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Green Living For Dummies Paperback – February 19, 2008
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Like many of the Dummies guides, this audiobook gives the listener an introductory exploration into how one becomes "greener." From the dinner table or the bathroom to the office, the authors provide practical tips and small changes people can make to decrease their waste and environmental footprint. While at times the reading feels like one long bulleted list, listeners can still cull a decent number of ideas to integrate into their lives. However, the authors falter on providing a cohesive approach or method to greener living and occasionally even contradict themselves (encouraging water conservation and then encouraging people to take showers at work). Brett Barry provides the congenial voice one expects from a good salesman or tour guide, which is a significant feat considering the aforementioned listings. The major problem with an audio like this is it either requires repeated listening or lots of pausing in order to write down useful tips. A quick reference guide along with the audiobook would have been greatly beneficial. A For Dummies paperback.
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"Green lifestyle advice for the eco-aware." (Ethical Corporation Magazine, March 2007)
"Essential reading" (Mature Times, Tuesday 16th May)
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The book begins like most green living books do, with an overview of the importance of being green for our deeply troubled Earth.
However, unlike most eco-friendly books I've read, this one covers the gamut:
Green at Home: includes a section on detecting and banishing health hazards like asbestos and lead.Basics on green remodeling and building and on green cleaning.
Chapter on garbage. This was great, as part of the problem is the proper disposal of unwanted stuff. Includes how and what to recycle, including what to do with the problematic computers and cell phones.
Chapter on growing your own food.
The chapter on how to purchase the best green and ethical food was excellent.
Subsequent chapters included green clothing, ethical investments, donations and banking.
Transportation, green travel...
Even working in a green environment was covered.
Like I said, a green soup to nuts books. Lots of good, current information. Highly recommended.
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"... in addition to chemicals for killing weed and pests, you're likely to find gas-powered lawn mowers and electric tools. Gasp!"
How do you remedy this deplorable situation?
"Replace This... [an] electric drill, With This... [a] Drill with rechargeable batteries"
What, pray tell, do you use to recharge the batteries?!
"Replace This... [an] electric or gas chainsaw With This... Manual pocket chainsaw"
Are you serious?! This is a backing tool for cutting up branches for firewood. If you had to do some yard clean-up, a hand saw, for the most part would be more practical. For anything mildly heavy duty, this would not replace a chainsaw by any means.
"...sell or give away the electrical and gas-powered tools so that they're reused."
Shouldn't you throw them away so they don't continue to pollute? Or does that just produce more garbage? Well, then why not just keep using your filthy power mower until it gives up the ghost?
Just a further comment on recharging batteries with solar panels: The only reason this may be remotely affordable for the average household is because the production of these units is heavily subsidized by the government (which means, of course, our tax dollars). It is very similar to the bio fuel situation where it is absolutely unsustainable without huge tax breaks and government cash. This is simply the way things are folks! I could say more, but if you're really curious about this book, check it out of the library. Spend your money on authors more deserving of your hard-earned cash.