Read up on Environmental Issues this World Book Day

Lily Chambers, BLUEPRINT Project Communications Officer 28th February 2022

British screenwriter William Nicholson once wrote, “We read to know we are not alone.” It’s often overwhelming when you start to think about the state of the planet and how humans are affecting it; however, you are never alone in wanting to make a difference. Start reading or listening to more stories of inspirational people and projects across the globe, increase your awareness and learn more about how you can get involved. 

An open book
Read more about how you can help, this World Book Day.

This World Book Day, we’ve highlighted five books about the circular economy to get your nose stuck into if you would like to reduce your impact on our wonderful planet.  

Cradle to Cradle

Michael Braungart & William McDonough  

Written by William McDonough, an American architect, and Michael Braungart, a German chemist, Cradle to Cradle urges us to rethink current ‘cradle-to-grave‘ manufacturing and industrial systems. As these systems create vast amounts of pollution and waste, the innovative and replicable ideas in this book offer much-needed solutions to the growing climate crisis. 

No. More. Rubbish. Excuses.  

Martin Dorey  

Martin Dorey has created the perfect handbook for tackling the rubbish crisis. With great emphasis on easy and accessible actions we can all make, the author outlines all manners of helpful tips and tricks on waste-related actions.  

Black bin bags
Learn useful tips and tricks to reduce the amount you chuck away.

Wear, Repair, Repurpose  

Lily Fulop 

Celebrating all things mending, Lily Fulop sets out to highlight the importance of mending and upcycling your possessions instead of sending them to landfill. Covering tools, techniques and projects, this book will be your guiding light in learning or rediscovering important skills that not only benefit the environment but also boost your skillset! Just think…’what would your grandma do?’.    

Women sewing
Fixing the clothes you have reduces the amount sent to landfill.


Brian Thill 

Waste is one in a series of short books written about ordinary things. Brian Thill thoughtfully considers our complicated relationship with our own waste and how emotions and time can so quickly make a treasured object obsolete.  

Silo: The Zero Waste Blueprint 

Douglas McMaster 

This thought-provoking book explores how to navigate our future of limited resources and growing demands. Douglas McMaster strives to normalise eating fresh, wasting less and appreciating what nature provides. He delves into the importance of ‘closed-loop systems’, ‘waste-free prep’ and more.  

Fresh vegetables
Appreciate natural resources and learn to reduce food waste.

While on the subject of the circular economy and sustainability this World Book Day, it would be remiss to not mention the importance of buying second-hand, or trying E-books and audiobooks before buying new. If you have a library card, you can even do this for free!

We hope you enjoy the suggestions above, if you have any more, please get in touch with us on social media.