Books to inspire plastic-free living

Starting the journey to zero waste living can seem daunting and involve a lot of time consuming research. If you’re not quite sure where to start, or are looking for some inspiration here are some of the best books out there to help guide you on your plastic free journey.

Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life’ by Bea Johnson


Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life’ by Bea Johnson

Bea Johnson has inspired millions of people worldwide with her stylish, waste-free life. She reduced her household waste to an astonishing one litre per year and now she can help transform the way you live with simple, practical steps that won’t compromise your lifestyle. As a US based writer some references don’t apply in the UK, but her key tips for zero waste living are valid no matter where you live.

Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too by Beth Terry


Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too by Beth Terry

Building on her success as a zero waste blogger - Terry provides personal anecdotes, statistics about the environmental and health problems related to plastic, and personal solutions and tips on how to limit your plastic footprint. Fun, friendly and informative.

No. More. Plastic. What You Can Do to Make a Difference’ by Martin Dorey

No. More. Plastic. What You Can Do to Make a Difference’ by Martin Dorey

Martin Dorey, anti-plastics expert, has been working to save our beaches from plastic for the past 10 years. His Beach Clean Foundation and global call to arms #2minutebeachclean has been taken up by people all over the world, and has proven that collective small actions can add up to a big difference.

‘How To Go Plastic Free (Eco Tips for Busy People)’ by Caroline Jones.

‘How To Go Plastic Free (Eco Tips for Busy People)’ by Caroline Jones.

Packed with simple and practical ways to start reducing the amount of plastic you use, How to Go Plastic Free will show you how to eliminate plastic from your life, one step at a time. With 100 easy-to-follow tips championing the plastic-free cause, this is the stress-free, guilt-free guide.

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again by Lucy Siegle.

Turning the Tide on Plastic: How Humanity (And You) Can Make Our Globe Clean Again by Lucy Siegle.

Journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

If only 12 of us adopt Lucy's 'reduce, rethink, refill, refuse' approach, we could potentially ditch 3K-15K single items of plastic in a year. When we consider our power as influencers - whether at school, the hairdressers, at work or on the bus - we suddenly become part of something significant.

So now is the time to speak up, take action and demand the change you want to see in the ocean, in the supermarket aisles and on the streets. It's time to turn the tide on plastic, and this book will show you how.


How to Give Up Plastic: Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet (Paperback) by Will McCallum


How to Give Up Plastic: Simple steps to living consciously on our blue planet (Paperback) by Will McCallum

Written by Head of Oceans at Greenpeace and campaigner at the fore front of the anti-plastic movement, this book not only explains how we got into this mess, but also offers helpful tips on how to banish plastic from all aspects of our lives. With a message similar to Dorey’s book, it’s about the small changes individuals can make on a daily basis to reduce our dependence on plastic and leave the world in a better way than we found it.

Lucy Dalgleish