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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 Original edition (July 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393334287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393334289
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adria Vasil is a best-selling author and journalist for Canada’s NOW magazine, where she has been writing the “Ecoholic” column for five years. She lives in Toronto.

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ADRIA VASIL is a best-selling author and environmental journalist
for Canada's NOW magazine, where she has been
writing the "Ecoholic" green advice column for five years. She
lives in Toronto.

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Has great index.
noyoudont
These questions and hundreds more just like it are answered in Ecoholic.
Ellen P. Lafleche-christian
Ecoholic first off is organized very well and it is super easy to read.
Cherise Kachelmuss

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine J. Zegelis on October 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
I have made an effort the past few years to do my part, small though it may be, to be more environmentally aware and friendly in my daily life. I recycle most things, I do compost for my garden, I purchase more "green" products and try to buy locally and organically when possible. After reading Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Porducts & Services by Adria Vasil, I am now aware that there are so many simple and inexpensive ways to aid in a healthier environment not only for the planet but for my family.

Ms. Vasil is a columnist for Canada's NOW magazine and has written a weekly "Ecoholic" column for five years. This book is a funny, easy to understand collection of the same ideas and insights included in her column. Ms. Vasil does not ask the you to run out and hug the nearest tree, donate your clothes and start knitting a hemp sweater or forgo bathing. She does provide quite a bit of eye-opening enlightenment which may make you examine your normal purchases and habits in a different light.

The book is divided into twelve sections such as home products, food, clothes, beauty, children and finances. Each section covers quite an array of material but the writing is to the point and gives an overview of both the bad and the good. Ms. Vasil explains what toxins are in make-up or cleaning products and she is not afraid to name names (as in name brands) of those that are guilty as well as highlighting those manufacturers that are taking some steps to make their products a little safer. She is also honest with the "good" products as well. When discussing nail polish and nail polish removers, she mentions one brand of remover that is 100% soy- and corn-based. Great except for the massive headache it caused.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian on November 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ecoholic is THE book that anyone who is concerned about environmentally friendly products needs to read. This book is "your guide to the most environmentally friendly information, products & services".

Ecoholic is broken down into chapters on bathroom confidential, what not to wear, green's anatomy, food for thought, no kidding around, homeward bound, home improvement, outer space, I get around, it's all fun and games, you work hard for your money and big issues.

Each chapter discusses several products in general and how safe they are. Then it lists specific products that it recommends as environmentally friendly. It also lists what products & companies aren't environmentally friendly.

Have you ever wondered just what's in your mascara? Are antibacterial products really good for you? Just what's in that lotion you put on your baby's skin? How organic is that food you're buying? Which company's products are produced in sweatshops? What are genetically engineered seeds? Who is Monsanto?

These questions and hundreds more just like it are answered in Ecoholic. These are a few facts I learned:

We used to eat 10,000 different species of food plants, and now 90% of the world's diet is down to 120.

Nearly a third of all the garbage Americans toss each year is packaging.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
One of the things that absolutely drives me crazy is when a writer starts spouting "commonly known facts" without providing sources. The first chapter of the book on beauty products does this. It reads like a collection of alarmist hype about the different chemicals in soaps, shampoos, etc., and only once ever provides any hard scientific evidence that the chemical in question is, indeed, bad. The attitude is, "Well, even if it's NOT harmful, why risk it?" Not good enough. If you're telling me that I have to make drastic changes in my life, give me good, solid, peer-reviewed evidence, not conjecture, half-truths, and fear-mongering.

The rest of the book is a compendium of good ideas that most people should already know about (such as weather-stripping, organic cotton, blood diamonds, local farm co-ops, etc). Some of the suggestions are a little, well, pie-in-the-sky, and some are just common sense. If I had just crawled out from under a rock, or just wanted to have common sense ideas put into a single reference, this might be it. It's a nice idea, I'm just not overly impressed with the execution of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Kachelmuss TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I would not call myself a tree hugger but I do care about the environment. I recycle as much as I can, I buy recycled products when I can, and I cut back on water and electricity at home. Adria Vasil has come out with a new book "Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services." Adria is a bestselling author and journalist for Canada's NOW Magzine, where she has been writing an "Ecoholic" column for five years. The book says it for those "addicted to the planet," but I really enjoyed it and I wouldn't go as far as to say I am addicted to the planet. I mean I try but I know I could do more, and after reading this book I was amazed, shocked, and confused.

Ecoholic first off is organized very well and it is super easy to read. The chapters feature different categories of being green and in big green font throughout the book is facts and statistics that really make you think. I could not believe how much this book covers in its 384-pages. It describes plants, clothes, the environment, furniture, money, and so much more! An example of one statistic is " 80% of the World's Vitamin C comes from labs in China." I can't believe though how much I enjoyed this book and what makes it even better is that I can read a chapter, learn a few things, and pick up the book the next I want to learn more. As a busy mom, I like books I can put down and pick up, although I can definitely see others reading this book cover to cover before they can put it down.

So whether you are an "Ecoholic" or just a person trying to reduce their carbon footprint to make a better future for your children, I recommend checking out this book.

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