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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is very easy reading, its thought provoking and offers fun, realistic and practical tips to make changes and re-think your lifestyle. The book is a neat pocket size and has a nice feel to it, it explains why it is in book form and advises the reader of where the materials have come from to produce it." - Green Girls Global

"Author Christie Matheson's style of writing is breezy and Carrie-Bradshaw-ish, with funny asides and useful sidebars, decent tips hidden in corny jokes, and boiled-down information for the busy fashionista who wants to do good. While the "green" part of this book is the same old stuff, the presentation makes it worth the price.

If you want to do your part in saving the earth, but can't bear to part with your earth-toned Choos, pick up "Green Chic". Missing it will leave you positively purple. " -

"Most of the book offers up fetchingly stated green living alternatives. ("Fetchingly stated" because, I assure you, this writer does not do things without style. Ev-ah. But you guessed that already.) She deals with all aspects of green living in the real world. Long story short: follow Matheson's path, heed her advice and you will decrease your footprint. And, needless to say, you'll look fabulous doing it." -

"Matheson has clearly done her homework. The book starts with a fun description of chic, evoking Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn, while instantly diving into the seriousness of why we all need to care about and be aware of what is happening to our planet. She lays out a green glossary for reference and then spends the rest of the book teaching us how we can look and be fabulous while making a difference in our planet's health. " - The Budget Ecoist

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"These days, however, the idea of going green either conjures up burdensome images of giving up the luxuries you love, or makes you think you need to replace everything you own with green products. This book was written for those of us who are environmentally conflicted." - Second City Style

"While there is a lot of consumerism going on in this little green book, I'm impressed with the amount of information and environmental facts she packs in here, alongside the tips. She backs it all up with her list of 'favourite green things' at the back of the book, which is a great compendium of useful websites of suppliers and producers.

Matheson has road-tested most of the products mentioned, and is a quirky, often funny writer, guiding the readers through a mindset-changing labyrinth of greenness. She is ably assisted by her fiance Will, who testifies to the quality and strength of the recycled razors.
This could be the perfect book for an eco-sceptic in your family or amongst your friends. Buy a dozen copies, and pass them around at random: embrace the fabulousness of green living!" -

"Welcome to another Monday on the Eco-Libris blog. You know what that means? That's right: Another Monday...another book! And this book is especially FABulous!

You know how every once in a while you read a book that makes you laugh, cry, experience filled with so many `Oh!', and `Yes!' moments that it reminds you why you LOVE reading so much? A book written by someone you wish was your BBF (forget Paris Hilton, y'all), because they sound so funny, hip, and interesting? Pick up a copy of Green Chic: Saving in Earth in Style, by high-style author and fashion journalist, Christie Matheson, and you too can revel in such pleasure! " - River Wired

About the Author

Christie Matheson is a writer living in San Francisco and Boston. Her work has appeared in Body & Soul, Glamour, Shape, Boston, San Francisco, Yoga Journal, and The Boston Globe Magazine. She is coauthor of The Confetti Cakes Cookbook, Vineyard Harvest: A Year of Good Food on Martha's Vineyard, and Tea Party and is the author and photographer of the outdoor travel book Discover Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402210825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402210822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,727,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
The title of this book almost makes it sound like you'll be buying $500 dresses from organic hemp. Actually, what Green Chic provides is an extremely useful primer on how to incorporate green living into your daily life in a way that balances usefulness and impact.

Christie Matheson goes over a variety of basics in an easy to understand fashion. She explains the differences between incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, why fluorescent is better, and how to manage the switch. She talks about how wasteful plastic bottled water is, why it causes a lot of harm to the environment to buy water in this fashion, and what your options are.

She goes over the small differences you can make in your daily routine that really add up. Cut your shower length by 2 minutes to save 400 pounds of carbon a year. Uncharge your cell phone charger when not in use for another 100 pounds a year. These are things that are better for you anyway - your skin does much better with short showers - but you might not have thought about them before.

Wash your clothes in cold water. The heat really doesn't do anything at all with modern detergents, and if anything it might set a stain rather than let it wash out. Use recycled paper in your paper towels - if everyone in the US did that just once we'd save 1/2 million trees. Eat local foods, to save on the shipping impact of exhaust and gas.

We live in a consumer society. We buy things without thinking about their impact on our world. If each of us just made small changes - buying recycled paper cards, getting "non-thing" gifts for people like massage gift certificates or restaurant gift certificates, turning off lights when we left rooms - the impact could be phenomenal. Christie points these things out in an engaging manner.

Highly recommended! Then donate your copy to your local library, so even more people can learn from the information, and your own house reduces on its clutter!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Santa Maria on February 22, 2008
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I had this book on order for a while and it finally came in and it is wonderful. So much of the other green living material I've read is so unrealistic - but this author seems to recognize this up front. She presents a variety of practical ideas (all of which she personally tested) for more eco-friendly living - and there are a lot that I'm going to try. I also like how she gives a lot of environmental detail and background - so I know why I should implement the changes she suggests. And she's made this subject actually fun to read about. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Power on February 22, 2008
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I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and was SO pleasantly surprised. Unlike so many of the other "green" books out there, Green Chic extends simple examples of how you can make an impact without having to feel like you're compromising style--it's the best of both worlds. The tone is positive, as are the messages, and you don't walk away feeling reprimanded so much as inspired to make changes. Great read; great gift; and even pretty enough to keep out! Enjoy...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr Pfister on October 23, 2008
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I don't have an issue with "saving the earth in style," but I do take issue with Matheson's product recommendations. Some of the products she recommends as "greener" alternatives are not only pricey but have been found to be no better - sometimes even worse - for the environment (at least one "green" product she mentions has been deemed "not recommended" by the Environmental Working Group) than boring old store brands (eg, CVS Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide, SPF 45+ got the green light from EWG). The prose style is no help, either. If you like your eco advice served with wit and style, better check out [...] and their publications.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on March 11, 2008
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Green Chic is a well written and easily understood book for making green lifestyle choices in fashion, personal care products, food and wine, transportation and entertaining. Author Christie Matheson admits that it is impossible to cover all aspects of green living and she basically sticks to what she knows and is passionate about.

The tone is conversational and light; yet she addressed many reasons why beneath the "chic" the "green" is an extremely serious issue. I like that. Anyone who has read about the state of the environment understands how grave a situation the planet is in. Matheson presents the issues and moves on to discuss viable ways to live a green and stylish lifestyle--with energy and enthusiasm.

Author of award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By CNC on February 11, 2009
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In the book's section about personal care products, the author completely and condescendingly glosses over many viable and wonderful female personal care alternatives, even admitting that she did not "even entertain" these options. If she didn't thoroughly research and consider options related to something as personal as tampons, how much thought could she have put into the rest of the book?

The author's flippant dismissal of the cup as a valid alternative to tampons is both frustrating and worrisome. It's frustrating because the cup is a fabulous alternative to tampons that is more "green chic" than even organic tampons could ever dream of being: there is no waste created, there are no harmful chemicals, it lasts up to 10 years and can be effectively cleaned, and it's incredibly convenient and cost effective.

Her dismissal is worrisome because if she is so quick to dismiss a wonderful product like the cup, what other products did she dismiss without any research or thought? What other amazing and simple products did she refuse to consider for inclusion in her book merely because the idea did not appeal to her?

Being "green" is about seeing our world and daily lives differently and creatively and if she said, "Um, no. Thank you" to the cup, I question her ability to sort through every other part of daily life to find the best products. I am proud of the man who at least included the cup in HIS book about being ecofriendly and was willing to discuss that option without all the "eww, gross" comments that Matheson included in hers.

And to all the women out there who were left wanting more: use the cup! It's amazing, I love it, have been using it for years and have convinced all my friends to switch over, too. Even organic tampons create waste that can be avoided!
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