Best books for sustainable living

I am going to share with you some of the best books for sustainable living. Living sustainably means to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes that can counteract negative environmental outcomes like climate change. This means sustainable living is about encouraging people to decrease their use of the Earth’s resources which in turn will reduce the damage of human and environmental interactions.

I have selected the following books as the best books for those interested in sustainable living. I have tried to select a variety of books from different areas of life, from tips for a more green household, sustainable farming, how what we eat can help to save the planet and more. And, if you click this link you can sign up for a free trial of Audible Plus, also get a credit to use on a free audiobook you get to keep!

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Wate Home by Julia Watkins

The author will show you how to live more simply and sustainably at home. Discover tips for every area of your household and how to eliminate wasteful packaging and harmful ingredients. This book is inspiriting, and whether you are just a beginner on your zero-waste lifestyle or a seasoned pro, you will enjoy this book. In many ways, Watkin’s suggestions are reminiscent of simpler times. The book also contains beautiful photographs, the chapters are well organised and the ideas are easy to follow and understand.

Cons – No audio book but the beautiful images and the simplicity of this book make up for it.


A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days by Anita Vandyke

You will discover practical tips for improving your life and the impact you have on the world in this book. The author is a qualified engineer and runs a popular zero-waste Instagram account. This book is easy to ready and is great for some motivation on your minimalist journey. I would recommend it for people who are beginning their sustainable journey, or for families to read together.

Cons –  I recommend the paperback or audio version of this book rather than the e-book version due to the small text formatting.


How to Save the World for Free (Guide to Green Living, Sustainability Handbook) by Natalie Fee

If you are interested in saving the world and like humorous, light hearted writing, this book is probably for you. Fee’s writing style is engaging and factual. She faces some cold, hard truths that people need to hear, does “it’s nothing to do with me” sound familiar? This book contains plenty of practical solutions for those who are looking to make a difference in their everyday lives.

Cons – For the more serious reader who likes easy accessibility to academic references, they are not easily found in this book.


Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet by Ashlee Piper

This book by Piper, is a guide to assist you in transitioning into a more eco conscious and sustainable life. Piper does this with a humorous and non-judgemental tone. She is an eco-living expert and describes changes you can make in your everyday life to be more sustainable! This is a practical handbook that marries together doing good and living well, with tips for an ethical closet, plant-based recipes, a guide on how to create a sustainable living space, ethical beauty and how to maintain your values outside of your home.

Cons – Some people may not be a big fan of Piper’s writing style.


Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Biggs

This  book is filled with DIY home and health remedies that are more environmentally friendly and cheaper than other options. The tips cover a wide range of life areas such as gardening, first aid, home and more. The paperback version of this book contains clever illustrations. I think this book is great for people beginning their more sustainable living journey as it is very easy to understand and practical.

Cons – Some of the tips may be familiar to you if you are a seasoned at eco-living.


Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future by Mary Robinson

Robinson, as the former President of Ireland, shines a light on human suffering and has illuminated how we can have a better future. This book is full of stories based around the most pressing humanitarian issues of our time. She has weaved together stories from climate witnesses all around the globe. Each of the chapters is stand alone and can be read in under 20 minutes.

Cons – Could be a little slow to get into but once you do you will be inspired!


Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

In this book the authors argue we should make nature itself our manufacturing model. Instead of thinking about things in terms of what is the least harmful alternative to our plant, The authors say no, why don’t we have something better?  In this book, you will learn how products can be designed by the outset so that after they have served their initial purpose, they can provide nourishment for something else.

Cons – The book is a little repetitive in some parts.


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Pollan is an old favourite of many. In this book Pollan answers the simple question, what should we have for dinner? The answer to this will have a profound social, pollical, moral and economic impact on us all. We face an abundance of choice in today’s world, from when we are at the supermarket to fast food outlets and uber eats. Pollan examines, what is at stake when we choose eating habits that do not sustain our health, or the environment. Interesting, Pollan follows four meals from the beginning of the food chain to his very own plate. Through this journey he finds out what we eat every day is a big decision. This book may empower people to make better informed food decisions.

Cons – A little difficult to get past the start of this book, but if you do you will be pleased.


Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin

Salatin takes the view that how we are living now just is not normal. The author’s argument is that we are so far removed from the sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we care about. Salatin is an American farmer himself and considers his farming a ministry. He condemns the negative impact on his livelihood and lifestyle of what he considers an increasingly regulatory approach taken by the agencies of the United States government toward farming.

Cons – Salatin is known for some outspoken political views that many abhor. But he does make a good case for organic farming


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Have you read any of these best sustainable living books, and if so, what did you think? I would also love to hear your recommendations for your favourite eco-living books below in the comments! 

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