Practical Self-sufficiency: The complete guide to sustainable living today


Find your route to a more sustainable lifestyle with Dick Strawbridge, of Channel 4’s ‘Escape to the Chateau’, and his son James. Wherever you live – be it a small terraced house like James or a rural smallholding – ‘Practical Self-sufficiency’ contains invaluable advice to help you make the most of your own resources and become more eco-friendly.

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Embrace off-grid green living with this all-encompassing guide to self-sufficiency alongside Dick Strawbridge and his son James.

Introducing Practical Self-Sufficiency, your new go-to survival guide offering step-by-step instructions on all things environment-friendly, jam-packed with tips and tricks for off-grid living to anyone looking to embrace a life of sustainability. So what are you waiting for?

Dive straight in to discover:

-Detailed step-by-step guide covering diverse aspects of off-grid living
-Featuring fully-illustrated step-by-step projecte visually demonstrating how to achieve key aspects of sustainable living from start to finish.
-Encyclopaedic knowledge on a range of eco-friendly tasks such as brewing beer and making soap.
Featuring full-page artworks showing how to tailor every environment for self-sufficient living

Feel like becoming a better version of yourself this New Year? Why not stand out from the crowd and challenge yourself to adopting a healthy eco-friendly lifestyle and unleash your endless potential!
Whether your goal is to become a green-fingered gardener or you’re looking to lower your carbon footprint like never before, this all-encompassing horticulture book has something for everyone to love, with a diverse range of self-sufficiency skills to suit your individual needs and preferences. In fact, this perfect green gift features detailed advice for achieving a self-sufficient lifestyle no matter your outdoor space, and includes specific guides for getting the most out of urban gardens, allotments and much more!

At DK, we believe in the power of discovery. From beer brewing to willow weaving, fermented foods to chicken coops, invest in this sustainability book to give green living a new name, and learn some top tips and handy life skills along the way!

Join Dick Strawbridge and his son James as they embark on a journey to lead a greener life, and be inspired to revolutionise your relationship with the planet in your new sustainable all-green way of living. Test your limits and push your boundaries with this riveting read, and discover how to adapt to a zero waste lifestyle from here on out.

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Weight 1227 g
Dimensions 26.3 × 22.3 × 2.8 cm










New edition


640 (edition:23)


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