Each year, Americans generate a staggering 25 million extra tons of household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year. That’s a pretty good reason to think about how to increase your green during the holiday season. And since it’s also a time for gifts and giving, we’ve got the perfect list of eco-friendly books to pop in the festive stocking for your nearest and dearest. Enjoy!
1. Green Christmas: How to Have a Joyous, Eco-Friendly Holiday Season, by Jennifer Basye Sander & Peter Sander, with Anne Basye
Based on a number of key principles including family involvement, entertaining without waste, improving energy efficiency and supporting local business, Green Christmas is a wonderful way to enjoy a more ethical Christmas. From throwing greener parties to eco-friendly Christmas decorations, this book reminds us of what the holidays are all about – enjoying time together as a family while doing our bit to protect the environment. So, if you’d like a fun, stress-free and more economical Christmas, check out this guide to a greener holiday!
2. Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home, by Renee Loux
If you’re keen to make more ethical lifestyle choices for you and your family, this book is a great place to start. Renee Loux covers everything from green cleaning to personal care, lighting and home furnishings to interior decorating. Loux encourages readers to take small steps towards greener living, by focus on how we can all make simple, healthier and more sustainable choices, which are good for us and good for the environment. A great book to help put your greener new year’s resolutions into action.
3. Easy to Be Green: Simple Activities You Can Do to Save the Earth (Little Green Books) by Ellie O’Ryan
If you’re interested in inspiring your children to think green, this great little activity book could be just the thing. It’s packed with lots of information about global warming and why it’s important to act now to help reduce our carbon footprint. With chapters on trash and landfill, endangered animals, recycling and composting, there’s plenty of practical ways to encourage your children to take action. Each section is also accompanied by games, activities and puzzles to reinforce learning and raise awareness of the environment and how we can protect it.
4. Shift Your Habit: Easy Ways to Save Money, Simplify Your Life, and Save the Planet, by Elizabeth Rogers
Packed with practical tips to help you save money and save the planet, Shift Your Habit helps you make simple new choices about the way you life your life. There’s loads of great ideas including brewing your own beer, reducing food waste and bringing food back to life, disposing of disposables (forever) and natural recipes for cleaning products – definitely something for everyone! And the best news is that these eco-friendly ideas can save you hundreds of dollars. Good for your wallet and good for the environment!
5. The Green Body Cleanse, by Dr Edward Group III
If, like me, you’re inclined to over-indulge during the holiday season, this is the book for you. Dr Group provides a range of tools and techniques to help you detox your home, your office and your body. Packed with tips, recipes and ideas for living a toxic-free life, this book is a great way to feel better about yourself at the same time as taking care of the planet!