The Eco-Design Handbook: A complete sourcebook for the home and office Alastair Fuad-Luke, Thames & Hudson, 2005. 352pp. £16.95
This is an updated edition of a classic resource tool for the green designer. If you are a concerned citizen, or simply want to buy into ethical social responsibility, then this book now contains 570 product listings informing you of the most minimal-energy, low-waste, carbon-efficient products. Some, however, are comical; such as the Epistola, which is a blade of steel with a hole through which you can insert a pencil. 'Using a pencil as a fulcrum, this exquisitely simple set of scales allows letters to be graded for stamping.
It also serves as a letter opener and involves minimal use of materials and energy during manufacture.' The opening introduction notes that 'green design has a long pedigree and before the Industrial Revolution it was the norm for many cultures'. 'Nuff said.