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Not Buying it by Judith Levine. Levine and her partner Paul try to forgo purchasing anything that is not necessary for an entire year. This, of course, brings up larger questions such as are particular items truly necessary and will the consumer economy survive if we all cut back our spending?

Plastic Free by Beth Terry. Terry was inspired to reduce the amount of plastic in her life after reading an article about how plastic is polluting the ocean. Along with humorous anecdotes about her own struggles, she offers recommendations on how each of us can reduce our dependency on plastic as well.

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard and Ariane Conrad. This book is about our society and the troubles that affect our health, the planet, and our wallets because of over-consumption, while also offering hope that the damaging behavior can be reversed. The Story of Stuff also describes how your community can become a community of problem-solvers; how parents, community leaders, teachers and students, people of faith, entrepreneurs, scientists and others are working to create a more healthy world.

Additional Resources 

Better World Shopping Guide by Ellis Jones. This book is a comprehensive guide for socially and environmentally responsible consumers. It rates every product on the shelf so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys," turning your shopping list into a powerful tool to change the world.

Less is More by Cecile Andrews and Wanda Urbanska. The writers bring us a new vision of less: less stuff, less work, less stress, less debt. A life with less becomes a life of more: more time, more satisfaction, more balance, more security.

Rubbish by William Rathje. This book explains what the study of garbage tells us about a population's demographics and buying habits. 

Garbage Land by Elizabeth Royte. Into our trash cans go dead batteries, dirty diapers, bygone burritos, broken toys, tattered socks, eight-track cassettes, scratched CDs, banana peels, etc. But, where do these things go next?

Go Green, Live Rich by David Bach. This book says you can have a life in line with your green values and a million dollars in the bank. Go Green, Live Rich outlines 50 ways to make your life, home, shopping habits, and finances greener, and get rich trying.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide by Nicky Scott. This easy-to-use guide has answers to all your recycling questions. Its A-Z listing of everyday household items shows you how to recycle most of your unwanted things, do your bit for the planet, and maybe make a little money at the same time.

Composting: an Easy Household Guide by Nicky Scott. This book provides all the information you need for successful composting, a satisfying way to live lightly on Earth.

Last updated: 3/6/2013 12:34:38 PM