Sometimes choosing a holiday gift from the array of green products available can be a daunting task. One of things I often don’t consider as being a green product – it isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind, that is – is a good book!
But consider that books about the environment and ecological living are not just gifts in themselves, but provide ideas and tools and inspirations to live more sustainably, economically, and healthfully. With Christmas upon us this week, and New Year’s resolutions coming up shortly after that, giving the gift of ideas for sustainable living is a thoughtful way to show love for both your friends/family, and the earth.
GREEN DEPOT SOLUTIONS
Do One Green Thing, by Mindy Pennybacker, is a clearly-presented and comprehensible guide towards making decisions in out everyday lives that can benefit the earth. Unlike dense, overwhelming guides, this one delivers suggestions in smaller, digestible pieces. Like our website says, use this book to help make a difference, rather than figuring out what difference you can make.
LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building is an important tool for anyone you know considering green construction for their home or business. The process of obtaining LEED certification can be confusing and daunting, but this guide provides insight into the innovative materials, products, and services that can help move a project towards LEED certification.
Make Your Place: Affordable & Sustainable Nesting Skills, by Raleigh Briggs, is a collection of the author’s zines, illustrations, and thoughts about what makes a truly DIY household. It serves as a guide towards making non-toxic, homemade cleaning solvents; herbs to use for healing in place of big pharma; and how to start a home garden for grow our own local and organic food.
Organic Crops in Pots, by Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell is the perfect guide for urban gardeners or anyone with limited space for growing. This book contains 30 projects for growing in an array of reused containers, like colanders or recycled tins. Containing resources on growing everything from herbs, beans, vegetables, chilies and soft fruits, it’s also a guide to organic growing and deterring pests using non-toxics.
Stencil 101 Décor, by Ed Roth, is a portfolio of stenciling projects and installation instructions to turn your home into a space that is truly yours. It contains reusable plastic stencils that are intended to be tiled, allowing you to expand the designs over as large of an area as you wish, in any color or design you like. A quick, unique, and affordable way to achieve the home décor you’ve always wanted.
The Green Home: A Sunset Design Guide helps anyone planning a home improvement project do so sustainably and healthfully. It sifts through greenwashing to provide guidance on truly sustainable and healthy home living; teaches how to recycle household materials; provides options for green remodeling; and even includes a guide on building a water-wise home landscape.