It All Started With a Book.
Ray Anderson's 1994 epiphany began when he read The Ecology of Commerce. Here are some other titles we suggest. Welcome to our Book Club.
Mid-Course Correction: Revisited The original book by Ray C. Anderson, relaunched in 2019 as Mid-Course Correction Revisited, is both a how-to and a why-to on the future for green business. A fresh look at Ray's original telling of his spear-in-the-chest epiphany features new updates, six new chapters by John A. Lanier, and a new foreword from Paul Hawken. This book still offers the best vision of what the prototypical company of the 21st century would look like.
The Ecology of Commerce Revised Edition: A Declaration of Sustainability, Paul Hawken, 2010
The book that started it all! Hawken's words became Ray's epiphany, and they continue to show that business and industry must take the lead in advancing environmental sustainability.
Business Lessons from a Radical Industrialist, Ray C. Anderson, 2009
Ray was indeed a radical industrialist. This book shows why that's a good thing. Ray tells the full business case for sustainability, proving that for Interface, sustainability was so right, so smart.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, Janine M. Benyus, 1997
Nature is awesome. How awesome? This book will answer that question. Benyus shows her readers just how much better nature is than humans at...well...just about everything.
Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows, 2009
An introductory book for anyone who doesn't yet know how to be a systems thinker. This book will change how you see the world, and Meadows will give you the tools you need to make a meaningful impact on any and every environmental and social issue.
Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Social Movement in History Is Restoring Grace, Justice and Beauty to the World, Paul Hawken, 2007
All across the world, people and organizations are dedicating themselves to solving our most pressing environmental and social challenges. Hawken tells their stories, and in doing so, proves that we really can help to heal this planet.
Ishmael: A Novel, Daniel Quinn, 1992
This novel will make you think hard about what it means to be human and how we interact with the planet. Does the world belong to humanity, or does humanity belong to the world? And yes, there is a right answer to that question.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert, 2014
Biodiversity loss is occurring at an alarming rate today, and we are primary contributors to that problem in surprising ways. Kolbert does a brilliant job of spotlighting how sensitive so many species are to how humans live on the planet.
Introduction to Modern Climate Change, Third Edition, Andrew Dessler, 2021
Science! This book is the best we have found at explaining climate change in full, ranging from the physics of how our climate changes to how humanity is driving that change to the policy decisions that could help limit our impact.
Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage, Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, 2009
Esty and Winston provide an easy-to-read and detailed playbook on why it’s smart to make business green, what steps to take, and what pitfalls to avoid along the way.
Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, Yvon Chouinard, 2016
The story of Patagonia and its legendary founder. As seen in this book, Patagonia's corporate values align closely with those of Ray and Interface.
What’s Mine Is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption, Rachel Botsman and Roo Rogers, 2010
A brilliant book exploring "Collaborative Consumption," or what is often called the "Sharing Economy," which will be a significant accelerant to the development of the circular economy.
Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist, Kate Raworth, 2017