Best books about being green and sustainable

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You heard it here first folks, being clean and green is totally in – the kids are doing it, the plants are doing it, even the books in your local library are doing it!

We want you feeling extra eco all year round, and a little extra knowledge could be a big help to get you on the road to leading a more sustainable life. Grab an eBook and arm yourself with the tools you need to help change the world, one green step at a time.

With Brisbane City Council's digital library available 24/7 and temporary library membership available for those without an existing membership, there's nothing stopping you.

Here are some of our Brisbane library reads to get you into an eco-friendly mindset. Better still, they are all available on our library catalogue (eLibCat).

Books about food waste

Our friends over at OzHarvest reckon more than 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill in Australia, which is enough to fill 9000 Olympic-size swimming pools. It’s sad to see food go to waste, so it’s important to be a waste warrior in the kitchen. To help, have a read of these books, and check out our Love Food, Hate Waste recipes and tips.

The Dinner Ladies by Sophie Gilliatt and Katherine Westwood is your guide to minimising waste and stress in the kitchen. The Dinner Ladies has all sorts of tips, tricks and recipes to keep your freezer stocked, tummies full and bins empty of wasted food! The secret to minimising food waste is prepping a few meals that can be stored in the fridge and freezer, using up all the ingredients so nothing is wasted.

Read about Kate Turner's secrets on how to live more sustainably, starting with your kitchen. She uses the three Rs - reduce, reuse and recycle - to guide you into a zero-waste wonderland with her book, My Zero-Waste Kitchen: Easy Ways to Eat Waste Free. From tips on how to shop wisely, which foods are best to freeze, or how to turn lunch food scraps into a delicious dinner, this book has you covered. Start reducing your food waste by growing your own produce and cooking what's in season.

Books about minimalist living

If you haven’t already read this book, do yourself a favour and download a copy and get ready to ‘KonMarie’ your life! Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo will be your guide to tidying your home on a whole new level. Working through your house categorically, the KonMarie method will lead to lasting results which means less waste in the future.

Living a minimalist life means less stress and less stuff, so you can enjoy the things that really matter. Less Stuff: Simple Zero-waste Steps to a Joyful and Clutter-free Life by Lindsay Miles is a guide for people who struggle to declutter but don’t want to see things go to waste. Learn how to break the cycle of stuff. You can get rid of old possessions without sending them to landfill, leaving you with a more peaceful home and a life with more meaning.

Books about sustainable fashion

Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion by Claire Press is an inside look into the fast fashion industry and the importance of ethical fashion. Exploring the history and ethics behind what we wear, Press draws on her personal experiences of working in the fashion industry to give you a new and empowering way of looking at your wardrobe. Once you read this, you may think a bit differently about how you buy!

How to borrow books from Brisbane libraries

Although Brisbane's 33 libraries are currently closed to help stop the transmission of coronavirus, Council's digital library is open 24/7 for all existing users, and we are now offering temporary digital membership for new members. Jump onto Council's library catalogue to get started, with more than 150,000 eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music and video streaming services available.

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This blog was originally published in January 2020 and updated in April 2020, including the addition of new books.

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Last updated:30 April 2020
Topics: green