Living the Good Life

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Hardie Grant Publishing, 2011 - Science - 274 pages
Inspiring and challenging, this chronicle of a unique household experiment takes readers inside one family’s environmental test. Already mindful of the impact human activity has on the environment, the author and her family decided to take a further step towards thoughtful living by aiming for complete domestic sustainability. For six months, the Cockburns grew, bartered for, and made everything they ate; used exclusively solar power; collected rainwater for drinking, cleaning, and cooking; parked the cars and turned to bicycles; and aimed to not spend a single dollar. From just their average home on an average-sized lot, they experienced success, surprises, and challenges in their quest—all while learning about themselves as a family. Whether readers are looking for lessons on adopting some—or all—of the Cockburns' practices or are just curious about what it might take to “do it yourself” even more deeply, this story will bring them along for the ride.

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User Review  - alsocass - LibraryThing

A family of three (Mum, Dad and son) document living for six months without spending any money. The father continues to work, riding his boke to work each day. The mother runs the house and the garden ... Read full review

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This book was life changing for me. Linda made me realise that not only is living (almost) sustainably possible in the suburbs, but that you don't need to be perfect - it's OK to make mistakes along ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Linda Cockburn is a writer whose work has appeared in Organic Gardener. She quit her job to take on the challenge of domestic sustainability.

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