10 Zero Waste Books

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Sometimes reading blog posts just won’t do and you need something more solid to read. Here you can find a list with 10 great zero waste books to just curl up on the couch with on a rainy day.

10 books for new and advanced zero wasters.

Waste Free Kitchen Handbook by Dana Gunders

Are you looking for some extra help to reduce the waste in your kitchen? Then this book is for you. Topics that are included in this book: How to store food to keep it fresh longer, recipes with food scraps, how to reduce food waste, scientific facts to back up how to preserve food, and a list of food and how long it will last (safely) before you have to throw it away.


Give a Sh*t: Do Good. Live Better. Save the Planet by Ashlee Piper 

This is a great book for beginners in the zero waste world. Ashlee has collected all the information you need to get started without judgement. Each however small decision we make in our daily lives impacts the world around in one way or another. This book will guide you along the way to make sure are your life micro- (and some macro-) decisions will help our lovely planet. 


The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well By Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst

The autor of this book lived a year-long zero waste lifestyle and reported all about her experiences in this book. Her ideas range from super basic to pretty extreme, which makes it a great book for both the beginner and the more advanced zero wasters. It is broken down into 3 categories: Easy, Moderate and Advanced so you can take this lifestyle as far as you are comfortable without any guilt and take the next step when you are ready. 

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard

This book is all about our over-consumption and its effects on the planet. Annie takes you by the hand and shows you step-by-step the production process of items so you can really understand all of the factors that come into play with the creation of the items we take home with us everyday.


Detrash Your Life in 90 Days: Your Complete Guide to the Art of Zero Waste Living by Katie Patrick

While it looks like a a zero waste ‘how-to’ book, it’s also very detailed and informative as the author’s has a background in environmental engineering. This book has almost 150 actions steps as well as, recipes, tips, explanations, how-tos, and more. An helpful for new zero wasters.


New Minimalism: Decluttering and Design for Sustainable, Intentional Living by Kyle Louise Quilici

Take on decluttering and minimalism with a lens toward sustainability! Great read for zero wasters who are also into a bit on minimalism.

10 books for new and advanced zero wasters.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things by William McDonough

This is a real eye opener on the progress of technology over time, and how we underestimated its impact on the environment. This author not only takes you on a journey back to how many pollution and waste issues arose, but also guides us to how to be better consumers and run our businesses with the environment in mind.


Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan

This book is a nice introduction to a sustainable wardrobe. It's a great read  when the world of sustainable fashion is new to you and seems incredibly overwhelming and undoable. Wear No Evil takes a close look at the fashion industry and asks the question: How can we inherently do good while looking good?


Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E. F. Schumacher

Small is Beautiful is almost vintage as it was originally published in 1973.  It stood the test of time and gets more relevant each year. This book is a great read for everyone interested in the economics of development, environment, natural resources and community.


Strategy for Sustainability: A Business Manifesto by Adam Werbach

This book is not for everyone but as a small business owner I loved it. Using large companies as examples, the author demonstrates how each might use sustainable principles to reach new heights through new integrated business strategies.

I hope this list give you some inspiration on what to read next. 

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