So you have a Kindle and you love it. Either that, or it’s on a wish list that you’re certain will be fulfilled soon. But having your favourite books, newspapers and magazines at your fingertips isn’t its only function. It can also deliver a dose of eco-friendliness with its thousands of book titles. If you’re an avid reader check if you’ve fallen for one of these common reading myths that keep you from enjoying books to their fullest. Other than that, let’s dive into our favourite Kindle picks.
$11.99 / Ellen Sandbeck
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “the air in the average American home is between two and ten times more polluted than the air just outside the threshold.” Sandbeck delivers tips on keeping toxins and pesticides out of the home and creating a balanced, healthy ecosystem. Readers learn that all too often the products use contain toxins and antimicrobials that kill beneficial organisms. From preventing mold and mildew and controlling garden pests, Sandbeck delivers an easy to read resource for keeping it green and clean.
$11.99 / Nava Atlas
Vegetarian expert Atlas offers simple, quick recipes, using easily accessible foods. With more folks adopting a vegetarian diet, it becomes easy to make more meat-free meals with only using five ingredients. From Cold Curried Cucumber Soup to Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, the recipes prove to be simple and delicious. Each recipe carries a suggested menu in which Atlas encourages readers with winning combinations. Great for a beginner or those with busy lives.
$11.90 / Thomas Campbell
This study explores over 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Discussing proper nutrition, obesity, and current diet choices, it also discusses social politics and lends a hand to the pros of the vegetarian diet.
$8.47 / Robert Pirsig
The classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance tells the story of Phaedrus, the narrator, who takes a present-tense cross-country motorcycle trip with his son during which the maintenance of the motorcycle becomes an illustration of how we can unify the cold, rational realm of technology with the warm, imaginative realm of artistry. As in Zen, the trick is to become one with the activity, to engage in it fully, to see and appreciate all details–be it hiking in the woods, penning an essay, or tightening the chain on a motorcycle. A must-read and now a classic, we’ll leave the details to you – definitely check this one out, Kindle or not.
$10.63 / Linda Sivertson
A teen-friendly manual on green living, Sivertsen and her teenage son draw on science, experience, and interviews with celebrities and teens to provide readers with eco-responsible lifestyle alternatives, green careers to eco-gear. The “Five Rs”—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Refuse—provide a framework for the book, using teen idioms and pop-culture reference.
$11.99 / Glenn Bachman
The Green Business Guide: A One-Stop Resource for Businesses of All Shapes and Sizes to Implement Eco-friendly Policies, Programs and Practices is a comprehensive resource designed to assist organizations to develop green practices into their operations. The book gives guidance to organizations on topics such as understanding the environmental factors that are influencing businesses ability to operate profitably, evaluating the benefits of going green, developing a plan for transforming the organization into a green business, identifying specific actions to reduce energy use, water use, control packaging waste, and use resources efficiently, and communicating and reporting on your environmental successes
$16.82 / Eliot Coleman
Written for the small-scale market gardener, this book is perfect for those seeking information on economically efficient, organic food production. You won’t see any pesticides in this book – not even the organic variety. Instead, natural procedures are solely used. Recommendations, such as crop rotation and use of green manures, are described, as well as information on greenhouses and covers to extend the growing season.
$11.99 / Emeril Legasse
In this newest book, Lagasse continues his commitment to fresh, local ingredients. Here he highlights farmers, fishermen, and ranchers, in a cookbook filled with fifteen flavorful chapters. Summer bounty is in abundance as he delivers desserts, main meals and even chapters on preserving and making your own cheese.
$10.59 / Victoria Boutenko
Balanced diets are hard. Green smoothies are not. And according to the author, Green Smoothie Revolution takes aim at this silent epidemic by restoring balance to our diets. With a little know-how and a lot of nutrition, Boutenko combines fruits, vegetables, and greens in smoothie form, perfect for our busy lifestyles. Featuring 200 recipes, Green Smoothie Revolution offers both simplicity, taste and nutrition – all in the convenience of a blender.