10 Books To Inspire Your Zero Waste Home and Lifestyle

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Are you thinking about moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle? Completely overhauling your life can be a daunting task, but if you tackled it slowly, step-by-step, you might be surprised at how much you can accomplish!

While assessing all of the waste in your life and changing your habits can't happen overnight, more and more people are beginning to see the benefits of taking on this challenge.

In addition to lightening your environmental footprint, living a zero-waste (or low-waste) lifestyle can also lead to a more affordable, enjoyable, and connected life.

To support you along this journey, there are a number of pioneers of the zero-waste movement who are now paving paths for others to follow. Below, you'll find 10 books by these pioneers that will inspire your conscious lifestyle and inform you on the best ways to get started.


101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg

1) 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg

Kathryn is the founder of Going Zero Waste, a blog that advocates for zero-waste living with lots of positivity and love.

And her new book breaks zero waste living down into 101 simple, easy steps as a practical blueprint for reducing waste in one part of your life at a time.

If you're just getting started reducing your waste, this book is perfect for you, as it provides you with simple switches, DIY recipes, and words of wisdom to remind you that zero waste living is not about perfection, but about making better choices.

*Learn more from Kathryn Kellogg on Green Dreamer Podcast Episode 39.

Read 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg

Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

2) Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Bea Johnson’s book is an extension of her eponymous blog, Zero Waste Home.

Famously known as the movement's pioneer who coined the term “zero waste living,” Bea and her family have been living a zero-waste life since 2008. Her book aims to help you do the same.

Zero Waste Home shares Bea and her family’s story, secrets for reducing waste in your home, essential how-to’s, and other insights from her own experience.

If you're interested in not just changing your habits, but learning to enjoy life based on experiences over material possessions, this is a must-have on your bookshelf.

*Learn more from Bea Johnson on Green Dreamer Podcast Episode 2.  

Read Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson

Zero Waste by Shia Su

3) Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash by Shia Su

Shia Su is a self-professed vegan, zero-waste nerd and an enthusiast for tiny house living.

Her book demystifies zero-waste living and breaks down how she fits a year’s worth of trash into one small mason jar, and she dives deeper through discussing the worldwide trash epidemic and other problems caused by trash, inviting readers to do something about it.

If you're eager to get some easy tips and tricks for living and cooking vegan and zero waste, this book was written just for you.

Read Zero Waste by Shia Su

Sustainable Home by Christine Liu

4) Sustainable Home by Christine Liu

Christine Liu’s book is a stylish, simple guide for living a greener lifestyle. In Sustainable Home, she walks you through the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom with 18 step-by-step projects to reduce your carbon footprint and waste.

Drawing upon her personal and professional experience, Christine presents a practical and inspirational map for living a low-impact life.

*Learn more from Christine Liu on Green Dreamer Podcast Episode 97.

Read Sustainable Home by Christine Liu

A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

5) A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

Tara Button is the founder of Buy Me Once, a website that sells the longest-lasting version of everything.

Going beyond helping readers to reduce everyday waste, Tara's book dives deeper to examine the psychology of our purchase decisions and how we value things as consumers.

Her guide to resisting cheap goods and opting for items that will endure for a lifetime borders on revolutionary during a time when our capitalism-driven economy coupled with the sheer volume of available cheap, disposable goods is driving mindless overconsumption.

If you're looking for insightful exercises and practical tips for purchasing better things, caring more for the items you own, and finding happiness through reducing the amount of things we buy, this is a must-read for you.

*Learn more from Tara Button on Green Dreamer Podcast Episode 92.  

Read A Life Less Throwaway by Tara Button

How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum

6) How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Saving the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time by Will McCallum

Will McCallum is an activist dedicated to preserving oceans and nature by living an environmentally friendly, zero-waste lifestyle.

His book presents hard hitting data on plastic pollution’s impact on the world’s waterways and inspires readers to #BreakFreeFromPlastic.

If you're looking for tips for reducing your own waste and also tips on convincing others to join you as well (Will believes in the power of people banding together to create a ripple effect), this book was written for you. 

Read How to Give Up Plastic by Will McCallum

Life Without Plastic by Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha

7) Life Without Plastic by Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha

Chantal Plamondon and Jay Sinha began their journey towards zero-waste living after giving birth to their son.

Their mission to find baby bottles that weren’t made from plastic led them to start asking questions about all of the other plastic packaging that was coming into contact with their food.

If you're looking to learn about the dangers of toxins from plastic leaching into our food and get ideas for safe, reusable, and affordable alternatives, Life Without Plastic, presenting its information in a positive and practical voice, was written for you.

*Learn more from Chantal Plamondon on Green Dreamer Podcast Episode 59. 

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No. More. Plastic. by Chris Packham

8) No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey

Martin Dorey is an anti-plastics activist who's been working to clean up the world’s waterways for over a decade.

No More Plastic first introduces the problem and then shows you exactly how you can make a difference with a #2minutesolution. The book is designed to awaken and inspire readers, as he believes that collective, small actions add up to a big difference.

If you're looking for a short and sweet read on how you can help take up arms against plastic pollution, this book was written for you.

Read No. More. Plastic. by Martin Dorey

My Zero Waste Kitchen by DK Publishing

9) My Zero-Waste Kitchen: Easy Ways to Eat Waste Free by DK Publishing

Published by DK, a leading publisher for informative, enriching, and entertaining books, My Zero-Waste Kitchen is a fun guide for reducing food waste.

The book focuses on recipes that use otherwise-wasted parts of fruits and vegetables, from carrot top pesto to eggshell-based cleaners. The book also offers practical tips on how to shop, meal plan, store, and cook completely waste-free.

Read My Zero-Waste Kitchen by DK Publishing

Cooking With Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard

10) Cooking With Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean Hard is the author of the Cooking With Scraps column for Food52 and her book distills all of her experiments with food waste into 85 innovative new recipes.

More than just carrot-top pesto, Lindsay-Jean offers a gourmet twist on cooking with fruit & vegetable scraps.

If you're interested in learning how to save money while helping the planet through cooking, you'd love Lindsay-Jean's stylish, attainable and efficient recipes.

Read Cooking With Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard


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Faye Lessler is a California-born, Brooklyn-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, Sustaining Life. She loves to write mission-driven content while sipping black tea in a beam of sunshine.

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