You might be able to borrow these from friends and family, your local library (or even myself if I have it and nearby). Alternatively try secondhand or charity shop or support your local independent bookstore directly or through alternative online platforms such as Hive where you can choose a local bookshop to donate a % of the sale to.

Overview of Sustainability, Design

  • The Designers Atlas of Sustainability
  • Design Revolutions
  • Design Justice
  • Product Design in the Sustainable Era
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • Emotional Durable Design – Johnathan Chapman
  • Lo-Tek Design

System Thinking, Human Development and Economics

Practical Sustainable Design resources

  • The EcoDesign Handbook
  • Materials and the Environment
  • The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to LCA – An orientation of Life Cycle Assessment methodology and application – Henrike Baumann & Ann-Marie Tillman
  • Universal Methods of DesignBruce Hannington, Bella Martin

Nature inspired

Everyday Sustainable Actions and Guidance

  • The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide, Everything you need to know to make small changes that make a difference – Jen Gale
  • How to Save the World for Free – Natalie Fee
  • Change the world 9 to 5 – We are what we do

Psychology, Behaviour Change, Values

  • Common CauseWWF & PIRC
  • Humankind – Rutger Bregman
  • Predictably Irrational – The hidden forces which shape our decision – Dan Ariely 
  • The Tipping point – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  • How to have a beautiful mindEdward de Bono
  • The Art of TravelAlain De Botton

General Upcycle/ recycled Design, Art, Photography

Sustainable Business/ CSR/ Strategy

  • The Necessary RevolutionPeter Senge
  • The Responsibility Revolution – Hollender
  • The Sustainable MBA – Gisele Weybrecht
  • The Viking Manifesto – The Scandinavian Approach to Business and Blasphemy – Steve Strid & Claes Andreasson

Alternative and uplifting magazines and news to subscribe to

  • Positive News
  • Permaculture Magazine
  • The Correspondent
  • The Conversation
  • Just Breathe
  • The Little Things

Engineering & Design basics/ essentials

  • Engineering Materials 1 – An introduction to their properties & applications (2nd edition) – Michael F Ashby & Darbid RH Jones
  • Presentation Techniques – A guide to drawing and design ideas – Dick Powell

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