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. Pick up a book and arm yourself with the tools you need to help change the world, one green step at a time.
Here are some of our local Brisbane library reads to get you into an eco-friendly mindset.
Books about food waste
Our friends over at OzHarvest reckon that in Australia, more than 5 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, which is enough to fill 9000 Olympic-sized swimming pools. It’s sad to see food go to waste in the rubbish bin, so it’s important to be a waste warrior in the kitchen. To help - have a read of these, 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 freezers stocked, tummys 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 Lauri Kranz’s secrets for planning, planting, growing and maintaining luscious edible gardens. No matter the size of the pot, Lauri has got you covered in A garden can be anywhere: creating bountiful and beautiful edible gardens. This book will help you grow organic produce in your very own edible and delectable garden. Reduce food waste in your own household by growing your own produce and cooking with what’s in season.
Books about minimalist living
If you haven’t already read this book, do yourself a favour and borrow a copy from the library 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 is a life with 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. In her book, you will 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
The sustainable fashion handbook by Sandy Black is your guide to being fashionably eco. The book discusses environmental issues that arise from a wasteful and fast-moving fashion cycle. Sandy goes into detail about the global industry and addresses the topic from a variety of perspectives; designers, academics, environmentalists and more. Once you read this book, you may think a bit differently about how you buy and when to try your local tip shop or op shop for you next rocking outfit.
There are 22 local libraries across our city and membership is free to anyone who lives, works or studies in Brisbane. Visit your local library to become a member and you can borrow up to 20 items at a time. That’s a lot of books! You can even read online or download e-books with your library membership. The book you want is unavailable? You can place the item on reserve using our online library catalogue eLibCat – easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
All of these green reads are available in Brisbane libraries. Be sure to check their availability before borrowing them out. You can read them on your commute to work, while sipping from your keep cup!