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Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life Paperback – March 25, 2008

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Green, Greener, Greenest is an indispensable resource for anyone trying to reduce their environmental impact: comprehensive and convincing but also sane and realistic.”
—Michael Pollan, bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food

“Lori Bongiorno shows how we can reconnect ourselves with the ecologic cycle with Green Greener Greenest by highlighting how what we eat, buy, wear, build, and clean has a direct link to the health of the environment and the health of ourselves and our families. For anyone who has struggled to figure what do to make a difference, this book offers a clear and concise map to a more connected future.”
—Walker Wells, AICP LEED AP, Sustainable Cities Program Director, Global Green USA

“Lori Bongiorno’s book synthesizes helpful information about how consumers can green their lifestyles through a range of simple choices, from energy and water conservation to grocery shopping, and breaks it down in an easy-to-understand way. Gone are the days when people can claim they just don’t know what they can do to help protect our planet. As this book explains, making a difference is much easier than consumers might think.”
—Tensie Whelan, Executive Director, the Rainforest Alliance

"In one portable volume, Green, Greener, Greenest covers all the bases for those seeking a greener lifestyle. From food, to clothing, to energy use and transportation, Lori Bongiorno's book is an invaluable reference for living in today's world."
—Ronnie Cummins, National Director, Organic Consumers Association

"Lori Bongiorno's handbook to what's good, better and best for the environment provides consumers welcome, clear and highly readable advice on how to be as eco-smart as you want to be.”
Dan Becker, Former Director, Sierra Club Global Warming Program

“Becoming green or sustainable takes time and some effort, but Green, Greener, Greenest makes the process much easier. From food and beverages to personal care products and pest control, Lori Bongiorno gives us practical suggestions to minimize our exposure to potentially harmful substances and to lessen our impact on the environment.”

—Diane Hatz, Founder/Director, Sustainable Table

“‘Going green’ has never been easier now that Lori Bongiorno has helped us sort out the real information from the hype. There is something here for everyone, from those with a casual interest to those who would like to green every aspect of their life.”
—Patti Wood, Executive Director, Grassroots Environmental Education

“This is a useful and up-to-date compendium of the best resources for the eco- conscious. It will save you time in your quest for personal responsibility--time that can be spent in the greenest of all ways, by joining the political battle for sweeping, society-wide change.”
—Bill McKibben author of Fight Global Warming Now and founder of Step It Up

Green, Greener, Greenest is an excellent compilation of good information, briefly and accessibly presented, and a very useful handbook for green-minded people who mean business.”
—Peter Matthiessen, author of Shadow Country

“Hopeful, helpful, and packed with well researched tips, Green, Greener, Greenest is a great family guide to living the genuinely good life. Whether you are feeding your kids, gardening, choosing cars, clothing or cleaning products, you'll find the information you need to make wise and livable choices.”
—Ann Lovejoy, author and sustainability educator

“From diamonds to diapers and cars to gardens, Lori Bongiorno provides an easy to read primer for making small changes that can make big differences in the health and lives of millions. A book like this could initiate a shift toward improved product safety long before governments step in and do their job.”
—Theo Colborn, PhD, President, The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX); Professor, University of Florida --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lori Bongiorno is a journalist who was on staff at Business Week Magazine for six years before becoming a freelance writer. She has written cover stories on accessible green living for Glamour's 2007 green issue and Verdant magazine. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Books; First Edition edition (March 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399534032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399534034
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,504,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie VINE VOICE on March 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Lori Bongiorno, a journalist, became interested in the environment and the safety of products when her husband got melanoma and died from the cancer. She writes that she learned from her husband's experience that preventing disease is preferable to trying to cure a disease.

With preventing disease on her mind, she wrote Green Greener Greenest, providing the reader with a phletora of tools to stay healthy.

Unlike a number of recently published green books, Green Greener Greenest is well researched and offers much information for those seeking a green lifestyle.

Bongiorno offers environmentally sound choices in food, beverages, personal care products, green choices for babies and children, home building and improvement, apparel and furnishings, cleaning, pest control and transportation. Within each chapter, I really like how she "decodes labels"; the often confusing, sometimes misleading labels that come with many products.

Like a good journalist, she did her homework, providing much research and information to help the reader understand the problems in environmentally unsafe products and to let them decide for themselves what level of green they wish to live by.

I felt that the chapters on home building and improvements and furnishings could have had more information, but it did provide a good starting point. For example, Bongiorno does not discuss the green choices in flooring other than marginally acceptable greener carpeting.

I highly recommend this book.

Author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The author provides some excellent ideas aimed at preserving
the environment. Some of these are as follows:

o formaldehyde free fiberglass
o washable area rugs
o replaceable carpet tiles to reduce waste in replacement
o dehumidifiers to reduce molds
o low-flow showerheads
o waterbourne polyurethane floor finishes

The authors have done a considerable amount of research
in presenting readers with practical and affordable
earth-friendly products and processes for business and
personal use. The book would be helpful for a wide
group of consumers and users in every industry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Terry-jacobus on April 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Just in time for Earth Day! My family and I made some Earth Day 2008 resolutions, and after discovering this book, we now know how to make good on them. This is cover-to-cover full with great, practical information and green choices. It covers a wide spectrum of topics and issues, making it the kind of reference book we'll be able to go back to for years.

Highly recommended!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm426 on May 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
While I found this book to be interesting, and some areas quite enlightening, other areas were very disappointing.

Do a little research before you take her advice on food. Many of her 'resources' are known activist groups with their own agendas. For instance, while she does her best to discourage anyone from choosing irradiated foods siting information from The Center for Food Safety, she neglects to mention that the process has been approved in over 40 countries, has been used on food for over 50 years, and has the potential to virtually eliminate many life-threatening outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. She also makes a cancer link to milk from cows that have received rbst - that link has not been proven.

So don't avoid the book, just read certain portions with some skepticism and do more research on your own. You are your own best advocate.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fred M. Miggins on March 29, 2008
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Bongiorno has done an exhaustive job researching a guide that will make our homes and lives allot greener.

This is the perfect gift for all our friends struggling with their green choices.

Fred Miggins
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I have read a lot of books about going green. Most of them talk about the long-term benefits of going green, saving the planet, etc. But this one specifically addresses the health benefits of staying away from toxic cleaning chemicals. The story of her husband's losing battle with cancer is very sad and touching, and shows the importance of eliminating chemical cleaners from your household. Because of our firm belief in this, we started our own eco-friendly house/window cleaning business in San Francisco. We only use non-toxic products and environmentally friendly cleaning methods. We have more eco-friendly tips on our website. You can read them at [...] and further help the planet and the health and safety of your loved ones.
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