Sustainability:  the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

How do we become more sustaining in our habits in relation to our natural world, or have we tipped too far? Luckily there are many resources at our fingertips to help us with this daily human struggle in the form of books, those reassuring things that have always helped us gain knowledge and insight.

F**k Plastic: 101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World

by Rodale Sustainability

ISBN - 9781984826022 $12.99

Lots of ways to get out of the horrible habit of plastic, all easily attainable. From buying bar soap instead of a bottle of liquid soap, to using beeswax wraps instead of cling wrap. An excellent little guide that will even fit in your pocket.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - Tenth Anniversary Edition: A Year of Food Life

by Barbara Kingsolver

ISBN - 9780062653055 $16.99

Kingsolver and her family spend a year growing and eating their own food to see how sustainable they can truly be. It is an eye opening experiment in the local slow food movement and one that shapes their opinion of many things, including eating meat, as well as the commercial food industry.

Live Green: 52 Steps for a More Sustainable Life

by Jen Chillingsworth

ISBN - 9781787133198 $12.99

Lots of tips and tricks towards greening your life, from clothes and beauty to food and gardens. This guide will help you in your endeavour to move away from a disposable lifestyle into a more guilt free and enriching one. “Live simply, live green”

Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More

by Katrina Rodabaugh

ISBN - 9781419729478 $24.99

Slow Fashion is a movement to get back to quality of clothing as opposed to quantity and away from the new fascination with disposable fashion which is filling our landfills. Just check out #memademay on Instagram to glean all the inspiration you need to start creating your own wardrobe, be it sewing a dress or knitting a sweater. Once you have embraced the quality you’ll need this book to show you how the tried and true practice of mending clothes you already have will lengthen its life and your enjoyment.

Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, a New Earth

by Charles Massey

ISBN - 9781603588133 $24.95

This book explores the role of farming to work with the natural world as opposed to manipulating the earth for maximum yield. This  will ultimately lead to the most abundance, as well as the health of our soil and in turn a reversal of climate change. A new way to think of agriculture.

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change 

by Elizabeth Kolbert

ISBN - 9781620409886 $17.00

Called the defining primer on climate change when it was originally published in 2006, this newly revised edition is all that and more. It is still a must read for understanding the greatest challenge we are facing today, and has been updated to include many new additions, including a Danish town’s ability to become carbon neutral.

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

By Bill McKibben

ISBN - 9781250178268 $28.00

McKibben’s book “The End of Nature” was one of the first books to alert us to the climate crisis way back in 1989, and his new book “Falter” brings us to the modern world we live in today. Although he does discuss the possibility that we, as humans, have begun to play ourselves out he also give us hope and practical steps we can take to try and stop this from being the case. This book is a timely call to arms.

See this as the informative, inspiring nudge you may need to implement the strategies set out in the initial guides, and good luck to us all.

- Becky Doherty


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