The best green websites, social media and digital campaigns of 2009; nominated and voted for by you and by leading eco-bloggers and digital junkies.

Hi and welcome to the second Green Web Awards, our annual awards for the best green websites, social media and digital activity, run by Nigel’s Eco Store along with our good friends at digital agency Worth. In 2008 we asked some of the web’s leading environmental bloggers and social media users to name their favourite green sites in twelve categories. We wanted to celebrate the best and worst of the green web. Read about last year’s winners. This year, following some great feedback on our blog, we’ve decided to make the awards a tad more democratic.

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Anybody can nominate a site in any category. Nominations open on Monday 26 October and unlike many other awards, there is absolutely no charge for nominating an entry. Our expert panel will then draw up a short-list of nominated sites in each category, based on two criteria: the volume of nominations received for each entry, and their personal opinion and expertise. No expert will be asked to adjudicate on a site or activity in which they have any personal interest. We’ll then be asking everyone to vote on their favourites, with the winners to be announced in January 2010.

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See the 2009 results below.

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Winners of the 2009 Green Web Awards

  1. Green Travel / Eco Tourism Sites Back to top

    We asked you to vote on your favorite sites to do with environmentally friendly travel.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.liftshare.com
      Social enterprise Liftshare is a great resource for anyone looking to share a car journey – saving money, cutting your carbon footprint and having fun! Plus it’s free to use.

    • http://www.seat61.com/
      The Man in Seat 61 will tell you how to travel overland comfortably and affordably by train, where you might think that flying was the only option.

    • www.citycarclub.co.uk
      City Car Club
      – Pay as you go motoring, that’s an alternative to owning your own car. Run by people who are passionate about the environment – a successful car sharing scheme can reduce car commuter traffic by nearly a quarter.

  2. Kids & Young People Back to top

    The leaders in getting children and young people to learn and explore environmental issues.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.mvpp.responsiblephotography.org
      Children in a remote Berber Community in Morocco were so fascinated by Gail Ward’s photographs of them that she set up The Mountain Village Photo Project to teach them photography, and give them a different perspective of their home environment.

    • www.naturedetectives.org.uk/
      Nature Detectives
      is run by the Woodland Trust. It combines a website, printable materials and children’s club that have been used by over 2 million people so far, and aims to inform, protect, and inspire people about woods and trees.

    • www.littleanimation4kids.com
      The Little Earth Charter
      is a fun animated site that makes the UNESCO Earth Charter – a set of principles that seek to define a just, sustainable and peaceful society – accessible for children aged 4 to 8.

  3. Food & the Planet Back to top

    Our judges’ favourite planet-friendly food and farming companies.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.landshare.net
      Championed by Hugh Fearnley Wittingstall and Channel 4, Landshare connects growers with landowners. If you have some land to share, or no land but want to grow-your-own, this is the place to look.

    • www.soilassociation.org
      The Soil Association is the UK’s leading organic organisation. A leader in promoting planet-friendly food and farming through standards, education and campaigns.

    • www.wasteawarelovefood.org.uk
      Run by savvy Scots, Love Food Hate Waste is for food lovers who hate waste. Find out how you can save money and help the environment with their hints, tips and recipe ideas.

  4. Eco-Blogs & News Back to top

    Which blogs or news sites are the best sources of information and discussion on Green issues?
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.selfsufficientish.com
      Self Sufficientish
      is a site packed with information for anyone wanting to be a little more self-sufficient …ish, from home-brewing and sheep rearing to wild food and natural remedies.

    • www.guardian.co.uk
      The Guardian’s Environment website is filled with news, blogs and multimedia content about the state of the planet and what you can do to help save it.

    • www.eco-chick.com
      Eco Chick
      was set up because “women who cared about the planet needed a place of their own on the web”. Amongst other things, it covers green health and beauty issues from a woman’s perspective.

  5. Online Campaigns Back to top

    The campaign that has done the best job in raising awareness and promoting action on Green issues.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.ilovefreegle.org
      Don’t throw it away, give it away.
      Freegle is the ultimate way to give and receive unwanted items in your immediate community, saving tons of perfectly good stuff ending up in a landfill.

    • www.buynothingday.co.uk
      Everything we buy has an impact on the environment. For one day a year, Buy Nothing Day challenges us to switch off from shopping, and reminds us of the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism.

    • www.wearewhatwedo.org
      Want to change the world but don’t know where to start? We Are What We Do is a global movement of individuals doing small simple actions, who might just change the world.

  6. Greenest Companies Back to top

    The corporations or companies you think have got it right when it comes to their approach to environmentally sustainable business.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.adnams.co.uk
      Famous for their beer and ales, brewers Adnams are committed to making great beer, sustainably, and without costing the earth.

    • www.ecotricity.co.uk
      Ecotricity is one the leading green energy providers, they also invest in the building of renewable energy sources such as wind turbines.

    • www.cafedirect.co.uk
      Cafe Direct is an award winning supplier of Fairtrade coffee, tea and drinking chocolate, including organic coffees and teas.

  7. Green Living Advice Sites Back to top

    Your favourite sources of tips and advice on eco-living.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.yougen.co.uk
      YouGen
      is a social enterprise full of advice and tips, designed to make it easy for anyone to get the information they need to invest in renewable energy (or decide it is not right for their home).

    • www.myzerowaste.com
      Set up by a passionately green family of four in Gloucestershire, My Zero Waste is packed full of information, advice and ideas gathered in their quest to live a waste-free life.

    • www.guardian.co.uk
      The Guardian‘s ethical and green living site tackles your ethical dilemmas and has lots of useful information, from energy to food, waste and transport.

  8. Social Media Hero Back to top

    Your favourite Tweeter, Facebook page, or online community that is the best source of news, chat and debate on eco and environmental issues.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.carbonoutreach.blogspot.com
      Carbon Outreach. A thoughtful and informative site by sustainability blogger and social media expert Erica Grigg.

    • www.eco-tube.com
      Upload a video to website Ecotube and join a growing community of users and their videos about issues facing the world today from an ecological perspective.

    • www.therubbishdiet.co.uk
      The Rubbish Diet. Take on the challenge set by one mother in Bury St Edmunds to reduce your household waste in just 8 weeks. You’ll be amazed at how easy it really is.

  9. Green Fashion Back to top

    Your favourite, shops, brands & labels for eco-friendly fashion online?
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.peopletree.co.uk
      Winners for the 2nd year in a row, PeopleTree is a fair trade, eco-friendly fashion pioneer. They’re dedicated to improving the livelihood of their producer partners and use natural resources sustainably to protect the environment.

    • www.howies.co.uk
      Howies are famed for their organic cotton T-shirts, environmentally conscious casual clothing and sportswear designed for bikers, skateboarders and snowboarders.

    • www.hionlifestore.com
      Hi On Life is bright, fun site, from a crew of funky souls creating fashion using organic and environmentally friendly materials.

  10. Climate Change Back to top

    Climate Change is such a big issue we thought we felt it needed its own category; you voted on the people who deal with it best online.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.actonco2.direct.gov.uk
      Act on CO2
      helps you find out what your carbon footprint is and how you can make some simple changes to help tackle climate change.

    • www.guardian.co.uk/environment
      More from the Guardian – the latest news, views and up to date information from leading thinkers and writers. A great resource.

    • www.zerocarbonista.com
      Zero Carbonista
      . Thoughts on the burning eco questions, from the founder of Ecotricity and guru of wind power, Dale Vince.

  11. Wooden Spoon: Worst Greenwash Back to top

    The company you think has been guilty of the most cynical PR ‘Greenwash’.
    And the winners, as voted for by you, are…

    • www.exxonmobil.co.uk
      Oh the hypocrisy of ExxonMobil, one of the top deniers of climate change, and creators of one of the dirtiest products on earth. They continue to run ad campaigns aiming to show they’re a green company. Well, you’ve seen through it.

    • www.monsanto.com
      Arguably one of the most hated companies in the world, GM giant, Monsanto, has been trying to portray a green image, but, says The Guardian, has been so overusing the water in its own backyard that local farmers are have resorted to legal action to get their water back.

    • www.uk.pg.com
      Procter & Gamble
      is the world’s biggest consumer products company. However their Future Friendly logo is not independent and should be viewed with scepticism say Ethical Consumer. Ariel, Flash and Fairy each score just 0.5 out of a possible 20 in Ethical Consumer’s rating system.

    You’ve seen what our judges think are the Best Green Websites of 2009 – now it’s your turn. You can tell us what sites you think should have won,
    leave a comment or join the discussion over at Nigel’s Eco Blog.