We all seem to become the biggest book worms during the summer. We pack our week-end suitcases with the reading we haven’t done in years and seem to forget we’d much rather spend our downtime watching Animal Planet documentaries than reading Joyce’s Ulysses.
Today we want to be realistic and recommend five summer reads that will not only help you gain environmental awareness, but will also leave you with some extra space in your luggage for you to bring those shoes you love so much.
1. “The Sustainable Fashion Handbook”, by Sandy Black.
A.k.a, your new favourite sourcebook for understanding sustainable fashion. This guide encompasses not only the environmental issues presented by a wasteful and fast-moving fashion cycle, but also the social impact of the global fashion industry. Sandy Black teaches us that being sustainable does not equal hating fashion. Quite the contrary. Fashion is an art, and to shift towards sustainability and breaking with bad practices regarding the production, the use and the elimination of our everyday clothes is a creative challenge in and of itself. The book contains essays, interviews to designers, studies and contributions from a diverse group with a range of perspectives: from designers, academics and journalists to environmental campaigners, craft specialists, eco-entrepreneurs and representatives of global incorporations. A carefully designed book that’s a feast for the eye and food for thought.
2. “Vivir sin plástico”, by Patricia Reina Toresano and Fernando Gómez Soria.
Patri and Fer started to live a plastic-free life in 2015, a time in which such a thought seemed close to impossible to achieve. Four years later and as a result of seeing the success of their blog, they decided to release their first book: “Vivir Sin Plástico” (“Living Plastic-Free”). “We’ve tried to create a helpful and practical guide with tips, alternatives and good vibes for anyone who’s trying to cut on their use of one-use plastics usage from their day-to-day life”. Vivir Sin Plástico goes through the history of plastic and the ways in which this material is dangerous for the environment. A book based on the personal experience of two pioneers of the #zerowaste movement in Spain that could be your first step to leave this omnipresent material behind.
3. “The Story of Stuff: The impact of overconsumption on the planet, our communities and our health – and how we can make it better”, by Annie Leonard.
What started of as a viral video, has now become a must read book. The Story of Stuff explores the threat of overconsumption on the environment, economy and our health. Leonard reminds us that it is no coincidence that we can’t seem to limit our consumption and that there’s an intentional system behind our patterns of consumption and disposal. Written with curiosity, compassion and humour, Leonard shares concrete steps for taking action at the individual and political level that will bring about sustainability, community health and economic justice.
4. “The imperfect environmentalist: a practical guide to clearing your body, detoxing your home, and saving the earth (without losing your mind)”, by Sara Gilbert.
Wanting to help the planet on top of everything else in life can feel overwhelming and can sometimes leave us feeling helpless. Sara wants you to know that it’s okay not to know where to begin and that in the end, it all comes down to the small steps. An easy to read book, full of hope, that offers simple approaches to leading an all-round sustainable life.
5. “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo.
No, we haven’t changed lists half way. We’re still on the same one. Turns out minimalism is much more related to sustainability than what we think. To cut down on your belongings means appreciating what you own, and that in turn can mean needing less. And the less you need, the more you give buying things a second thought. Marie Kondo wants you to simplify your life. To keep your waste under control, starting with your own place.
If you’re interested in any of these, we would like you to think about buying them second-hand or downloading them on your ebook if you own one. Deforestation is a real threat to our planet and everything we do, counts. Remember: ‘small steps’, right?