How can I reduce the amount of NEW books I buy or pass on my old ones?

October 14, 2011 by  
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We’re having a book themed week here on Recycle This – and on my simple living site, The Really Good Life too. Read about how to reuse, recycle or upcycle old books , damaged books and notebooks/jotters – and see inspiring how-tos & ready-to-buy items using books . Or on TRGL, read about my favourite simple living/growing/making/cooking books – and give me your suggestions for simple living/growing/making fiction (please!) As good greenies, we all know that it’s better to REDUCE in the first place before having to think about reusing or recycling so I thought I’d ask a quick “reduce” question — how do you reduce the amount of new (as in brand new, just printed) books you buy? Any tricks to avoid the temptation or favourite ways to buy them second(third/fourth)-hand? If you don’t buy books in general, but still read regularly, how do you do that? And if you do buy books, how do you pass on your old ones so that others can enjoy them too? I suspect some of these answers are obvious – for example, I use our local library regularly and also browse the shelves in charity shops* – but I wondered if anyone had any less common ideas that might be new to other people. I only recently discovered Abebooks – I wonder if there are any other gems I’m missing out upon! Let us know your book-buying/acquiring secrets in the comments below! * in that order: if I go to the library before any shopping expeditions, the “I need new input” urge has already worn off a bit and my bag is generally pretty full/heavy so I want to browse and definitely buy less stuff. Libraries are fab!

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A Prettier Power Pylon: British Competition Short List Unveiled (Survey)

September 14, 2011 by  
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Plexus Images credit Pylon Design Competition There are 88,000 power pylons in the UK, and the design of them has barely changed in 90 years. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change have been holding a competition for architects, engineers and students ” to rethink one of the most crucial but controversial features of modern Britain: the electricity pylon.”- Something we might want to consider on this side of the ocean; a smart grid deserves smart towers. The short list of six was announced this morning; vote for your favourite! 1. PLEXUS by

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Solar Farm Opens in UK’s "First Solar-Powered Town" (Video)

September 14, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Solarcentury Wadebridge, Cornwall has already hit headlines for its push for 30% renewables by 2015 , and while a government review of subsidies for large-scale solar has put a spanner in the works for some of the larger projects planned, there is also good news. With solar pri… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Urban Green: Architecture for the Future Hits the Road for National Book Tour

September 14, 2011 by  
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Graphic by Chambers Design, Photo Courtesy of smart usa Starting in September, I embark on a nationwide book tour for my new book entitled Urban Green: Architecture for the Future. The tour will take me to more than 20 universities and colleges across the United States. It is broken into three legs: the southeast, the West Coast and the northeast. Schools already confirmed include Clemson University, Winthrop University, UCLA, UWis-Oshkosh, UWash, Tulane University, Maryland Institute College of Art, NCState and many others. The tour

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Goes Guerrilla Gardening

September 8, 2011 by  
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Photo: Paul DeBois Guerrilla gardening has gone mainstream. Yesterday Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall aka the wife of Prince Charles, was at it. And she even took a red double decker bus to get there. Those Royals are really mixing it up now. Camilla the Guerrilla went with the Guerrilla Gardening Guru, our favourite, Richard Reynolds to prune some lavender in the middle of a busy street. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Indian Butter Chickpeas

August 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter One of the things I hear from people who have become vegetarian is that they miss some of their favourite dishes from their meat eating days. If you are missing the taste and texture of a big rib-eye steak, I can’t help you out, but if you miss particular sauces or rubs or marinades, you can usually make them and use a different source of protein, often tofu . I found this recipe for Butter Chicken Schnitzel which already treated the sauce as a dip rather than putting the chicken straight into it as it i… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Huffpo Comes To Canada, Looks More Green Than Orange

May 26, 2011 by  
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The Huffington Post introduces a Canadian edition with the back of Opposition Leader Jack Layton’s head and a headline ORANGE SHADOW, but if you look at their list of local bloggers, it’s really green, at least at launch.

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Amphibious Aquapod Uses Tumbling Action to Travel, Monitor Waterways (Video)

May 26, 2011 by  
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Image via YouTube video screengrab The University of Minnesota’s Center for Distributed Robotics has come up with a lovably awkward amphibious robot that can be used to monitor fish populations, even in ice-covered waters. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Weekday Vegetarian: Olive Salad Taverna

February 18, 2011 by  
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Photo: Kelly Rossiter One of my favourite flavour combinations is olive and lemon . There is something about the mixture of salty and tart that I find endlessly appealing.

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The Devastating Cost of Coal: Interview with Dr. Paul Epstein (Video)

February 18, 2011 by  
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Earlier this week, Dr. Paul Epstein, associate director of the Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment, released the first-ever full life cycle analysis of the devastating costs of coal in the United States

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