Education is key when it comes to living a more sustainable lifestyle. The methods in which you can practice eco-friendly routines, use chemical free products, conserve energy, reduce your carbon footprint and more are ever changing. This is why it is important to continually educate yourself and your family on the ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Each of the books on this list offer information on topics ranging from how you can incorporate sustainability into your every day life to avoiding toxic chemicals in consumer products and more. Keep reading to learn a bit about each book and to decide which of them best fits the interests you have in sustainability and the goals you have set to reach the level of green living you would like to achieve.
By: Ellie O’ryan
The first book on our list that can help you and your family to live a more sustainable lifestyle is Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth. This book is intended for children and explains in simple terms how kids can do their part in helping to preserve the environment. Not only does this book offer sustainability tips for children, but it also provides educational opportunities with fun eco-friendly facts, easy activities and coloring pages to make the experience of learning about sustainability more interactive. It is never too early to start acquiring knowledge about the importance of green living and Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth is the perfect first book for your children to begin their own green living journey. You can purchase this book here.
2. Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life
By :Lori Bongiorno
Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life is a book that can be used by anyone, no matter their level of knowledge on sustainability and the eco-friendly lifestyle. This book serves as a guide for readers as it assists them in deciding how they can spend their time, energy, money and efforts to help save earth’s environment. The tips offered in this book are broken down into three categories: green, greener and greenest and although there is a sort of hierarchy in place, where some tips are considered to be the most helpful and some tips are considered to make less of a difference, this book makes it clear that no tip is better than the other. Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life illustrates to readers that there are many ways for one person to have a positive impact on the environment, no matter how big or small. If flexibility is important to you as you learn more about living a green lifestyle, make sure to purchase this helpful book here.
3. It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living
By: Crissy Trask
This handbook explores the question of why eighty percent of Americans agree that we are in the midst of a global environmental crisis, yet most admit to doing little to work toward a cleaner earth. It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living offers practical advice on how you can incorporate green living into your every day life, however busy your life may be. Examples of the recommendations present in this book are to install rain gutters and barrels to collect water from your roof to use around your home, how to make environmentally friendly household cleaning products instead of using toxic chemicals to clean your home and more. If you live a hectic lifestyle, but are interested to know how you can do your part to preserve the earth’s environment with the time that you do have, pick up this book here.
4. Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home
By: Renee Loux
Written by award winning author, raw food chef and television host Renee Loux, Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home uses a whole foods philosophy as a guide to eco-friendly home, garden and beauty practices. Loux illustrates to readers how living a more sustainable lifestyle is not only good for the planet, but how it is also healthy and can even be affordable for you and your family. Avoiding toxins and harmful chemicals or ingredients in your personal, home and beauty care routines and products and replacing them with more wholesome products and practices is a focus in this book. If you are looking for a guide to choosing non-toxic, eco-friendly products for yourself and your home, make sure to purchase this book here.
5. Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home
By: Sheri Koones
Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home offers a more focused look at sustainability and how prefabricated homes are more eco-friendly, energy efficient, longer lasting and more cost effective than traditionally built homes. Author Sheri Koones provides examples of this claim by using twenty-fine unique houses which differ in size, style, design and construction to explain why prefabricated homes are a better alternative to site-built homes if you are looking to lower your impact on the environment. To ensure that this book is easy to understand for anyone who has an interest in investing in a prefabricated home, this book uses simple terms to explain the eco-friendly materials, strategies and systems behind this unique approach to sustainability. If you and your family would like to learn more about how you can lessen your impact on the environment through the home in which you live, purchase Prefabulous and Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home here.
6. The Rough Guide to Green Living
By: Duncan Clark
Although The Rough Guide to Green Living offers fun facts and tips on how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle in all areas of life, this book has an additional focus on how to reduce your own carbon footprint and conserve energy. The hundreds of tips in this easy to use guide range from eco-friendly shopping tips and travel habits, to how you can get involved in charities or politics that support environmental preservation. This book is useful for anyone at any stage of life that would like to either begin or further their knowledge of sustainability. This book is available for purchase here.
7. Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know
By: Philip J. Landrigan and Mary M. Landrigan
Instead of focusing on green living as a whole, Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know focuses on the threats that environmental chemicals pose to your family, and specifically your children. This book was written by authorities in the pediatric and environmental health fields and explains in easy to understand terms how you can keep your children safe from the over 80,000 new chemicals that have been formulated and released into earth’s environment in the past forty years. Because the World Health Organization credits environmental chemicals for over one-third of today’s childhood deaths and diseases such as autism, asthma, ADHD, obesity and diabetes, Children and Environmental Toxins: What Everyone Needs to Know is a must read for parents everywhere. Purchase this important book here.
8. Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power
By: Mark Schapiro
The eighth book on our list of recommendations is Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power. This book aims to expose the loose regulations that the American government puts on products which are tainted with harmful chemicals and dangerous to consumers. One of the most poignant examples of this that is used by author Mark Schapiro is the fact that the European Union is currently working to push for stricter consumer safety regulations, forcing manufacturers to provide consumers with safer products that are not laden with toxic chemicals which are causing higher rates of infertility, endocrine system disruptions, neurological disorders, and cancer. Today, lower safety standards in the United States of America are allowing manufacturers to continue putting these dangerous products on retail shelves. In Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, this discrepancy in consumer safety regulations between European countries and the United States as well as the potential health and economic consequences of these lower safety standards are explored. If this topic of of interest to you, you can purchase this book here.
9. Living in the Chemical Age: How an Ounce of Prevention Can Protect Your Family from a World of Toxins
By: Ph. D. Janet Newman
If you are increasingly concerned with the toxins and chemicals that are pervading the products that you and your family consume, Living in the Chemical Age: How an Ounce of Prevention Can Protect Your Family from a World of Toxins is a fantastic educational opportunity where you can learn more about how to avoid these dangerous toxins and chemicals that are making Americans sick. This book offers a look into ways that you can live a chemical free life, or at least a life with less chemicals, as you choose products and routines that circumvent the toxins found in our supply of food, water, personal care products, environment, pharmaceuticals, and even nature. Living in the Chemical Age: How an Ounce of Prevention Can Protect Your Family from a World of Toxins explains the effects that these chemicals can have on your family and how living avoiding them can lead to a cleaner and healthier world for all. This book is available for purchase here.
10. Organic Lifestyle Made Easy: How To Create A Chemical-Free Household One Step At A Time
By: Angela Cummings
Another book on how to avoid the harmful chemicals that consumers use every day in household products is Organic Lifestyle Made Easy: How To Create A Chemical-Free Household One Step At A Time. This simple guide offers tips on how you can make small changes in your life to avoid these chemicals and the consequential effects they may be having on your body, such as chronic illness, “allergies”, or brain fog. In this book, you will learn how these harmful chemicals and toxins may be affecting human health, in which products these chemicals can be found, ways that you can choose products which are healthier for you and your family and a plan of action to keep these chemicals out of your home and your life as a whole. Create a healthier, happier and chemical free life by purchasing this book here.
11. Your Body's Environmental Chemical Burden: A Resource Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Toxins
By: Cindy Klement
Another book to read if you are looking to learn more about the effects that toxins in our environments are having on our bodies and our lives is Your Body's Environmental Chemical Burden: A Resource Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Toxins. After you read this book, you will know the most common contaminants in our environment, the effects of these chemicals on human health, pesticides that have been banned but remain persistent, the toxins used when plastics are manufactured, occupations that are high risk for chemical exposure, how to avoid dangerous chemicals in your every day life, the detoxification process and so much more. Your Body's Environmental Chemical Burden: A Resource Guide to Understanding and Avoiding Toxins will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to reduce the amount of toxins you are exposed to, leading to a healthier and longer lasting life. This book is available for purchase here.
We hope that this list will prove to be helpful for you on your journey to living a more sustainable lifestyle that will benefit your family’s health and the health of planet earth!