5 Must-Read Sustainability Books

We all know the importance of having an informed and educated opinion especially in regards to the environment and sustainability. I’ve found these five great sustainability books, that I wanted to share with you, to build a more sustainable home, life and business. Happy reading!



Living in an Eco-friendly environment has been scientifically proven to provide greater health, happiness and well-being for you and your family. It may not always be simple to create a home that exists in harmony with all elements, but these authors share their journey with step-by step practical tips and tricks an Eco-friendly home and lifestyle.

Zero Waste Home – Bea Johnson

The New York Times called her the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”, Bea Johnson simplified her life by reducing her household waste to an astonishing one-liter per year. Zero Waste Home is a step-by-step guide that gives readers practical tools to diminish their footprint. Bea documents how she has cut her household annual spending by 40 percent, plus Bea and her family are healthier and happier than they’ve ever been. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable guide that will help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family—and the planet.


Living thoughtfully means considering all aspects of life. Sustainable living is about balancing your wants and needs with those of the environment, ecosystems, economics and ethics.

Plastic Free – Beth Terry

This sustainability book is both a practical guide and the story of a personal journey to limit your plastic footprint. Presenting beginner to advanced steps, handy checklists and tables for easy reference, Plastic Free provides ways to get involved in larger community actions. There are sections about eco-guilt and other strategies for coping with overwhelm.

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

Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas—from the simple to the radical—for consuming and throwing away less. By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient and preserve the planet.


Sustainable business means incorporating a perspective, which includes social, corporate and environmental factors. Today’s social entrepreneurs are rebooting capitalism, challenging traditional business models and using innovation to disrupt and spur change. Furthermore, business sustainability is a passion of mine and there are so many more books that I love, but here are just two.

The Business of Good by Jason Haber

This book is must read sustainability book because it shares the stories of inspiring people that are changing the world. The Business of Good narrates the story behind social entrepreneurship compelled to create a change in the world. Serial and social entrepreneur Jason Haber intertwines case studies and anecdotes that show how social entrepreneurship is creating jobs, growing the economy, and ultimately changing the world. Jason introduces what he calls ‘The Great Convergence’, a turn-of-the-millennium zeitgeist shift that provided the fuel for social entrepreneurship to surge to the forefront of business.

Global Sustainability: 21 leading CEOs show how to do well by doing good by Mark Lefko

Smart businesses care about Global Sustainability. It’s not just good PR–it’s good business, and a growing number of leading CEOs are embracing it. Mark Lefko’s Global Sustainability in one of the best sustainability books because it examines this vital subject from the perspective of today’s most influential business leaders. Mark shares insights from his one-on-one interviews with business leaders including Sir Richard Branson – Virgin Group, Paul Polman – Unilever, and Marc Benioff – Salesforce. Global Sustainability is about more than just doing good; it’s about doing well by doing good.

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