Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Urban Eco Chic by Oliver Heath: A Review
As a thank you for supporting Climate Week, I was sent a copy of a book called Urban Eco Chic by Oliver Heath. I wasn't planning on reviewing it as such but after receiving it yesterday and staying up ALL NIGHT to read it from cover to cover I felt I had to introduce it to you all.
Its not often that I stay up all night out of choice. My little ratbags are such awful sleepers that I have got into the habit of going to bed as early as I can to get some ZZZZZs in before their games of wake up tag start. I can't even remember the last book I read that I couldn't put down. Needless to say, this one is fantastic and if you are even just a teent tiny bit interested in living a greener life then this book is a great starting point and I wholly recommend you buy it.
It contains a huge range of information on how to do so, discussing every element of being eco friendly within the home, from eco building materials right through to household appliances, and focusing on the three Rs - 'reduce, reuse, recycle'.
Oliver highlights the issue of climate change and its effect on us and our homes perfectly - without scaremongering or guilt. He says 'The world we inhabit is changing due to our activities and as it changes we must adapt our lifestyles to compensate' which is entirely true and brilliantly put.
The book contains just the right proportions of information, suggestions and tutorials, alongside the most gorgeous pictures which prove that you really can be environmentally friendly without compromising on style. One thing I like about this book is that it's easy to pick it up and learn something new after just a couple of minutes reading - or, of course, you could do as yours truly did and demolish the whole thing in one sitting. It really is inspiring.
The best bit is that it is a BEAUTIFUL book - and one you will proudly put out on your coffee table for all to see. I'm hopeful that lots of visitors to the cottage will be picking it up and having a flick through it before purchasing a copy for themselves!
Oliver Heath is a sustainable architectural designer, TV presenter and writer. You might remember him from his early years on BBC1's Changing Rooms. He is on Twitter here and has a brilliant online store, EcoCentric, selling well designed and eco friendly homewares. Urban Eco Chic is available from all good book stores. Go down to your local independent bookseller and buy a copy now!