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A Life Stripped Bare: My Year Trying to Live Ethically Paperback – January 23, 2006
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Ok, the book may not be up there in the (now) ozone-free stratosphere of Bio/Eco/Ethical bibles, but it is quite good nonetheless.
For those of us who do eat chemical-laden apples and think nothing of buying our carrots from the local supermarket and fly halfway around the world for our holidays, it is a fun read. And reasonably light going. And therein lies its strength; Mr Hickman does not take himself too seriously and he has a sense of humour. This makes him readable and human - I am far from being a tree-hugging eco-warrior (as I'm sure you've guessed) but I found that his explanations were quite reasoned. He admits to failures (he is unwilling to wash his wife's reusable tampons) but he is willing, and gives most things a try.
He admits that his wormery is not a success and that giving up television is not easy and not fun at all. He does do an eco holiday though, and enjoys it.
Good on you, Leo! I like your failures. And I like your humanity.
This is a pop media journalist's narration of his own bland foray into "living ethically." There is not a single suggestion in the book that any moderately environmentally-aware person has not heard a dozen times; buy organic, local food; try to get rid of your car; don't eat meat; avoid chemicals. It's somewhat funny at times, but it's really only revelatory if you think food is born in the back of a grocery store and you've never heard of recycling.
A far more useful read is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/060980281X/qid=1133830624/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-7014812-3547267?s=books&v=glance&n=283155">The Consumer's Guide to Effecive Environmental Choices</a>, which is a scientificly-derived explanation of the top environmental choices individuals can make to impact the environment.