San Diego Sustainable Directory

San Diego Sustainable Organizations

Zero Waste San Diego

A non-profit promoting zero waste through workshops, education, outreach, and more.

I Love A Clean San Diego

Inspiring our community to actively conserve and enhance the environment.

Good Neighbor Gardens

Garden installation and maintenance for homeowners. Sign up for a bi-weekly delivery of fresh harvest grown in your neighborhood by your neighbors just for you.


Making composting accessible and affordable ​for all San Diegans.

The Compost Group

North County San Diego compost collection and education.

San Diego Coastkeeper

A non-profit protecting and restoring fishable, swimmable, and drinkable waters.


A movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice.

Sunrise Movement San Diego

Addressing local environmental and social justice challenges.

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

A non-profit focusing on zero waste, composting, and water conservation.

Surfrider Foundation San Diego County

Protecting our ocean, preserving coastlines, and reducing plastic pollution.

Don’t Trash Mission Beach

A citizen activist group dedicated to keeping Mission Beach Beautiful.

HandsOn San Diego

Connecting you with local volunteer opportunities through a self-service calendar.

San Diego Food System Alliance

Cultivating a healthy, sustainable, and just food system in San Diego County.

Sustainability is Sexy

SIS is a networking, non-profit creating a space for brands, organizations and individuals working for a better planet. Focusing on food waste, single use plastic and regenerative agriculture.

San Diego Reusable Programs

M'Porte Container Exchange Program

Order zero waste takeout from a M’Porte Exchange Program restaurant.

James Coffee Co. Jar Exchange

Put down a small deposit for a glass to-go set! This set will include a 12oz or 16oz jar, a koozie, and a metal lid.

The Plot + reVessel Container Program 

Purchase a reVessel container and continuously swap out for your meal packed in a fresh, sanitized vessel.

In Good Company

Delivering fresh frozen chef meals via reusable containers that get picked up, washed, and redistributed.

Ocean Friendly To-Go

Created by Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurants Team in San Diego. Restaurants simply prepare guest orders on reusable dinnerware, and allow the customer to transfer the order themselves into their own containers at a designated area (established by the restaurant).


San Diego Recycling Programs

Earth 911

Search by material and zip code to find recycling services.

Waste Free SD

Find where to recycle, repair, donate or properly dispose of an item.

Retold Recycling

Textile Recycling. Easy subscriptions! Odd socks, old t-shirts, items to donate to charity.

For Days Tack Back Bag

Textile Recycling. Just throw all your old stuff in your Take Back Bag and use the prepaid shipping label to send it back to us. We'll instantly add a credit your account, good on any future purchase.

Urban Corps San Diego

Free e-waste drop-off and pick up service for businesses, organizations, and residents. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Plastic Film Recycling

Find locations that accept plastic bags and film packaging.

San Diego Sustainable Influencers

The Zero Waste Family

A San Diego family of 5 living zero-waste, plant-based, and mindfully minimal.

San Diego Sustainable Businesses

Refill Stores

Earthwell Refill

A Kensington refillery for household & personal care essentials & Zero Waste products.

The Nada Shop

An Encinitas refillery for household & personal care essentials & Zero Waste products.

Sonora Refillery

An Oceanside refillery for household & personal care essentials & Zero Waste products.

Apparel & Accessories

Randall's Sandals

Local, eco-friendly, charitable beach foot fashion, and lifestyle apparel.

Blooms + Thread

Vintage & upcycled apparel in Pacific Beach.

The Bountiful Bag

Functional and sturdy lifestyle products made from plastic waste from the craft beer and entertainment industries.

Positive Phee

Fighting fast fashion through clothes swapping, luxury rentals and sustainable styling.


Reap & Sow

An Oceanside apothecary offering clean beauty, zero waste alternatives, crystals, and herbal remedies.

Thread Spun

An Encinitas boutique offering handmade and fair trade gifts, accessories, and home goods from around the world.

Food & Beverage

The Beverage Botanist 

Sustainable, holistic mixology, conscious cocktails, and elevated drinking experiences.


Reclaimed Goodness

Reclaimed wood triangle shelves and home decor handmade with recycled materials.


Diverting woody biomass from landfills by milling fallen trees into lumber and reinvesting it back into our community.

San Diego Urban Timber

Milling, designing and building functional art with rescued San Diego trees.


Scisters Salon

San Diego's first Zero Waste Salon, offering beauty products in bulk and various other supplies for living a zero waste, intentional lifestyle.

Verte Salon

A salon offering eco-friendly products and hair and nail care.


Holistic skincare, facials, and clean beauty.

Home & Garden

The Potted Poppy

A sustainable plant design company supporting local nurseries and artists. Offering plant styling, sitting, maintenance, consulting, plant parties, and custom orders.

Moving Rental

A Smart Move

Reusable moving box rental company.


Nadi Marketing

Helping mission-driven companies, social impact organizations, and ecopreneurs to create impactful content, partnerships, and campaigns that engage with sustainable consumers of today.