Category Archives: Readables

Let My People Go Surfing

Yvon Chouinard
An inspiring read exploring Patagonia’s history and unusual business philosophy, geared towards aspiring social entrepreneurs.
In this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard —legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia Inc— shares the persistence and courage that was needed to head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth.

How Bad Are Bananas?

Mike Berners-Lee
This book is more about the way we live and how gadgets have changed over time, but it’s still a useful guide to daily eco-conscious choices for most urbanites. It answers even the most trivial everyday questions such as:

Is it more environmentally friendly to ride the bus or drive a hybrid car? In a public washroom, should you dry your hands with paper towel or use the air dryer? And how bad is it really to eat bananas shipped from South America?

The Sixth Extinction

Elizabeth Kolbert

One of the best books ever written about the history of humankind and our impact to the environment. If this doesn’t convince you to read the book, check out the awards this book has won:

●      Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
●      One of New York Times’ Book Reviews 10 Best Books of the Year
●      A New York Times Bestseller
●      A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A major book about the future of the World, blending intellectual and natural history and field reporting into a powerful account of the mass extinction unfolding before our eyes. Need I say more.

This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein
A passionate and persuasive investigative journalism piece on why sustainability is paramount to our survival as human race.

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and reconfigure our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.

Cradle To Cradle

William McDonough and Michael Braungart
The ultimate goal of Zero Waste is not zero (0) but infinity (∞) and this book describes vision of living in abundance while being in harmony with nature.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle” urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimise damage. But as this provocative, visionary book argues, this approach perpetuates a one-way, “cradle to grave” manufacturing model that dates back to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. William and Michael challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world and ask why not take nature itself as our model? Elaborating their principles from experience (re)designing everything from carpeting to corporate campuses, these co-authors make an exciting and viable case for change.

Zero Waste Solution

Paul Connett
Zero Waste history and case studies at community, business and government level.
Scientist-turned-activist Paul Connett — a leading international figure in decades-long battles to fight pollution — has championed efforts to curtail overconsumption and keep industrial toxins out of our air and drinking water and in turn our bodies. But he’s best known around the World for leading efforts to help communities deal with their waste in sustainable ways—in other words, to eliminate and reuse waste rather than burn it or stow it away in landfills. 

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Marie Kondo
When I was about to “reduce” my possessions, this book became my bible. Just about everything gets recycled in Japan so when Marie says throw away items that don’t “spark joy”, she means recycle, donate or sell them.

Consultant, Marie Kondo, takes tidying to a whole new level, promising if you properly simplify and organise your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. To-date none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she has a three-month waiting list).