The Best Natural Living Books

Live a more natural lifestyle with help from my favorite natural living books. If you are as fascinated as I am about the potential for living well and living healthy without harming the earth you may want to learn more.

Early on I connected the health of my family, myself and my pets to products we were using, food we were eating and how we were living. It was easy to see that if I chose a more natural approach in everyday living it was better for us and the environment.

Below you will find reviews to natural living books that have informed, inspired or motivated me to make changes. Perhaps some of them will do the same for you.

Just A Few Book Reviews

Natural Living Books for Skin Care

Not Just A Pretty Face: The Ugly Side Of The Beauty Industry

by Stacy Malkan

Not Just A Pretty Face
Being a supporter of The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, I was interested to read this book. Here I discovered just how this organization came about and how they are fighting so hard to convince the cosmetic industry to clean up it's act. It clearly explains why we have so many toxins in our products, what is being done and what should be done in the future to create safer products. I found it to be very interesting and informative with many personal stories that will have you thinking more about the ingredients in products you use everyday and wondering about companies that have been trusted for years.

Buy Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry from Amazon.

The Green Beauty Guide

by Julie Gabriel

Green Beauty Guide
From the very beginning and all throughout our lives we use hundreds of products on our skin and hair. Are the ingredients in these products safe? This is a question we all should be asking. If we continue to use some of the products commonly found in our grocery, drug or department stores we are exposing ourselves to a large variety of toxins which no one really knows what effects they have on our bodies.

This book is an excellent resource to help you find your way through the often confusing product labels to the products that offer truly natural and affordable skin and beauty care. It offers thorough explanations of ingredients both good and bad and provides plenty of different options and solutions. The author also includes many recipes to make some of your own beauty care products. This is a guide you will refer to all the time.

Learn more about The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances at Amazon.

Natural Living Books For The Green Consumer

Cradle to Cradle

by William McDonough and Michael Braungart

Cradle to Cradle
Right now many products are created with little thought to what happens to them when their useful life is over and if they can't or aren't being recycled they end up in the trash but these writers would like product development to include a plan for the product when it's no longer useful.

It is a big idea and probably not one that many companies would be willing to implement. After all it would make them be more responsible with the design and development of their products. What a thought. Companies couldn't create products without careful consideration to the materials or without a plan as to what happens to them when we can't use them any more. Sounds like better, safer and longer lasting products to me.

From the first chapter which starts you off thinking about items in your home and our current method of product development and then questions how things are made and how they could be made in ways that are healthier both for you, your family and the planet. I want to say I really enjoyed this book but that sounds a little weird since it was a serious subject but it was fascinating and certainly made me think.

Read what others have said about Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things.

Better World Shopping Guide

by Ellis Jones

Better World Shopping Guide
This pocket sized book is written by one of the authors of the Better World Handbook (see below). It is great to have while shopping and trying to figure out if your purchases are environmentally friendly, socially responsible or cruelty free. Here you will find many products and companies rated by their social and environmental records. It is so much easier being an educated consumer when you carry this handy little book.

The The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference is available through Amazon.

Natural Living Books for Living With Values

The Better World Handbook

by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler and Brett Johnson

Better World Handbook
What's important to you? Living more naturally and simply? Environmental responsibility? Ethical treatment for people and animals?

These writers provide simple action steps you can take to make what is important to you a part of your everyday life. They have you look at all areas of your life from products you use to your family and community life and see how you can make choices that are more in line with your values. Sometimes it feels that there is so much that needs changing but the best thing you can do is just start with just one simple step. This book provides plenty of ideas to get you started. It's a great resource if you want to make a difference or to create more meaning in your life.

Check out The Better World Handbook: Small Changes That Make A Big Difference

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