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The Lazy Environmentalist : Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living [Kindle Edition]

Josh Dorfman
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

We can’t all camp out in old-growth forests, lying down in front of the bulldozers. And it’s not only that we’re too busy: Some of us just don’t want our fabulous threads to get caked with mud.But that doesn’t mean we don’t care passionately about the environment. Luckily, the days when becoming environmentally aware entailed eating bread that tasted like dirt, wearing clothes that looked like frayed burlap sacks, and spending summer vacations assailing whaling ships with Greenpeace are passing away. It is now perfectly possible (and increasingly easy) to be well fed, well coiffed, well dressed, and well traveled while remaining deeply committed to an ecologically sustainable lifestyle.In The Lazy Environmentalist, Josh Dorfman—host of the Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same name—provides comprehensive guidance to fashion-forward consumers who are as concerned about the long-term health of our planet as they are about the design of their bathroom fixtures. Covering topics that range from clothing to electronic gadgetry, home decor to recreation, and gardening to financial investment, Dorfman lets us know which trends to watch and which eco-conscious products—cars, toothbrushes, cell phones, pet accessories—to buy. Green, it turns out, can be an extremely stylish color.

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About the Author

JOSH DORFMAN is the creator and host of The Lazy Environmentalist, a nationally broadcast radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio’s LIME Network that informs consumers about cutting-edge, eco-friendly products and services. Also the founder of Vivavi, a furniture company that focuses on merging modern style with environmental awareness, Dorfman lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

  • File Size: 793 KB
  • Print Length: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (March 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3RTU6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lazy Consumerist July 24, 2008
The cover and description of this book makes it sound like it details easy and painless ways to be more environmentally friendly, or possibly a book telling you how certain things you think are environmentally friendly really aren't. In reality, it is an advertisement for companies that bill themselves as "green." All it does is list companies in different categories that bill themselves as environmentally friendly. If you are interested enough in the environment to pick up this book, you probably already know about a lot of them. You can find everything this book tells you for free on the internet if you are interested in making a purchase in one of these categories. But even easier (and lazier) is to just not buy this stuff in the first place. Don't waste your money on this book- just think of the trees you'll save!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive resource guide August 2, 2007
Josh Dorfman, radio personality and engaging author, has put together a very uptodate and comprehensive guide for people who want to make serious changes in their comsumption, whether large or small.

I'm considering whether to buy or build a new home, and resources for 'green' remodeling and 'green' building, as well as 'green' pre-fab are here. Chapters are short, not usually more than 7 or 8 pages, and begin with narrative. At the end of each piece of commentary are the resources he mentions, complete with a reminder of the company or service provider, as well as all pertinent contact information. There are chapters that address almost every facet of our lives, from carpeting and paint, to bedding and toilets.

Dorfman make being lazy, "heavenly". He opens the door for us so that going green isn't as intimidating as it may seem. We aren't lost by crazy industry-specific lingo. He explains terms well in simple definitions and allows us to see that even in green circles, there isn't a 'secret handshake' sort of clique.

This book is essential for people who are interested in making a difference, but just aren't sure where to begin.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Father of a two year old.... June 12, 2007
Having a two year old, I really appreciate the chapter on babies and kids. The book lists a ton of really good resources for parents who want to raise environmentally conscious and healthy kids but feel the urge to dress their kids in something other than burlap sacks and cloth diapers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A disappointing book that concentrates on "green" products you can buy with lists of websites you may visit to make these purchases. The book is one giant internet search for products and websites. Consider buying ACEEE's Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings if you really want to save energy and the environment.
Chapters include Clothing, Outdoor Gear, Travel, Cars, Real Estate, Architecture and Construction (lists of architects, rugs, decks, types of paint, insulation), Energy Alternatives (green tags, solar), Furniture, Kitchen, Bedroom, Housecleaning, Gardening, Animals, Babies, Electronics, Business and Office, Investing, Media, and Death and Dying.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a valuable reference June 27, 2007
This book is great, and the title is right on. Instead of all the doom and gloom out there about the environment, this book simply informs you of the easy ways to help diminish our impact on the environment without changing your lifestyle. I have already switched to 100% methane source for my electricity and bought a scooter getting 80MPG, thanks to this book. Well done, Mr. Dorfman!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love being green and easy :) June 24, 2007
This book is great when you know the information is out there you just need help finding it- Whether it is looking for eco friendly flooring for a remodel in your home or a new green jewerly designer. Vactions, Transportation, Energy and even kitchen appliances...(ie even the kitchen sink)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Living Green Dictionary!!! October 2, 2007
By Barr21
This book has compiled so many wonderful resources and information for any type of "green living". If you want to build, add solar panels, clean or eat green this is the one book that has it all. I refer to it as the green dictionary and use if as a source of info all the time.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Affordable and Easy to Use Resource! May 15, 2007
I think anyone who is the least bit interested in being environmentally friendy would want to have this affordable and easy to use book on their bookshelves. I have been immersed professionally in sustainable furnishings for years and it contains eco-friendly furniture sources that I was not aware of! It lists, with brief descriptions, stylish, eco-friendly options for a wide range of purchases ranging from clothes to travel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Pretty common sensical stuff here.
Published 1 month ago by B. Shand
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be subtitled: "Your PRODUCT Guide..."
This is nothing more than a 268-page *product* guide to environmentally-aware products, mostly expensive ones. Read more
Published on August 14, 2012 by Andrew Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars The Lazy Author
Boo. I was disappointed immediately by this book- enough to write my first review! If you have hoards of cash to spend on trips to Aspen resorts, Machu Picchu luxury hotels,... Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by Eli_Explorer
1.0 out of 5 stars A catalogue of products to buy
This book is basically a catalogue of greenwashed products that the author endorses. It misses the point entirely that consumption needs to be reduced if we want to live... Read more
Published on January 18, 2011 by Crick
1.0 out of 5 stars You Have This Information Already!
I have never taken the time to write a review before; I was so incredibly irritated about this book that I decided to take the time to write one. Read more
Published on August 8, 2009 by K. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Going green made easy
One of the few environment frienldy-go green books that I am actually hanging onto. Great resources listed for the consumer from clothing, to energy sources, to food. Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by Susan Savelli
5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to be lazy & green!
Good book, lots of info & websites and references for those of us who are lazy, but want to help the environment.
Published on January 17, 2008 by Charleston_chick2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Small Changes multiplied by Millions Means a Network Effect of New...
The average person needs to feel empowered to make change at their level. Let's face it, most people don't write letters to their politicians or participate in local debates about... Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by J. Guerra
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the paper its printed on
I was extremely disappointed in this book. Excessive consumerism is not green. All this book discussed was things to buy and where to buy them. Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by Amazon Customer
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