We are often asked by our readers, “what can I do to control my plastic consumption and generally, be living green?” At Blue Ocean we try in our articles to give insight into these issues and offer tips to make it easier to live and travel sustainably. Now we have some help. Here’s a cornucopia of six new books, four that were reviewed in EcoWatch. All offer great insights into how we can keep our families and our planet healthy and suggest perspectives on how to break the “waste cycle” in our lives. Lots to choose from so get started.
Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle
by Erica Fyvie— What’s the impact of the stuff around us, and how can kids make informed decisions about the products they buy? Fyvie and illustrator Bill Slavin provide the answers in this book, which comes our way from the delightfully named publisher, Kids Can Press.
Tips on how to get to Zero Waste
by Shia Su — Did you know the average American produces 4.4 pounds of garbage a day? Yikes. Well, here are 168 pages of tips on how to reduce your trash footprint all the way down to zero. Not a bad goal!
Why Good People Do Bad Environmental Things
by Elizabeth R. DeSombre — An academic book, but one that asks some important questions we should all be considering if we hope to change our own behaviors or those of the people around us.
How to Build a Fossil-Free Future.
The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil-Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night’s Sleep by Mary DeMocker — Sleep is a good thing, as is having a planet on which to sleep. Bill McKibben provides the foreword to what sounds like an essential book.
Having A Zero Waste Home!
Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, by Bea Johnson. “Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”) and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.”
We Can Live Without Plastic
Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha. “After the birth of their son, Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon set out on a journey to eliminate plastic baby bottles as the Canadian government moved to ban BPA. When they found it was difficult to procure glass baby bottles, Jay and Chantal made it their mission to not only find glass and metal replacements for plastic, but to make those products accessible to the public as well.”
By Robert Frerck, Blue Ocean Network
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