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Sustainable Home is a stylish, inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household.

Sustainable lifestyle blogger and professional Christine Liu takes you on a tour through the rooms of your home – the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – offering tips, tricks and 18 step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more lo
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by White Lion Publishing
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Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley and the publisher. Thank you!

A primer on how to lead a more ecologically-driven life. Christine Liu leads her reader through particular rooms and spaces of the house, explaining how to make them more green and sustainable. She discusses ideas such as using less electricity, being more mindful of what we bring into the house (ranging from clothes to furniture), considering fixing things instead of throwing them away
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It's a nicely designed book with beautiful minimalist-style photographs.
For beginners, it would be a great guide, with lots of tips on how to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as recipes and instructions to make some things yourself. I really want to try the cashew milk recipe, it sounds delicious!
However, if you already are into sustainability, I don't think it would teach you anything new. For me, it was a nice, pretty book, but I didn't learn much as I already know all these things.
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gave this 5 stars due to the aesthetic of this book. It was gorgeous.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
The only thing really making this book about sustainability are the figures dropped off without contextual elaboration like you're having a conversation with a work colleague who feels they're well-educated on a subject after watching last night's news report on it.
Some notes:
If 20% of energy consumption is by private consumers....then that means 80% of energy consumption is corporate waste. While yes, you can take steps to reduce your consumption to /prevent/ waste, it doesn't mean inherently
Vendula Hrubá
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although some of the tips and steps to a sustainable lifestyle were for absolute beginners, I have to give it five stars, because I learned some pretty shocking and interesting facts about the enviroment. And recipes and diys were a nice surprise. Also, thanks to this book, I started following Christine Liu (the author) on social media and learned more, which is great. Overall, a really cool book.
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by White Lion Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

The Sustainable Home is a great starting point and manual for those who want to make changes that will have a positive impact on the environment.

The book is filled with bright, clean photos and complemented with practical advice that everyone can easily utilize. I view it as a catch all for those interested in decluttering, minimalism, sustainability, and the environment. The topics are discussed in baseline terms,
Cathy Geha
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Sustainable Home by Christine Liu

Live simply, sustainably and responsibly. Think about your impact on earth and how you can make your footprint delicate rather than a big stomp. I didn’t learn anything new but did enjoy seeing how this author has incorporated some ideas that will allow less waste and better utilization of the earth’s abundance.

Topics included:
* Living: minimalism, energy, furniture and indoor plants
* Kitchen: sustainable foods, plant-based foods, food waste, cooking equipm
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully designed book! I loved all those gorgeous photographs - my inner minimalist was so happy whilst browsing throughout this book.

I found the book's recipes to be clearly instructed and very easy to follow. I wholeheartedly agree with the author that sustainability is a lifestyle and I think we can achieve it via making small yet mindful daily steps.

I would recommend Sustainable Home to anyone, who is rather new on this subject, and who would like to find out more about it.

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Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A book full of many useful and interesting tips and project on how to live eco-friendly.
I really appreciated them and hope to be able to try some of them soon.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
Katya Kazbek
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
It's a useful book, but to an extent. I think I was definitely not the target audience for it, because I've been making efforts to live a more sustainable life for a few years already. And some of the things that could have been revelations for many readers of this book, were already truths to me, thanks to my incredibly knowledgeable partner, who is always critical of consumption patterns, and podcasts, blogs, etc. So I don't honestly know if someone who were to embark on a journey of increased ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sustainable Home by Christine Liu takes every part of the house and recommends, for each and every room, solutions and recipes - not always food-related - aimed at creating a household with a higher awareness for the environment. Such an awareness means many things and the complexity of the book allows choices. Don't expect to achieve all the processes described overnight, but at least you can start somehow. For instance, by separating the garbage, adding more indoor plants to your home or even ...more
It's probably not fair to give this book only three stars. If you're new to zero waste or sustainable living then you'll probably get much more out of it. But since we've been following the Quaker testimony of simplicity or a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity or any other term you want to put on a walk gently on the earth lifestyle for a zillion years (well, since high school which was back in the '70s) then this book has nothing new to add. Actually, the best thing I got out of reading this was ...more
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Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful introduction to having a sustainable home for beginners and the already eco minded . The author has included room by room descriptions and helpful hints. I loved the recipes she included and the healthy home advice. I went chemical cruelty free in my home about 20 years ago and have always enjoyed expanding my knowledge of being sustainable in addition to chemical free and cruelty free home. This expands our knowledge and is a great teaching tool .
This is a great practical g
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher ---
The Sustainable Home is an inspirational and practical guidebook to maintaining a more environmentally friendly household. Sustainability enthusiast and zero-waste advocate Christine Liu takes you on a tour through the rooms of your home – the living area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – offering tips, tricks and step-by-step projects designed to help you lead a more low
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I was very lucky to get a chance to read this book as my 'wish' was approved when I requested for an advance copy on NetGalley.

This is an interesting book which takes a very comprehensive view of how our day-to-day life can be made sustainable. It tackles an average life in sections, starting from one room in the house and moving on from there. There is a lot of background information provided about sustainable living in general and a few tips that we could adopt to move in that direction. It ev
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had this book on my wishlist for a while. The book is aesthetically pleasing and easy to follow. It divides the sustainable home into four categories: living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom and there is also a fifth category that shares tips to be more sustainable when going out/eating out. I have some experience with being more sustainable but I found a lot of tips that I can apply in my home for an even better approach to sustainability. The author did a lot of research and talked about ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The Sustainable Home was a nice introduction into sustainable living. I liked how each section focused on an area in the house where sustainable and eco-friendly improvements could be made. I would consider myself a bit more knowledgeable than the average person in sustainability, so I didn’t find this book to be that informative since most of the tips were quite well known. Also, a couple of the “make your own” sections weren’t very effective, namely, the hairpin leg planter and terrarium. They ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is aimed at people who want to be more environmentally friendly in their behavior but don't know where to start. It's basically a collection of suggestions about simple ways to reduce how much waste you produce, minimize what you buy, and support more sustainable practices. The author went through the main rooms in a house plus briefly discussed work and eating out. She talked about things like buying food at a farmer's market, using natural light when you can, unplugging electronics w ...more
I'm not sure why this book is necessary at this point - most of the "tips" and information included in it are pretty common knowledge (switch out your incandescent bulbs! bring reusable shopping bags! reduce, reuse, recycle!). I mean, obviously this is important, and there were a few "newish" ideas (like sustainable cleaning products, meat-free or meat-reduced diets, etc.), but overall I feel like this ground has been covered ad nauseum for the past decade at least. Perhaps having an index of re ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love learning about being more eco friendly and less wasteful, then this is the book for you. Every page of this book was interesting, and I really feel like I learned something. Did you know that for every pound of product created, seven pounds is wasted worldwide? That's just one of the things I've learned, and that's really something that will stick with me. Even just buying second hand furniture helps.

Check out my full review here!

Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was a lovely book - layout, photographs and design is amazing -, however I felt like it did not bring anything new to the table. If I read this book maybe 5 years ago I would've been wowed, but by now I do know most of the things in the book, I am aware of them, I heard them a lot, I practice a lot of the things in the book, so it really did not feel like the book came with something new and it did not feel exciting (ther
Micky Cox
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a very broad overview of minimizing excess in your life and home. It has very basic information on a broad array of topics, but not very in depth information. If you are new to starting a sustainable life or minimizing excess in your life then this is the book for you. If you are looking for a more "how to" or a book with deeper information then you may be disappointed in this book. It did include examples of how to minimize your life, but just lightly in each category. Nice picture ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book - the breakdown and how topics were presented/grouped together made sense and resulted in a nice flow. Overall, this is an introductory book to the topic of sustainability. Since I personally have been working on this for the last few years, many of the inclusions were a little shallow. I was hoping for more depth but this book is intended for folks who are just getting started - it is wonderful for that. The included recipes and tasks are a nice touch. A fun, refres ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Are you interested in going green? This book will help you in many ways. Going Green can be a bit overwhelming. There is quite a bit to do but the question is where to start. This book will take you room by room through your home giving you ideas and tips on how to start. There really are some great ideas in the book, and simplifies lots of things. Going Green can be a daunting task but this guide makes it easier.

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via and chose to l
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Sustainable Home by Christine Liu is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-October.

Things to keep in mind (mostly day to day maintenance tasks) while keeping your living room, kitchen, bedroom(s), bathroom(s), and yard sustainable (i.e. scaling down to be visually simple, making-do, reusing materials, recipes and DIY projects, using energy efficiently, and cleaning with sustainable compounds & liquids).
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
A wonderful book full of information about sustainability and the world, about what we can do to help, recipes, and general tips. I found it slightly preachy at times (if you're reading this you're probably interested so already are aware of quite a bit of this) but generally very well balanced and inclusive. There is something we can all do to help the planet and this book really touches on that and inspires you.

*This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an ho
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Lovely book for beginners with a clear layout and inspiring approach. I loved that the approach was not preachy, as many of these books about sustainability are.

However I struggled to find anything in this book that I haven't already found after watching a YouTube video or two and following a couple of inspo accounts on Instagram.

TLDR: Definitely worth reading if you are a completely fresh beginner: if you have already started making changes then this book may not be for you.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I have heard some of these eco tips before from YouTubers, there was something about the format and information presented that was extra pleasing. I might even try the homemade toothpaste recipe. Also, the book is so artistic it would be perfectly showcased on a coffee table as a conversation starter.
Logan Romjue
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully laid out book, which is what caught my eye when I saw it at my local sustainable goods store. I’m really glad I decided to buy it - the practices in here are simple yet effective reminders of ways we can take small actions in our day to day life to help our planet. It makes a lovely coffee table book as well! Definitely recommend.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is beautifully designed and photographed! It's a great primer on sustainable living, but didn't really reach much deeper than that. A great book for someone who is new to sustainable living but a bit repetitive for someone who has already done their research.
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Christine Liu is author of the blog and YouTube account 'simply by christine', a diary and guide to living simply and sustainably. Her education in industrial and packaging technology, coupled with her and career experience in packaging sustainability at Cisco Systems led her to share her lifestyle through this website and most recent book, Sustainable Home. Inspired by the beauty of necessity of ...more

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