Eco reads

Eco reads

1 August, 2017
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With an overload of information around healthy living, it's hard to know which practices to adopt and which to ditch. But if you’ve decided to take action and find your path to good health this year, what better way to boost your motivation and commitment to that change than with a book that aligns with your goals.

If you're searching for inspiration on living a more sustainable, clutter-free life and seeking help from experts on how to transform your diet and stick with your goals, these books are the resources you've been looking for. And don't worry—you can download books on Kindle if you're a digital die-hard.

1. EcoMind, by Frances Moore Lappé

Frances wrote EcoMind because she believes that solutions to global crises are right in front of our noses, and our real challenge is to free ourselves from self-defeating thought traps that keep us from bringing these solutions to life. It turns out that the gap between the world we long for and the world we thought we were stuck with can be bridged after all if we can learn to think like an ecosystem. EcoMind shows us the way.

2. The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman

In The World Without Us, Alan Weisman offers an utterly original approach to questions of humanity's impact on the planet: he asks us to envision our Earth, without us. It is narrative nonfiction at its finest and, in posing an irresistible concept with both gravity and a highly readable touch, it looks deeply at our effects on the planet.

3. The Story of Stuff, by Annie Leonard

The Story of Stuff explores the threat of over-consumption on the environment, economy and our health. Leonard examines the “stuff” we use every day, offering a galvanising critique and steps for a changed planet. The author shares concrete steps for taking action at an individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health and economic justice.

4. The Sustainability Secret, by Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn

This book presents shocking truths about the effects of industrial animal agriculture on the planet. The leading cause of deforestation, rainforest destruction, greenhouse gas production, water consumption and pollution, habitat loss, species extinction, ocean dead-zones, topsoil erosion, and a host of other environmental ills, animal agriculture is the biggest issue facing the planet today and one of the most controversial environmental secrets in the world of conservation.

5. Crazy, Sexy Diet, by Kris Carr

Kris Carr and experts lay out the fundamentals of her Crazy Sexy Diet: a low-glycemic, plant-based diet plan that emphasises energising whole and raw foods, nourishing organic green drinks and scrumptious smoothies. Carr also includes the steps of her own 21-day cleanse and simple, sample recipes.

6. A Guide to Natural Housekeeping, by Christina Strutt

Christina Strutt has come out with a useful guide to natural housekeeping, full of ideas on how to make your own chemical-free cleaning solutions using lemons, baking powder, vinegar, and water. Strutt also dispenses advice on restoring furniture and woodwork, recycling and reusing, and sustainable decorating. Becoming eco-friendly doesn’t require self-sacrifice, just some readjustment. By following the advice in this valuable guide, you will find yourself living a calmer, greener life.

7. MagnifEco, by Kate Black

In this guide, author Kate Black examines non-toxic beauty and ethical fashion. She recommends a multitude of ways for consumers to make better decisions and introduces the brands and designers leading the way along this socially responsible path. This complete head-to-toe guide covers everything from hair and beauty products to shoes and footwear, so you can feel better about everything you put on your body and be “MagnifEco”.

8. Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, by Bea Johson

In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better. This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea’s experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate into their lives.

By: Caroline Beber
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