Sustainable Hawaii Blog
Hawaii Business & Community Resource Directory
10 Contemporary Books on Saving the Environment (2000-Present)
1. Designing the Green Economy: The Postindustrial Alternative to Corporate Globalization by Brian Milani (2000)
2. The Empty Ocean: Plundering the World’s Marine Life by Richard Ellis (2003)
3. Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv (2005)
4. An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore (2006)
5. Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben (2007)
6. Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman (2008)
7. Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices by Mindy Pennybacker (2010)
8. Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis by Sandra Steingraber (2011)
9. The Green Boat: Reviving Ourselves in Our Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher (2013)
10. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (2014)
10 Classic Books on Saving the Environment (Before 2000)
1. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962)
2. Diet for a Small Planet by Francis Moore Lappe (1971)
3. Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered by E.F. Schumacher (1973)
4. Entropy: Into the Greenhouse World by Jeremy Rifkin with Ted Howard (1989, revised edition)
5. In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology and the Survival of the Indian Nations by Jerry Mander (1991)
6. Earth in the Balance by Al Gore (1992)
7. Beyond the Limits: Confronting Global Collapse, Envisioning a Sustainable Future by Donella Meadows, Dennis Meadows, & Jorgen Randers (1993)
8. Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics by Herman Daly and Kenneth Townsend, editors (1993)
9. The Heat is On: The Climate Crisis, the Cover-Up, the Prescription by Ross Gelbspan (1997)
10. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and Hunter Lovins (1999)
10 Things to Recycle
Here's What I Recycle If I Haven't Already Reduced or Reused It:
1. Plastic Bottles
2. Glass Bottles
3. Aluminum Cans
6. Plastic Bags
7. Empty Printer Cartridges
8. Obsolete Computer Equipment and Cell Phones
9. Old Phone Books
For other ideas for Recycling, please visit:
10 Things to Reuse and Reduce
1. Reuse Canvas Shopping Bags to Reduce Plastic & Paper Bags
2. Reuse a Metal Water Bottle to Reduce Plastic Water Bottles
3. Reuse a Coffee Mug to Reduce Paper Cups, Paper Sleeves, and Plastic Lids
4. Reuse a Canvas Lunch Bag to Reduce Paper Lunch Bags
5. Reuse Plastic Lunch Containers to Reduce Small Plastic Bags
6. Reuse Used Plastic Bags for Trash to Reduce Buying New Plastic Trash Bags
7. Reuse Library Books, CD's, & DVD's to Reduce Buying New Ones
8. Reuse a Monthly Bus Pass to Reduce Car Driving Miles
9. Reuse a Bicycle to Reduce Car Trips
10. Reuse Your Feet to Reduce Bus Trips
For other Ideas for Reusing & Reducing, please visit:
10 Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
1. Stop using single-use plastic water bottles. In nearly all cases, the water out of your tap is just as safe – if not safer – than the water distributed in single-use plastic bottles. Instead, buy and use a reusable bottle and fill it with water.
2. Whenever possible, buy food in bulk. Buying food in bulk helps to reduce the total amount of packaging materials consumed.
3. Buy your music/movies electronically. By purchasing your music electronically, you avoid the need to create plastic compact discs, plastic jewel cases, and cellophane wrapping.
4. Stop using plastic grocery bags. Each year over one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide. Because these bags are so light and thin, they are easily carried by the wind out into the environment. Instead, use reusable bags to get your groceries and other purchases home.
5. Say “NO” to pre-packaged single serving portions. These types of products are among the worst when it comes to excess packaging.
6. Reusable containers are rad! When it comes to lunch and leftovers, ditch the plastic bag and use reusable containers instead. Reusable containers are just as easy to use and far less harmful to the planet
7. Buy a reusable travel mug. Use a reusable travel mug or to-go cup for your coffee, tea and other beverage purchases. Think of all the lids (as well as the waxed paper cups) you’ll save.
8. Always look for alternative packaging. Many items such as soft drinks, detergent, cat litter, etc. come in alternate packaging (such as aluminum or cardboard) that can be more easily recycled than plastic.
9. Buy and sell secondhand. Clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, household supplies, sporting goods and many other consumer items can often be found through secondhand sources, thereby reducing the amount of new plastic entering the waste stream.
10. Recycle! In those instances where you must use plastic, please make sure to recycle it.
More information on the Rise Above Plastics Campaign can be found at: