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Eco Blog 6: Good Reads

Hey everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely week and are looking forward to the new month of March! This week I will be talking about my top 5 sustainability books. They are all very different to each other but amazing in their own ways. Books can teach us a lot and can inspire us to do better. I hope you enjoy reading and that you will get inspired by some of these amazing books. Please do share a book if you have one, that has inspired you to make a positive impact on the environment. Have a great week! Best wishes, Chiara xx

1 ‘Slowing Down to the Speed of Life’ by Joseph Bailey & Richard Carlson.

“Age-old wisdom presented in a practical, easy to understand manner that can be utilized by everyone.” —Bernie Siegel, M. D., author of Love, Medicine & Miracles

Newly revised and updated to address the increased stress of our modern times, this is a classic guide to creating a more peaceful, simpler life from the inside out. The book contains practical and easy exercises to help you slow down your mind and focus on the present moment. In the words of Dan Millman, bestselling author of ‘Way of the Peaceful Warrior’, this is a:“…life-enhancing book with insightful principles for peaceful and productive living at work and at home.”

2. '101 Ways To Go Zero Waste' by Kathryn Kellogg.

Amongst all sustainability books, this one provides some amazing practical tips. We all know how important it is to reduce our environmental footprint. But, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Enter Kathryn Kellogg, who can fit all her rubbish from the past two years into a 16-ounce jar. How? She starts by saying “no” to straws and grocery bags and “yes” to a reusable water bottle and compostable dish scrubbers. In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home. Get advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office. Find small secrets on how to go waste-free at the airport.

“It’s not about perfection but about making better choices,” she says.

This is a practical, friendly blueprint of realistic lifestyle changes for anyone who wants to reduce their waste.

3. ‘Live Green: 52 steps for a more sustainable life’ by Jen Chillingsworth.

Many of us are already doing what we can to adopt a greener lifestyle. We recycle, try to reduce our waste and plastics, choose organic food when shopping, eat less meat and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Yet we often wish we were doing more and it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

Live Green is a practical guide of 52 changes – one for each week of the year – you can make to your home and lifestyle to reduce your impact on the environment. The book has all the ingredients to help you achieve a more sustainable year. It covers all areas of your life: from your cleaning routine, home furnishings, food shopping, fashion choices, to natural beauty, and even Christmas.

You’ll learn how to make your own eco-friendly cleaning products, how to buy vintage furniture and even how to make your own moth repellent ! There are tips how to improve your natural beauty regime and how to create a capsule wardrobe. Overall, you’ll discover how to get the most out of life, living with intention.

4. ‘The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference’ by Jane Gale.

You want to save the planet, but your to-do list is too long. If that’s how you feel every day, then this is the book for you. It covers every aspect of our lives, from the stuff we buy and the food we eat, to how we can travel sustainably and work efficiently. This book provides stacks of practical, down-to-earth ideas to slot into your daily life. Practical tips include unsubscribing from all the tempting emails that drop into your inbox with details of the newest clothing range or the latest sale. Keeping a mug next to your kettle to work out how much water you actually need to boil each time, as overfilling kettles cost British households £68 million on energy bills each year. This book will help you change your impact without radically changing your life. Moreover, it’ll help you figure out the small steps you can make that will add up to make a big difference.

5. 'Waste Not' by Erin Rhodes

What is in my cleaning products? Are these chemicals bad for my health?

Do they damage the environment?

These are questions we should all be asking when it comes to cleaning our homes. ‘Clean Green’ shows you how to tackle each room and cleaning task in a natural way. From laundry detergent, toilet cleaner and furniture polish to hand wash, dishwashing liquid, stain remover, and air freshener, all the recipes for natural products in this book are quick and simple to make and, most important of all, they work! They’re not expensive either, many will save you money in the long term and help you to cut down on your plastic waste too.

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