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10 Books to Read to Start Your Sustainability Journey

Starting a sustainable lifestyle can feel daunting, but you can start small. 

Take our Cutter and Buck team for example. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen our climate shift in ways we never thought possible as a result of harmful human waste. 

That’s why we took a close look at our production processes to see how we could incorporate more eco-friendly practices.

Together, we created our Toward Ever Better initiative, committing to 90% sustainable products by 2025.

Our sustainability goals are attainable and incorporate innovative, recycled materials that elevate the quality of our protective fabric. We know we’ll never achieve perfection, but doing a little bit better every day is what we know counts in the long run.

This mindset applies to any personal development you’re hoping to work on, but if you’re committed to bringing sustainability into your everyday routine, we have the perfect book recommendation for you. 

Scratch that, we couldn’t pick one, so we have 10 on our reading list below. And to go the extra eco-friendly mile, we recommend finding these picks at your local bookstore or finding a used copy. 


1. The Story of Stuff

Learn about the sustainable steps you can take on an individual and political level with this riveting read by Annie Leonard, founder of “The Story of Stuff” project, which has produced creative campaigns to stop plastic pollution and find alternatives to bottled water. 

We’re proud to say our sustainable product lines meet both of these initiatives by crafting our fabric with recycled water bottles. 

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2. Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism 


Look around the room you’re in right now. There’s a lot of unnecessary stuff in it, right? 

Clear your space and gain a fresh perspective on what you actually need in your daily routine by reading this book from Fumio Sasaki, who shares his personal minimalist journey with easy organizing tips. If you find you’re getting rid of clothes, consider donating to your local goodwill. 

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3. Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things


Based on the concept of creating with zero waste in mind, this book takes a deep dive on our industry production cycles, and how we can build better, more useful products. For industry leaders, this is a great read. 

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4. There is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years


Sustainability with a side of laughter? This is it. Author Mike Berners-Lee breaks down practical ideas to save our planet.

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5. One Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way to Cook for You, Your Family, and the Planet


We crunched the numbers, and it sounds like one pot means less dishes. If you aren’t already sold, this book packs in more than 200 simple, sustainable vegetarian recipes from award-winning cook Anna Jones that cut down on waste, and time at the grocery store. 

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6. Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Purpose and Profit


Another great business read for your next pitch, this book shows leaders how to show stakeholders how sustainable practices lead to long-term success. 

It’s what we do with our Toward Ever Better initiative, and our collaboration with the Fair Labor Association. 

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7. Sustainability for the Rest of Us: Your No Bullsh*t, Five-Point Plan for Saving the Planet


This book cuts to the chase, and we’re here for the bold bluntness. Author John Pabon offers a realistic approach to everyday sustainability, offering five simple steps in a humorous way. 

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8. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste


Saving the planet can feel like an absolutely impossible task on an individual level. This relaxing, refreshing guide is the deep breathe you’ve been looking for. Kathryn Kellogg offers simple and effective tips for building eco-friendly practices into your everyday life.

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9. Green Living for Dummies 


You’ve seen this familiar series wandering through your local bookstore isles, right? This one is packed with sustainable transportation ideas, and energy saving household tips that save money and energy. Win-win. 

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10. Make Your Place: Affordable and Sustainable Nesting Skills


Love a good DIY project? This is the pick for you. Author and illustrator Raleigh Briggs uses her charming art to show you how to make your own cleaners and set up a garden that will help you skip your next grocery store trip.

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