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Wanna Go Green on a Budget? These 5 Sites Will Help!

Most people equate environmentally friendly products with EXPENSIVE. Not true (well, not always, but that’s the same for any type of product, right?). The great thing about green is that oftentimes it can be equated with FREE, and how many products can claim that? Free…as in recycled, as in DIY, as in re-purposed, reused and environmentally savvy. Here are five great sites that put the “friendly” in eco-friendly.

1. Haute*Nature – The tag line of this site describes it as “ecologically based creative ideas, art and green products, for your children, home and lifestyle.” We love it for it’s great recycled crafts and DIY projects.

2. Free Green – The world’s leading provider of house plans. House plan packages come with: full construction documents or blueprints, a home energy model for the city and state combination in which their home building project will occur, and a LEED checklist. Soo they will adding a NAHB Green Building Standard Checklists, and the Energy Star Designed to Earn Credit. Each of their house plans come with a cost estimate for your local area so that our users can see how much it will cost to build. The ultimate green DIY site!

3. – If you’re looking to trade in your clothes, is the place to start. With great quality clothing and accessories, you’re sure to find something you like. You can sell as well as swap your used clothing and accessories. Finally you’ll be able to afford those Stuart Weitzman Fever Pumps. Fierce!

4. Green Guide for Everyday Living – National Geographic’s Green Guide for Everyday Living offers everything from product comparisons to ways to save energy and money in the home.

5. Freecycle – With nearly 5 thousand groups and 7 million members from all over the world, Freecycle is a grassroots and nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.

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Thursday 14th of April 2011

Low cost and/or high value for money is the only way a critical mass can go green... Thank you for the resources!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2010

Excellent list of resources you provided! I checked out the house plans over at FreeGreen and it seems pretty cool. I'm currently remodeling my house and designing a green friendly backsplash for my kitchen out of recycled materials. Kinda similar to Freecycle's idea. Thanks for the post ecoistpaige!

Mambo Sprouts

Wednesday 27th of January 2010


Great post! The Green Guide for Everday Living is so helpful. It can feel really tough to live green on a day to day basis.

Another fantastic way to go green on a tight budget is to use coupons for natural and organic food and products. Coupons save you a little bit every time you shop, adding up to a lot of savings when you live the natural & organic lifestyle on an everyday level.

To save on healthy, natural and organic foods and personal care products, printing free coupons from and signing up for free coupon books is a big help.

Happy saving! The Mambo Team


Monday 25th of January 2010

Nice list of sites you've got to have idea in making your own "green-home". I would like to add to the list since they inform buyers on the actual ENVIRONMENTAL and FINANCIAL benefits of window films. You will find that people can reduce consumption without any visual effect on their windows. Like most window films are for reducing solar heat gain in the summer, low-e films both block summer heat and improve winter heat retention. Window films are economical and eco-friendly.

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