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Good Reads


  • The Wild, a newsletter about the great outdoors. 
  • Boiling Point, for people who care about the environment and climate across California, the American West, and the globe.

Local Package Free Shops

  • Sustain LA: Certified woman-owned and small business social enterprise at the intersection of several industries. 
    • Address: 5214 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
  • Re_Grocery: Package-free grocery store
    • Address: 5046 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
  • Ban SUP Refill: Reduce plastic and other types of waste by providing alternative solutions including refills, unpacked products, sustainably packed products, and reusable items
    • Address: 25 S El Molino Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Wild Terra: Package-free ethically sourced herbs, spices, cleaning supplies, teas, and coffees
    • Address: 5858 N Figueroa St Los Angeles, CA 90042 

Plants and Composting

  • Bryan Vejar, Caltech's tree care specialist, posts about his work taking care of trees on campus. Follow Bryan on  Instagram @caltecharborist
  • California Cactus Center: Family-owned resource for rare & common cacti & other succulents, pottery & accessories.
    • Address: 216 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
  • Theodore Payne Nursery They are "dedicated to propagating and cultivating native plants from throughout the State of California and within the California Floristic Province."
  • Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery: Volunteer driven grassroots habitat restoration initiative
  • Did you know that California's composting law went into effect on January 1? 
  • Athens Services Residential Food Scraps Collection: Resources and Tips
  • LA Compost "We work to restore lost connections to the soil and one another."

Get Out(doors)!

  • Outward Bound Adventures: The oldest non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor learning expeditions for low income, urban and rural youth and their families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience time spent in wild places and open spaces.
    • Address: 1905 Lincoln Ave BUILDING G-224, Pasadena, CA 91103
  • The Stronghold Climbing Gym: "We promote responsible enjoyment of outdoor climbing areas and Leave-No-Trace principles. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment to train, learn, and develop a passion for climbing!"
    • Address: 650 S Ave 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
  • Brown Girls Climb Brown Girls Climb envisions an “outdoor” and climbing community that honors our individual relationships to the land, complex histories and truths, centers the experiences and voices of those most impacted by colonization and industrialization of the land, and provides a just redistribution of resources so that everyone can find their relationship to the land around them.

Secondhand Goods and Repair Services

  • Buy Nothing Project Connect to people through hyperlocal gifting of goods and services
  • Repair Cafe Pasadena: A free, roving, all purpose repair shop & cafe for and by the community
  • Remainders Creative Reuse An arts and crafts thrift store and maker space focused on creative reuse and sustainability
    • Address: 787 E Washington Blvd suite 101, Pasadena, CA 91104
  • Suay Sew Shop: "As our global community demands change from corporations, our dedication to design, coupled with a drive for activism, is putting reclaimed product at the center of a social, economic and environmental revolution. Cultivating upcycling as the priority will not only massively impact our planet, but our daily quality of life."
    • Address: 2915 Knox Ave #105, Los Angeles, CA 90039