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Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely Paperback – June 10, 2008
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About the Author
Donna Garlough is a writer and editor. She regularly writes for national publications including Martha Stewart’s Body+Soul magazine, Natural Health magazine, and National Geographic’s Green Guide newsletter.
Wendy Gordon is the founder of National Geographic’s Green Guide newsletter. She co-founded Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet with actress Meryl Streep.
Seth Bauer is the editorial director of National Geographic’s Green Guide newsletter. He served as editor-in-chief of several healthy lifestyle publications, including Body+Soul and Walking.
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The book is not dense with text, nor does it require a chemistry or biology text to interpret it. It is enhanced with "eco tips" which offer common and easy practices to put into place; facts are set off in small side paragraphs; definitions are also set off, and at the end of the book there is a glossary as well.
The book runs the gamut, from how to eat healthy and local to what is in those seductive looking beauty products and how they affect your health and the health of our planet. It notes the lure of the SUV and then explains the damage these and other energy draining transportation devices cause to our world. The section on what is good and not so good for our babies and children to eat, wear, drink from, and clean themselves is eye-opening. Included here are data on how pervasive petroleum products are as ingredients in baby lotions and their negative short and long term personal and planetary consequences. Another section on personal care is explicit and daunting in its well researched findings on the effects of the ingredients in our soaps, lotions, sun screens, and other personal products.
Do you know how simple and inexpensive it is to reduce the energy use of your conventional water heater? Well, read page 318 for five ways to do this without too much fuss. What about using plant oils in our personal products. The "Ask the Editors" sidebars tells you that just because something contains plant oils does not mean it is eco-friendly. Fabric softeners, home fragrances, bed linens, windows and drapes, compost, pest control, nail polishes, tap water, roofing and more are all put to the test in this book.
This is an easy to read book. It is conversational in style. It is full of information that is understandable and doable. Guidelines are given on how to put the eco-friendly practices into place. The categories are well chosen and clearly covered.
And it is an important book we all should be reading. We have not been kind to our environment as the facts clearly show. The evidence from reliable and valid sources make this readily apparent. And the book leaves you with the realization that the eco-friendly alternatives are not rocket-science. They can be easily put into practice. They are ordinary things which will fit well into our ordinary daily lives.
Shouldn't it be on your shelf?