A Life Stripped Bare: My Year Trying to Live Ethically

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Transworld Publishers Limited, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 345 pages
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How often in life does convenience triumph over 'doing the right thing? And what is 'ethical living' anyway? When it comes down to it, most people fight shy of giving up their cars, or their toxic household products, their cheap washing machines, or dodgy, unethical bank accounts in order to make the world a better place. So Leo Hickman, resident consumer expert of the Guardian, decided to give it a try. Over the course of a year, he and his family set out to discover whether it was possible to live a 'normal life' - job, mortgage, kids, holidays - while at the same time making each daily choice or decision an 'ethical' one - for the family, their neighbours and the environment. This the story of that year, is a record of an extraordinary transformation. Amid the pitfalls and confusion, Leo's account is funny, inspirational and a mine of information for the curious.

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User Review  - mephit - LibraryThing

A very readable book, not too heavy or preachy, looking at the ways an individual or rather family unit can live more ethically. The author writes engagingly and offers a window into his world as he ... Read full review

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User Review  - madcurrin - LibraryThing

A book that could probably dump you into a deep depression if it weren't for the cheerful honesty of Leo Hickman's writing. An excellent, easy introduction to the challenges of living sustainably. Deserves more stars but could benefit from a summary of action tips at the end. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Leo Hickman is a journalist, editor and consumer expert at the Guardian. He is the author of How to Buy and A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living . He is married to Jane, and has a two young children.

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