Hello and Happy New Year to you! I hope you’ve had a good festive season?

I always think the new year brings a wave of excitement and anticipation for what’s to come. It’s the time to assess where we want to be and if we are on track to get there.

If you are reading this because you are wanting to take the first step in living a greener, more sustainable life then you have come to the right place! I would firstly recommend reading a blog I wrote a couple of months ago explaining my interpretation of sustainability. I have broken it down into big and small factors which really helps when you’re attempting to look at your life through a magnifying glass. You can read that blog here.

In addition to that, I wanted to share with you a few books that gave me purpose for starting this mission:

1. Start Something That Matters – Blake Mycoskie

If I had to pin down one book that lit the fire in my belly for Home of Eco, this would be it. Mycoskie narrates his story in creating the shoe brand Toms and it’s honest, inspiring and filled with passion. He has perfected the challenging balance of portraying the sheer resilience coming up against undoubted battles you face when starting out with a constant thread throughout the book of why he was doing it, demonstrating the magnitude for his passion. I read this book in record time as I just couldn’t put it down!

2. Sustainability Is For Everyone – Alan AtKisson

A very minimal book which simplified the sustainability topic for me. It’s to the point and tells you exactly what you need to know. No frills, no filler, just facts and action.

3. How Bad Are Bananas? – Mike Berners-Lee

This book is an absolute go-to if you are wanting to analyse just how much damage is caused through your lifestyle. You can find out anything from how much carbon is emitted in sending a text to how much is used in flying around the world. Extremely useful and I reference it ALL the time!

4. The Promise Of A Pencil – Adam Braun

This book is a similar format to Start Something That Matters in as much as it’s a biographical account of Adam Brauns creation Promise of a Pencil. His story is enthralling and at times, you really feel the blood sweat and tears going into it! Braun explains a lot more about the battles of juggling studies, a job and family expectations whilst having a huge burning desire to be creating something bigger than all of it.

5. Stitched Up – Tansy Hoskins

If you want to focus on the fashion industry and understanding what has happened historically to make it so dysfunctional today and what needs to happen for proactive change then this is a brilliant read. Hoskin has some serious feistiness when writing about these issues and I’ve no doubt it will inspire you to take action.

And that’s it for my recommended books. This is purely a starting point and this selection has certainly served me well for providing a wide range of areas in this field. I think it ticks the boxes for stimulating passion to make change, educates you on the issues at heart and inspires you to take the next step.

I would love to know how you get on, please get in touch at [email protected]

Happy Reading,