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Are you confused by all the advice you hear and see daily on how to "go green"? Do you want to incorporate earth-friendly practices into your life, but you don't know where to start? Don't stress! Green guru Sophie Uliano has sorted through all the eco-info out there and put everything you need to know about living a green lifestyle right at your fingertips.
In Gorgeously Green, Sophie offers a simple eight-step program that is an easy and fun way to begin living an earth-friendly life. Each chapter covers topics from beauty to fitness, shopping to your kitcheneven your transportation. Whether it's finding the right lipstick, making dinner, buying gifts, or picking out a hot new outfit, finally, there is a book that tackles your daily eco-challenges with a take-charge plan. Just consider Sophie your go-to girl with all the eco-solutions. Find out how to:
The book's dozens and dozens of eco-friendly tips, products, and practices combine to form a treasure trove of practical advice for every possible way to become stylishly green. Your questions about dressing, makeup, eating, shopping, cleaning, travel, and more are all answered right here. Adopting a green lifestyle is among the most positive, forward-thinking, and personally fulfilling choices that anyone can make--and Gorgeously Green shows that it doesn't have to be tedious, time-consuming, or glamourless!
Questions for Sophie Uliano
We had the opportunity to chat with Sophie Uliano over e-mail about Gorgeously Green, her suggestions for saving the Earth, and the very real possibility of becoming a hippie. Heres what Sophie had to say about the economics of eco-consciousness, the allure of non-toxic nail polish, and of course, whether its truly easy being green.
Amazon.com: Ive heard a common complaint that energy-saving light bulbs, organic food and clothing, and other "green" products are not as economical as traditional products. Is that true? Any tips for readers who want to be eco-conscious and budget-conscious too?
Sophie Uliano: I think that going green has a double meaning in that it also is about saving money. There is no way that I would or could go green if it meant that I was going to have to pay much more. If you make the cleaning spray that I suggest in my book, you will save a bunch on cleaning supplies because its an all-purpose cleaner that I use on almost everything (a great germ-buster too). You will pay a little more upfront for energy-saving light bulbs, but as they last 15 times longer, you will save money in the long run. Food is the only thing that you may have to pay a bit more for, however, I think that your health is an important investment, so I choose to save on boring cleaning supplies and treat my family to food that not only tastes more delicious, but will keep them healthy and vibrant. Remember that if you follow all the energy-saving tips in the book, you are going to save a wad of cash too--so its a win/win.
Amazon.com: I think many people are interested in making more sustainable choices, but when it comes to the heavy lifting it can be hard to break old habits. We tend to think, "Someone else will ride their bike to work today--Ill drive like I always do." What advice do you have that can help people "walk the talk"?
Uliano: I agree that it is hard to break old habits. My suggestion is to break one habit at a time. Choose the one thing that bothers you most. For me it is using paper towels when I know that I can easily use a rag instead. Make a decision about the change you want to make and tell your friends and family that you have decided to do this one thing and that you want their support. It could be that you are going to cook one organic meal from scratch once a week, or that you are going to air-dry your clothes this summer or simply that you will wash out a barely used zip-lock bag, instead of throwing it away--easy!
Amazon.com: Furthermore, Ive heard many people worry that eco-consciousness is the first step toward becoming a granola hippie, to use one of your own phrases from the book. Do you have to be a hippie to go green?
Uliano: You so dont have to become the tree hugger/hippie to live a green way of life. I feel passionately that you can still have the glitz, the glam and the gleaming house because now there are so many eco-friendly companies that offer you safe and healthy choices: nail polishes, organic clothes that are fabulous to name a few.
Amazon.com: Not everyone lives in an area where green options are available and accessible. Can you suggest a few ways that readers can live a greener lifestyle even if they dont have easy access to car-sharing companies, wet dry-cleaners, and other alternatives you mention in your book?
Uliano: If you dont have easy access to some of the green options in my book, it really doesnt matter. No matter where you live, you can make a start. I recently visited my in-laws in Georgia, who have fewer options than we do here in Los Angeles; however, they have embarked on making their own cleaners, composting, growing veggies etc. Theres advantages to living in a metropolitan city in that you can buy all the great eco-stuff, but if you live in a more rural setting, its fantastic too because you may have a yard in which you can grow tomatoes or air-dry your laundry. Id pick the latter if given the choice!
Amazon.com: Your book is mainly directed toward female readers--what tips do you have for men who are interested in making sustainable lifestyle changes?
Uliano: I wrote my book for women because I realized that as a mom, wife and working girl I could show like-minded women how easy it is to become green, however, men can totally benefit from my book too! My husband doesnt have a huge interest in non-toxic nail polish, but hes fascinated with everything solar and has started biking everywhere. We work together as a team, inspiring each other with our daily green discoveries--its fun!
Sophie Uliano is a passionate environmentalist who has developed an earth-friendly lifestyle that appeals to women who don't want to compromise their glamour or style. She lives in Hollywood, California, with her husband and daughter.
This is such a helpful book and opens your eyes to several areas that you will want to know about. You will find yourself definitely wanting to become more eco friendly for... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ken Stewart
as this one. I can understand where this book might have been necessary or helpful 10-20 years ago when ecofriendly was not a marketing term used commonly and with great success... Read morePublished 7 months ago by ec05
Loved the book. I am very allergic to preservatives and this book really has helped me in giving me information.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Sophie is awesome, I love her work. still waiting on her other book, I can't wait. Though the initial costs of the products to make some of her recipes is pricey, but I think its a... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bobbi Lawrence
I would re-name this book "Gorgeously Gross", as it was a waste of money even buying a used copy. I found it to be contradictory and insincere, like this middle aged author is... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lila G.
awesome, a book worth hundreds of hours in research time you would have to do yourself...worth a lot more than I paid...thank you thanik you thank you!!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
reviewed the book at my local library and decided I wanted to own it. I plan on ordering more for gifts, but don't want to order ones that have been written in already.Published 17 months ago by Bonnie Goodman
Very detailed and yet laid in 8 simple steps; loaded with hundred of ways to love this marvelous planet just a little bit better!Published 18 months ago by d higgs
Informative, un-intimidating, scary, but hopeful. I think this sort of book would be well read by everybody and would be great for education in schools. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Rachel Hammond