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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; 1 edition (January 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158685772X
  • ASIN: B001FOR5ZS
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

It's Easy Being Green is a handy tool to help you make better choices for the environment. This is what the busy person needs to start making changes today. Get informative, comprehensive and practical information for adopting greener buying habits and identifying earth-friendly products; shopping for green products online; participating in online activism; and learning from over 250 eco-tips for cultivating a sustainable environment.
Take the difficulty and guesswork out of greener living by learning the following:
Install rain gutters and rain barrels to collect rainwater from your roof to use in the garden.
Shift appliance use to off-peak hours. Some utility companies offer off-peak rates!
Make your own household cleaners instead of relying on toxic commercial products.
Submerge a plastic bottle in your toilet tank to save one quart of water per flush and thousands of gallons a year.
This book concurrently presents a plan, tips and an Internet resources list that you can use to follow-through on good intentions. An extensive product labels list is also provided to help interpret how some foods are produced. If you haven't invested in substantially greener behaviors, consumerism and politics because you didn't know how or thought it was difficult, help is here: It's Easy Being Green is a handbook for all those who aspire do more to protect the environment but want it to be simpler. You can make a difference!

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Introduction
Many Americans agree with the goals of the environmental movement. Yet, nearly as many Americans admit to doing little more than recycling when it comes to acting on that disposition. Both the number of people expressing support for environmental protection and their acknowledged lack of more meaningful efforts to back it up got me thinking, "Why is their such a great divide between environmental sentiment in this country and individual actions?" Clues to the answer came from my own inadequacies in the area of meaningful environmental stewardship. I was consumed by a career, my sensibilities weren't tuned to recognize opportunities for improvement, and I was unaware of simple, practical suggestions on which I could follow through. If other people were anything like me, a busy lifestyle, some unknowingness as to their role in the problems and solutions of today and a lack of guidance on what to do and how to do it was rendering many other "eco-minded" people predominantly "un-eco."
Everyone is leading busy lives and is therefore, to some extent, wrestling with how to balance better environmental stewardship with modern pressures and reliances. I became convinced that the way to increase the ranks of practicing environmentalists was to take the difficulty and guesswork out of greener living by adjusting expectations, stressing learning as a motivator and enabler, and above all else, providing constructive tips and resources to prepare the eco-inclined for action on terms they could live with. It made sense that if busy people were going to start doing more, they would need a lot more help.

More About the Author

Crissy's journey to becoming a green author and green living specialist started long before green living was as popular and talked-about as it is today. She recalls her early experiences with green living, which included everything from making her own natural cleaning concoctions to riding her bike to work (rain or shine) to eyebrow-raising examples of reuse (that's a whole other story!)--as gratifying, but lonely. Reducing, reusing and recycling back in the 1990s was looked upon as more hippy-dippy-trippy than ecologically imperative. And it was precisely these misconceptions about greener living---as well as complacency about choices and habits that were eroding environmental health---that prompted Crissy to launch GreenMatters.com, a unique website (this was the 90s, remember) that would debunk myths about greener living and would be a resource for busy, modern people looking for information on going green, practical green tips and trustworthy sources for earth-friendly products.

Since starting GreenMatters.com in 1998, Crissy has dedicated herself to helping people learn how to create greener spaces and adopt greener practices. Her first book, It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living, was a labor of love that took two years to finish. Taking the title and the "handbook" angle seriously, Crissy created a book that shows how people living busy, complicated lives can do a lot more than just put their blue recycling box out on the curb each week.

Crissy's second book, Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better: The Ultimate Guide to Saving the Planet, Saving Money and Protecting Your Health, details the money-saving side of greener, healthier, simpler living. Crissy wrote this book because, while the message that we need to change the way we live has been out there for some time, voluntary change has increased only slightly since 2000. She knew that encouraging people to engage in more green behaviors would require powerful incentives--like saving money. With this in mind, Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better mobilizes readers to follow through on earth-friendly actions by showing how they can begin reaping economic rewards right away as a result of adopting a greener lifestyle.

Customer Reviews

This little book is an easy and quick read.
bktray
The book is fun to read and has a great section of checklists: she lists pages of green ideas and you can check off what you are interested in working on.
D. Burk
I bought this as a gift for a friend who is very eco-friendly.
tiffany319

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Alex Censor on November 3, 2006
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If you need to have almost all the ideas for ways YOU can reduce your ecological damage of your lifestyle all in one easy to read place -- or know someone who you think is open to being greener but unaware of all the big and little changes one can fairly easily make, this might be a book for you.

If you've been paying attention to ecological, green, and sustainability issues for years there's not much point in this book. All the info in it is widely available on the 'net and other sources free.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Diane Moore VINE VOICE on August 9, 2006
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What a great little book! It's chock full of information and even created out of recycled paper! As someone who wants to "go green," but doesn't want a lot of long explanations and hard to understand terms, this book was perfect for me!

The author starts out by crushing the "green living myths," which is helpful, because I'm constantly explaining to others that it's not as hard as you think!

There are hundreds of tips with 3 boxes by each one so you can check of what you want to work on, or number your success with it. The tips range from the ones I was already familiar with (such as buying organic, or letting fruit sit in a bowl of cold water rather than letting the water run) to those I wasn't familiar with (take used motor oil to your local service station for recycling. Motor oil never wears out; it can be recycled, re-refined, and used again and again).

The author really did her homework because there are not only many ways to "get involved" in the back of the book, but lots of "green shopping" pages as well!

I hope to find more books like this!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Burk on July 26, 2006
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Ms. Trask's book was my first book about how to live green. I've wanted to learn more but have always felt overwhelmed by the information in other books.

This book is easy to read and to understand. Ms. Trask does not preach to you and she is not radical. The book is fun to read and has a great section of checklists: she lists pages of green ideas and you can check off what you are interested in working on. I really enjoy this book and plan to buy copies for my friends.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rachel K. Hiles on July 27, 2006
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The cover of this book intrigued me. What made me take it home was that upon glancing through it, I found that it wasn't a breathy manifesto but rather a compilation of tips.

This book is a really quick read and offers a lot of great advice on how you can help the planet... but one thing this book points out is that by helping the planet, you can save a lot of money.

After reading through this book, I have to come to the conclusion that changing the way I live to help the earth wouldn't be as hard as I thought. The author wasn't critical but instead she was encouraging.

I would definitely recommend this book to others who are seeking to make simple changes in their daily lives to help the environment.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Mcnabb on May 31, 2006
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I'm very impressed with this book. Trask has provided a lot of information in a small package. There are lots of tips for how to be a better consumer, including how-tos for around the house as well as websites and company/product names for a more eco-friendly environment.

For example, I always feel too busy to research what the best cleaning products are to use, but now it's all in one handy place, including ideas for making my own at home as well as names of environmentally friendly products I can purchase.

I think this is a particularly good book for people who want to "do the right thing" but are intimidated or overwhelmed by both determining and doing what is best for our environment in our day-to-day lives. Trask's extensive resources and ideas give you lots to choose from - even if we all use only a few of her tips, the world will be a better place for it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FA Reader on August 11, 2007
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This book is smaller than many, which makes it pallatable to those who might want to dip their toe into the eco-pool. It has straightforward language, resource pages, short chapters and simple (occasionally humorous) illustrations.
The easy method of tracking actions that you can take gives you a sense of satisfaction as you check through what you are already doing, and what you can consider adding to your daily/weekly/monthly routines. Throughout certain areas of the chapters, there are three boxes next to some action items. The box farthest to the right signifies that this is an action that you would like to try, target or experiment with. Checking the middle box signifies that you are in the process of working on implementing it in your lifestyle. The left most and final box allows you to rate your success with that action on a scale of 1 to 5. For those of us who like lists and to see what we're doing, filling up this book with checks and numbers gives a sense that I can see that I'm making a difference.
Great gift for a hard to shop for person who has everything...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rae H. on March 25, 2008
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This book was so wonderful!I recommend this book to someone who is just starting out and is curious about the world of reducing reusing recycling.(but its really great for everyone!) It even gives you plenty of websites to do your shopping. I found restaurants, grocery stores, and farms locally so I can start eating organically, and buying better products to live a greener life. Please purchase this book - it changed my life and I am certain it will change yours!
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