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Taking time to enjoy life is a super important part of self-care, which is why everyone should start an eco-friendly hobby! Having fun while also saving the planet – does it get any better than that?

If you don’t know where to start – or if you’re not even sure what an eco-friendly hobby is – keep reading to discover the perfect cruelty-free pastime for you.

6 eco-friendly hobby ideas you need to try

1. Learn to knit (and make your grandma proud)

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Whether you’re already a pro or a total novice, knitting is a great way to unwind and flex your creative skills. The best part? You can make items you’ll actually use and wear for years to come.

Skip the wool and synthetic polyester yarn; organic cotton and tencel are the best eco-friendly option for knitters.

Need a pattern? While beginners might want to start off with something simple like reusable dishcloths, we love this pretty DIY sweater – if you start on it now, it will be ready for fall!

2. Exercise your green thumb

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As the OG of eco-friendly hobbies, gardening is great for your stress levels, your grocery bills, and even bees and butterflies. Help contribute to the planet’s welfare by creating your own organic garden – you can do it even if you don’t have a backyard!

3. Become the ultimate plant-based chef

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We all have to eat, so why not have fun with your food? Developing your plant-based cooking skills is a particularly rewarding hobby – for your health, animals, and the planet – and you don’t have to go far to find easy, delicious recipes. Just pick up a copy of The Wholesome Culture Cookbook!

4. Give antiquing some love

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Did you know antiquing could help you save money and the environment? Not only is tracking down the perfect piece for your home super rewarding, but you’ll also help reduce waste and carbon emissions in the process. Honestly, antiquing is the most exciting form of recycling out there!

5. Get obsessed with upcycling

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Upcycling is kind of the best of both worlds – like antiquing, you get all the fun of hunting for “treasures”, but upcycling’s also an opportunity to get crafty.

By Hipcycle’s definition, upcycling is “the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful.” Think repainting, refurbishing, remodelling – and you can do this with any materials you’d like!

Whether you turn a wine bottle into a lamp or convert a busted dresser into a countertop, upcycling allows you to breathe new life into old materials – and you’ll end up with one-of-a-kind pieces as a result.

6. Donate your time to a good cause

Nothing feels better than helping those in need, which is why we think volunteering might be the most rewarding hobby of all. From animal sanctuaries to environmental causes, there are endless volunteering opportunities out there. Find an organization that aligns with your values, interests, and passions, and reach out to them! It could be the start of your next great adventure.


There’s no time for boredom with all these fun hobbies – after all, you can’t have a bad time when you’re saving the planet!

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