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Books to Lead a More Sustainable Life

Looking to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle? It can be overwhelming to rethink everyday habits, but these books can provide an easy starting point to inform and inspire you! From making beauty products to picking local produce, discover routines that are healthier for you and more sustainable for our earth.

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    Can I Recycle This? Book Cover Picture
    Can I Recycle This? Book Cover Picture

    Can I Recycle This?

    by Jennie Romer

    Jennie Romer has been working for years to help cities and states across America better deal with the waste we produce, helping draft meaningful legislation to help communities better process their waste and produce less of it in the first place. She has distilled her years of experience into this non-judgmental, easy-to-use guide that will change the way you think about what you throw away and how you do it.
    Can I Recycle This? Book Cover Picture
    Can I Recycle This? Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.00

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    Simply Sustainable Book Cover Picture
    Simply Sustainable Book Cover Picture

    Simply Sustainable

    by Lily Cameron

    Transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle means eliminating unnecessary clutter from your home and reducing your dependence on disposable goods, but it also comes with practical challenges that can seem daunting. In Simply Sustainable, perfection is not required. Whether you are looking for easy changes to get you started, or more advanced, high-impact tips for your low-waste home, these simple, effective steps will forever change your relationship to disposable plastic products.
    Simply Sustainable Book Cover Picture
    Simply Sustainable Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $24.99

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    How Cycling Can Save the World Book Cover Picture
    How Cycling Can Save the World Book Cover Picture

    How Cycling Can Save the World

    by Peter Walker

    In How Cycling Can Save the World, Walker takes readers on a tour of cities like Copenhagen and Utrecht, where everyday cycling has taken root, demonstrating cycling’s proven effect on reducing smog and obesity, and improving quality of life and mental health.
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    How Cycling Can Save the World Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    The Conscious Closet Book Cover Picture
    The Conscious Closet Book Cover Picture

    The Conscious Closet

    by Elizabeth L. Cline

    From journalist, fashionista, and clothing resale expert Elizabeth L. Cline, “the Michael Pollan of fashion,”* comes the definitive guide to building an ethical, sustainable wardrobe you’ll love.
    The Conscious Closet Book Cover Picture
    The Conscious Closet Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture
    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture

    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster

    by Bill Gates

    Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet’s slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this profoundly important goal.
    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture
    How to Avoid a Climate Disaster Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $26.95

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    Rescuing the Planet Book Cover Picture
    Rescuing the Planet Book Cover Picture

    Rescuing the Planet

    by Tony Hiss

    Beginning in the vast North American Boreal Forest that stretches through Canada, and roving across the continent, from the Northern Sierra to Alabama’s Paint Rock Forest, from the Appalachian Trail to a ranch in Mexico, Tony Hiss sets out on a journey to take stock of the “superorganism” that is the earth: its land, its elements, its plants and animals, its greatest threats–and what we can do to keep it, and ourselves, alive. Hiss not only invites us to understand the scope and gravity of the problems we face, but also makes the case for why protecting half the land is the way to fix those problems.
    Rescuing the Planet Book Cover Picture
    Rescuing the Planet Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    The Waste-Free World Book Cover Picture
    The Waste-Free World Book Cover Picture

    The Waste-Free World

    by Ron Gonen

    Our take-make-waste economy has cost consumers and taxpayers billions while cheating us out of a habitable planet. But it doesn’t have to be this way. The Waste-Free World makes a persuasive, forward-looking case for a circular economic model, a “closed-loop” system that wastes no natural resources. Entrepreneur, CEO and sustainability expert Ron Gonen argues that circularity is not only crucial for the planet but holds immense business opportunity.
    The Waste-Free World Book Cover Picture
    The Waste-Free World Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $27.00

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    Is It Really Green? Book Cover Picture
    Is It Really Green? Book Cover Picture

    Is It Really Green?

    by Georgina Wilson-Powell

    We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but with so many factors at play, it can be difficult to work out which is the greenest way. With answers to more than 140 everyday green-living questions, Is It Really Green? cuts through the confusion and gives you the facts.
    Is It Really Green? Book Cover Picture
    Is It Really Green? Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.99

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    F**k Plastic Book Cover Picture
    F**k Plastic Book Cover Picture

    F**k Plastic

    by Rodale Sustainability

    With easy, no-nonsense steps for cutting plastic out of your everyday life, this is the perfect gift for anyone ready to start fighting the war on plastic. These easy nudges will guide you to change your habits bit by bit so that cutting out plastics becomes second nature.
    F**k Plastic Book Cover Picture
    F**k Plastic Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $12.99

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    Plenty Book Cover Picture
    Plenty Book Cover Picture

    Plenty

    by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

    The remarkable, amusing and inspiring adventures of a Canadian couple who make a year-long attempt to eat foods grown and produced within a 100-mile radius of their apartment.
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    Plenty Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    The Story of More Book Cover Picture

    The Story of More

    by Hope Jahren

    Hope Jahren is an award-winning scientist, a brilliant writer, a passionate teacher, and one of the seven billion people with whom we share this earth. In The Story of More, she illuminates the link between human habits and our imperiled planet. In concise, highly readable chapters, she takes us through the science behind the key inventions—from electric power to large-scale farming to automobiles—that, even as they help us, release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere like never before. She explains the current and projected consequences of global warming—from superstorms to rising sea levels—and the actions that we all can take to fight back.
    The Story of More Book Cover Picture
    The Story of More Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Mend It, Wear It, Love It! Book Cover Picture
    Mend It, Wear It, Love It! Book Cover Picture

    Mend It, Wear It, Love It!

    by Zoe Edwards

    It’s “sew” simple to give your wardrobe an eco-chic edge! With fast fixes and clever techniques, this accessible, fully illustrated sewing book has everything you need to mend, customize and care for your clothes.
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    Mend It, Wear It, Love It! Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $14.99

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    The Zero-Waste Chef Book Cover Picture
    The Zero-Waste Chef Book Cover Picture

    The Zero-Waste Chef

    by Anne-Marie Bonneau

    In her decade of living with as little plastic, food waste, and stuff as possible, Anne-Marie Bonneau, who blogs under the moniker Zero-Waste Chef, has learned that “zero-waste” is above all an intention, not a hard-and-fast rule. In her debut book, Bonneau gives readers the facts to motivate them to do better, the simple (and usually free) fixes to ease them into wasting less–you can, for example, banish plastic wrap by simply inverting a plate over your leftovers–and, finally, the recipes and strategies to turn them into more sustainable, money-saving cooks.
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    The Zero-Waste Chef Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $25.00

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    This Book Is Not Garbage Book Cover Picture
    This Book Is Not Garbage Book Cover Picture

    This Book Is Not Garbage

    by Isabel Thomas

    Do you worry about the world’s waste? The bad news is, humans throw away too much trash. But the good news is, there are lots of easy ways you can get involved and make a difference! From ditching straws and banning glitter to hosting a plastic-free birthday party, helping to save the planet is not as difficult as you think. So, take control of your future!
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    This Book Is Not Garbage Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $14.99

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    The Climate Diet Book Cover Picture
    The Climate Diet Book Cover Picture

    The Climate Diet

    by Paul Greenberg

    We all understand just how dire the circumstances facing our planet are and that we all need to do our part to stem the tide of climate change. When we look in the mirror, we can admit that we desperately need to go on a climate diet. But the task of cutting down our carbon emissions feels overwhelming and the discipline required hard to summon. With The Climate Diet, award-winning food and environmental writer Paul Greenberg offers us the practical, accessible guide we all need. It contains fifty achievable steps we can take to live our daily lives in a way that’s friendlier to the planet–from what we eat, how we live at home, how we travel, and how we lobby businesses and elected officials to do the right thing.
    The Climate Diet Book Cover Picture
    The Climate Diet Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $13.00

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    Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook Book Cover Picture
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    Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook

    by Eric Ripert

    In Vegetable Simple, Ripert turns his singular culinary imagination to vegetables: their beauty, their earthiness, their nourishing qualities, and the many ways they can be prepared. From vibrant Sweet Pea Soup to Fava Bean and Mint Salad, from warming Mushroom Bolognese to Roasted Carrots with Harissa, Eric Ripert articulates a vision for vegetables that are prepared simply, without complex steps or ingredients, allowing their essential qualities to shine and their color and flavor to remain uncompromised.
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    Vegetable Simple: A Cookbook Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $35.00

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    The Low-Carbon Cookbook & Action Plan Book Cover Picture
    The Low-Carbon Cookbook & Action Plan Book Cover Picture

    The Low-Carbon Cookbook & Action Plan

    by Alejandra Schrader

    This book will include science-backed information on how to make the most-climate friendly choices–from examining the impact of the supply chain for the foods that end up on our plates to evaluating the carbon footprint of various plant-based options we have. The Low-Carbon Cookbook will also feature 140 plant-based recipes made almost exclusively with locally sourced ingredients.
    The Low-Carbon Cookbook & Action Plan Book Cover Picture
    The Low-Carbon Cookbook & Action Plan Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $29.99

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    Wild Beauty Book Cover Picture
    Wild Beauty Book Cover Picture

    Wild Beauty

    by Jana Blankenship

    From a leader in the world of natural beauty, Wild Beauty is an inspiring and highly usable guide to harnessing the miraculous power of plants to make your own face oils, body balms, hairspray, bath salts, and more.
    Wild Beauty Book Cover Picture
    Wild Beauty Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $18.00

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    In Defense of Food Book Cover Picture
    In Defense of Food Book Cover Picture

    In Defense of Food

    by Michael Pollan

    With In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan proposes a new (and very old) answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
    In Defense of Food Book Cover Picture
    In Defense of Food Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Green Enough Book Cover Picture
    Green Enough Book Cover Picture

    Green Enough

    by Leah Segedie

    In Green Enough, Mamavation blogger Leah Segedie uncovers the truth behind the food and household products that are misleadingly labeled “all-natural” and healthy but are actually filled with chemicals and toxins. From furniture to packaged food, Leah guides you through detoxifying your home, diet, and lifestyle, showing you how to make the best choices possible.
    Green Enough Book Cover Picture
    Green Enough Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $22.99

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    The Sustainable Economy Book Cover Picture
    The Sustainable Economy Book Cover Picture

    The Sustainable Economy

    by Robert S. Devine

    The Sustainable Economy looks at many of the most pressing climate issues, such as melting ice caps and farm-killing droughts, but by viewing them through the revealing lens of economics, the book delivers a fresh perspective. Devine shows how the basic mechanisms of supply and demand fail when it comes to global warming and the environment. Fortunately, he also lays out a path to an improved economy that can boost our well-being while also fostering a healthy environment.
    The Sustainable Economy Book Cover Picture
    The Sustainable Economy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    Farm City Book Cover Picture
    Farm City Book Cover Picture

    Farm City

    by Novella Carpenter

    An unforgettably charming memoir, full of hilarious moments, fascinating farmer’s tips, and a great deal of heart, Farm City offers a beautiful mediation on what we give up to live the way we do today.
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    Farm City Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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