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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Motivational Press (April 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935723030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935723035
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,686,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robin Pharo has extensive professional experience in the sustainability and understands that one solution does not fit all when it comes to earth-friendly practices. In fact, she chooses a motorcycle over a Prius or a bycycle.

Ms Pharo is currently holds a number of high profile positions within the areas of sustainability including President of Healthy Homes, a Green/Healthy Building consultancy firm and Director of the Green Built Home Program. She is also active member of the National Builders Association serves on the local board of directors, state board of directors and the national Green Remodelers Committee.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Zetland on November 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
Robin Pharo's main idea in this book is that saving the earth doesn't have to be be hard.

I suggest that your first move in saving the earth is to NOT buy this book.

The book starts off as an advertisement for all the consulting Robin has done (and can do for you!)

It goes downhill from there, trying to shoehorn readers into one (or several) of seven "types" of people, as a means of determining what kind of environmentalist you may be (retro biker or deep greenie -- I can't remember the exact types). This structure (with accompanying icons next to the text) gives the book a Dummies appearance, but that's just an aesthetic error.

The real problem is that the artificial categories are too rigid for normal people (I eat organic and shop at Walmart), so that means that the book is useless to people who don't like the boxes they are being stuffed in.

After this problem there is Robin's approach: Don't like fair trade coffee? No problem! Drink from a ceramic mug? Don't like that? Well, then drink from a foam AM/PM cup.

Ok, so where's the environmentalism here? If you don't change anything (because everything's great!), then we're already on the perfect path.

Even worse than the "do nothing" advice is the "this is right" judgment about various activities. Fair trade coffee, for example, is presented as good per se, but that's not true. There are a lot of problems and complications with Fair trade that Robin ignores. I take that as an example that defines the norm in this book: cliche environmentalism.

The only good news for the book is that the title seems catchy: I sold it in about ten minutes in the flea market, for one euro. Recycling is good!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ginny Gilbert on November 5, 2010
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Robin Pharo's take on living a sustainable lifetstyle is a refreshingly guilt-free romp with topics ranging from how to select travel destinations that affirm your personal values, to remodeling and construction tips, to what you can do in your workplace to make better choices for your life.

Unlike other books on sustainability, Robin addresses both the ecological and personal health impacts that our everyday decisions have on our bodies and our planet.

Written in an engaging, light-hearted and conversational manner, this book succeeds marvelously in teaching rather than preaching and makes a wonderful gift for those you truly care about.
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This was the first book I read on sustainability and I'm glad it was...I have avoided other publications because they tend to have a preachy message that we are never doing enough. Unlike some other sustainability experts, Ms. Pharo doesn't promote the "all or nothing" philosophy. Instead of judging you for what you are not doing, she makes you feel good about what you have done and encourages you to do more without drastic changes to your lifestyle. I enjoyed her writing style as it took a serious message and incorporated real life situations that could apply to anyone with a dash of fun thrown in. It was interesting to read about her family and friends and the ways they have tried to incorporate sustainable practices in their day to day lives. The personality assessment she provides at the beginning of the book helps you to identify yourself with the cast of real life characters she uses throughout the book which makes the book even more interesting to read. You really get her message that if we all try to make some small changes throughout the different segments of our lives, we can make a big impact on the planet.

I enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it to my family and friends. It is a great example of how we don't have to give up everything we enjoy to be on the path to green living.
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The author, Robin Pharo, has extensive professional experience in sustainability and understands that one solution does not fit all when it comes to earth-friendly practices.

The most fun part of this book is a quiz you take to find out if you are an Earth Hugger, a Tech Master, Biker Mentalist, Eco Camo, Life Long Scout, Sub Lime or Retro Eco. (I'm equal parts Earth Hugger and Sub Lime). Then Pharo takes you through the areas of food, business and work, household and personal care, clothing, transportation, building and remodeling, and travel and provides practical tips, highlighting those of special interest to various personalities.

Of course the first area was food, and I found myself a bit taken aback when she talked about the lunchbox waste and juice boxes being OK for some people. I think I'm so used to being green in this area that I forget small steps for me are big for others. But in other areas, where I had previously hung my head in shame (driving my Eclipse to work instead of taking my bike, for example), I felt like I was given permission to keep driving my car but maybe think about being more green in other areas.

If you're already pretty green, you won't learn much. But if you're only green in one area or just getting started because it all seems so overwhelming, this book is for you.
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