by: Mike Berners-Lee

We all want to do the right thing for the planet, but what's the real impact of the things we do and buy? Sometimes it's really hard to know, because there's so much conflicting information out there. Well, we're very pleased to say that this book is a rare gem. Always entertaining, it's an exploration of the true environmental impact of the everyday things we buy and use. How do apples compare to oranges or bananas, buying a newspaper with surfing the internet, or cut flowers with house plants? By talking through the impact of a hundred or so items, Mike Berners-Lee sets out to give us an instinct for the carbon footprint of literally anything we do, buy and think about, laying out, by order of magnitude, the everyday (foods, books, plastic bags, bikes, flights, baths...) and the global (deforestation, rice production, volcanoes). Be warned, some of the things you thought you knew about green living may be about to be turned on their head!
256pp, 128mm x 197mm, illus. in b&w, Paperback, 2010