10 Best Books on Sustainable Living

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You might have heard a thousand times that you should start opting for sustainable living practices to save the planet. It might seem easy to say such things but adopting eco-friendly practices is a bit difficult. Once you know where to start, you can make small changes in your lifestyle to become more responsible for the betterment of the environment. There are a variety of books available on sustainable living online and in books stores. You can refer to these books to figure out where to start. Books can provide you with a lot of tips and ideas that you can adopt to live a healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable life. Let’s take a view of 10 best books that can guide you to sustainable living. These 10 books on sustainable living are all somewhat different, focusing on different aspects of sustainable living. Pick your favorite topics and start reading!

Ethical Choice’s Best Books on Sustainable Living

This list of 10 books covers a variety of different sustainable living aspects. These books of sustainable living not only offer you tips and tricks to start your own sustainable and eco-friendly living but also provide you with facts and reasons. these books on sustainable living is for anyone that is curious, wants to make a difference or change. There are plenty of other books on sustainable living that you should check out, these are just 10 that we think are the best books on sustainable living.

Best book on sustainable living: Cradle to Cradle

Best book on sustainable living – Remaking and Repurposing:
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

In this book the authors William McDonough & Michael Braungart focus on the fact that to produce new products we do not have to damage the natural resources. Instead of reprocessing products to make new ones, we should make such products that can offer technical or biological nutrition and bring life to something new after entering into the nature again following their useful life. In this way, waste can be minimized as the nature itself takes the waste and creates something useful.

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Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!

Michael SanClements has given valuable advice in this book on how to minimize plastic use. Plastic is found in almost every item we have at our home. Sanclements suggests ways to deal with the different categories of plastic that are good, bad and ugly. The author says that we should take hold of good plastic, elude bad plastic and use less of plastic that can only be used once.

Wear No Evil (book on sustainable living and fashion)

Best Book on Sustainable Living – Clothing Option:
Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe

In this book, Greta Eagan suggests that how we can follow fashion along with wearing sustainable clothes. This book walks you through the real facts about the fashion industry and its unsustainable practices and recommends how to clean your closet from non-eco-friendly clothes.

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Minimal: How to Simplify Your Life and Live Sustainably

In Minimal, Madeleine Olivia urges the audience to take action and save the environment through sustainable practices. You can get a lot of tips and suggestions on how to make DIY beauty and house cleaning products and to minimize the impact of your consumption on the planet. In short, this book introduces you to an eco-friendly and sustainable way of living.

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Grow Food For Free: The Sustainable, Zero-Cost, Low-Effort Way to a Bountiful Harvest

Huw Richards gives practical suggestions in this book on how to grow organic vegetables and fruits without any cost in your own garden. With the passage of time, the need for sustainable farming practice is increasing to decrease the harmful impact of artificial farming techniques. Huw emphasizes that shifting to organic food in your own gardens will put less pressure on our natural resources and you will be able to make some positive change in the urge of sustainability.

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The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health—and A Vision for Change

The Story of Stuff gives you an insight of how the things we use in our daily life are produced, distributed and where they end up after being disposed. Annie Leonard describes how our unnecessary consumption is posing harm to quality of life and how we can stop unsustainable living practices to make a change for betterment.

Best book on sustainable living and waste less: Waste Not

Best book on less waste for sustainable living:
Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less

In this book, Erin Rhoads shares her life experiences and how she manage to live with less waste. From this book you can learn to reduce single-use plastic consumption and get ideas for making your own natural products such as hand wash, detergent and other cleaning liquids. Eco-friendly clothing, travel and even planning a green wedding; all tips are available in this book. The recipes are not just economical but will also help you minimize your plastic waste.

Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life

Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life

Live Green gives you 52 practical ways to sustainable living, one for every week. This book focuses on sustainable fashion, eco-friendly food choices and gives you recipes for making your own cleaning products along with sustainable Christmas embellishments. By adopting these ideas you can ensure the safety of the earth as well as your health.

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Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard

In Nature’s Best Hope, Douglas W. Tallamy addresses the issue of decrease in wildlife population because of reduction in local plants they rely on. He presents a solution to this problem in his book by suggesting to grow more native plants and changing your yards into wildlife preservation corridors to provide them a place to live. If you are concerned for the conservation of wildlife, you can refer to this book and find solutions to make this world a better place for wildlife and help to attain environmental sustainability.

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The Little Book of Going Green: Ways to Make the World a Better

In this book Harriet Dyer addresses that how human beings are damaging the earth through cutting down trees, increasing pollution and unsustainable farming methods. This book will help you with tips to live a sustainable life along with preserving the nature.

Let’s Start Reading The Best Books on Sustainable Living

These 10 books are a perfect guide to sustainable living and will help you figure out what you can do in your capacity to make this planet a healthier, safer, and greener place to live in.
Before you check out these books on sustainable living, how about check out our quick guide to zero waste home. Or why you considered switching to ethical consumption instead.

Author: Monica Chang
On my own ethical journey since 2010. Always happy to learn more!