Top 5 Must Reads on Zero-Waste

Looking for a great read? Want to deepen your understanding and knowledge of zero-waste and sustainability? Here are my top five books on zero-waste that are incredibly motivational, informational, and just beautifully written!

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Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too

This is one of the first books I’ve read about zero-waste. It includes:

  • Handy checklists and tables for easy reference
  • Ways to get involved in larger community actions,
  • Profiles individuals—Plastic-Free Heroes—who have gone beyond personal solutions to create change on a larger scale.
  • Along with great writing and an inspiring personal journey

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A Zero Waste Life: In Thirty Days

This is a great beginners guide! This book is a step by step road map to reduce your home waste by 80% in 30 days! (also check out my 30 days to zero-waste here). This book has:

  • Rules to zero-waste without losing your lifestyle
  • Tips and tricks
  • How to make sustainable choices in shopping, eating, travel, beauty and more

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The Story of Stuff

This was a book that completely changed by perspective. At this point I already knew about the impacts of single use plastic and had cut most of it out of my shopping habits, but this book opened my eyes to true problem within consumerism (we are 5% of the worlds population and consume 30% of the worlds resources and produce 30% of the worlds waste). In fact, a point made by this book is that if everyone in the world lived like an American, we would need three to five planets to keep up!

This book tracks the life cycle of everyday items we use, how they are produced, distributed, and consumed to where they go when we dispose of them.

I HIGHLY recommend giving this book a read. I thought that I already had a good grasp on the plastic problem, but this book does an outstanding job at painting a full picture of our consumerist habits and the true cost of it all.

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The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time

I loved how this book covered successful zero-waste initiatives around the world, showing what other activists, planners and entrepreneurs are doing within their own communities. It gave me so much inspiration to apply some of these within my own city!

In addition, this book takes on greenwashing of incineration projects (watch my greenwashing video here) something that is a big problem.

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101 Ways to Go Zero Waste

Last but not least, this is another great book packed full of tips and tricks! I enjoyed this book for all the beauty and home recipes, advice for responsible consumption, and secrets for how to travel zero-waste (even at an airport!)

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Which one was your favorite? Any other recommendation drop them in the comments below and I would love to check them out!