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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living Paperback – September 4, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great resource, but since it's 2007 edition - I recommend researching updated facts and figures. Easy read.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I realize it's the complete idiot's guide to green living, but, wow....so boring and not as practical as I hoped. Read morePublished on March 2, 2014 by Raymond Z
I believe in a clean planet and taking care of our animals but I don't believe in the "Going Green" agenda which is what is called United Nations Agenda 21. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Glorious Victory
this book took 3 plus weeks to show up....I bought it for a college course that I had to drop it, because I didn't get the book in a timely mannerPublished on May 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book isn't very good if you are wanting detailed information on living green. Very basic and wordy.Published on May 25, 2009 by Andrew Ellender