We've heard about several new books on shelves now about green living, for people of all interests and commitment levels. Are you more of a lazy environmentalist? Check out "Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices." Are you an architect or designer looking for the latest news in materials and sustainable products? You'll want to take a look at "Ecodesign: The Sourcebook." Planning to build a green home from top to bottom? Then "Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home" is likely to float your boat.
The New York Times recently did a quick overview on these books:
- Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices (St. Martin's Griffin; $16.99): This is a handy guide on making more environmentally sound decisions in every day activities, like what fish to order in a restaurant or how to buy energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Some of the advice may seem like old hat to people who've been in the green know for awhile, but green newbies will find the book accessible and well-organized.
- Ecodesign: The Sourcebook (Chronicle Books; $35): This third edition is "packed with surprisingly terrific home furnishings and other products that stand out not only because they are less damaging to the planet than conventional goods, but because of their first-rate designs." British sustainable-designer and writer Alastair Fuad-Luke traveled the globe searching for high-design furnishings like the Croissant sofa, made with rattan and abaca rope by Kenneth Cobonpue in the Philippines, and the Raita Bench by Tonester in Finland, cast in a polyester-based plastic that contains 50 percent recycled material and is itself fully recyclable.
- Prefabulous + Sustainable: Building and Customizing an Affordable, Energy-Efficient Home (Abrams; $25): those interested in designing and building their own eco home will find this guide to the newest prefabricated products, techniques, designers and manufacturers very helpful. The author, Sheri Koones, delves into why prefab is inherently more energy efficient. But, according to the NYT, the best service the book provides is "showing the attractive homes, from farmhouse bungalows to beach cottages, built with features like SIP's (structural insulated panels) that greatly reduce heat and cooling costs."
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