The Self Sufficient-ish Bible: An Eco-living Guide for the 21st Century

The Self Sufficient-ish Bible: An Eco-living Guide for the 21st Century

by Andy Hamilton, Dave Hamilton
     
 

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In this fun and helpful handbook, an approach to eco-conscious living is presented that proves that helping the environment does not require altering an entire lifestyle. This guide is packed with creative ideas for recycling, growing organic vegetables, and establishing an environmentally friendly office for those who lack the space or time to be completely

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In this fun and helpful handbook, an approach to eco-conscious living is presented that proves that helping the environment does not require altering an entire lifestyle. This guide is packed with creative ideas for recycling, growing organic vegetables, and establishing an environmentally friendly office for those who lack the space or time to be completely self-sufficient but still want to minimize their environmental impact. There are small suggestions for those just getting started—such as choosing alternative kitchen-cleaning products—as well as bigger projects—including making a solar oven from a used pizza carton and establishing a green nursery for children—that cover all aspects of modern family life. Earth-friendly recipes, herbal remedies, and eco-friendly travel solutions round out this helpful resource to making the Earth just a little greener every day.

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"An inspiring blueprint for eco-living . . . the book's lush color photography, earnest prose and pragmatic approach will appeal widely as concern over global warming mounts."  —Publishers Weekly

"Very visually appealing and will undoubtedly circulate based on looks alone . . . Beautiful photos and helpful instructional drawings abound . . . a great source for anyone looking to go greener . . . Recommended for most public libraries."  —Library Journal

"Offer[s] hundreds of ways to live in an eco-friendly way."  —Teen Vogue

Publishers Weekly

British twins Andy and Dave Hamilton provide an inspiring blueprint for eco-living in this elegantly styled guide. The first-time authors posit that while it's impossible-or at least undesirable-to revert to foraging and cave-dwelling, it is possible to be "self sufficient-ish." To that end, they roll out hundreds of suggestions in four general areas (home, garden, food and lifestyle) to help readers live more harmoniously with Mother Earth. Particularly engaging are their discussions of small-scale beekeeping, harvesting of "wild foods," home beer, wine and cider making, small space kitchen gardening and low-carbon holidays. While a long list of books on permaculture and other techniques have helped thousands get off the grid, this book has a more inviting feel for those who want to make à la carte green adjustments to their life. The book does have drawbacks: much of its information can be found on the authors' own popular site (www.selfsufficientish.com); and the exclusive British focus leaves those in other countries confused during lengthy discussions of specific edible mushrooms and planting calendars. Yet the book's lush color photography, earnest prose and pragmatic approach will appeal widely as concern over global warming mounts. (Nov.)

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Library Journal

The Hamilton brothers, known as the "Green Twins" and founders of the SelfSufficientish.com ecocommunity, have amassed all of their "green" knowledge into this weighty guide. The book, which is very visually appealing and will undoubtedly circulate based on looks alone, is a tome of all things sustainable. Beautiful photos and helpful instructional drawings abound throughout the text. Chapter topics range from domestic (The Eco-Friendly Home, The Bathroom) to culinary (Seasonal Cooking, Making Beer, Wine & Cider) and from gardening to parenting, travel, and the workplace. While far-reaching in coverage-and potentially unrealistic for some-this book will certainly give those who have made initial green changes the motivation to take things to the next level. One stumbling block for most American readers will be the British references, terminology, and measurements, especially in the recipes (milliliters are converted to pints instead of cups). However, the ideas are there and will be a great source for anyone looking to go greener. A thorough index and list of (largely British) resources are included. Recommended for most public libraries.
—Jaime Hammond

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340951026
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Andy and Dave Hamilton are the authors of 101 Ways to Be Self-Sufficient and the proprietors of the popular website www.selfsufficientish.com.

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