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Sara Snow's Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home Paperback – March 24, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Original edition (March 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553385968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553385960
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #744,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writer, speaker and Discovery Channel television host Snow sweeps through each room of the house (and the yard) in this overview of effective green living strategies new and old-Snow grew up a sustainable lifestyle, so has deep roots in eating healthy, composting and recycling. In the kitchen, Snow reviews choices that protect health and the environment, from ingredients and labeling to water conservation and responsible shopping. In the living room, she advocates houseplants for clean air and energy conservation; outside, issues include green transportation options like bicycles, nontoxic lawn care and gardening. Snow tips off readers to products, like particleboard furniture, that release volatile organic compounds within the home, reviews an easy-to-assemble housecleaning tool kit and even touches on green funerals, but never gives readers specific brands to seek out or avoid-meaning they'll still need to research their own options (no websites are recommended either, aside from Snow's own). Though a thorough overview, Snow's guide offers little new, especially compared to similar offerings such as National Geographic's Green Guide; Neophytes may find this a good starting point, with plenty of easy-to-digest information, but a lack of specificity may frustrate.
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“Raised by a family deeply committed to healthy values, Sara Snow is a passionate leader in the shift towards a sustainable future. Her book Sara Snow's Fresh Living provides a simple blueprint for personal and planetary well being going forward.”—Drake Sadler, founder of Traditional Medicinals

"Sara Snow's Fresh Living not only provides information on how to live green, but also why it is important to think about sustainability and lessening our impact on the environment—something we can do step by step in our everyday lives, in our homes, in our diets, and at work and play. All these small steps add up to contribute significantly to healthier families, healthier homes and a healthier planet—and a happier, more fulfilling life. After all, it’s not just what we put in our bodies, but also what we put our bodies in. And Sara’s book covers it all—inside and out."—Steven Hoffman, Managing Director, The Organic Center

“How did I live without Sara Snow's Fresh Living?! As a mother of four who has no time, a limited budget and picky eaters, Sara’s ‘Ideas to Grow On’ are easy tips that I can quickly implement in my not-so-green home! Sara’s practical and affordable advice helps parents protect the health of their kids in the kitchen and around the house. As a result, Sara Snow's Fresh Living has quickly become one of my most valuable resources, and I am extremely grateful to Sara for her work and dedication!”—Robyn O’Brien, mother of four, founder of AllergyKids

"What a fabulous book! Practical, affirming, and fresh, Sara provides great tips for either the green-curious or green-committed. Now I want a rain barrel!"—Alan Greene, MD, Author, Raising Baby Green and Clinical Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

"In this critical time, Sara is a true mentor who offers first hand advice on how to live sustainably. A must read for every family searching for a greener footprint."—Emme, Supermodel and author of True Beauty

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I saw her book on the library shelf and immediately checked it out.
Shannon Kazmierczak
I love that there are tips all through the book on how to make cleaners for your home that are safe for everyone, kids, parents, and in our home, puppies.
A. MURDOCK
This book provides extremely practical and doable ways to implement green living into our everyday lives - I never knew green living could be so easy.
P. Dobbin

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. MURDOCK on May 31, 2010
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I have to upfront admit that I am not a "green" minded person. It makes me think of tree huggers, environmental lawsuits, global warming arguments and part of me immediately wants to run the other way. That being said, this is still my new favorite book. I wanted to know about how to live healthier in our own home, and how to save money, and know what chemicals are out there that we could learn to avoid. Sara Snow did all of that in one book. We've started to look for health friendlier products, we've got the entire family recycling, and we are "living well" as she would say. I love that there are tips all through the book on how to make cleaners for your home that are safe for everyone, kids, parents, and in our home, puppies. It is an awesome and eyeopening trip when you start reading this book. It is good for your health, and I would buy it again in a heartbeat!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jadon on March 25, 2009
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Author & Book Views On A Healthy Life!

Sara Snow's Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home (Bantam Books/ March 2009) by Sara Snow

Sara Snow, daughter of Eden Foods founder Tim Redmond and host of Discovery Network shows Living Fresh and Get Fresh with Sara Snow, has spent her life growing up and living as a naturalist among those who have strived in earnest to compel society to live a better, healthier, fresher life.

Sara Snow writes about sustainable change being lifestyle change, albeit not always easy, but definitely beneficial. Her new book on Fresh Living takes us into our homes and outdoors, providing the reader with innovative ideas which save us money and keep us well.

Saluting her heritage of naturalist living--on a family-type commune in lower Michigan, Sara Snow points to companies which are making a difference by providing the personal histories of their founders.

Interesting Concepts:

* Think before you flush--26 billion gallons of water is used each day in the United States. "In many parts of this world, families must survive on a daily ration of water equal to one flush of a standard American toilet."
* Eco fibers are in--"These range from natural or color-grown cotton to bamboo and soy fibers. Cotton crops account for nearly 25 percent of the world's insecticides and more than 10 percent of the pesticides." A section on vegan clothing is included.
* Green sex--Snow has researched issues related to chemical interference in the bedroom.
* Everything baby--PVC--polyvinyl chloride plastics often contain lead. Think 'rubber ducks' Snow writes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Dobbin on March 27, 2009
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My husband & I's New Year's Resolution was to be more "green" in our day-to-day lifestyle. I picked up this book yesterday while browsing the Natural Living section of my Borders - and have already read it page-to-page! This book provides extremely practical and doable ways to implement green living into our everyday lives - I never knew green living could be so easy. Ms. Snow also has a very compelling story regarding her upbringing and she makes you feel like a friend and confidante in our efforts to live a greener and healthier lifestyle. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an excellent resource for beginning a "fresher" life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Arrocena on November 12, 2009
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I believe that every home should have a copy of this helpful guide.

I myself wish I could have had a book like this BEFORE I started having children, I would definitely have been more mindful of my purchases for my kids from birth and on into their childhood. I was especially shocked to learn that even the mattresses and pillows and furniture we buy gives out toxic fumes that may be harmful to all of us, but especially to our children. What I always thought was "new" smell was most likely the gasses emitting from these items!

Thank you Sarah for providing a helpful family guide for busy moms like me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jason R. Sanderson on June 15, 2009
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We've lived organically for the last 8 yrs, but this book is a good refresher. It is also a great starting point for anyone wanting to start making changes in their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Murphy on October 4, 2009
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I'm 60 years old and have just reintroducted myself to more natural living - downsizing to a small home and joining a organic co-op community. This book was inspiring and easy to follow with some real ideas!! I, like many others, got caught up in the more is better movement, however it never felt right. Sara's book and show on Discovery Health make me feel better about life because I'm not only making my life healthy, but doing my small part to save the earth. I too checked this book out of the library, but will buy it because it is really a reference book on green living.
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