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Our self-sufficiency handbooks will help you learn new skills and live better. They are ideal for anyone interested in sufficient living.

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Our self-sufficiency handbooks will help you learn new skills and live better. They are ideal for anyone interested in sufficient living.

  • Change Your Life One Day at a Time

    Dr. Ilona Boniwell

    Product Code: CHYL
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    Written by two doctors who specialise in health and psychology, Change Your Life One Day at a Time is the ultimate manual for living a long, healthy and happy life.

    Providing a year's worth of wisdom to nourish your body, mind, and spirit, this book features important and practical advice, and it's all organised by the seasons of the year. Based on the latest medical research, there are accessible brain-training exercises, inspirational quotes and healthy recipes.

    You'll be encouraged to live by this book and bring the hints and tips into your daily routine. By making these simple changes, you'll be set on the way to living in a more holistic way.
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  • The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

    John Seymour

    Product Code: CBSS
    Hardback
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    A brand new edition, complete with a foreword by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, of John Seymour's classic Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency.

    This practical book offers step-by-step instructions for everything from growing your own fruit and vegetables and baking bread to chopping trees and harnessing solar power. It has advice on living off the land and how investing time, labour and love into the things we need can be so rewarding.

    Fully illustrated, this book will delight anyone who wants to escape the madness of modern life and eat ethically grown food, develop their skills and create amazing things.
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    BMA: What's Wrong With Me?

    DK

    Product Code: WWWM
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    If you have an ailment or illness and want to identify it quickly while at home, this is the guide for you.

    It has an easy-to-follow, visual symptom checker that will help you recognise the symptoms of what might be wrong and what you should do.

    The head-to-toe visual diagnostic guides will also help you recognise situations that are urgent or potentially life-threatening.
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  • Live Green

    Jen Chillingsworth

    Product Code: BTOMX
    Hardback
    Many of us are already doing what we can to adopt a greener lifestyle. We recycle, try to reduce our waste and plastics, choose organic food when shopping, eat less meat and opt for environmentally friendly cleaning products. Yet we often wish we were doing more and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Live Green is a practical guide of 52 changes - one for each week of the year - you can make to your home and lifestyle to reduce your impact on the environment. Tackling all areas of your life from your cleaning routine, home furnishings, food shopping, fashion choices, natural beauty and Christmas, this book has all the ingredients to help you achieve a more sustainable year. From making your own eco-friendly cleaning products, buying vintage furniture, making your own moth repellent and improving your natural beauty regime to creating a capsule wardrobe and creating your own ethical Christmas decorations - discover how to get the most out of life by living with intention. Live simply. Live Green.
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  • Self-Sufficiency: Foraging for Wild Foods

    Product Code: AOALY
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    Arranged in a directory of categories divided into wild plants, herbs, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, seaweeds and shellfish, this book has all of the information you need to forage for yourself.You'd be surprised at the bounty of wild food you can find practically on your doorstep: some native plants, some escapes from ancient gardens and all delicious. Most of these foods are within easy reach - however, you've got to know what you're looking for and where to go and when.Clear illustrations to help you identify a wholesome and natural food store, all for free. Hints on how to prepare and eat your foraged bounty are also included, along with advice on seasonality.
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  • Say No to Waste

    Harriet Dyer

    Product Code: BYISF
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    The world is overflowing with waste. It's time to take action. You can make positive changes without radically altering your lifestyle. This practical book suggests ways to reduce waste, including how to cut unnecessary packaging, patch up or recycle old household items and drastically limit food waste. With 101 simple ways to create less waste, you'll find it easy to take the first step and make a difference.
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  • Into the Forest

    Dr Qing Li

    Product Code: BXYEP
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    Humans are increasingly becoming an indoor species. We spend 90 per cent of our life indoors. And, on average, we dedicate eight hours a day looking at screens. Our increasingly domestic lives are having huge consequences to our health. In Into the Forest, Immunologist and Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li, examines the unprecedented benefits of the world's largest natural health resource: the great outdoors. Applying cutting-edge research and emerging science, Dr Li explores the inherent connection between nature and improved wellbeing. This practical guide will help you overcome some of life's most problematic health issues, including how to: * reduce blood pressure; * lower stress; * improve energy levels; * and boost the immune system. From mindful strolls in your local park to listening to the wind, from watching the sunset to walking barefoot in the grass, Dr Li reveals the life-improving advantages of spending time around trees, for a healthier and happier you.
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  • Simple Acts to Save Our Planet

    Michelle Neff

    Product Code: BPMMH
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    Simple Acts to Save Our Planet shows you how to be more active in saving our planet every day by performing some "Simple Acts of Kindness"-for the Earth. Treat the environment with kindness with these easy, manageable activities that range from simple home updates, to gardening basics, to supporting the local community. You'll learn simple techniques to help protect the planet every day, like starting a compost pile to reduce food waste, utilizing travel mugs and reusable containers, and choosing eco-friendly products. By working to implement these simple strategies into your everyday life, you can take an active stand to protect the environment now- and make a real difference for the future.
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  • The Permaculture Book of DIY

    John Adams

    Product Code: AUTYV
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    Permaculture is a low cost, environmental and creative approach to living. The Permaculture Book of DIY presents over 20 practical projects that show you how to cleverly recycle materials into useful and unique objects at low financial and environmental cost. Some projects can even be completed for free. Want to spend more time enjoying your home and garden? With this diverse range of projects you could could be growing vegetables in your own geodesic growdome, relaxing on a recycled wooden pallet garden bench whilst enjoying a cider from your very own cider press, or generating your own power with a self-installed solar panel! Each project has been carefully tried and tested and is clearly laid out with step by step instructions and supporting photography and diagrams. It is suitable for anyone who wants to learn DIY skills, have fun and involve their kids too. Learn how to make your own: Solar food dryer; Self-watering raised bed; Pallet furniture; Wood-fired pizza oven; Rocket stove hot tub; and much more!
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  • Thinking on My Feet

    Kate Humble

    Product Code: BZSHQ
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    An ode to the life-changing magic of the simple act of walking. 'I've discovered that going for a daily walk has become as essential to me feeling good for the rest of the day as that first cup of tea. But I would argue that all I am doing is responding to a natural need we all have. Humans have always been migrants, the physiological urge to be nomadic is deep-rooted in all of us and perhaps because of that our brains are stimulated by walking. I solve all sorts of problems, formulate ideas, work things out to that gentle rhythm of self-propelled movement.' - Kate Humble Thinking on My Feet tells the story of Kate's walking year - shining a light on the benefits of this simple activity. Kate's inspiring narrative not only records her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charts her feelings and impressions throughout - capturing the perspectives that only a journey on foot allows - and shares the outcomes: a problem solved, a mood lifted, an idea or opportunity borne. As she explores the reasons why we walk, whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, Kate's reflections and insights will encourage, motivate and spur readers into action. Also featured are Kate's walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other - the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting; the man who takes people battling with addiction to climb mountains; the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer. This book will inspire you to change your perspective by applying walking to your daily endeavours.
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  • Sustainable Home

    Christine Liu

    Product Code: BRGRQ
    Hardback
    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 low-impact lifestyle. Whether its by making your own toothpaste, converting to renewable energy sources, reducing your consumption of plastic, growing your own herb garden or upcycling old pieces of furniture, there are numerous ways - both big and small - to make a difference. With environmental issues at the forefront of global politics, the desire to make small changes on an individual level is on the rise; this book will guide anyone hoping to make a difference, but who perhaps don't know where to begin.
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  • How to Live Plastic-Free

    Luca Bonaccorsi

    Product Code: BPYXE
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    Choking. Starving. Poisoning. That's what plastic litter is doing to marine life. Our oceans are, quite simply, being destroyed. The facts are stark and astonishing: * 8 tonnes of plastic are dumped into the sea every minute * An estimated 300 billion pieces of plastic are currently floating in the Arctic Ocean * Approximately 100,000 marine creatures and 1 million sea birds die from plastic entanglement each year * Some areas of our ocean contain six times more microplastics than plankton * More plastic than fish in our seas is a possibility by 2050 * Around 40% of UK beach litter can be directly sourced to the public Yet by taking some simple steps and making a few changes to your daily routine, YOU can help to change this now. Written by the Marine Conservation Society, this book will teach you everything you need to know about giving up plastic and living a plastic-free life. Structured as 'a day in the life', the chapters start with a typical morning routine and take you through your day, giving you tips and practical advice for removing plastic from your life at every possible opportunity. From the moment you wake up, to the time you go to bed, you will learn how easy it can be to use plastic-free cosmetics, how to have plastic-free mealtimes, how to change your shopping habits and how to consider your use of plastic items at work. These simple, practical methods will show that you don't need to make a huge change to your lifestyle to make a huge change to the future of our planet. Whether you go plastic-free for an hour, a morning, a day, week, month or year, let's all turn the tide on plastic. The oceans will thank you for it. For more information visit www.mcs.org
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  • Booze for Free

    Andy Hamilton

    Product Code: BKYWS
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    Home brewing and wine-making is fun, easy and hugely satisfying. If you garden or forage, can follow a recipe or make jam, and you enjoy a drink, this is the book for you. Andy's no-nonsense, easy-to-follow guide will enable the beginner and inspire the expert with over 100 recipes including beer made from hops and but also yarrow, mugwort, elder and other foraged plants, great tasting wines from fruit, vegetables and the hedgerows, cider and perry from apples and pears, cordials from the leaves of a range of trees, and teas and fizzy drinks from herbs and wayside flowers. - Discover the secret language of home brewing and drinks making. - Make cheap, wholesome drinks, to your preferred taste and strength in little time, with minimum fuss and no need for expensive equipment. - Turn your garden into a drinkers' paradise. - Find where and how to forage for success. - Impress your friends with the weird, wonderful and just plain tasty. Try Carrot Whisky, Sloe and Damson Rum, Parsnip Sherry, Elderberry and Blackberry Wine, Pumpkin Beer, Broom Tonic, Meadowsweet tea as well as classics such as Elderflower champagne, sloe gin, prison brew... Cheers!
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  • Home Gardener's Compost

    David Squire

    Product Code: BAOKA
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    In our ecologically aware times, composting is one smart way to minimize our carbon footprint and help the earth. This new entry in the highly successful Specialist series gives gardeners all the guidance they need to start making, storing, and using their own compost.It offers Information on different types of compost and their ingredients, advice on constructing a compost bin, and detailed explanations of wormeries, green manuring, and seed and potting composts. There's no better or easier-to-follow guide for the eco-smart gardener!
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  • Beginning Seed Saving for the Home Gardener

    James Ulager

    Product Code: CAZFS
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    Author is a medical doctor who applies his scientific training and understanding of biology to his hobby of seed saving Discusses methods for saving seeds in the home garden Differs from other books on seed saving because it is written by a home seed saver for home seed savers Specifically for the beginning seed saver Requirements and limitations for home seed saving are very different to commercial seed saving Includes techniques suitable to address the unique challenges faced by small scale growers such as gene pool and seed purity Suitable for home gardeners who want to grow small amounts of a variety of plants Easy methods for optimal seed saving for first time seed saver Explains vegetative versus sexual propagation Introduction to botany and sexual anatomy Inbreeding versus outbreeding Covers Flowers Legumes: Peas and Beans Lettuce (applicable to cilantro and parsley) Tomatoes and Peppers Squash family, spinach and easy biennials More advance methods include corn, carrots and parsnips and the cabbage family Audience: Gardeners, homesteaders, urban farmers, community gardeners and garden educators Canada: Interest in saving seed in Canada is gaining momentum. In 2014, the founder of Salt Spring Seeds estimated that tens of thousands of Canadians are saving their own seeds and predicted this would grow into a gardening revolution. In February of this year, The National Famer's Union launched a campaign for a farmer friendly seed saving law. Regional Interest: Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Quebec and BC
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  • Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse

    Phil Clarke

    Product Code: CAXCS
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    Climate change? Brexit? Screaming brain-biters? Don't lose the plot - this book can help! Irreverent, straightforward and useful, it shows even complete beginners how to grow enough of their own food to survive when Armageddon arrives and imports collapse - or even if they don't. A grow-your-own guide for the generation who'd rather eat compost than watch Gardeners' World, it tells you how to sow and grow 20 key crops, whether you have two pots, a patio or a whole allotment to play with. It takes you through what seeds, tools and other kit you'll need, teaches you how to plan and plant your site for maximum nutrition, and suggests gardening projects to get underway while civilization still stands, from growing dinner in a dustbin to a juice bar on a balcony - all while sticking a garden fork in the eye of the undead. Gardening for the Zombie Apocalypse: surviving has never been so much fun.
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  • Nature Tonic

    Jocelyn de Kwant

    Product Code: BZMDF
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    Nature Tonic is a beautiful mindful workbook to cherish. It encourages us to connect with nature and grow our own meditative awareness every day. Exploring meaningful ways we can all experience and appreciate the natural world, this precious guide helps us to notice and note nature's enchanting wonders, focus on the seasons, and experience simply being in nature. Author Jocelyn de Kwant invites us all to embrace the earthy roots of a beginners' mind with a daily dose of ecotherapy to soothe our souls. Practical prompts entwine with lengthier meditative notes on the joy of journaling sensory nature, the zen of forest bathing, the simple pleasures of botanical drawing, and ways to reconnect our souls with the soil. This lovingly-illustrated workbook is a timely reminder of the ways in which natural connection can enlighten and enrich our lives.
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  • More Plants Less Waste

    Max La Manna

    Product Code: BZHYF
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    Max La Manna, zero waste chef and sustainability advocate, bridges the gap between vegan food and waste-free cooking - inviting us to channel the MORE PLANTS LESS WASTE mindset and discover a stronger purpose in our daily routines. -- Max has inspired thousands of people across the world to rethink their approach to consumption and made it his mission to turn the tide on plastic and breathe new energy into the leftovers that are typically destined for the bin. In his first cookbook he will share 80 of his tasty, healthy recipes that will have your taste buds watering, help you save money, food and eat well from Sumptuous Spag Bol and Crunchy Cauliflower Curry to Leftover Veggie Nachos in a Hurry.. MORE PLANTS->LESS WASTE INCLUDES: - simple, accessible ingredients that celebrate the power of plants and wholefoods at their best - all-natural home hacks from DIY deodorant to Citrus Bomb House Cleanser - the life tools you need to add value to what you already own and set you on the path to living more sustainably - a 21-day zero waste challenge -- With a little more thought we can all make small changes that will have a BIG, positive impact on the health of our planet. --
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  • The Way Through the Woods

    Long Litt Woon

    Product Code: BZHQD
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    One woman's journey to overcome grief by delving into an overlooked wonder of nature. `As the world of mushrooms opened up to me I began to see that the path back to life was easier than I had thought. It was simply a matter of gathering delights that flash and sparkle. All I had to do was follow the mushroom trail, even though I still didn't know where it would lead. What would I find in the great unknown that lay ahead of me? What lay beyond those hilltops and mists and turns in the road?' When Long Litt Woon loses her husband of 32 years to an unexpected death, she is utterly bereft. An immigrant in his country, in losing the love of her life she has also lost her compass and her passport to society. For a time, she is stuck, aimless, disoriented. It is only when she wanders off deep into the woods with mushroom hunters and is taught there how to see clearly what is all around her, and learn how to make distinctions, take educated risks, and hear all the different melodies in Nature's chorus, that she returns to life and to living. And it is mushrooms which guide her back. In this book, she describes how they saved her, and how they might save you.
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  • SOS

    Seth Wynes

    Product Code: BYNUP
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    Your actions make a difference - even the smallest ones everyday. Discover the simple ways to reduce your personal carbon emissions, proven to work by the latest scientific research. Make impactful changes at home, at work, to how you and your family shop, eat, live. Understand how to use your voice and voting power most effectively too, based on what statistics show really contributes to change. You'll be surprised how much power you have to make a change within your community and your country. How many actions can you tick of the list in this book to help save our planet?
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  • Say No to Meat

    Alexa Kaye

    Product Code: BYYTG
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    Is your meat consumption starting to play on your mind? From eco to ethical, there are plenty of sound reasons to eat less meat. It's possible to make positive changes to your diet without radically altering your lifestyle. This practical book suggests easy alternatives to meat, including nutritional tips, delicious recipes and replacements for other animal products such as leather. With 101 ways to drastically reduce your meat consumption, you'll find it easy to take the first step and make a difference.
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  • L is for Lifestyle - revised and updated: Christian Living That Doesn't Cost The Earth

    Product Code: BYNGA
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    How can we live more responsibly? In this A-Z, Ruth Valerio highlights the main threats to people and our planet, God's beloved creation. She shows us how, by making small but significant changes to our lifestyle, we can learn the secret of a life that is both fair and simple. Scenario: you wake up and jump in the shower. The water is hot and the house warm. You eat breakfast: coffee made with water boiled in the kettle, and cereal with milk kept cool in the fridge. You throw out the foil trays from last night's takeaway before jumping in the car and setting off for work. You've done nothing unusual, but already your lifestyle choices - yes, choices - have had an impact on people and the environment across the world. With warmth and honesty, the author shares her personal journey as well as disturbing findings and deep concerns. It is her passion that we would all play our part in caring for the amazing earth that our God has so wisely and generously created.
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  • Overcoming the Robotic Mind

    Julian Rose

    Product Code: BXVOK
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    Between the covers of Overcoming the Robotic Mind - Why Humanity Must Come Through is a cornucopia of vital information which will combine to dispel the illusions of the unaware and put in place a lucid vision of another way forward for mankind. Drawing upon his highly diverse experiences as an actor, organic farming pioneer, political activist, broadcaster, social entrepreneur, holistic educator and international campaigner, Julian Rose presents a compelling view of the way to break through the destructive patterns of our consumption obsessed society, challenging his audience to recognize life's bigger picture and to think and act `outside the box'. Using an essay style to explore and expose a wide range of contemporary planetary concerns, he calls for a rise in consciousness, so that individuals can fully participate in building a better future together. The book's title Overcoming the Robotic Mind, concerns the author's expose of the anti-life position of the Transhumanist agenda. An agenda that promotes the notion that computer power will soon take over control of the human mind. Through the channelling of reawakened energies into a process of root and branch socio-economic reform and spiritual uplift, Julian Rose foresees a renaissance of `bottom-up' creative endeavour which can directly challenge the failed status quo; reshape our planetary existence and lead to a deeper and more subtle relationship being formed between man and nature, as well as between fellow human beings. Quite simply: you are invited to jump-in at the deep end and start swimming with energies that reinvigorate your very soul and shine a beacon of light on the road ahead.
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  • Less Stuff

    Lindsay Miles

    Product Code: BXLYV
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    When we consider how we love to spend our time, we don't tend to think about sorting, cleaning or tidying. The mess and clutter filling our spaces impacts on our productivity, stresses us out and keeps us stuck. Our stuff stands in the way of the lives we dream about. But what about when it comes to throwing away all that stuff? After all, there is no 'away'. Decluttering is great for our mental wellbeing, and when done right, it can be good for the planet too. Less Stuff is a guide for people who find it difficult to declutter and who don't want to see things go to waste. Step by step, you'll explore finding your 'enough', learn how to let go of your old possessions without sending them to landfill, and eventually break the cycle of stuff.
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