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Confessions of an Eco-Sinner

Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff

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A 2008 Indie Next Pick 

In Confessions of an Eco-Sinner, Fred Pearce surveys his home and then sets out to track down the people behind the production and distribution of everything in his daily life, from his socks to his computer to the food in his fridge. It’s a fascinating portrait, by turns sobering and hopeful, of the effects the world’s more than six billion inhabitants have on our planet—and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 02, 2008 – Pearce’s quest to discover “the hidden world” sustaining Western consumption habits is fulfilled with varying degrees of success in this, his third book. Tracking the routes taken by the items in his home—his coffee, cellphone, computer, green beans, chocolate, socks—from raw ingredient to finished product, the author presents fascinating firsthand investigations, as when he visits a group of fair-trade coffee farmers, follows the trail of his donated shirts to markets in Africa, visits Uzbek communities whose health, infrastructure and environment have been devastated by the cotton industry, and interviews female sweatshop workers who view their factory jobs as empowering. When Pearce strays from these journalistic portraits, however, he is prone to flaccid opining about the greenest fuel sources and simplistic boosting for urban planners designing “small-footprint” cities. The most effective chapters puncture the feel-good myths surrounding fair trade and recycling and introduce unique characters, such as the farmers and middlemen responsible for getting prawns from Bangladesh to a London curry shop. Although a timely effort, Pearce’s diffusion of his reportorial mission with green-pleading mires his refreshing discoveries in moralizing and familiar cant.
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Science & Nature
  • Published: Oct 01, 2008
  • Publisher: Beacon Press
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 284 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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