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Books that just may save the planet...one business, community or person at a time 

Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

Ray Anderson recounts how he grew Interface, his globally-positioned floor covering business, into a gleaming example of environmental -focus-as-good-business-practice.

Ray Anderson

 

Cradle to Cradle:  Remaking the Way We Make Things

An excellent review of how our society currently produces what we need and how we can change it for the better

William McDonough & Michael Braungart

 

The Ecology of Commerce

This landmark 1993 classic showcased means for tweaking our current economic system so that it promoted environmental stability.   It is also the book which inspired industrialist Ray Anderson, and his carpet-manufacturing company, Interface, into becoming the premiere example of joint environmental-economic success.

Paul Hawken

 

The Green to Gold Business Playbook

The authors take the next step beyond the original Green to Gold and share new examples and techniques businesses have are using to secure an Eco-Advantage and profit  from a focus on sustainability.

Daniel C. Esty & P.J. Simmons

 

The Story of Stuff:   How Our obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities , and our Health – and a Vision for Change

This companion to Annie Leonard’s 20 minute video, The Story of Stuff, gives more detail on our current system of industry and how it can be changed.

Annie Leonard

 

Stuff:  The Secret Lives of Everyday Things

Each chapter reviews the environmental impacts, from creation to disposal, of a specific item such as a newspaper or a computer.

John C. Ryan and Alan Thein Durning