5 Books on Sustainable Living Everyone Should Read

Posted by Vyshnavi Rajeevan on

Welcome back to Sustainable Saturday! 

This feature is truly for all the bookworms out there, or for anyone in general who loves to cozy up with a good book. If you’ve ever wanted to delve into the sustainability section of your bookstore, this is not only your sign to definitely do so, but a list of some books to start you off as well!

We hope that you’re having a wonderful week and that you celebrate the days filled with sunshine ahead. 


Jen Chillingsworth ($18.99)

At the top of our list we have “Live Green” by Jen Chillingsworth! This book holds a generous amount of knowledge for you to gain, holding 52 sustainable life changes within. From planting trees to giving out recipes for crystallization oils and scrubs, Chillingsworth covers a variety of areas to help you achieve a more sustainable way of living. Or to put it in other words, to live simply, and live green. 


Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer ($23.89)

“[...] a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

From decorated professor and indigenous scientist, Kimmerer relates the natural and human world. Indigenous knowledge and Western science are both covered in this book, as well as the relationship between them. Told through stories, clever analogies and a variety of metaphors, this deep read will encapsulate you and leave you wanting more. 

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things

William McDonough, Michael Braungart ($43.50)

“A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism”

If you want to get a sense of what the book is like, take the physical thing itself as a preface! The book is made out of synthetic paper (which doesn’t use wood pulp or any harmful inks/substance), a clear example of how a product can be manufactured in a way that is conscious of the environment and still worth its value. 

We recommend reading it because it’s worth getting to the end, where they get into the “Five Steps to Eco-Effectiveness”!

McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development (the highest environmental honor in the US) in 1996. 

Michael Braungart is a chemist and the founder of the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in Hamburg, Germany. 

Imagine It: A Handbook For A Happier Planet

Laurie David, Heather Reisman ($15.59)

From Laurie David and (wait for it…) Heather Reisman, Indigo’s founder and CEO!

Imagine It! Is an excellent guide for the most conscious of families to live more sustainably and empower an eco-conscious mindset. It is essentially a handbook for those of you who might need a little more inspiration to kickstart a more sustainable lifestyle!

Each chapter is devoted to a different area of living that begins with a short story on the topic being explored, and how you can create new habits to replace the old! We think we speak for everyone when we say take our cash, gosh darn it!

“An excellent how-to guide [and] a great read for everyone from the socially conscious family to the most ardent climate activist.”—Former Vice President Al Gore

The Day The World Stops Shopping

J.b. Mackinnon ($32.14)

J.B. MacKinnon asks a question we’ve all thought about in the shower… what would happen if the world stopped consuming so much?

"We can''t stop shopping. And yet we must. This is the consumer dilemma."

The question guides Mackinnon around the world, and due to covid-19, he was forced to test his ideas in real time. He consults experts from economists to CEO’s to investigate how consuming less for the average person could change our world as we know it. 

A finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s award for non-fiction, this book will surely inspire you to be more curious about the big picture and empower you to seek answers in places you would not think to find!


What do you think of our list, and what have you been reading lately? Comment down below!

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