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Product Details

  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (June 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307381358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307381354
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Environmental matters get the star treatment in The Green Book. Rogers and Kostigen address the fact that Americans endanger the balance of the ecosystem by the amount of waste we produce, the amount of water we use, and the amount of energy we consume, and celebrities, including Robert Redford, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Aniston, Faith Hill, and Dale Earnhardt Jr., contribute observations and suggestions for living green. In the hope that the glamour of the A-list will make discussion of environmental challenges more palpable, Rogers and Kostigen establish 12 aspects of our habitat, such as home, work, and school, and suggest better lifestyle choices in each arena. Small adjustments in the way we consume and dispose of resources add up to significant and positive environmental effects. Illustrating the results of green actions with descriptive rather than numerical analyses, Rogers and Kostigen write, for example, that if everyone in the U.S. used one less paper napkin per day, in a year's time we would have saved one billion pounds of landfill waste. An outstanding resource, The Green Book offers hope and practical suggestions. Crossland, Pamela

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This is precisely the type of drivel to be found in this book.
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This book is a great reference on very simple things that you would not think about to help make a difference in saving our planet.
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The Green Book is a cleverly written, excellent source of information,including the pages listing many relevant websites.
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109 of 122 people found the following review helpful By John Goodin on December 28, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The Green Book" is not so much a cohesive manuel on how to save the planet as much as a collection of little paragraphs highlighting insignificant things which would have minimal positive impact on the Earth. While there are paragraphs on insulating your home and sustainable forest products most of the book focuses on such things as consuming fewer staples, buying unwrapped candy (wrappers are difficult to recycle) and using non-petroluem based lipstick. (After reading that section I had visions of a woman driving her Denali across town to Whole Foods to buy all new make-up.)
The book is also riddled with factual errors. For example, in the section on phone books the authors stated that "Telephone books make up almost 10 percent of waste at dump sites." A visitor to the dump would be hard pressed to find a single phone book amongst the thousands of tons of asphalt shingles, old carpet, construction debris and other household waste that really fill the nation's dumps.
Although somewhat dated a much better book on this subject is "The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices: Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists." It details which consumer activities are the most harmful and least harmful and what everyday people can do to lessen their footprint on the environment. While it does not have cute little vignettes by Jennifer Aniston or Justin Timberlake it is written by real scientists who have provide a thought provoking analysis of environmental issues.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Raaen on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is great execution of a fantastic idea. It's non preachy and illustrates the million little things we can do to be greener without any real inconvenience. While it is a practical / how-to kind of a book, it also supports it's suggestions with statistics that are reminiscent of Freakonomics (or an even better book called Naked Economics by Charles Wheelan). Who would have known that if all vinyl floors were made of linoleum instead, we would have saved 600,000 barrels of oil?

There are 50 pages of web-site references, indexed by product and a well executed index for quick reference. The topics are broken down into bite sized pieces and the book just begs to be picked up again and again.

Even the celebrity comments are interesting and well written. Jennifer Aniston doesn't display an ounce of sanctimony when she points out that all we have to do is think about our consumption, and new, greener habits will develop. "If we all begin to learn from one another and sharesome of the things we do, we might just be able to affect the world for the better though these little rituals. In a curious way, this would be a great wave of awareness; doing the right thing without being told to or without having to think why."
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Levitt on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
Can't afford a hybrid car? Don't have the funds to convert your house into a fully self-sustainable dwelling? Unfortunately, most of us can't help the environment as well as Bill Gates or Al Gore can. However, this book gives us the good news that we can all do our parts every day much more efficiently in little ways. Celebrities impart advice and tips are given to help you and me to make our lives a little greener. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to help save the world on a low budget!

- Jeff
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Romi Lassally on July 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've read all the green guides out there (some, very good) but this is the first book to really change my habits...truly helping me make small changes that I know will have a big impact. By offering so many simple solutions that are so so easy to put into action, my family and I have made a shift in our lifestyle and have become evangelists for green living. Thanks to this book, I will NEVER take another ATM receipt, never eat from my own bag of popcorn and I will ALWAYS bring my cloth bags to the market. I may not be ready to compost...but there are so many other changes I will continue to make in my life -- and will encourage my 3 kids to do also -- that I know will make the planet a better place to live. Buy this book for yourself and for everyone you know.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ajith Antony on April 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I agree 100% with all the 1-2 star reviews. This book is bogus. There is more
clear, practical advice in these reviews than contained in this book.

One of my complaints about this book that wasn't covered yet is the erroneous
and misleading attempts to use crude oil to help the reader visualize the impact
of his or her efforts.

For example, the authors suggest that you purchase retreaded tires for your
car. They claim that if the demand for retreads increased by 10%, "the total oil
savings per year would be about 290 million gallons." The authors take a lot of
liberties with using oil as an analogy to represent energy consumption. In
this case though, they seem clear that its the conservation of "1/3 the petroleum
resources" that the retreads yield over new tires which they are contributing to
the 290 mil. gal.

I don't disagree with these statements. It very well may be the case that it
takes 290 million gallons of oil to produce enough petrochemicals to manufacture
that synthetic rubber. What the reader should really understand is that along
with some new tires , those barrels of oil also would have produced:

149 million gal. of gas
44 million gal. of diesel fuel
35 million gal. of jet fuel

...as well as 55 million gallons of dozens of other products like, candle wax,
lubricating oils, propane, kerosene, asphalt, etc. In fact, only about 4
million gallons, by volume, of that 290 million gal. of oil directly contributed
to the raw material of the tires.

If we depended on oil simply for the rubber, it would be trivial
to find ways to use less rubber.
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