Used Books

Recommended reads, books & films

This is a collection of items that members of the Reduces Community have found useful on our zero waste journeys and when learning about plastic pollution. Remember to check your library or used bookstores.

Recommended reads

From single use to systems change: A Call to Action
Canopy Planet

By Canopy and signed by 188 environmental groups

February 2021

Accumulation of plastic waste during COVID-19
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

By Tanveer M. Adyel

September 2020

The scourge of single-use plastic
the STRAND

By Avery Schwarz

November 2018

Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations
The Conversation

By Xia Zhu

February 2021

We are all plastic people now, in ways we can’t see – and can no longer ignore
The Globe and Mail

By Rick Smith

July 2020

Books

101 ways to Go Zero Waste
101 ways to Go Zero Waste

Kathryn Kellogg

Minimalism meets DIY in an accessible guide to household waste reduction. In 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste, Kellogg shares these tips and more, along with DIY recipes for beauty and home; advice for responsible consumption and making better choices for home goods, fashion, and the office; and even secrets for how to go waste free at the airport.

The Zero Waste Chef
The Zero Waste Chef

Anne-Marie Bonneau

Coming spring 2021! A sustainable lifestyle starts in the kitchen with these use-what-you-have, spend-less-money recipes and tips.

Zero Waste Living The 80/20 Way
Zero Waste Living The 80/20 Way

Stephanie J. Miller

The busy person’s guide to a lighter footprint, this book empowers the busy individual to do the easy things that have a real impact on the climate and waste crises.

Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing your Clothes can be a Revolutionary Act
Loved Clothes Last: How the Joy of Rewearing and Repairing your Clothes can be a Revolutionary Act

Orsola De Castro

How the joy of rewearing and repairing your clothes can be a revolutionary act. This book teaches you how to mend, rewear and breathe new life into your wardrobe to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle.

Zero Waste Home
Zero Waste Home

Bea Johnson

Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.

Films

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.
A Plastic Ocean

A Plastic Ocean documents the newest science, proving how plastics, once they enter the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. These toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us.

Is Your Life Too Plastic? is a 2010 American documentary film exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment and the human body. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.
BagIt

Is Your Life Too Plastic? is a 2010 American documentary film exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer merchandise, and its effects on land ecosystems, the marine environment and the human body. In this touching and often flat-out-funny film, we follow "everyman" Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.

A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective.
Planetary

A provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective.

A feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his smash hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on Earth and the revolution to save us.
Revolution

A feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his smash hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on Earth and the revolution to save us.

A detailed look into the environmental damage and human rights abuses that occur throughout the lifecycle of plastic. What can companies, countries and people do to fix the issues?
The Story of Plastic

A detailed look into the environmental damage and human rights abuses that occur throughout the lifecycle of plastic. What can companies, countries and people do to fix the issues?

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, the filmmakers have traversed the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, the filmmakers have traversed the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

The story of 56 fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, living in the frontline of the climate crisis. Their actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.
Microplastic Madness

The story of 56 fifth graders from Public School 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, living in the frontline of the climate crisis. Their actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary, and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming, yet charming narrative, conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.

Did the plastics industry use the lure of recycling to sell even more plastic? A look at the mounting crisis of plastic waste in the environment.
Plastic Wars

Did the plastics industry use the lure of recycling to sell even more plastic? A look at the mounting crisis of plastic waste in the environment.

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.
The Clean Bin Project

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage Their light-hearted competition is set against a darker examination of the problem waste.