Thursday, March 19, 2009

Green is the New Black

Green is becoming more fashionable than ever. From recycling and slick solar panelling, to kitting out your sprog in organic bamboo-cotton nappies, there are so many ways we can help to slow down the decimation of this pretty planet we live on.

You are already on the Green Team by supporting Pulp Books (and therefore Food & Trees for Africa), but if you would like to do more we recommend the following books:

Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life
Sophie Uliano
Paperback, 309 pages


"Gorgeously Green" is a handbook for living the good life while caring for the Earth. Packed with the most up-to-date information, this work covers fashion, home, travel, and more. Illustrated.

Going Green: 365 Ways to Change Our World
Simon Gear
Penguin SA

This South African title will help readers 'go green' one day at a time. Filled with simple and easy-to-implement tips and steps on how to decrease your carbon footprint and make the world a more sustainable place, Going Green is the perfect beginner's guide. The tips are divided into categories such as home, office and garden and all prove the point that saving the environment need not be an expensive or time-consuming activity. In fact, by implementing these tips into daily life readers may end up saving more than just the environment.

Green Architecture
Philip Jodidio

James Wines puts up the various - and often irreconcilable - concepts of environmentally-friendly architecture for discussion, making a case for an architecture that not only focuses on technological solutions, but also tries to reconcile man and nature in its formal idiom. Among the examples of contemporary ecological architecture presented are works by Emilio Ambasz, Gustav Peichl, Arthur Quarmby, Jean Nouvel, Sim Van der Ryn, Jourda and Perraudin, Log ID, James Cutler, Stanley Saitowitz, Fran├žois Roche, Nigel Coates and Michael Sorkin.

Worldchanging: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
Alex Steffen
HNA Books

Written by leading new thinkers who believe that the means for building a better future lie all around, this text is packed with the information, resources, reviews, and ideas that give readers the tools they need to make a difference. From eco-building to responsible shopping, political action to humanitarian relief, this work puts the power to solve problems into the readers' hands.

Jane’s Delicious Garden: How to grow organic vegetable and herbs
Jane Griffiths
Sunbird Publishers

Do you want to grow organic vegetables but don’t know where to begin? Jane’s Delicious Garden is the perfect book for you - whether you have green fingers or not. Packed with practical advice, time saving tips, step by step instructions and personal anecdotes, this book is for beginners and gardening gurus alike. With over 200 photographs, and detailed information on nearly 100 different vegetables and herbs, this guide will enable you to feed your family and friends with wholesome, organic food harvested from your own garden.

When Santa Turned Green
Victoria Perla
Thomas Nelson Publishers

A creative holiday story introduces kids to environmental awareness with ways that they can make a big difference. Everything's going along smoothly at Santa's workshop until he discovers a leak in his roof, and he realizes the North Pole is melting because of global warming. Faced with the reality of what this could mean for Christmas, not to mention the planet and the future, Santa is determined to turn things around.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver
Harper Perennial

In her first full-length non-fiction narrative, bestselling author Kingsolver opens readers' eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: you are what you eat. The bestselling author returns with a wise and compelling celebration of family, food, nature, and community.

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries
Richard Reynolds
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

When Richard Reynolds began planting flowers secretly at night outside his tower block in South London he had no idea he was part of a growing global movement committed to combating the forces of neglect, land shortage and apathy towards public spaces. But his blog attracted other guerrillas from around the world to share their experiences of the horticultural front line with him and become a focal point for guerrilla gardeners everywhere. "On Guerrilla Gardening" is a lively colourful treatise about why people illicitly cultivate land and how to do it. From discretely beautifying corners of Montreal to striving for green communal space in Berlin and sustainable food production in San Francisco, from small gestures of fun in Zurich to bold political statements in Brazil, cultivating land beyond your boundary is a battle many different people are fighting. Unearthed along the way are the movement's notable historic advances by seventeenth century English radicals, a nineteenth century American entrepreneur and artists in 1970s New York. Reynolds has researched the subject with guerrilla gardeners from thirty different countries and compiles their advice on what to grow, how to cope with adverse environmental conditions, how to seed bomb effectively and to use propaganda to win support.

Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day
Grist Magazine
Published by Mountaineers Books

Sustainability is the new "bling," and Grist knows how to wear it.

Not a guide about guilt, but about making little choices throughout the day that improve the planet. Grist is the hottest online magazine covering sustainability and popular culture.

Like Grist, this is a quirky, humorous, entertaining, and sometimes irreverent read. We all have our morning routines, whether it's making coffee, walking the dog, feeding the kids, a shower and a shave, the office commute, or some combination thereof. And at each of these morning moments (in fact, at any given time throughout the day) we're making choices. What to eat, what to wear, how to dispose of dog poop or diapers, how to travel from point A to point B, where to have a post-work cocktail, and on, and on, this compact and resourceful handbook takes a look at how to simplify and "green" our daily choices, from the moment we get up in the morning, until we finally lay our heads down at night.

Architecture of Change: Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment
Kristin & Lukas Feireiss
Die Gestalten Verlag

Architecture of Change features recently built and realised work that – in addition to its exceptional architectural quality – makes a notable contribution to a liveable and sustainable future. The book also covers current initiatives that promote innovative research in this sector and thus encourage an emerging generation of environmentally aware architects and urban planners. Presenting over forty impressive examples of pioneering international projects that are improving our environment in real ways, the publication is a relevant reference for both a professional and general audience.

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint: 365 Simple Ways to Save Energy, Resources, and Money
Joanna Yarrow
Published by Chronicle Books

How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint is the world citizen's guide to pushing back the advance of global warming. This colorful handbook offers 500 practical, easily achievable ideas that conserve energy, prevent pollution, and save money. Did you know that unplugging appliances and cell phone chargers when not in use can reduce electricity bills by 10 percent? Or that recycling just one glass bottle saves enough power to run a computer for 30 minutes? Whether the subject is jet travel, dishwashing, or any of the 50 topics in the book, surprising statistics and innovative graphics will inspire action and demonstrate that simple habits can lead to big results.

Love Green Food: Cooking and Eating with Consciousness
Larissa Green

A fresh bold approach to eating and cooking naturally, consciously and spiritually. It is non-prescriptive, fun and simple and anyone - from die-hard meat eaters to the leafiest vegetarians - will enjoy cooking from this book.

The Virtuous Consumer
Leslie Garrett
Published by Inner Ocean Publishers Inc

Is laminate flooring good or bad? Should one buy beverages in plastic bottles or cans? And how can one crack the code of little numbers in triangles on the bottom of plastic containers? "Virtuous Consumer" is for busy people who want to buy responsibly but are not sure where to start. There's surprisingly little useful information available, so in this book Leslie Garrett provides the answers to commonly asked questions. Each chapter in this practical, easy-to-read book reveals how a particular sector of the economy impacts the planet and its people.

Green Is the New Black: How to Change the World with Style
Tasmin Blanchard
Published by William Morrow

For fashionistas who care about global warming and next season's hot looks, "Green is the New Black" is a must-have accessory.
Does our shopping addiction contribute to climate change? What's so special about organic cotton? Who are the real fashion victims behind $5 jeans?
From green carpet glamour to ethical bling, slow and low travel to the joys of swap parties, Blanchard explains the principles of green fashion, from why it matters to how to do it, with fun facts and essential directories on every aspect of sustainable stylish living. Full of emerald-hued fashion secrets from Blanchard's celebrity friends, "Green is the New Black" is smart, inspirational, and will show even the most diehard shopaholic how she can salve her desire and her conscience, and begin to pull off one of fashion's toughest colors with ease. Ready to be eco-fabulous? If you want to change the world and your wardrobe, don't go shopping without it!

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