Green Coupons Make Eco-Shopping Cheap



Whether you're wrapping up your holiday shopping or browsing for general household goods, take advantage of online coupons to save you big bucks on green gear for yourself, family and friends.

These three blogs specialize in linking to coupons for green products and services. NOTE: not every item on every site will be "green." Read product descriptions before you buy to avoid greenwashing (yes, it even happens with coupons! See "organiccoupons.com," below).

GreenCouponCodes – This site is very easy to use. Every entry offers the same practical information: an overview of the product, the discount offered (highlighted in bright red ink), shipping information, and an easy click through to the product itself. You'll find a wide variety of items in categories that include health and beauty, organic garden, personal finance, batteries, and light bulbs. The only coupon category that didn't make sense to me was "auto." The promo promises coupons for "green auto parts at Juiced Hybrid," but I could never access that particular site.

Pristine planet Pristine Planet – Whether you're looking for divine organic chocolates, organic cotton baby gear, holiday candles or gourmet gift baskets, you should be able to find a discount coupon at Pristine Planet. Many merchants listed here – like Gifts for the Garden and EcoHomeGear, offer discounts as high as 20%.

Ecobunga EcoBunga – EcoBunga calls itself the guide to "green giveaways and deals," so look not just for discounts but freebies, too. Sweepstakes and contests offer everything from EMX Race Bikes (hmm… I guess that's "green" – better than racing a car?!), to adventures to exotic natural habitats, to things more mundane but perhaps more essential: BPA-free baby bottles. On the coupon side, recent promotions included a $10 discount on Seventh Generation chlorine-free diapers, and 40% off Pangea Organics Holiday Gift Boxes.

Mambo Sprouts is another online coupon resource, offering printable coupons from the web as well as coupon books. Recent offerings included $1 off a package of Equal Exchange  Fair Trade Coffee and $1 off Bio-Kleen eco-friendly cleaning products.

Thumb_brown.bmp NOTE: Beware a site called OrganicCoupons. Despite the name, it doesn't seem to focus much on organics. Recent promotions included a trip to NBC's Universal Studios, discounts for Omaha Steaks, and a price break on "a fantastic mid-size SUV." Those sure don't sound like organic options to me.

26 Responses to Green Coupons Make Eco-Shopping Cheap

  1. Mary December 15, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Nice! Thanks for identifying the not-so-green coupons as well. I agree, either be green and be ready to prove it or don’t bother. If we care, we’ll know the difference and tell others just like you did.

  2. Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish December 15, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Diane. Here in the Bay Area, there are a couple of companies that put out green coupon books, similar to the Entertainment books that kids sell as fundraisers for schools. The East Bay Eco Metro Guide is one that I purchase and LOVE. A few trips to Whole Foods and I’ve saved myself the $20 cost of the book. The rest is gravy.
    EcoMetro also has coupon books for metro areas in Oregon, Washington, and the Twin Cities.
    http://www.ecometro.com
    San Francisco has the Green Zebra coupon book (http://www.thegreenzebra.org/). I purchased one of those last year, but I have not found it to be as practical or useful as the EcoMetro Guide.
    I’m wondering if their are green coupon books for other areas in the country.

  3. Diane MacEachern December 15, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Actually, now that you mention it, we have something similar here. There’s an organization called Live Green (www.livegreen.net) with a $13 membership that gets you discounts to all kinds of local eco-entrepreneurs.

  4. Anna December 15, 2008 at 10:59 pm #

    I love eco-bunga! There are some great giveaways, discounts, etc. I never heard of greencoupons. Thanks for this tip.
    There is also My Green Sparks redemption book which is a green entertainment book in Southern CA.
    (http://www.fundraisinggreen.com/mission.php)
    Anna http://www.green-talk.com

  5. Mother Earth aka Karen Hanrahan December 16, 2008 at 11:12 am #

    I had no idea of these sites or saving opportunities! Thank you!

  6. Mindful Momma December 16, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    Thanks for the tips Diane! I too came across Organic Coupons one time and thought there was something fishy going on.

  7. Sharon December 16, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
    Sharon
    http://www.autoloans101.info

  8. Diane MacEachern December 17, 2008 at 6:12 am #

    Sharon, Thank you for your kind comments! I very much appreciate them. I look forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  9. grechen December 18, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    I’ve been a fan of ecobunga for a while – I love their giveaways listings, and I wasn’t aware of Pristine Planet, I can see this being useful, although a bit lacking in the women’s clothing area.
    I’d also like to introduce my site if I may – http://www.greengrechen.com – and especially the coupon codes for eco-friendly women’s contemporary apparel and handbags: http://www.greengrechen.com/coupon-codes/ – I’ve compiled a list of some of the best online eco-fashion boutiques like Beklina, BTC Elements, Coco’s Shoppe, and list exclusive coupons for up to 50% off at some places. It’s strictly for women’s fashion/accessories (and one pet store), so don’t come here looking for deals on light bulbs, but for the women who are interested in looking great while doing good, I’ve got the coupons for them :-)
    Thanks for your wonderful site!

  10. Diane MacEachern December 18, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    Grechen, Thanks for letting us know about your site! I’m looking forward to browsing.

  11. Steph @ Greening Families December 19, 2008 at 5:13 am #

    A good source of organic/natural food coupons is Mambo Sprouts. Hard copies of the coupons are sometimes available in Whole Foods stores but the coupons are also online.
    I’ve often had luck searching some of the larger mainstream coupon sites like Retail Me Not for green, eco, or organic merchants. It takes a little more time but there are some good deals to be had.
    Thanks for the reminder to be careful out there!

  12. Charane December 26, 2008 at 10:41 am #

    Dear Diane,
    I’m a new mother & a new eco-entrepreneur. I was searching info on your book, which I’ve heard sure wonderful things about, and I happened across your blog on coupons. I have a green retail shop with home goods & unique green gifts at http://www.EverythingGreenHome.com with sales up to 15% off. I hope it’s not too tacky leaving my website:) I’ll be setting up coupons soon with the sites you mentioned.
    Thanks,
    Charane
    Everything Green Home

  13. Kare January 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    What do you think of the GoodGuide, recently launched by UC Berkeley professor Dara O’Rourke, as described here?
    http://www.movingfrommetowe.com/2008/09/11/buy-the-safest-products-for-you-and-the-world-with-the-help-of-…/

  14. Irene Taylor February 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    If anyone lives in the San Diego area, a new green coupon book just came out this year called the Go Green Book. It is really great. There is one coupon in it for 20% off at a natural foods store called Windmill Farms and I saved $60 with that one coupon alone on some holiday grocery shopping. There are also grocery coupons on products like Kashi, Lundberg, etc. Here is the website: http://www.gogreenbook.org

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    Great post! I’m interested to know that that people spend more on promotional items?

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  21. Furniture Stores May 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    Great post. Remember, part of being green is reuse. What used items can you donate to charity this week? :)

  22. Harvey Ranola October 26, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Great post Diane. I was looking for Green Coupon and Green Comparison shopping sites when I came across your blog. Thanks to this post, we at TonerGreen.com found out about Pristine Planet and now have our remanufactured toner cartridges featured on their site at http://www.pristineplanet.com/olist.asp?id=3854. Keep up the great work, and if you or any of your readers need any printer supplies for your own offices, I’d like to suggest that you give TonerGreen a shot. We also donate 1% of all our proceeds to EarthShare.org so you’d be contributing to an eco-friendly environment in more ways than one at http://www.TonerGreen.com

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