The Holiday Book Club

The Holiday Book Club

The holidays are a time to unwind and practice a little TLC, both of the body and mind. With the dropping temperatures and limited mobility due to lockdowns, now's the time to cozy up by the fire and catch up on your reading! We selected our favorite reads of the year which we found to be educational, but especially inspirational. Welcome to our little book club - We hope you'll enjoy these reads as much as we did.

  • Let my People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard
  • Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia, Inc. shares how he turned his vision of doing good while having grand adventures into a business which lead him to establish one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies out there. Let My People Go Surfing is an inspiring book for entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts who want to explore where living your values could lead you! This is our founder Katia's favorite read of the year.

  • This is a Good Guide by Marieke Eyskoot
  • As the title states, this is a good guide for all things sustainable lifestyle. If you are new to sustainability and don’t know where to start, This is a Good Guide is a book about practical and positive life tips including subjects in fashion, beauty, food, home, work and leisure. This guide shows that style and sustainability go very well together. Most importantly,  it is about doing good within your means and not about being perfect. Any baby steps count and we're all about promoting small steps rather than no steps at all. Work at your pace, be kind to yourself. 

  • Loved Clothes Last by various authors, published by the Fashion Revolution
  • Loved Clothes Last explores the issue of waste and mass-consumption in the fashion industry. It aims to inspire consumers to buy less, care more, and learn how to make the clothes we love last longer. Created in a zine format with over 80 contributors world wide, it holds 124 pages of poetry, illustrations, photography and infographics. This zine is visually pleasing and an easy read full of articles, tips, and interviews with leaders of the circular fashion movement and innovators in textile recycling. 

  • The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here by Hope Jahren
  • The Story of More reveals the correlation between our consumption habits and our endangered Earth, showing us how we can use less and share more. It is a data-driven analysis that remains highly readable for average readers. This book reveals how reducing consumption can actually make a difference and empowers us to understand how and why that is in a clear and logical way. 

  • The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good by Elizabeth L. Cline
  • The Conscious Closet is a practical guide to implementing sustainable fashion in your everyday life. Besides revealing the impact of over-consumption habits, it also offers tips and tricks on what to look for in a quality garment - from the fabric to the finishing seams. This is a in depth yet comprehensive guide that doesn't just point fingers to the problem, but also offers well rounded solutions. 

  • Humankind by Rutger Bregman
  • Humankind provides a new historical perspective of the last 200,000 years of human history, arguing that we are hardwired for kindness, geared towards cooperation rather than competition and more inclined to trust rather than distrust. It is full of captivating case studies and written with just the right pinch of humor. This is an uplifting and hopeful book that is very suited for these current times, showing us that we need solidarity and community more than anything.

    Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Frank Trentmann

    Empire of Things is a well-researched, comprehensive history of consumption and consumer culture. This book explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.  If you are interested in history and humanity, it will draw out a lot of preconceptions you have and show you a wide-ranging and richly detailed consumer history. 

  • Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas
  • Bestselling journalist Dana Thomas has traveled the globe to discover the visionary designers and companies who are propelling the fashion industry towards a positive future by reclaiming traditional crafts (YAS!) and launching cutting-edge sustainable technologies to produce better fashion. She argues that it's time to start dressing with intention and regain an emotional connection to our garments. This book is a page turner, wether you're new to the sustainable fashion scene or living and breathing it like us.

  • Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis by Jared Diamond
  • A new theory of how and why some nations recover from trauma and others don't. Jared Diamond reveals how successful nations recover from the crisis in the recent past, and identifies patterns in the way that these distinct nations recovered from calamity. A conversational and relatable topic that is applicable both on a world scale, and on an individual level.

    Happy Reading!

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