Synopses & Reviews
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 startedsuch as choosing alternative kitchen-cleaning productsas well as bigger projectsincluding making a solar oven from a used pizza carton and establishing a green nursery for childrenthat 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.
"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 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 (); 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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About 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.