10 Must-Read Sustainability Books

We bring you a wrap up of the latest must-read sustainability books inspiring you to make a difference.

Garden Hacks: 70 smart, sustainable tips for gardeners by Filip Johansson (Murdoch Books, 2024)

Garden Hacks: 70 smart, sustainable tips for gardeners by Filip Johansson (Murdoch Books, 2024) 

Simple DIY ideas and solutions for eco-conscious gardeners. The 70 smart hacks in this book take you through each season of the gardening year in a friendly way, with clear step-by-step instructions.

A Conscious Home by Rebecca Sullivan (Bauer Media Books, 2023)

A Conscious Home by Rebecca Sullivan (Bauer Media Books, 2023) 

In a world where climate resilience is more important than ever, Rebecca Sullivan
takes you on a room-to-room journey to create a natural, healthy lifestyle for your whole family using easy recipes, projects, tips and tricks for all eco-minded Aussies. 

Whether you’re just starting out or already in full swing, small actions in our own homes can make a massive difference – and can be quick, simple and inexpensive. 

Pasta Love: How to make, eat and celebrate pasta like an Italian by Jaclyn Crupi (Affirm Press, 2023) 

According to Jaclyn Crupi – a proud Italian-Australian pasta maker and devotee (and whose garden we featured in pip issue 28!) – pasta is love, pasta is life. Pasta can be a quick and simple meal or a culinary masterpiece, but in essence it is about generosity, comfort and the beauty to be found in simple and high-quality ingredients.

In this book, Jaclyn shares recipes for pasta doughs as well as shapes and seasonal sauces. She explores where Pasta comes from and who makes it, profiling nonne and chefs alike, and shows that anyone can and should give pasta-making a go.

Pasta Love is a celebration of the food staple we all know and love in all of its forms, and of the Italian migrants who brought it to Australia. This 240-page hardcover book is a love letter to pasta and the people who make it. 


Good Life Growing: How to grow fruit and veg anywhere in Australia by Hannah Maloney (Affirm Press, 2023)

Good Life Growing: How to grow fruit and veg anywhere in Australia by Hannah Maloney (Affirm Press, 2023)

Good life growing provides the inspiration and know-how to grow your own fruit and vegies anywhere in Australia. 

Pip contributor and Gardening Australia presenter Hannah Moloney’s second book, this bountiful how-to guide is packed with practical information about growing your own fresh, healthy food applicable to all Australian climates, to all conditions and to every gardener giving it a go. 

Whether you’re just getting started with a few plants in pots, you’re developing a large and productive plot from scratch, or simply reviving a disused garden bed, you’ll find everything you need in this 320-page book to hone your skills, fire up your imagination, discover the benefits of gardening and to be harvesting healthy and fresh fruit and vegies all year round. 

Ground Breaking: Soil Security and Climate Change by Philip and Freya Mulvey (Kerr Publishing, 2023)

Ground Breaking: Soil Security and Climate Change by Philip and Freya Mulvey (Kerr Publishing, 2023) 

Author Philip Mulvey is a scientist in soil and water chemistry and has decades of experience in soil science, land repair and groundwater. He argues that zero carbon emissions alone won’t stop global warming and we need to address depleted soil to help restore the small water cycle and sequester carbon in the soil. 

His co-author and daughter, Freya Mulvey, looks at the environmental law aspects and calls for reform of the environmental protection and biodiversity conservation act to include soil as a precious resource, like water. 

Ground Breaking explores many issues, including the small water cycle, how soil is impacted by modern agriculture, the results of the bunny fence experiment, carbon farming, land management for climate change and regulatory and political implications. 

Wear Next: Fashioning the future by Clare Press (Thames & Hudson 2023)

Wear Next: Fashioning the future by Clare Press (Thames & Hudson 2023) 

The current fashion system is wasteful, environmentally harmful and exploitative. And, if we carry on as we do now, it could account for a quarter of global emissions by 2050.

But creative thinkers are dreaming up new ways to craft our sartorial identities that don’t wreck the planet. Vogue’s first sustainability editor, Clare Press, introduces us to the innovators who are redesigning fashion from the ground up. 

What’s for dinner? Our food, our choices, our planet by Jill Griffiths (Thames & Hudson, 2023)

What’s For Dinner? Our food, our choices, our planet by Jill Griffiths (Thames & Hudson, 2023) 

Never before has so much food been produced by so few people to feed so many. Never before have Australian consumers been so disconnected from their food production, yet so interested in how it is done. Jill Griffiths’ new book looks at the plants, animals and farmers that feed us and what our choices mean for them and the planet. 

What are we really eating? How do we eat in a way that nourishes us and does the least harm to the environment? What exactly do farmers do? Should the world go vegan? Do food miles matter? What’s for dinner? Delves into the way our food is grown and our responsibilities as eaters. Weaving together science, history and lived experience, it takes readers to meet the plants, animals and people who put the food on our plates. 

Honeybee Pests and Diseases: A complete guide to prevention and management by Robert Owen, Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck & Mark Stevenson (Exisle Publishing, 2023)

Honey bee Pests and Diseases: A complete guide to prevention and management by Robert Owen, Jean-Pierre Scheerlinck & Mark Stevenson (Exisle Publishing, 2023) 

This book provides up-to-date Information on the management of honey bee diseases found globally. Of particular interest are the explanations of how pathogens affect honey bees, which is a facet of diseases usually left out of honey bee disease books. 

Written in an easy-to-understand way, and richly illustrated with photographs and diagrams, chapters cover integrated pest management, epidemiology, viruses, brood diseases, mites, parasites, as well as other problems a colony might face. 

The book is largely based on the PHD research of Dr Robert Owen, who studied the effect of bee diseases in Australia and overseas with particular reference to varroa. The authors have extensive and well- recognised experience in honeybee research. 

The Compost Coach: Make compost, build soil and grow a regenerative garden – wherever you live by Kate Flood (Murdoch Books, 2023)

The Compost Coach: Make compost, build soil and grow a regenerative garden – wherever you live by Kate Flood (Murdoch Books, 2023) 

Discover how to turn food waste and household carbon into nutrient-rich food for your garden, learn how and why soil matters and make climate activism an everyday mission with this new book by Kate Flood.

The Compost Coach is a colourful, comprehensive and accessible guide to creating the very best compost, aka ‘garden gold’. Kate is on a mission to empower readers to understand the small steps they can take every day to look after the environment and live more sustainability. The book is pitched at the home composter, including people who live in apartments and houses with or without gardens – yes, you can compost without a garden! 

Kate will help you to rethink waste management and will show you how easy it is to divert food scraps and household rubbish away from landfill.

She unravels the technicalities of soil science, talks through the building blocks of a robust compost system and busts more than a few myths along the way. Charming illustrations, how-to photos and Kate’s warm, entertaining voice complete the package. 


The Wires That Bind: Electrification and community renewal, Quarterly essay by Saul Griffiths, (2023)

The Wires That Bind: Electrification and community renewal, Quarterly essay by Saul Griffiths, (2023)

The country is at a crossroads. In The Wires That Bind, inventor, engineer and visionary Saul Griffith reveals the world that awaits us if we make the most of Australia’s energy future.

Griffith paints an inspiring yet practical picture of empowered local communities acting collectively when it comes to renewable energy, and benefiting financially. He considers both equity and security – an end to dependence on foreign oil, for instance. He explores the rejuvenation of regional Australia, as well as the rise of a new populist movement driven by Australian women. 

And he explodes once and for all the trees versus jobs binary. This is an essay about building a better world, one community at a time. “We need a realistic and achievable vision for the future because the future is coming fast,” Saul says. “We have only about one-quarter of one century – 25 years, one human generation – to get ourselves out of this climate quandary. If we get this right, if we design the incentives and the policies and the regulations correctly, communities will thrive. Every Australian will benefit economically, socially and even health-wise.”

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