only covers everything green and ethical but has a wide range of articles on the importance of conscious living and the urgency of making this concept a way of life:

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Chromey March 3, 2008 at 4:06 pm

It’s not a “eco” social network, but I think http://www.myfolia.com is another one to maybe add to the list – it’s basically a community of people trying to “grow their own”. There is a nice group of eco aware people already on the site (it’s quite new) and it’s got some really handy tools for tracking plants and harvests.

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Amanda Fetterly May 13, 2008 at 7:06 pm

http://www.rethos.com is quickly becoming a favorite, already has a strong community and is just plain good in my humble opinion. They are rather new in the arena so give them some love.

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WeEarth Network May 17, 2008 at 3:36 am

http://www.WeEarth.com
Check out WeEarth.com a new eco/arts social network & ezine with a marketplace of environmentally and socially responsible products:

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Jess June 26, 2008 at 7:19 pm

http://izzitgreen.com is also a good one to add to the list.

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James Peterson October 13, 2008 at 5:45 pm

There’s also http://www.2degreesnetwork.com, a business to business networking community that is helping corporates network with renewable energy solutions providers providers.

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Sabina Podjed October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Hi!
I would like to add People for Earth http://www.people4earth.net – an online social community with an integrated wiki ECO Guide carrying the mission to inspire and empower people to get green, take action and enjoy doing it.

You are welcome to join us.

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Chad August 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I just launched an eco-conscious social networking site called BetterSphere (http://www.bettersphere.com/). Members can post what they’re doing for the environment. Much like twitter but more targeted.

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statistics help September 23, 2009 at 6:46 am

Very very good list of social networking sites. Probably the best so far i have seen on the internet.
Thank you so much

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Green Street January 29, 2010 at 1:32 am

Check out Green Street a Green Social Network site that is like a green facebook.

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Chris February 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Great list – you’ve got the big boys there ! We are like a new Ostrich out of the egg, like ants from under a stone, new website in green space, check us out http://www.helloecoliving.com online social network, magazine,forums, blogging and everything else you may want !
Many Thanks and see you there…..
Chris

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Wells Rawls December 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Our network is new but growing fast. If you have a question about how to go green in your landscape without spending a lot of money, drop us a line.

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Théo Bondolfi August 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

In French, you have the ecthical social netowrk http://www.zen3.net, a gateway to netizenship

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Polyphemus February 9, 2012 at 2:32 am

I like this list – most I hadn’t heard of before, which made feel out of the loop. I noticed though that http://www.greenwala.com/ wasn’t on there and I like them, sort of a green Facebook. Great job and I totally plan to share this list with my fellow graduate students at UGA (Odum School of Ecology) so we will be probably be back to add more!

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