Did you think our Green Book Club was a one-and-done post? Think again! Sister Eden is once again providing you with some great, though-provoking books to read over your summer vacation. Drop the James Patterson, and check out some of these authors instead!
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough and Michael Braungart
This is the book that introduced many to the idea of the closed-loop system. The authors argue that the Three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – perpetuate a “cradle-to-grave” manufacturing process. Instead, we should take nature as our model, and create a system where a “waste” product is actually a “food” for another process. It is a fascinating read, and contains compelling arguments for major change. The physical book perpetuates the idea – printed on synthetic paper that is waterproof, durable, and can be broken down and recycled indefinitely.
For the past 50 years, Americans have had a love affair with plastic. It is embedded in our daily life, and so ubiquitous and common that its invisible. How do you kick a habit you don’t even realize you have? Beth Terry walks you through getting plastic out of your life in this humorous, informative book. Terry provides personal anecdotes, stats about environmental problems related to plastic, and tips on how to limit your footprint. If you’d like to check her out before buying the book, Beth Terry’s blog is a great way to get a sneak peek.
Tired of taking the trash out every week, or even more often? Wondering how your home got so cluttered when you weren’t looking? Bea Johnson can help! In Zero Waste Home, Johnson shares the story of how she and her family simplified their lives by reducing their waste. Today she, her husband, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage per year, have reduced their household spending by 40%, and have more time to spend together. This book shares great advice, with Johnson demystifying the process by sharing easy tips that anyone can do. If you need simplicity and sustainability, Johnson’s book is your go-to source!
American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (And What We Can Do About It) by Jonathan Bloom
While you might think that throwing away your wilted lettuce or spoiled lunch meat isn’t a big deal, consider this – that food ends up in a landfill, where its decomposition results in methane gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect. Not only that, but it is essentially a wasted resource – oil, water, and work went into producing that food, and it was used for nothing. In his book, Jonathan Bloom dives into the sources and reasons for food waste in American culture, and suggests ways to create sustainable change. Definitely worth a read, this book will make you rethink the way you shop and eat.
Alright everyone, get reading! We’ll have another post up for you next month, focusing on food, farming, and sustainability. If you have any suggestions for future book club reads, let me know in the comments!