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Time to Eat the Dog?: The Real Guide to Sustainable Living Paperback – 15 Jun 2009
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Rather this is a detailed look at the pros and cons of how we live, have lived & could live our lives. Everything is broken into the facts and figures for example how much energy and resources are used to make a dishwasher, dishwasher tablets, vs washing up liquid, sinks, & bowls, vs soap flakes etc then the energy used to actually perform the task at hand (washing up in this case) to decide what is more 'sustainable' this goes right down to the food we eat to give us energy to do the task & what we ould grow in how much space to provide the food...
If you've ever watched a 'this morning' style section and wondered, if, really, when you worked it all out...but couldn't be bothered to work it out for yourself, then this is the book for you.
Everything is referenced and it's truly fascinating and highly detailed. it's a book that I'll take tips from it now - I'm all up for a wormery - and go back later to get more info most likely when I see something else that brings me back to wondering...sadly I wont follow all of the most sustainable ideas right away (I do feel bad about that) but I think over the next few years I'll build up to many of them.
I highly recommend this book for any environmentalist or would be and for those on 'the other side' too.
As a reference book, I would think it could be a useful carbon-figures guide for academics. As a general-reader guide, I found it annoying and lacking.
There is a lot of well-referenced and researched material here, presented accessibly in a clear and straight-forward manner. In keeping there arguments convincing the authors' have gone into a lot of detail; you'll need to be prepared to work a little to get the most out this book. That's not to say that reading this is a chore, not at all, rather we're encouraged to engage with what's presented and draw our own conclusions.
Much of the information is in the form of tables and figures, all of which are easy to read and often illustrate a point much more succinctly than the text. In fact these tables and figures are so good I wish there had been more of them to help with every eventuality. Of course that would have created a ridiculously long book (not to mention self-defeating).
At heart this is an optimistic book because it shows us we can be better. If we heed the authors' advice we can begin to avert real disaster before it's too late.
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I'm really angry this book never made it to me through the royal mail, it's a first for me. I'm extremely interested in sustainability for the modern family on an average wage (not... Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by klynn
I'm someone who's game for a lifecycle analysis of environmental impact, and thinks in terms of embodied carbon, so I was a bit surprised that this book was just too dense for me... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2011 by Emily - London
This book gives an incredible insight into how you can make your western lifestyle more sustainable. I like the way that the book is split into topics. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2010 by Asbjørn Syverhuset
I got this book a long time ago, and I've only just reached the end after reading it on and off. It's not the succinct, attention-grabbing book of facts I expected it to be; as... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2010 by Chantal Lyons
As someone who is perhaps a little cynical of "global warming" I was pre-disposed to hate this book. It wasn't actually what I thought it was going to be. Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2009 by Brains
This book is very good for what it is. If you know little about energy saving and would like to know where to start or what it is about, then this book won't be a bad... Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2009 by James T
Since we live on a planet with finite resources, we could do with uncovering what sustainability really means to the world in general and our own home in particular. Read morePublished on 23 July 2009 by Gaurav Sharma
It's possible that this book might inspire people to think a bit more about the consequences of their actions and steps they can take to live more sustainably. Read morePublished on 22 July 2009 by J. Dawson
As a lot of previous reviewers have already said, this isn't quite what it's billed to be. I hoped that a "guide to sustainable living" would put me on the right path to day to day... Read morePublished on 20 July 2009 by Trisha