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Reduce Waste Through Sustainable Living Practices

Posted 06/30/21 by April S

Talk of sustainable living is all the buzz, but what exactly does it mean? According to Dictionary.com, the word sustainability, in relation to environmental science, refers to “the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.”

Discussions around sustainable living often focus on practices that allow individuals or groups to meet their basic needs (food, water and shelter) without harming the environment or negatively impacting the availability of resources for future generations.

Under the umbrella term “sustainable living,” you’re likely to come across a variety of related sub-topics of interest like homesteading, eco-friendly lifestyle, self-reliant living, waste minimization and so much more.

In this blog post, you’ll find a variety of titles related to sustainable living, eco-friendly practices, and becoming self-reliant.

Cover of The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook: A Complete Guide to Baking, Crafts, Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals and More

The Ultimate Self-Sufficiency Handbook: A Complete Guide to Baking, Crafts, Gardening, Preserving Your Harvest, Raising Animals and More

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Cover of Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

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Cover of Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life

Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life

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Cover of Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living

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Cover of Self-Sufficiency for the 21st Century: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living Today

Self-Sufficiency for the 21st Century: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living Today

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Cover of Step-By-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles, Raise Animals, Live Off the Grid, DIY

Step-By-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles, Raise Animals, Live Off the Grid, DIY

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Cover of The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

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Cover of Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

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Cover of Homesteading from Scratch: Building Your Self-Sufficient Homestead, Start to Finish

Homesteading from Scratch: Building Your Self-Sufficient Homestead, Start to Finish

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Cover of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Small Changes That Make a Big Difference

Cover of I Quit Plastics: 60+ Lifestyle Recipes to Cut Waste, Live Clean and Change the World

I Quit Plastics: 60+ Lifestyle Recipes to Cut Waste, Live Clean and Change the World

Cover of Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash

Zero Waste: Simple Life Hacks to Drastically Reduce Your Trash

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Cover of The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less

The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less

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Cover of Sustain: 50 Easy Tips for a Cleaner, Greener, Plastic-Free Home

Sustain: 50 Easy Tips for a Cleaner, Greener, Plastic-Free Home

Cover of 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste

101 Ways to Go Zero Waste

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Cover of Living Without Plastic: More Than 100 Easy Swaps for Home, Travel, Dining, Holidays, and Beyond

Living Without Plastic: More Than 100 Easy Swaps for Home, Travel, Dining, Holidays, and Beyond

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Cover of An (Almost) Zero-Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More

An (Almost) Zero-Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More

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Cover of How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

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Cover of Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food

Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less Food

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

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

Cover of Cooking Scrappy: 100 Recipes to Help You Stop Wasting Food, Save Money, and Love What You Eat

Cooking Scrappy: 100 Recipes to Help You Stop Wasting Food, Save Money, and Love What You Eat

Cover of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money, and Protecting Your Health

Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money, and Protecting Your Health

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Cover of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too

Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and You Can Too

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Cover of Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!)

Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!)

Cover of Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Favorite Denim & More

Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Favorite Denim & More

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Cover of Joyful Mending: Visible Repairs for the Perfectly Imperfect Things We Love!

Joyful Mending: Visible Repairs for the Perfectly Imperfect Things We Love!

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Cover of Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

Make Thrift Mend: Stitch, Patch, Darn, Plant-Dye & Love Your Wardrobe

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Cover of Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker's Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker's Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes

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Cover of Visible Mending: Artful Stitchery to Repair and Refresh Your Favorite Things

Visible Mending: Artful Stitchery to Repair and Refresh Your Favorite Things

Cover of Mend!: A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto

Mend!: A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto

Looking for more books on the topics featured in this blog post?

Perform an advanced search in the Library catalog using relevant keywords and/or subject terms like sustainable living, self-reliant living, urban homesteading, home economics (rural), sustainable agriculture, clothing (mending and repair), plastic waste and waste minimization.     

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Reach out and let us help by calling 419.259.5200 or stop by the reference desk during your next visit to one of our 20 locations.

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