With life being back to business as usual, let’s not lose sight of the climate crisis. Our planet needs healing, and it’s time to put our best foot forward and make some individual changes.
The plight of single-use plastics first came to our attention in a major way, when David Attenborough’s ground-breaking Blue Planet II showed us just how much damage we were inflicting onto our wildlife. And while we’ll never be able to unsee that poor hawksbill turtle getting caught up in a plastic sack, hopefully, that shocking scene can encourage positive change.
At the same time, there was this disturbing stat that there will be more plastic in the sea by 2050 than fish. While that is almost unfathomable, thankfully there is plenty we can do to ensure this doesn’t come to fruition.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a selection of books that aim to educate and inspire plastic-free living in all areas of our lives.
Whether you’re looking for tips and tricks to make your own cleaning products, want to reduce how much waste you’re putting out into the world, or you’d like to learn more about the innovating products brands are developing, we’ve found a title for you to get stuck into.
By demystifying eco-terms and offering real-life solutions, we hope you’ll feel better armed with the tools you need, to be the change you want to see.
The best plastic-free books for 2022 are:
- Best overall – ‘Is It Really Green?: Everyday eco dilemmas answered’, Georgina Wilson-Powell, published by Dorling Kindersley Ltd: £12.99, Waterstones.com
- Best for making small changes – ‘How to Save the World For Free’, Natalie Fee, published by Laurence King Publishing: £12.99, Waterstones.com
- Best for feeling hopeful – ‘Who Cares Wins: Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World’, Lily Cole, published by Penguin Books Ltd: £11, Guardianbookshop.com
- Best for reducing waste – ‘No More Rubbish Excuses: How to reduce your waste and why you must do it now’, Martin Dorey, published by Ebury Publishing: £8.09, Hive.co.uk
- Best for green cleaning – ‘Clean Green Tips and Recipes for a Naturally Clean, More Sustainable Home’, Jen Chillingsworth, published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd: £7.79, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for learning to reuse and reduce – ‘Waste Not Everyday: 365 ways to reduce, reuse and reconnect’, Erin Rhoads, published by Hardie Grant Books: £8.50, Amazon.co.uk
- Best for a plastic free wardrobe – ‘Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing Your Clothes Can Be a Revolutionary Act’, Orsola de Castro, published by Penguin Books Ltd: £8.99, Waterstones.com
- Best for getting rid of unnecessary plastics – ‘Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again’, Lucy Siegle, published by Orion: £8.99, Watersones.co.uk
- Best how to go plastic free book – ‘How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time’, Will McCallum, published by Penguin Life: £4.79, Wob.com
- Best for living a more minimalistic life – ‘Save the World: There Is No Planet B: Things You Can Do Right Now to Save Our Planet’, Louise Bradford, published by Summersdale: £5.99, Amazon.co.uk