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5 must-read books on sustainability

by Anant Khare 16 Feb 2022

The environment is a topic which is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It’s easy to forget that the choices we make on a daily basis have an impact on the world around us.

It’s not a secret that the world is facing some serious environmental issues. From climate change to pollution, it’s clear that we need to make some changes in our daily lives if we want to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. Luckily, there are many books out there that can help you make those changes.

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

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart is a book that details a new way of thinking about the design and manufacture of everything we buy and use. The phrase "cradle to cradle" refers to how products can be designed so that at the end of their useful life, their components are reused or recycled in a closed-loop system where nothing is wasted.

Cradle to Cradle Book

2. Third Culture Kids of the World: Exploring Sustainable Travel Mindsets by Priyanka Surio

The book explores sustainable travel mindsets. The author invited traveling millennials across the globe to share their perspectives on travel to understand what they think about sustainability while they are on the road.

The book features millennials from America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Their stories range from discussing how they explore the world as budget backpackers, to sharing tips on how to maintain cultural sensitivity while traveling.

Third Culture Kids of the World

3. Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan

We all know that clothes are made in factories, but most of us don’t know how they get there. That’s where Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan comes in. This handy guide helps readers understand each step in the life of a garment, from cotton seed to farmer to factory worker to you.

In addition to explaining where our clothes come from and the true cost of inexpensive fast fashion, Eagan offers advice for concerned consumers: Where to find ethical clothing, ways to be more conscious about what we buy and suggestions for helping those who make our clothes.

Wear No Evil

4. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

In 1962, Silent Spring was published. Written by Rachel Carson, the book traced how pesticides were moving up the food chain from insects, to birds and mammals — including humans. Although Carson acknowledged many benefits of pesticides — especially in wartime — she also documented the growing scientific evidence that widespread pesticide use was hurting wildlife and people.

Silent Spring

5. Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life by Jen Chillingsworth

Live Green is a practical guidebook to sustainable living, filled with simple steps you can take to help preserve our natural resources and build a greener future for everyone. The book is organized around 52 weekly topics. Each topic includes three action steps, a green fact or myth, and a green tip that provides more information on the topic at hand.

Live Green

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