Books we love

This list of books we love will be constantly updated so it’s worth checking back after a while. Zero Wasters prefer the ebook version, you can find the link in the first column. If you don’t have an ebook reader, check in your library for the paper book or if you buy it (link in the right column) make sure to borrow it to many friends, give it to a library or sell / gift it to someone else once you’re done with it.

eBookDescriptionPaper Book
Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better... (Michael SanClements)
Plastic Purge is a great book for understanding our relationship with plastic and how to minimize it. The book is divided into four parts: a history of plastic, how it is made and recycled, describing the good, bad, and ugly of plastic and then tips on how to purge plastic. Michael SanClements does a good job describing process in ways that make sense, are entertaining, and make you think. He describes not only what the different numbers of plastic mean, but also how to use that information to your advantage. I appreciate that he recognizes the achievements our society has been able to reach due to the advent of plastic, but also shows how it can become ‘bad’ due to health effects and ‘ugly’ due to pollution. The final part is full of thoughtful tips on how to minimize the use of plastic in your day-to-day life.
~ Katy
The Story of Stuff (Annie Leonard)
Annie Leonard looks at the relation between our consumerist lifestyle and the domino effect this has on, not just the environment, but our health and communities too. Annie gives her readers an in depth look at how our “stuff” is really made, the many different and often unethical processes it goes through to reach us. How societies growing “throw away” mentality is causing us to deplete natural resources and exploits humankind in the process.
This book will leave you re-thinking what and how you buy thing and questioning if you really need that much stuff! You'll be left wanting to re-write the story. To create a world full of stuff that doesn't exploit the world and all those on it, but sustains us instead.
~ Aisha
Plastic-Free (Beth Terry)
Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit by Beth Terry is equal parts revealing stories about Terry’s personal journey, examples from others who have attempted similar feats, and well-researched, practical information about plastic and how to reduce it in every area of your life. The book is a guide to both how and why it’s so important for us all to try and reduce our reliance on plastics. It represents a tremendous amount of research on plastic and provides clear, actionable tips on how to live with less of it. This book provides so many interesting examples, stories and resources for living plastic free and low waste that you’ll find yourself wanting to take lots of notes.
On your plastic-free notebook. With your plastic free writing utensil.
~ Meredith
No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who ... (Colin Beavan)
No Impact Man covers Colin’s experience of trying to live a whole year without making any impact on the planet. You’ll follow his roller coaster of emotions as he pushes his lifestyle to the limit of modern society. Colin discusses many of the ways he tackled different areas of his life from his work, to travel, to electricity. But the most intriguing part of his book is the insight he brings into the social norms we have created around our waste production and the, at times, repercussions such drastic changes brought on his family.
~ Jenica
Zero Waste Home - Bea Johnson

After a little introduction on the zero waste world, the book is divided in several sections, each covering a different aspect of one’s daily life. This makes it easy to consult it every time you need some help in zero-wasting an aspect of your life!
But what I really like about it is the fact that in each section you can find general tips on how to transition in that area, various zero waste options and recipes but also a bit of her personal story, which is what makes the whole book so much more than just a list of zero waste alternatives.
~ Bianca
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (William McDonough)
The zero waste lifestyle is not just about eliminating trash but finding a way to consume items that are created in line with the environment. The authors of Cradle to Cradle explore the ways in which our society is stuck in a cradle to grave model where items are not designed to be recovered. Instead, they imagine a world in which all products are designed to not only be recoverable but to enhance the environment from which they came. Highlighting specific examples of projects they have worked on, readers will come away inspired by the changes that are possible in our manufacturing systems (and slightly frustrated that they are not already the norm).
~ Jenica
Le scénario zero waste (Zero Waste France)
Le scénario Zero Waste could be the scenario of a film but it's actually a book.
Written by Zero Waste France (new name of the CNIID National Institute for independent information about waste), this book explains why and how to run into action for a zero waste world.
Already in place in San Francisco (USA), Capannori or Trevise (IT) the book shows how to reduce waste up to 80% !
Politician, citizen or company, everyone can be an actor of waste reduction.
It's split into 3 parts: the first one describes why this scenario is necessary and is a winner. The second part explains how to proceed and the last one describes actions and examples to do it right.
It's a small book but it includes lots of information and is prefaced by Paul Connett, pioneer of the zero waste movement in early 80's.
~ Julien
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle Amy Korst
Amy Korst and her husband Adam decided to undertake the Green Garbage Project in 2009. The goal? One year without sending any trash to landfill. ‘The Zero-Waste Lifestyle – Live well by throwing away less’ showcases their results. In this information-dense book, you discover what happens to trash (spoiler: ‘away’ doesn’t exist), what solutions Amy and Adam have found and what you can do yourself. Even though the book is somewhat tailored to the US, I would recommend it to everyone interested in waste reduction. I particularly like Amy’s practical approach: go room by room, make a list of items destined for landfill and work on making that list smaller using one or several solutions provided in the book. Additionally, the interviews with others provide perspective on what ‘zero waste’ might look like in other families. Definitely a good book that can help you to start or progress in zero waste!
~ Judith

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