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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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  • How to Live Plastic-Free

    Luca Bonaccorsi

    Product Code: BPYXE
    Hardback
    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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  • Simple Acts to Save Our Planet

    Michelle Neff

    Product Code: BPMMH
    Hardback
    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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  • Places I Stopped on the Way Home

    Meg Fee

    Product Code: BPMPO
    Hardback
    A beautiful memoir from an exciting young writer, Meg Fee, on finding her way in New York City. Full of the dramas and quiet moments that make up a life, told with humour, heart, and hope. In Places I Stopped on the Way Home, Meg Fee plots a decade of her life in New York City - from falling in love at the Lincoln Center to escaping the roommate (and bedbugs) from hell on Thompson Street, chasing false promises on 66th Street and the wrong men everywhere, and finding true friendships over glasses of wine in Harlem and Greenwich Village. Weaving together her joys and sorrows, expectations and uncertainties, aspirations and realities, the result is an exhilarating collection of essays about love and friendship, failure and suffering, and above all hope. Join Meg on her heart-wrenching journey, as she cuts the difficult path to finding herself and finding home.
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  • The Little Book of Going Green

    Harriet Dyer

    Product Code: BOLPD
    Paperback
    The Little Book of Going Green aims to shed light on the ways humans are harming the environment, from pollution and deforestation to industrial production and farming methods. Filled with facts, theories and tips on how we can do our bit for the planet, this is your one-stop guide to making every aspect of your life earth-friendly.
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  • DIY Kombucha

    Andrea Potter

    Product Code: BOHWQ
    Paperback
    Author is a fermentation expert, chef, registered holistic nutritionist and has a red seal in culinary arts She founded Rooted in Nutrition in 2009 and teaches classes and workshops on fermentation methods Kombucha is a fizzy fermented health drink that people are turning to as an alternative to soda This is the essential book on how to make kombucha and other fermented beverages from scratch Takes the mystery out of the care and feeding of SCOBY bacteria and how to use it to brew flavorful drinks Learn how to make kombucha that tastes store-bought Simple, visual, straight forward instructions Highly illustrated in full color Covers secondary fermentation, flavoring with fruit and herbs and a troubleshooting section Explains that basic science of fermentation in easy to understand language Differs from other kombucha books in that author is chef and registered nutritionist, contains recipes for other fermented drinks - jun (honey fed SCOBY), kefir water, ginger bug, ginger and root beer. Drawing on years of experience teaching beginners, the author discusses all the most common and some of the less common questions of first time brewers such as, "How long does this project take? How do I know if it is good to drink? What if I go on holiday? Does this SCOBY look normal?" Audience D-I-Yers, homesteaders, foodies, health-minded people, makers and doers
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  • The Natural Home

    Isabelle Louet

    Product Code: BOGFG
    Paperback
    With The Natural Home, you'll discover how to clean everything in your house the healthy way with just a few inexpensive, easy to find products using tried and true cleaning methods that have been around for centuries. Organized by product and location in the home, the book includes an in-depth explanation of natural products like vinegar, lemon, and baking soda which can be used to clean most areas in your home. There's a cleaning guide by room; tips for maintaining materials like marble, stainless steel, and wood; solutions for every stain; natural fragrances for your home; laundry tips; and natural products for pets. Also included recipes for cleaning products you can make on your own that will help disinfect, whiten, deodorize and remove even the toughest stains in bathrooms, kitchen, carpets and clothing. Beautifully designed with two-color interiors and filled with dozens of illustrations, The Natural Home is a charming gift book that shows you how to keep your home sparkling, green, and healthy.
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  • The Carbon Code

    Brett Favaro (Research Scienti

    Product Code: BNSNB
    Hardback
    Our world is getting hotter, and it's our fault. Our addiction to fossil fuels is destroying not only our ancient planet, but our modern civilization. How can we protect our fragile ecosystems while preserving our way of life? How can we respond to climate change deniers who mock the fact that environmental activists use fossil fuels? In short, how can your average concerned citizen live a normal life in a carbon-based economy without being justifiably called a hypocrite? In The Carbon Code, conservation biologist Brett Favaro answers these thorny questions, offering simple strategies to help you reduce your carbon footprint-without abandoning common sense. Favaro's Carbon Code of Conduct is based on the four Rs: Reduce, Replace, Refine, and Rehabilitate. After outlining the scientific basics of climate change and explaining the logic of the code he prescribes, the author describes carbon-friendly technologies and behaviors we can adopt in our daily lives. However, he acknowledges that individual action, while vital, is insufficient. To achieve global sustainability, he insists that we must make the fight against climate change "go viral" through conspicuous conservation. The Carbon Code is a tool of empowerment. People don't need to be climate change experts to be part of the solution! In this book, Brett Favaro shows you how to take ownership of your carbon footprint and adopt a lifestyle of conspicuous conservation that will spur governments and corporations to do the same. Climate-friendly action is the best decision on every dimension-economics, health and well-being, and social justice. Saving the planet is, after all, about saving ourselves. The Carbon Code provides a framework to do this, and helps you to become a hero in the fight against climate change.
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  • Create and Maintain Your Own Smallholding

    Liz Wright

    Product Code: BMOGV
    Paperback
    Learn how to set up your own smallholding, grow your own fruit and vegetables, rear chickens, pigs, lambs and other livestock, and manage their pasture, to help you create a sustainable, organic lifestyle. This excellent new guide brings the heart of the land to your table, with advice on where to buy, how to maintain and how to support other local producers. Packed with tips and hints on how to prepare for the whole year, especially in winter. With case studies and examples throughout. Companion title to Keeping Chickens and Keeping Bees.
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  • Fresh Clean Home

    Wendy Graham

    Product Code: BLZEM
    Hardback
    Recipes for natural cleaning products from green living blogger Wendy Graham. Learn how to make your home smell as fresh as a daisy with these eco-friendly, money-saving, germ-busting recipes. Using a base of essential oils and natural ingredients, these cleaning products are easy to make, are kinder to your skin and to the environment, while being as effective as any shop-bought solution. The recipes use simple, inexpensive ingredients that are widely available such as bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, salt and citrus fruit, and will leave your home sparkling clean. You can even customise the fragrances to make your home smell crisp, time and time again. Fresh Clean Home guides the reader from the kitchen to laundry and the bathroom, and also includes a section of recipes for specific household cleaning products, such as window and mirror cleaner, carpet and upholstery spot cleaner and sticky stuff remover. Clean every nook and cranny, with surface cleaners and bathroom shiners, laundry powder and fabric conditioner, kettle descaler and more, for a beautiful, fresh clean home.
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  • Renovate Innovate

    Antonia Edwards

    Product Code: BLOIN
    Hardback
    Antonia Edwards' first book, Upcyclist, explored how artists and designers around the globe transform castoff materials into elegant domestic furnishings. Now, she turns her sights to the homes themselves in this breathtaking selection of unique buildings and interiors. Divided into three sections-Reclaimed, Revived, and Reimagined-Renovate Innovate offers vibrant photographs and fascinating descriptions of its subjects. Projects in the Reclaimed chapter include environmentalist Peter Bahouth's highly coveted three-unit tree house nestled in the Atlanta woods and the Love Art Studio in Phuket, Thailand, which is constructed entirely from bits of driftwood. The Revived section features a traditional Slovenian barn, rescued from disrepair and converted into a light-filled holiday home with beautiful Alpine views, and a Milanese apartment furnished with striking vintage finds. Reimagined takes readers from Melbourne to Madrid, Tribeca to the English countryside, showcasing a 7,500 square-foot reservoir converted into a trendy modern residence and a former cement factory that has found new life as architect Ricardo Bofill's famed studio and living space.This international sampling of stunning new buildings and renovations will inspire readers, designers, architects, and dreamers alike to reimagine lived in spaces.
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  • The Self-Sufficiency Handbook

    Alan Bridgewater

    Product Code: BKYUR
    Paperback
    Worried about ever-rising fuel bills and longing for the day when you can be off-grid and independent? Anxious about the quality of the food you eat and planning to go organic? Yearning to get back to the way it was but don't know where to start? This book will show you how to achieve the eco-friendly good life. The authors cover the ecological gamut from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. They answer important questions like how much land is really needed to be self-sufficient, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet your needs. There's practical information here on building an insulated flue pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants and composting with worms-as well as recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, cheeses and more. Packed with full-colour photographs, helpful illustrations and diagrams, The Self-Sufficiency Handbook will appeal to urban dwellers who want to adopt certain aspects of greener living and to serious adherents of back-to-basics living.
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  • Growing Self-Sufficiency

    Sally Nex

    Product Code: BGZGF
    Paperback
    Growing Self-Sufficiency is a practical and inspirational guide for both the beginner and the experienced gardener. It explains how you can enjoy the satisfaction and pride of providing food for yourself and your family, whether you have just a small balcony or back yard, a large garden, or a homestead or smallholding. Learn how to: Enjoy fresh and tasty vegetables in season Grow delicious fruit for eating all year round Produce your own chicken, eggs and lamb, guaranteed free from harmful chemicals and additives Preserve your produce - from freezing and drying to making jams, chutneys and pickles Make your own drinks: juices, cordials, cider, wine and liqueurs Grow medicinal herbs and make your own herbal remedies Provide more food from your plot than you ever thought possible!
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  • Enough

    John Naish

    Product Code: BHGXW
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    For millions of years, humankind has used a brilliantly successful survival strategy. If we like something, we chase after more of it: more status, more food, more info, more stuff. Then we chase again. Its how we survived famine, disease and disaster to colonise the world. But now, thanks to technology, weve suddenly got more of everything than we can ever use, enjoy or afford. That doesnt stop us from striving though and its making us sick, tired, overweight, angry and in debt. It burns up our personal ecologies and the planets ecology too. We urgently need to develop a sense of enough. Our culture keeps telling us that we dont yet have all we need to be happy, but in fact we need to nurture a new skill the ability to bask in the bounties all around us. ENOUGH explores how our Neolithic brain-wiring spurs us to build a world of overabundance that keeps us hooked on more. John explains how, through adopting the art of enoughness, we can break from this wrecking cycle. With ten chapters on topics such as Enough food, Enough stuff, Enough hurry and Enough information, he explores how we created the problem and gives us practical ways to make our lives better.
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  • Big Pig, Little Pig

    Jacqueline Yallop

    Product Code: BGLXB
    Hardback
    When Jacqueline moves to south-west France with her husband, she embraces rural village life and buys two pigs to rear for slaughter. But as she gets to know the animals better, her English sentimentality threatens to get in the way and she begins to wonder if she can actually bring herself to kill them. This is a memoir about that fateful decision, but it's also about the ethics of meat eating in the modern age, and whether we should know, respect and even love the animals we eat. At its heart, this book is a love story, exploring the increasing attachment of the author for her particular pigs, and celebrating the enduring closeness of humans and pigs over the centuries.
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  • Building with Straw Bales

    Barbara Jones

    Product Code: ANLAA
    Paperback
    Building with Straw Bales explains in straightforward terms the principles of straw-bale building. It covers design principles; the different types of foundations; how to raise and stabilise walls and protect them from the weather, including a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity; and how straw-bale buildings can easily meet Building Regulations requirements. Straw-bale building is now entering the mainstream - used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and energy efficiency. Straw has great loadbearing qualities and provides superb insulation at an affordable price. Now in full colour for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this book illustrate the techniques described and show-case the diverse possibilities of straw-bale building. A book for self-builders as well as architects and construction industry professionals; straw-bale building is accessible to many people and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling you to design and build the sort of shape and space you'd really like.
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  • The Moneyless Man

    Mark Boyle

    Product Code: BEMMV
    Paperback
    Imagine living for an entire year without money. Former businessman Mark Boyle did just that and here is his extraordinary and compelling story. How do friends and family react? What do you eat? How do you wash? Mark Boyle finds out the hard way and explores the troubling consequences of our obsession with money. Encountering cuttlefish toothpaste, seasonal foods, paper made out of mushrooms, and compost toilets, Boyle puts the fun into frugality and will inspire you to question what really matters in life.
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  • Butchering Small Game and Birds

    John Bezzant

    Product Code: BEHMQ
    Hardback
    "Butchering Small Game and Birds" is essential reading for those who have embraced self-sufficiency, and who regard small game and birds, both domestic and wild, as an essential part of their diet. The volume covers rabbits, hares, quail, chicken and turkey as well as game birds and provides comprehensive guidance relating to all aspects of the craft of butchery.
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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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  • Everyball

    Michael James

    Product Code: AYVUY
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    In Everyball author Mike James delves deep into his own tennis experiences, first as a child growing up playing on the 'murram' courts of Kenya, then to the hard courts of Tucson, Arizona, and finally to a 22-year coaching career in Great Britain, to bring alive his coaching philosophy of Everyball. Sometimes humorous, sometimes more serious, these parable like reflections, anecdotes and observations from a life in tennis aim to tool you up for the game of life! It's no doubt a book for the tennis coach, parent, player and enthusiast, all of which Mike is, but also for anyone interested in learning, growing and thriving in the bigger game we all have no choice but to play.
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  • A Hut of One's Own

    Emily Chappell

    Product Code: AXGUA
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    Allotments are places to grow food, but they are so much more than that. They are also places that encourage spontaneity, exploration, learning, sharing, restful activity and camaraderie. This book is a celebration of the allotment hut - their architecture and design, but most of all the wonderful invention and resourcefulness that makes each one unique. A series of original and charming illustrations offer insight into the world of allotment huts and offer inspiration to create your own, very special shed. This is the ideal gift book for allotment folk, gardeners or those curious about alternative lifestyles and the quirkier side of life.
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  • Time Mastery

    Karen Meager

    Product Code: AWOGI
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    Move Beyond Time Management Become a Time Master Have you tried the latest time management techniques and still feel overwhelmed? Are you fed up with having to 'think' about prioritising, decision making and squeezing things in? Do you wish life would just flow better? Then this is the book for you. This book will allow you to master your own time and not be controlled by other people's priorities. Understand how your own preferences, style and interests impact how you use your time and be able to: - Incorporate simple changes in your day to day activities that give you back control. - Learn how other people see time and how you can use that to help them become more efficient and effective. - Make the most of your time for the things that are important to you. Whether you want to get more done at work, delegate better, manage the priorities at home or just spend more time doing things that bring you joy, Karen and John will help you develop an approach to time that is efficient and fits with your unique personality.
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  • Zen in the Art of Permaculture Design

    Stefan Geyer

    Product Code: AUZFR
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    Do you wish to creatively engage with the wickedly complex problems of today, while not adding to the mess? Do you want to consciously act with clarity and grace whilst living on a thriving planet? Do you want a fair society, where people care for each other, their children and grandchildren?Stefan Geyer shows how permaculture, infused by insights from the Zen tradition, can be a modern method of liberation from our society's present woes. Permaculture is a new regenerative culture, and permaculture design is the method to get there. It offers emancipation and emboldens us to think in joyfully expansive, daringly experimental and creatively caring new ways. Zen in the Art of Permaculture is full of inspiration that you can carry with you anywhere. Each page explores a permaculture idea or theme. These are not the last word on the subject but catalysts for new thought. They articulate a process of awakening that can help us become intimately aware of how nature works. As we become more sensitive to our place within the natural world, we see our own nature within it.
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  • The Minimalist Gardener

    Patrick Whitefield

    Product Code: AUTTY
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    This is low input, year round No Dig gardening that provides your kitchen with delicious fresh food, whilst not breaking your back. Written by an acknowledged expert, this friendly guide will help you grow food in whatever space you have - large or small, rural or urban - with minimal bought in inputs, and maximum satisfaction. This is the first in a collection of Patrick Whitefield's pioneering writings, celebrating his life. It explores the cutting edge of permaculture gardening that is eminently practical and visionary all at the same time. Patrick describes an evolving system which is totally chemical free, requiring little input from outside the garden gate. His minimalist approach uses techniques like No Dig, raised beds, perennial vegetables and self-seeding salads as ground cover and mulching when appropriate. This minimises garden maintenance whilst growing an abundance of produce year round. Patrick describes how to select plants based on what you like to eat and how to combine them in polycultures that confuses pest. He mixes annual hybrids, heritage varieties and perennial vegetables and has a pragmatic approach to selecting seeds and seed saving. There are tips on selecting fruit varieties, from berries to fruit trees, including how to choose rootstocks and varieties.
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  • Living on One Acre or Less

    Sally Morgan

    Product Code: ARVIG
    Paperback
    You can grow all the fruit and vegetables your family needs, raise animals for meat and eggs, keep fish and bees, and even produce firewood on a plot of land of just one acre or less - alongside your work and family life. Whether you have a garden, a paddock or perhaps the corner of a field, Sally Morgan guides you through: * How to lay out your plot - including fencing and polytunnels or greenhouses * Managing soil fertility * Growing fruit and vegetables throughout the year * Keeping livestock: poultry, pigs, sheep and goats * Producing fish with aquaponics Filled with practical advice, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants to be more self-sufficient and live a more sustainable life.
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