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Books on all aspects of green lifestyles and consumer choices. In addition to the obvious career, housing, transportation, dietary and consumer purchasing decisions that impact sustainability, everything from planning vacations to raising kids, from saving for your retirement to planning your own funeral, can be undertaken in a more environmentally sustainable manner. And a green lifestyle need not be dull, boring, or drab, but instead it can be fun, colorful, and stylish.

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Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – And How To Fight Back. By David Wann. This book defines "affluenza" as a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more. It shows how problems from loneliness, endless working hours, and family conflict to rising debt, environmental pollution, and rampant commercialism are all symptoms. Tracing the role overconsumption played in the Great Recession, it discusses new ways to measure success. The message is to remember that the best things in life aren't things. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – And How To Fight Back

The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference. By Ellis Jones. Specifically designed to reach people who normally would not consider themselves activists, The Better World Handbook is directed toward those who care about creating a more just, sustainable, and socially responsible world but don’t know where to begin. Substantially updated, this revised bestseller details the global challenges we face, provides solutions to those challenges, and includes a wide range of follow-up resources that cover everything from fair trade coffee to alternative news sources to hybrid cars. As Kindle | More… | Ellis Jones EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference

The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference. By Ellis Jones. A comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers, this book ranks every product on the shelf from A to F so you can quickly tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” This turns your grocery list into a powerful tool to change the world. Data is organized into common product categories, including coffee, computers, gasoline, clothing, banks, cars, water, and more. Also included is a summary of the essential information about particular product categories, profiles of the best and worst companies, practical buying tips, and online resources. As Kindle | More… | Ellis Jones EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World. By Diane MacEachern. Explains how women can harness the "power of their purse" and intentionally shift spending to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit. Targets twenty types of products, including cars, cosmetics, coffee, food, paper, appliances, and cleansers, where women's dollars can make a dramatic difference. Provides easy-to-follow guidelines and lists to help women choose the greenest options. As Kindle | More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World

Green Babies, Sage Moms. By Lynda Fassa. From the trailblazing founder of Green Babies organic clothing comes this guide for new mothers in raising a "green" family - and doing it simply and inexpensively. Filled with necessary and convenient advice that takes the reader from the first months of pregnancy. It explains the safest ways to get the house ready, the best gear – from clothes to crib mattresses, organic recipes for breastfeeding moms, how to throw a green baby shower, solutions for storing breast milk, how to keep play areas safe from chemicals, and how to handle the diaper dilemma. As Kindle | More… | Lynda Fassa EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Babies, Sage Moms

Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home. By Linda Mason Hunter. A step-by-step guide to cleaning better while using nontoxic, ecofriendly products. Room-by-room and stain-by-stain, Green Clean breaks environmentally conscious cleaning into simple principles and easily mastered techniques that let readers set their own goals and develop their own cleaning plan. Also includes recipes for safe, simple, and economical cleaning solutions as well as the lowdown on the best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today. More... | Linda Mason Hunter EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home

Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle. By Chris Prelitz. Prelitz shares how to be both environmental and economical, demonstrating that going green is not only good for our planet, but also good for our pocketbooks. Written in a friend-to-friend, conversational style, it examines our daily lives from cosmetics to solar-energy systems. It includes personal experiences, lessons learned, and reflections that humorously touch the heart and inspire the spirit. The chapter “Busting Green Myths” will sway even the most cynical person toward making better eco-choices. As Kindle | More... | Chris Prelitz EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Green Made Easy: The Everyday Guide for Transitioning to a Green Lifestyle

Homemade For Sale: How To Set Up And Market A Food Business From Your Home Kitchen. By John Ivanko & Lisa Kivirist. The first authoritative guide to launching your own home-based food start-up. Packed with profiles of successful “cottage food” entrepreneurs, this comprehensive and accessible resource covers everything you need to get cooking for your customers, creating items that by their very nature are specialized and unique. Forty-two states and many Canadian provinces have enacted recent legislation that encourages home cooks to create and sell a variety of "non-hazardous" food items. As Kindle | More… | John Ivanko EcoSpeakers Info >> | Lisa Kivirist EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Homemade For Sale: How To Set Up And Market A Food Business From Your Home Kitchen

The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living. By Josh Dorfman. Provides comprehensive guidance to fashion-forward consumers who are as concerned about the long-term health of our planet as they are about the design of their bathroom fixtures. Covers topics that range from clothing to electronic gadgetry, from home decor to recreation, and from gardening to financial investment. Dorfman lets us know which trends to watch and which eco-conscious products (cars, toothbrushes, cell phones, pet accessories) to buy. As Kindle | More… | Josh Dorfman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living

The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time. Save the Planet. By Josh Dorfman. Takes you inside the latest developments in green living to demonstrate how you can easily and affordably have your designer jeans and your planet too. From raising eco-conscious kids to greening your daily commute, it provides insights into the next wave of green innovation and the products and services that will lighten your planetary impact and lower your expenses. In a time when many people are feeling financially restricted, this is your guide to saving the planet while keeping extra cash in your pocket. As Kindle | More… | Josh Dorfman EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget: Save Money. Save Time. Save the Planet

Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence. By Melissa Everett. A timely and informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude. It's "about" greener enterprises and technologies, socially responsible business, innovative nonprofit work, and reinventing government… but it’s really about putting the pieces together with creativity and hope. With dozens of rich personal stories, and a thorough look at the options, this is the comprehensive life/work guide for people who care about their communities and the planet. As Kindle | More… | Melissa Everett EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence

Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life. By Zoe Weil. Weil shows us that change doesn't have to start with an army. It starts with each one of us. This book argues that the true path to inner peace doesn't require a retreat from the world. Instead, it explores direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, showing readers that their simple decisions really can change the world. Provides the reader with practical tools to improve both our planet and our personal lives. As Kindle | More… | Zoe Weil EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living. By David Wann. Wann challenges us to transform our non-sustainable culture by transforming ourselves. To nurture our world, he challenges us to rethink our lives, stand up for a healthy planet and move towards a "new normal" lifestyle. The agenda for this includes initiating local business alliances that actively lobby for local buying, creating an investment strategy that values the balance of nature, supporting the design, manufacture, and use of products made with natural chemicals, and publicly advocating a more efficient use of water by placing a higher cultural value on wetlands, streams, rivers, and lakes. As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       The New Normal: An Agenda for Responsible Living

Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life. By John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist. In the ’60s it was called the “back to the land” movement, but whatever the term, North Americans have always yearned for a simpler way. But how do you accomplish that today? Blending inspiration with practical how-to’s, Rural Renaissance captures the American dream of country living. Describing a contemporary approach to homesteading, conservation and more sustainable living, it will appeal to a wide range of cultural creatives, conservation entrepreneurs and both arm-chair and real-life homesteaders regardless of where they live. As Kindle | More… | John Ivanko EcoSpeakers Info >> | Lisa Kivirist EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Rural Renaissance: Renewing the Quest for the Good Life

Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth. By Diane MacEachern. This guide offers simple suggestions on how to conserve the Earth's resources. It is divided into chapters corresponding to where we lead our lives. There is one chapter each for home, garden, garage, supermarket, school, office, and community. A section for renters and apartment dwellers has been included, as well as one on vacations that will give you – and the planet – a break. The Appendix lists additional books, catalogs, agencies, and organizations that you can join or from which you can get more information. More… | Diane MacEachern EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Save Our Planet: 750 Everyday Ways You Can Help Clean Up the Earth

Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle. By David Wann. In his bestseller Affluenza, Wann and his co-authors diagnosed the disease of over-consumption. In Simple Prosperity, he shows how we can overcome this disease by investing in “real wealth” sources. He draws on the latest research to document how social connections, good health, contact with nature, stimulating work, leisure time, and great neighborhoods represent our real wealth. By rethinking monster houses, excessive airplane travel, feedlot meat, and suburbs-without-stores, we can reduce our "ecological footprint." As Kindle | More… | David Wann EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle

Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty. By Summer Rayne Oakes. For women who want to feel good about looking good, this book shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown), Oakes showcases hundreds of her favorite designers and eco-friendly brands that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. Contains more than 300 photos of resources and eco-style stories from the hottest trendsetters. More… | Summer Rayne Oakes EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty

Teaching Kids to Change the World. By Chris Maser and Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner. This resource guide offers educators and youth-group leaders a means of inspiring social consciousness and action among youth. It helps teach young people how to think rather than what to think. Without money, power, or the right to vote, how do children and teenagers find a voice in society? How can educators and leaders talk meaningfully with students about such broad concepts? Avoiding partisan politics and moral debates, this resource equips educators with philosophical discussion questions, concrete illustrations, and active examples. As Kindle | More… | Chris Maser EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Teaching Kids to Change the World

Voluntary Simplicity. By Duane Elgin. When Voluntary Simplicity was first published in 1981, it quickly became recognized as a powerful and visionary work in the emerging dialogue over sustainable ways of living. Elgin describes the changes that an increasing number of Americans are making in their everyday lives, adjustments that are an active, positive response to the complex dilemmas of our time. Shows how by embracing voluntary simplicity - frugal consumption, ecological awareness, and personal growth - people can change their lives and protect our planet. As Kindle | More... | Duane Elgin EcoSpeakers Info >>

       Voluntary Simplicity

What Can I Do? An Alphabet For Living. By Lisa Harrow. Concern for the health of our planet led award-winning actress Lisa Harrow and her husband, internationally renowned whale biologist Roger Payne, to create the performance piece “Lessons from Copernicus.” Following performances of their show, audience members frequently asked “what can I do?” This book is Lisa's response. It provides an extensive annotated list of resources to help everyone explore the practices of sustainable living. The advice covers a broad array of subjects and focuses on reaping the economic and social benefits of going green. More… | Lisa Harrow EcoSpeakers Info >>

       What Can I Do? An Alphabet For Living

You Don't Have to Wear Hemp Underwear. By Robin Pharo. Allows readers to assess their personality through a quiz, and then provides them with tips to match their personality. Topics include food, business and work, household and personal care, clothing, transportation, building and remodeling, and travel. Pharo explains “You know, you get it – the world is the only planet we have. Seems like we should pay a little attention to the way we treat it and the resources it provides. Really, no matter what you do – fish, hike, read, travel, watch TV – all our actions require resources from our planet.” As Kindle | More... | Robin Pharo EcoSpeakers Info >>

       You Don't Have to Wear Hemp Underwear

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