These books to create a sustainable home are not about organising furniture nor decorating your home to look like designer magazines. They are about creating a quiet sanctuary, to cosy up in a favourite armchair to read a favourite book, or feel so at peace that you don’t always need to switch on TV to ‘feel at home’. For natural house paints, furniture and carpets, see House tag.
For beauty/cleaning recipes, avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and near pets/children (if used, see candle safety tips). See foods to avoid near pets. If you live with animals, see a beginner’s guide to houseplants, to know toxic plants to avoid (just brushing a tail against a lily or sago palm can harm).
Although most sheep need shearing to keep them cool (and stop them falling over if rain causes their coats to become too heavy – they die if nobody is there to pick them up), many sheepskin rugs are from sheep who are slaughtered at end of wool producing life. If you use them, choose brands that do not harm sheep.
No Place Like Home is a mindful guide to creating a home you love. Your home environment should lift you up, and bring you joy. This book offers simple effective ways to transform your home environment, to be more mindfully aligned, with who you are. It’s packed with ideas for upcycling and decluttering, as well as soothing relaxation rituals and innovative ways to bring the outside in.
Simply Living Well shares wisdom for a natural low-cast home. Reduce your carbon footprint by making your own dishcloths and bowl covers, DIY veggie stock and ketchup, and homemade dryer sheets. Julia Watkins (qualified in conservation science) includes safety caveats (like keep cats away from citrus peels, if used for killing weeds).
Sustain is a book of 50 tips for a low-impact home, showing how small changes make a big difference. From cleaning a house with kitchen ingredients to mending items and making jam, you’ll be right at home in your sustainable abode.
The Greener Habits Co is a beautiful online homeware store, everything is zero waste and vegan. You can bulk shop and order local London delivery. Started by a nurse who found plastic rubbish dumps while on holiday in Bali, she decided to put all she could find in one online shop, to make it easy for others to go plastic-free.