My Top Five books on sustainability: For beginners

Two of the things I am most passionate about are sustainability and reading. I love to read, and so when I want to learn, books are usually my first port of call. Strangely enough, when I wanted to learn about sustainability, there were no books about really, so I had to rely on YouTube, and bloggers/vloggers like Kate Arnell and Madeleine Olivia. Now, however, as well as there being a whole host of new sustainability bloggers out there, there are also a growing number of books that I think are excellent for anyone about to embark on a sustainability journey and looking for tips. Here are my top 5!



1. Minimal by Madeleine Olivia

Covering every topic you can possibly imagine in your beautiful new minimal, sustainable life, this book is the (accessible and easy-to-read) bible of minimalism and creating a more eco-friendly way of living. Perfect for beginners and a great starting place from which to organise your thoughts. Out of everything I've read on minimalism and sustainability, this is easily the best thing I have come across. I reviewed it a little while ago here on the blog, and my views have not changed. Pick it up from my shop if it sounds like it's up your alley.


2. Live Green by Jen Chillingsworth

A beautiful little gift book that is perfect for anyone who is looking to go more green, but might be put off by heavier books on the subject. This book packs 52 sustainable tips into one-page, easily accessible entries that make a fantastic gift. Pick it up from my shop here.


3. Gardening to Save the Planet by Dave Goulson

You can read my full review of this book here, but suffice to say that this is one of the most knowledgable and in-depth books on this list. Maybe for a more intermediate audience, this book will take you through how to garden in a sustainable way, and give you the reasons and science behind doing so. It's packed full of things I just didn't think about, and tells you why gardening in a greener way could help save the planet.


4. The New Complete Book of Self Sufficiency by John Seymour

My gosh, where to even begin with this cornucopia of knowledge? This book is not to be taken lightly (seriously, this is a heavy tome), but it is one you can dip in and out of at your leisure. Want to know which vegetables to grow in a box? This'll give you the answer. Got a spare 5 acres? This'll tell you how to organise your land. Fancy yourself an allotment? This will help you maximise your space. It'll tell you what veg and fruit is in season when. It'll tell you how to raise animals, what tools to use, how to compost . . . everything you ever wanted to know in order to be self-sufficient, and therefore more sustainable, all accompanied by beautiful illustrations. I love this thing. Get it here.



5. Live Lagom by Anna Brones

Lagom is a Swedish term that broadly suggests balance and living in a balanced way. It's not necessarily a book on sustainability per-se, but it's perfect for those who love a little swedishness in their lives - from decorating to food. And because it's all about balance, it advocates a practical form of minimalism and re-use of old objects that by their nature are sustainable. What I really enjoyed about this book though was the stunning, calm photography that I just couldn't stop looking at. Buy it here.


And thus my sustainable book recommendations end. Have you read any of these yourself? Let me know what you think of this list below - and especially if you have any books to add :).


Thanks for reading!


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