You’ve probably heard the news: waste and consumption are out, and green cities are in. These days, it seems that every city has initiatives like reducing energy consumption, saving water, and creating sustainable transportation. We wanted to look at America’s most sustainable cities and communities through a different lens: upcycling and creative reuse.
From upcycled art to recycled fashion shows and DIY co-ops, embracing creative trends in eco-friendliness puts these cities and regions at the forefront of sustainability—and they’re proving why your possessions are made to keep.
#3 King County, WA
Sprawling King County is home to Seattle, which is certainly no slouch when it comes to sustainable cities. But we want to talk about the amazing things that a couple of sleepy suburbs are doing. In Redmond’s Marymoor Park, the CHOMP! festival celebrates local food and eco-friendly lifestyles. Learn how to build a pollinator hotel and rain garden, talk to local farmers, and visit the Upcycle Bazaar; it’s happening on August 17 this year. For year-round education, head to 21 Acres in Woodinville for the farmers market, tours of their sustainable farm, and classes from beekeeping to organic cooking. Top off your visit with a stop at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, a Washington State certified EnviroStars business. Now that’s a Seattle day trip that’s fun and educational.