A More Sustainable 2020: What We’re Reading for a Greener, Healthier Year

A More Sustainable 2020: What We’re Reading for a Greener, Healthier Year

From the kitchen to your makeup bag, if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to take steps towards a more sustainable lifestyle, we’re with you! 

There are simple ways we can all affect real, sustainable change in each aspect of our lives - and it’s truly easier than you might think. From what you wear to what you eat and what you clean with around the house, these are some of our favorite (and most-anticipated) new releases of 2020 in sustainable living. 

30 Easy Ways to Join the Food Revolution: A Sustainable Cookbook 

by Ollie Hunter

Proof that maximum sustainability can mean maximum flavor! Learn how to cook with a smaller carbon footprint and use every last bit of your precious ingredients. What we love most is how simple and attainable Hunter makers sustainable cooking. It’s the first book of its kind to present sustainable eating with a fail-safe thirty-day recipe plan for readers to follow and cook from.


By Clare Press 

Have you contemplated your closet lately? The rise of fast fashion has disconnected us from the fashion supply chain, making the idea of holding onto something well-made for many years unheard of (or impractical). In Wardrobe Crisis, fashion journalist and Vogue sustainability editor Clare Press explores the history behind what we wear, and makes a convincing argument that we need a return to slower fashion.

Bonus: Clare Press produces and hosts a popular ethical fashion podcast by the same name!

Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (with 50-plus Recipes)

By Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault

You know your diet should be rich in plants for optimal health. So shouldn’t the products you apply to your skin, which are absorbed into your body, also be filled with plants? With the help of natural beauty experts, learn how to deconstruct beauty labels, parse ingredients lists and make informed choices about your skincare products. Plus, we’re feeling totally inspired to try some of the 50+ recipes for skincare treats like Almond Milk Facial Cleanser, Anti-aging Facial Scrub, Blemish Gel and more!

Simply Living Well: A Guide to Creating a Natural, Low-Waste Home

By Julia Watkins

Instagram influencer and author Julia Watkins shares rituals, recipes, and projects for living simply and sustainably at home. For every area of your household—kitchen, cleaning, wellness, bath, and garden—we love how this guide is down-to-earth and covers a little bit of everything. We can all do better to eliminate wasteful packaging, harmful ingredients, and disposable items and Watkins makes it attainable and simple! Give her a follow on Instagram if you don’t already:

The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything you need to know to make small changes that make a big difference 

By Jen Gale

For those of us who are still trying to figure out how to make more time for sustainability in our lives (Hello, Toolaloo!), this practical guide is perfect for creating new habits you’ll actually keep throughout 2020. From the stuff we buy and the food we eat to how we travel, work, and celebrate, this book provides stacks of practical, down to earth ideas to slot into your daily life, alongside a gentle kick up the butt to put your newfound knowledge into action. 

Clean Green: Tips and Recipes for a Naturally Clean, More Sustainable Home

By Jen Chillingsworth

Houseleaning is inevitable, but small steps to green the ingredients we bring into our home can make a big difference in our health (not to mention reduce tons of plastic bottles and packaging!) Clean Green will show you how to tackle each room and cleaning task in a natural way. We’re itching to try her recipes for eco-friendly hand wash, dishwashing liquid, stain remover, toilet cleaner, air freshener, and more.

Project 333: The Minimalist Fashion Challenge That Proves Less Really is So Much More 

By Courtney Carver

Move over, Marie Kondo! In Project 333, minimalist expert Courtney Carver takes a new approach to living simply--starting with your wardrobe. Hear us out - you can survive with just 33 items in your closet for 3 months! Let the de-cluttering begin!

Whether you read one book from this list or all of them, there’s no doubt you can make a small difference in your carbon footprint every time you shop, dine or get dressed in the morning.

For one more simple step, make sure getting a Toolaloo is on your 2020 to-do list! Toolaloo makes remembering your reusable grocery bags a snap and comes with an attachable cup holder to hold your reusable coffee mug while you shop - now that’s multitasking! We’re available on and Amazon Prime.