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
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"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