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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living Paperback – September 4, 2007

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About the Author

Trish Riley is an award-winning environmental journalist who has written for such publications as Natural Home, E/The Environmental Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Palm Beach Cottages and Living, Florida Inside-Out, Miami Herald, South Florida Business Journal, and South Florida Parenting.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576623
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Suzy Cohen on October 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
Finally, a book on how to go green that is simple, smart and reeeally useful to someone like me who is just starting out. Trish Riley knows how to hold your hand and give sensible advice on how to avoid chemicals in your food, in your home, in communities and even with cosmetics!

The book is broken down into chapters that allow you to access all the information for the particular area of your life that you want to do better with. I absolutely love the little boxes showing "Hazard" areas, for example, one of these "Hazard" boxes taught me that imported foods don't have to meet the same standards in their own countries to be labeled organic as they do here in the US. Another little Hazard box taught me not to pour vinegar down my drain (which I do all the time) right after pouring drain cleaner down it (!) because the chemical reaction could cause dangerous fumes.

It's useful information like this that I found sprinkled throughout the book, which is a very solid guide. The science is there if want it, but it's not over your head. The section in Chapter 12 on pesticides was very sobering, I had no idea that 1,400 various pesticide chemicals can be found in household products that we use every day. One of the tricks she mentioned was that you can reseed annually to keep weeds at bay and keep your grass thick. Now this is simple for those of you who understand gardening, but to a beginner like me (who is sensitive to many chemicals) this simple cost-effective trick is fascinating.

Another aspect of this book that I enjoyed so much were the "Going Green" boxes that I found in every chapter. These boxes contained useful tidbits to help you do better at home. One of the best "Going Green" tips that Riley put in Chapter 18 had to do with the fact that more than 3.
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"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living" by the award winning journalist Trish Riley is a wonderful book, which has awakened this reader to the most significant issues of the day. I have rarely learned as much from one source in so short a time. Global warming, saving energy at home, reducing fuel consumption, chemicals in food, changing our energy habits for a healthier future, growing green in the workplace and the community, and teaching our children the principles of Green Living are only a few of the topics covered in an interesting and attention-grabbing manner, helped along with sidebars and illuminating cartoons.

The book is full of useful nuggets of information, such as the quote by Susan Glickman, consultant to the Natural Resources Defense Council. "I wonder if people realize that so much of the money they pay to their electric companies goes to hire lobbyists to fight against the public's interest." And "A metal roof can last twice as long as an asphalt shigle roof." And most horrifying of all, "EPA's political boss sacrificed the lives of 5 to 10,000 Americans each year, who will now die from air pollution related srokes and heart and lung disease," by John Walke, Natural Resources Defense Council.

"The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living" was reviewed by Jim Motavalli, editor of the award-winning "E/The Environmental Magazine" and author of several books on the environment. Motavalli carefully reviewed it for scientific accuracy, which is why I object to the "review" and rating of the book on this site by Thomas B. Grizzle, who informs readers that he is a scientist who knows something about the issues of green living, and makes the vague claim that Riley's book contains a "fair amount of mis-information" in it. In the opinion of this Ph.D.
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I really do try to live as green as I can, considering that I'm always broke and continuously running around with all my various jobs. So I was curious to see what this book had to suggest, and to see if there was anything that I didn't know about that I could do.

In general, I am probably doing all I can. I recycle as much of my garbage as I can, throwing old fruit, bread and such out to the "birdies and the beasties" that visit my yard. I don't use pesticides, instead I encourage the geckos and anoles and chameleons to take up residence in and around my place to eat the bugs. I also allow the wolf spiders to live under the furniture (just now out in my regions of the house) because while they're big and ugly, they do eat the bugs I really hate, including roaches.

This book, though, does give you a lot of information about how to keep your home and your family away from all the nasty chemicals. It also gives you things that you can do if you have money and want to feel less guilty about it. (grin) There's information on how to buy energy credits, hybrid cars, home furnishings that utilize recycled materials, and how to build alternative power sources into your home.

One of the things I found very interesting was the idea that it's perfect okay to have a lawn, as long as you don't use a lot of chemicals on it. In fact, having a lawn helps the environment. I'd always been of the mind that grass and the environment were rather at odds with each other, but they don't have to be.
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