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The Green Consumer Paperback – April 22, 1990
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From Library Journal
Can we "change the world one diaper at a time?" Discussing "Biobottoms" "Baby Bunz," and cloth diaper companies, as well as "Rainforest Crunch" ice cream and "Styrotrash," this book gives practical information on products and companies to consumers who wish to be more environmentally aware ("green") in their purchases. Originally published in England, this has been revised for American audiences and includes an overview of green consumerism, a guide to products and companies, an up-to-date green bibliography, and a directory of environmental organizations. Future editions/updates are planned. Recommended for all public libraries. See also Diane MacEachern's Save Our Planet , reviewed in this issue, below.--Ed.
- Diane M. Brown, Univ. of California Lib., Berkeley
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Its premise is wrong, however -- buying green is only the thinnest of band-aids atop our monstrous systemic problems of overconsumption and non-sustainable production. I dislike this brand of recycling effort because it shifts responsibility for the environment almost entirely upon the consumer. Certainly it is laudable to be responsible and aware of environmental issues in our buying choices, but the fact of the matter is that perhaps 1% or 2% of waste is directly generated by consumers. The remainder is generated during various production and transportation processes leading up to the sale. Trying to wade through thousands of products in an attempt to buy green simply obscures that key fact. Naturally that's in the interest of corporations themselves, who are all for having municipalities and private citizens bear the brunt of recycling labor and expense -- yet another cost of production successfully externalized out into the community.
This kind of book should simply be unnecessary -- ALL products should be 'green'. It is simply common sense: our resources are finite, but our systems are geared toward infinitely-growing production and consumption. Clearly, our systems must change such that the great majority of products are sustainably produced.
The book is organized into easy shopping sections; automobiles, food/groceries, pets, home energy, etc. It makes it easy to find information quickly.
It offers many fast facts that are easy to read and informative. I still quote from the book (as a matter of fact I'm here because I pulled the book today from the shelf to get the statistic on percentage of pesticides used to make food LOOK good....the number is 40%).
I took one star off the rating because it IS 10 years old now and it really needs an updating.
If you're looking for ways to be a better green consumer and want to learn along the way...this fabulous book is for you!