Sustainable Summer Reading

Whether you’re in high school, college, or way beyond, we think everyone should enjoy some non-required summer reading. For those of you heading down the shore or just enjoying summer’s carefree vibes, we would like to suggest a few “beach reads” with some real food for thought.




Here at HipCityVeg, sustainability is part of our philosophy. Simply put, sustainability describes a way of life that aims to, well, sustain. Whether you’re interested in sustaining your personal health or the earth’s resources, there are lots of ways to make positive change. Reading is a great place to start! We hope these books can inspire you, answer your questions, or even make you more curious.

You may have already found some of these top picks at our DC retail display, but if not, no worries. This 100% non-fiction, recommended reading list is here to kick-start your sustainable summer:

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming
by Paul Hawken (2017)
Want to help fight global warming? This New York Times bestseller is a compilation of 100 different ways to do just that based on thorough research done by scientists, policymakers, and other professionals.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II, MD (2006)
Touted as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by the New York Times, this HipCity favorite takes a close look at the fascinating relationship between diet and diseases, especially cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability
by Paul Hawken (2010)
National bestseller The Ecology of Commerce is a book after our own heart. Hawken’s book breaks down the connections between ecology and commerce to emphasize the importance of blending good business sense with environmental best-practice.

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman, MD (2011)
Eat to Live is an Amazon #1 bestseller as well as a retail feature at our DC location! If you’re trying to lose weight, maintain weight, or simply eat healthier, Eat to Live will make it easy and interesting with diet plans, recipes, and plenty of super helpful facts about issues like cravings and “toxic hunger.”

Cradle-to-Cradle: Remaking The Way We Make Things
by Michael Braungart and William McDonough (2002)
Cradle-to-Cradle is about just what it sounds like: rebirth. Instead of designing things to be used once and then thrown away, Braungart and McDonough suggest we take a hint from Mother Nature and focus on designs and products that can be repurposed and reused to promote sustainable living.

Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition
by T. Colin Campbell, PhD with Howard Jacobson (2014)
After you’ve read The China Study, you need to read Whole! This New York Times bestseller expands upon and explains the science behind The China Study to revolutionize the way you think about food and how it affects your health as well as the environment.

The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability — Designing for Abundance
by Michael Braungart and William McDonough (2013)
If you liked Cradle-to-Cradle, you’ll love this follow up from the same writing duo. While Cradle-to-Cradle focuses on design to reduce waste, The Upcycle goes a step further, and envisions a world where our designs work to actively improve the planet.

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