These books to help live more sustainably are are non-preachy. Climate change could soon become irreversible and there is no point in waiting for government and big business to act. The answer lies in millions of people making little lifestyle changes themselves.
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- Live Green is another beautifully illustrated book. This features 52 simple ways to live a greener lifestyle, so you can work your way through the year, or dip in when you feel like it. Make your own cleaning products, buy vintage furniture, create natural beauty rituals and build a capsule wardrobe. Check out the author’s blog at Little Birdie.
- A Year of Living Green is a daily journal of soulful monthly suggestions. Unplug from the grid, support local economies, nourish the earth, cook simple recipes and find green thoughts and poetry.
- The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide is a beautiful book packed with easy suggestions that can fit into anyone’s daily life. Buy things to last, unsubscribe from tempting emails and keep a mug by the kettle. Author Jen Gale runs a nice blog and offers services for schools, community groups and businesses (and you can also join her ‘knackered mums eco club!’
- Simple Acts to Save the Planet is a nice book, which takes the form of small paragraphs. Just dip in or work your way through the book to find 500 simple lifestyle swaps including reducing food waste, using travel mugs, and choosing reusable containers. Make one change each day!
- The Joyful Environmentalist is a feel-good book by comedian Isabel Losada, with well-researched yet non-preachy suggestions. Find short chapters for busy people on how we live and travel, what we eat and drink, how we vote and bank, and where to volunteer.
When you leave this earth, you can nothing with you that you have received. St Francis of Assisi
How to Unf*ck the Planet tackles global warming, plastic pollution, deforestation, species loss and rising inequality. If it’s getting your down, make small changes in the way you eat, shop, recycle and commute. From planting bee-friendly blooms in your backyard to making body scrub from coffee grounds to investing spare cash in clean energy programs.