A Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Living?

A Beginner's Guide to Sustainable Living?

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Cambria Bold
Aug 24, 2009

Q: I'm a Portugese woman, and I try to live as eco-minded as possible. So sometimes I find myself quite sad about other people's negligence, starting with my own family. Neither my parents nor sister (with 2 lovely little girls, ages 4 and 6) have green behavior. They don't even recycle!

This year I decided to make everyone handmade Christmas presents with stuff I keep and don't throw away. I'd like to add a book that would serve not only as a mind-shaker, but also as a guide to start being more sustainable. Can you recommend a good book?

...No problem if I don't find it translated in Portuguese. My family reads English. I don't want to seem like a moralist with my presents, and of course all depends on the attitude at the moment you give people the present, but I just want to be sure I participated in informing them better. Thinking about the planet and the future home of my nieces while knowing my sister doesn't really care kind of hurts me.

Sent by Sandra

Editor: Sandra, we've done a few books reviews on our site that would be worth checking out:

Book Review: Wake Up and Smell the Planet
Green Home Book Club: a list of recommended green living books with lots of comments from our readers!

We know our readers have a wealth of insight on this topic, so we're going to throw this question out to them. Readers, what books would you recommend?

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