If you are looking for inspiration on sustainable living and clutter-free life, there are hundreds of books about it. Are you interested in sustainable fashion, looking forward to building sustainable health or searching for expert help on sticking to your goals and transforming your diet? While many people live in the lifestyle of sustainable living, it is just an idea at the back of the head for many others. Some of the people are starting to become educated about sustainable living while for others they have already begun embracing it. We can live in a ton of new ways and still promote the beauty of our earth. Here is an exclusive guide of the best books on sustainable living.
1. ‘Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change’ by George Marshall
Majority of the people are aware that climatic changes are real yet they take no effort of stopping it. Which are the psychological mechanisms that make us realize that something is real or true, but we continue acting as if it does not exist or it is not true? George Marshall goes for a search to the answers of this question which takes him to the global leading climate scientists, Nobel prize winner psychologies and Texas activist, conservative evangelicals and liberal environmentalists. He makes a discovery that our prejudices, assumptions, and values can take on their own lives and gain authority by being shared. Once we know what motivates us, we can think about climatic changes and how we can fix this problem.
2. ‘This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate’ by Naomi Klein
You have heard so much about global warming. Forget everything for now. In this book, Naomi Klein discloses all myths surrounding and clouding climate debate. Global warming is not about carbon; it is about capitalism. The addiction to making a profit and growing our business is growing deeper every day while you have been told that the market will save us from climate change. You have been informed of how impossible it is to get off fossil fuel when you exactly know how to do it. For you to rise to this challenge, you just need to break every rule in the free-market playbook. News all over says how humans are selfish and greedy to rise to the global warming challenge while the fact is all around the world, people are trying to fight back, and the efforts are succeeding in ways both inspiring and surprising.
3. ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life’ by Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver uses a characteristic pluck and poetry to take the readers for a ride to a journey away from the industrial foods to a rural life in which they swear to purchase only food raised in their locality, grow them by themselves or learn to live without it. Their adventure to the rural life gives them surprising discoveries about the zealous zucchini plants, turkey sex life and en route to cultural foods that are better on the table and better for the neighborhood. ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life’ makes a passionate case of putting the kitchen at the center of the American diet, family life, and diversified farms.
4. ‘Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles’ by Michael SanClements
Everywhere we look plastic from children’s toys, our computers, and our water and cheese are packaged in it. But why are these plastics so much and how were they affecting our lives. Are there any ways in which you can be useless plastic and be stay healthier and happier? Plastic Purge gives an engaging and approachable guideline on an easy to follow advice on how to use less plastic. This way, we will be able to enjoy the benefits of living with less clutter and eating a healthier diet. It categorizes the plastics to ugly, bad and good. Michael SanClements teaches you on how to hold on to the good including medical equipment, and phone equipment’s, avoid the bad such as toys containing toxic chemicals and food storage containers and using less of the ugly such as empty plastic containers that are just wasteful.
5. ‘Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More’ by Erin Boyle
This book by Erin Boyle shares personal insights and practical guidance on conscious consumption and small space living. This is as a result of the growing consensus that living a simple life that has a purpose is more sustainable to the environment but also the well-being and happiness. Eric Boyle writes the philosophy that living small and straightforward is accessible and beneficial to all of us whether you are buying a three-story building or renting a small apartment. The book is filled with projects, advice, and essays on how to be resourceful and inventive in a small space. It convinces that simple living is all about doing with less and ending up gaining more including more savings, more leisure tie, more things of beauty and more time with your loved ones.
6. ‘The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, And Our Health—And A Vision for Change’ by Annie Leonard
Majority of people in the world today have a problem with stuff. Leonard shows the truth behind our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet. He says that as five percent of the world’s population, we are consuming about thirty percent of the resources in the world and making thirty percent of the world waste products. He reveals why it is less costly to replace a broken TV than fixing it, how Haiti factories workers get mine workers in Congo, why other people pay for our cheap goods with their health and quality of life. The system of the earth is rotten and in crisis. However, the author tells us how we can stop social injustice, health hazards, environmental damage, excessive consumption, and pollution production.
7. ‘Changing the Way, We Think, To Create the World We Want’ By Frances
Frances wrote the book ‘Eco mind’ due to her believes that global crises solutions are right here with us and is one of the best books on sustainable living. The major challenge is how we can free ourselves from the self-thoughts showing us we cannot change the world to what we want hence preventing us from giving these thoughts a life. She uses the latest research in neuroscience, anthropology and climate studies to analyses stories of people who have put into reality what they think and succeeded in shifting the balance of power in the world. This shows us that the gap that exists between the world we want and the world we think we are stuck in is bridgeable after all. Eco-Mind shows as to think like an ecosystem.
8. ‘The World Without Us’ by Alan Weisman
Alan Weissman uses this book to give an approach to the queries about the impact of humanity on our planet. He tells us to look or imagine our planet without us. Alan reveals the massive capacity of the earth to heal itself with examples of places in the world that are devoid of humans. The book gives the most exceptional nonfictional narrative that looks at the effects of humanity to the planet in a way that no other book has. The author gives a radical and ultimate narration that persuades us on a solution that does not depend on our existence.
9. ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ By Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo, the author of this book, is a cleaning consultant who has a lifelong love of things, home, and houses. She was inspired to write the book by the Japanese ‘throw-out skills’ book. This book is an ultimate guide on how to organize and declutter things throughout the house. She gives illustrations using picture images of well-organized closets, drawers, and cabinets as well as illustrating her clothing patented folding using easy to follow line diagrams. She also advises packing, moving and storing important objects that may not bring joy. The book manual is ideal for anybody who wishes to have a home, life and live better with what they have.
10. ‘The Sustainability Secret’ By Keegan Kuhn And Kip Andersen
This book serves as a perfect companion to the groundbreaking Cowspiracy, a 2014 documentary. It pours the whole truth about the adverse effects of the rising industry of animal agriculture on our planet earth. According to t the book, animal agriculture is the major cause of rainforest destruction, deforestation, water consumption. Greenhouse gas production, species extinction, habitat loss, water pollution, topsoil erosion, ocean dead zones, and other environmental problems. It clearly shows how animal agriculture is a controversial secret when it comes to environmental sustainability. The book is full of interviews, statistics, anecdotes, research and unbridged transcripts that expands in every way.
11. ‘The 22-Day Revolution’ By Marco Borges
Marco Borges is an exercise physiologist and the founder of 22 days of nutrition. He shared his nutrition plan with celebrities such as Jay-z and Beyoncé who inspired the people all over the world to adopt the 22-day vegan diet after completing the challenge. The book explains a principle that entails that it takes twenty-one days to make or break a habit. The 22-day revolution is a plant-based diet that aims at creating a lifelong eating habit s that will help you live a healthier lifestyle and loss weight. You will also be able to reverse adverse health concerns. In the book, you will get a fully described 22-day meal plan, many delicious recipes and endless motivating weight loss strategies. This guideline will lead to a more energetic, healthier and productive life.
12. ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathan Safran
Jonathan Safran used up much of his college and teenage years wavering between occasional vegetarian and enthusiastic carnivore like most of the young Americans. As a father and a husband, he thought deeper about why we consume some animals and not others which he was not able to explain. He set out to research the origins of most eating habits and traditions and the fictions involved to explain the motive behind eating animals. This book raises the unasked questions behind every burger we grill, every chicken we fly and every fish we eat to give a comprehensive report.
13. ‘How to Stop the Planet from Burning’ By George Monbiot
This book is essential in this civilization moment when we need to think about global warming. Climate change has already happened, and the question is not whether climate change is happening. The question should be what we need to do to stop global warming. In this book, George Monbiot provides a far-reaching and ambitious program on how to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide to the level in which the environment starts to heal itself naturally. Though he puts it down with optimism, he admits that it won’t be easy as it requires a ninety percent reduction of carbon dioxide released by developed nations by 2030. The book has in-depth investigations that support the proposal on what works and what does not work. He fights the bad ideas with the same enthusiasm as he supports good ideas and attacks anyone who claims the ideas are not valid.
14. ‘Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time’ by Jeff Speck
The idea of a modern metropolis city brings visions of busy vital mass transit, sidewalks, and a friendly pedestrian urban core. However, in reality, the car is still the king in a typical American city. Though it is cheap and easy to make walkability happen, the trick is coming up with what needs to be done for walkability to happen. In this book, Jeff speck discloses about the subtle workings of the city, how some simple choices have major effects and what we can do to make the correct choices for our communities. The book has lots of real-world examples and sharp observations that give a perfect insight into what an urban city can become workable. The walkable city provides an achievable and practical vision of how to make our car invested American cities workable again.
15. ‘Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto’ By Adam Werbach
This book is a definitive guide on business strategy for sustainability. It states that investors, employees, and consumers share a common passion and purpose for their companies more than ever before. This means that any business must have a common objective that gives it sustainability; otherwise, it will just be irresponsible. These problems show the unutilized chances especially in large company brands such as Nike, Toyota, Wal-Mart and Clorox that are implementing basic strategies rather than external sustainability strategies. The book recommends businesses to use transparency, engage their employees, and enjoy the benefits of a well-networked organization structure.
16. ‘When the Rivers Run Dry: What Happens When Our Water Runs Out?’ By Fred Pearce
Fred Pearce is a veteran scientist who spends most of his time researching water. He goes on to travel to more than thirty country destinations to study the state of the important water sources. He weaves together the historical, economic and scientific aspects of the water crisis in the world. The book will give you a full image of the increasing danger in case the water sources run out and its consequences for us all.
17. ‘Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature’ By Janine Benyus
Biomimicry gets its inspiration from nature to transform our life on earth. The book studies the ideas of nature including photosynthesis, shells, and brain power to help use them in benefiting human beings. This is helping to revolutionize how we compute, invent, harness energy, repair the environment and heal ourselves. Janine Benyus, a science lecturer, takes you to the lab and then the field to explain this marvel. She tries to analyses how electrons in a leaf can convert sunlight to glucose and discovering the drug miracles by observing what chimpanzee take when they feel sick. She also gives insights on the hardy prairie as a model for low agriculture maintenance.
18. ‘Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of The All-American Meal’ By Eric Schlosser
Since the publishing of fast food nation in 2001, the book became the international bestseller. The author reveals how fast foods have widened the gap between the rich and the poor, increased the obesity epidemic, changed America’s landscape and transformed food production in the entire world. Eric Schlosser talks about how food industries continue to exploit the poor, the increasing interest in organic and local foods and why it is crucial for every US resident to enjoy healthy and affordable meals.