Sustainable Fun in Costa Mesa

Costa Mesa, Calif. is a must-visit destination that places as much emphasis on sustainability as it does on fun.

Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the sun-drenched city of Costa Mesa is centrally positioned between Los Angeles and San Diego in California’s beautiful Orange County, and offers visitors everything from first-rate dining and luxury shopping to top-rated beaches and a rich arts and entertainment community.

Earlier this year, Costa Mesa was awarded the prestigious LEED (which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”) Gold certification, the world’s most widely used green building rating system, for its practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving both sustainability and living standards for residents. Costa Mesa is also a designated “Tree City USA” community by the Arbor Day Foundation for its abundance of public trees and sound urban forestry management.

Let’s take a closer look to see how sustainability is seamlessly woven into daily life in eco-friendly Costa Mesa, and don’t miss our guide on How to Spend the Perfect Summer Day in Costa Mesa.


For an eco-friendly and wellness-inspired shopping trip, head to The CAMP. Browse a breadth of goods from local artisans and boutiques, treat yourself to a non-toxic mani-pedi at Lollipop Nail Studio or a challenging Lagree Method class at Trim Fitness Studio, and savor organic and seasonally-driven cuisine at a variety of food and beverage outposts that all support the local community.

Farmers Markets

Savor seasonal fresh produce, live music, local meats, eggs, juices, sweets, nuts, sauces, dips and more every Saturday at SOCO Farmers Market. Shop everything local from seasonal produce to fresh flowers at the OC Fair & Event Center Farmers Market each Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SOCO + The OC Mix

Foodies and home design enthusiasts alike will be in heaven at the South Coast Collection (also colloquially known as SOCO Costa Mesa or SOCO and The OC Mix). When you purchase a bottle of olive oil or vinegar at We Olive & Wine Bar, receive a discount when you bring your empty bottle in for a refill, and don’t forget to try the amazing flatbread pizzas and salads. Savory Spice Shop is also a resident at SOCO & The OC Mix, where you can select spices by weight or purchase prepared jars that are additionally refillable.

Eco Now

Located at The LAB Costa Mesa, Eco Now is Orange County’s first zero waste shop and refill station. Explore local, bulk, handmade, vegan, plastic-free, and reusable goods for home and body care at this 100% sustainable health and beauty shop.

SEED Peoples Market

Committed to sustainability and local artisans, SEED is a marketplace for the people offering a wide range of brands and products, such as clothing for men, women and kids, outdoor gear, home goods, and more.

Water Grill South Coast Plaza

The family owned and operated Water Grill has been known for its first-of-the-season seafood and superior dining experience for over 30 years. Not only is the fresh seafood transported from King’s Distribution Center to the restaurant in clean, reusable containers to help minimize waste, the whole fish is utilized in the process. Water Grill also works closely with purveyors to improve product quality to ensure sustainable practices and good environmental stewardship are being implemented so you can have the peace of mind that your fish is freshly boat to table in the most sustainable way.

Parks & Bike Trails

Costa Mesa shares some of the best natural parks to be found in Southern California. Open year round, Talbert Regional Park is a unique nature preserve that has nearly 200 acres of scenic landscape that’s perfect for hiking, biking, jogging, walking, a picnic, or just simply taking a breath of fresh air. Meanwhile, the 49-acre TeWinkle Park features a soothing lake with play areas, ball fields, tennis courts and picnic areas. Whether you’re an avid cyclist or leisurely coaster, the city even has a handy bike trail map that can take you from the park and straight to the beach!

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