21 Must-read Sustainable Living Books

21 Must-read Sustainable Living Books

Since kicking off this journey to a more sustainable life I’ve joined a few Facebook and online groups that have been invaluable. It’s only been a few weeks and I’ve learned so much and met a few incredible people along the way. 

As part of my journey of discovery, I asked the wonderful people who are part of the Sustainable Living Facebook group what they are currently reading as I wanted to expand my knowledge. There were so many amazing answers that I decided to write them down and to keep track of all the suggestions. This will be my reading list for the foreseeable future. Below is their suggested sustainable living reading list in no particular order:

1. A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost of Art of buying for Life by Tara Button

Tara Button has become a champion of a lifestyle called ‘mindful curation’. There are 10 steps to master mindful curation and each is explained in this book, from understanding and using techniques to freeing yourself from external manipulations. Finding your purpose and priorities and identifying your core tastes and style.

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2. The Concious Closet by Elizabeth L Cline

Clothing is one of the most personal expressions of who we are. In her landmark investigation Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion, Elizabeth L. Cline first revealed fast fashion’s hidden toll on the environment, garment workers, and even our own satisfaction with our clothes. The Conscious Closet shows exactly what we can do about it. 

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3. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: Our Year of Seasonal Eating by Barbara Kingsolver

Barbara Kingsolver opens her home to us, as she and her family attempt a year of eating only local food, much of it from their own garden. Inspired by the flavours and culinary arts of local food culture, they explore many a farmers market and diversified organic farms at home and across the country.

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4. Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives by Richard Louv

Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures—not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

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5. The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age by Richard Louv

Richard Louv, author of the landmark bestseller Last Child in the Woods, urges us to change our vision of the future, suggesting that if we reconceive environmentalism and sustainability, they will evolve into a larger movement that will touch every part of society.

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6. Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion – and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas

Bestselling author and veteran journalist Dana Thomas has travelled the globe to find the answers. In Fashionopolis, she details the damage wrought by fashion’s behemoths, and celebrates the visionaries – including activists, artisans, designers, and tech entrepreneurs – fighting for change.

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7. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

For more than 20 years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet – and the champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its centre. On Fire gathers for the first time more than a decade of her impassioned writing from the front line of climate change and pairs it with new material on the staggeringly high stakes of what we choose to do next.

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8. Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken

Blessed Unrest explores the diversity of the movement, its brilliant ideas, innovative strategies, and centuries of hidden history. A culmination of Hawken’s many years of leadership in the environmental and social justice fields, it will inspire all who despair of the world’s fate, and its conclusions will surprise even those within the movement itself.

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9. Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

Presenting both beginner and advanced steps, Terry includes handy checklists and tables for easy reference, ways to get involved in larger community actions, and profiles of individuals—Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create change on a larger scale.

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10. In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating by Michael Pollan

In Defence of Food is a simple invitation to junk the science, ditch the diet and instead rediscover the joys of eating well. By following a few pieces of advice (Eat at a table – a desk doesn’t count. Don’t buy food where you’d buy your petrol!), you will enrich your life and your palate, and enlarge your sense of what it means to be healthy and happy.

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11. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work by Dr. Richard Oppenlander

Dr. Oppenlander’s goal with this book is to increase awareness in order to effect positive change—before it is too late. Food Choice and Sustainbility is a groundbreaking book, and given the urgency and magnitude of the problem, it’s a book that anyone who cares about our future and that of other species should read —individuals, academic institutions, businesses, organizations, and policy makers.

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12. Cradle to Cradle: (Patterns of the Planet) (Patterns of Life) by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

“Reduce, reuse, recycle”. This is the standard “cradle to grave” manufacturing model dating back to the Industrial Revolution that we still follow today. In this thought-provoking read, the authors propose that instead of minimising waste, we should be striving to create value. This is the essence of Cradle to Cradle: waste need not to exist at all. 

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13. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawkin

 From revolutionizing how we produce and consume food to educating girls in lower-income countries, these are all solutions which, if deployed collectively on a global scale over the next thirty years, could not just slow the earth’s warming, but reach drawdown: the point when greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere peak and begin todecline. So what are we waiting for?

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14. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Exposing the work of ideologues on the right who know the challenge this poses to the free market all too well, Naomi Klein also challenges the failing strategies of environmental groups. This Changes Everything argues that the deep changes required should not be viewed as punishments to fear, but as a kind of gift. It’s time to stop running from the full implications of the crisis and begin to embrace them.

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15. Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

In Secondhand, journalist Adam Minter takes us on an unexpected adventure into the often-hidden, multibillion-dollar industry of reuse: thrift stores in the American Southwest to vintage shops in Tokyo, flea markets in Southeast Asia to used-goods enterprises in Ghana, and more. Along the way, Minter meets the fascinating people who handle-and profit from-our rising tide of discarded stuff, and asks a pressing question: In a world that craves shiny and new, is there room for it all?

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16. Kiss the Ground by Josh Tickell

Kiss the Ground explains an incredible truth: by changing our diets to a soil-nourishing, regenerative agriculture diet, we can reverse global warming, harvest healthy, abundant food, and eliminate the poisonous substances that are harming our children, pets, bodies, and ultimately our planet.

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17. The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac 

The Future We Choose is a passionate call to arms from former UN Executive Secretary for Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, a senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement. We are still able to stave off the worst and manage the long-term effects of climate change, but we have to act now. We know what we need to do, and we have everything we need to do it.

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18. How to Be a Conscious Eater by Sophie Egan

Is organic really worth it? Are eggs OK to eat? What does it mean if something’s labeled “Fair Trade,” or “Biodynamic,” or “Cage Free”? What about all the noise around farmed fish, fake meat, coconut oil, almonds – not to mention fat, carbs, and calories? Using three criteria – is it good for me? is it good for others? is it good for the planet? – Sophie Egan, an expert in health, nutrition, and sustainability, revolutionises our understanding of food in a way that will change the way we shop, cook, and eat.

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19. Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of our Planetary Future by Geoff Mann

Climate Leviathan provides a radical way of thinking about how environmental change will intensify existing challenges to global order, unearthing the forces for a planetary variation on existing forms of sovereignty. Drawing on a wide range of political thought, Wainwright and Mann argue that rapid climate change will transform the global political economy and our world’s basic political arrangements, leading toward capitalist planetary sovereignty.

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20. As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitaker

Through the unique lens of “Indigenized environmental justice,” Indigenous researcher and activist Dina Gilio-Whitaker explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle.

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21. Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets

Mycelium Running is a manual for the mycological rescue of the planet. That’s right: growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment, and in this groundbreaking text from mushroom expert Paul Stamets, you’ll find out how.

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