These books to be a better shopper, are not designed to encourage you to shop more. Just to help you work your way through the maze of greenwash and find items that you need, but in a more sustainable way. The shops (and unethical brands) are likely not going to inform you. No matter what your diet, you’ll find these books helpful. Most people do eat animal foods (preaching sends people the other way).
- The Planet-Friendly Kitchen is a lovely little guide to make significant changes to your diet and shopping habits, but not with overwhelm. Look at the facts and see which items to buy and avoid, and sustainable ways to prepare them. See tips for keeping safe in the kitchen (people and pets).
- A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Food Shopping is a handy little guide, to help you decode the language on egg cartons and ask butchers where meat is sourced. Veggies will also find it helpful: Which plant milk should you choose? How do you stop asparagus from spoiling fast? Also find tips to cut food waste, shop at bulk bins and make better choices.
- How to Be a Conscious Eater again covers all dietary choices. How do you know if an egg is free-range (and whether male chicks or calves are killed at birth, through purchases of eggs or milk?) What is farmed salmon? Is it good or bad to coconut oil or almonds? The book covers 4 types of food: from the ground, from animals, from factories and from restaurants.
- Food and Climate Change makes it easy to eat more sustainably, not matter what your diet. 25% of greenhouse gas emissions come from food, so how can we reduce this? Each chapter covers a meal. For instance, Breakfast takes you through the climate impact of tea and coffee, sugar, toast, a bowl of cereal or a plate of eggs. Then makes suggestions.
- The founder of Bristol’s Better World (a small chain of indie supermarkets) has recently published a book Food For Thought. Most stores are accessible by public transport and also offer drinks at organic cafes. Customers get 10% discount, simply by signing up to the free newsletter.