- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
It's Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living Paperback – Bargain Price, January 23, 2006
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From the Back Cover
Take the difficulty and guesswork out of greener living by learning the following:
Install rain gutters and rain barrels to collect rainwater from your roof to use in the garden.
Shift appliance use to off-peak hours. Some utility companies offer off-peak rates!
Make your own household cleaners instead of relying on toxic commercial products.
Submerge a plastic bottle in your toilet tank to save one quart of water per flush and thousands of gallons a year.
This book concurrently presents a plan, tips and an Internet resources list that you can use to follow-through on good intentions. An extensive product labels list is also provided to help interpret how some foods are produced. If you haven't invested in substantially greener behaviors, consumerism and politics because you didn't know how or thought it was difficult, help is here: It's Easy Being Green is a handbook for all those who aspire do more to protect the environment but want it to be simpler. You can make a difference!
About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
If you've been paying attention to ecological, green, and sustainability issues for years there's not much point in this book. All the info in it is widely available on the 'net and other sources free.
The author starts out by crushing the "green living myths," which is helpful, because I'm constantly explaining to others that it's not as hard as you think!
There are hundreds of tips with 3 boxes by each one so you can check of what you want to work on, or number your success with it. The tips range from the ones I was already familiar with (such as buying organic, or letting fruit sit in a bowl of cold water rather than letting the water run) to those I wasn't familiar with (take used motor oil to your local service station for recycling. Motor oil never wears out; it can be recycled, re-refined, and used again and again).
The author really did her homework because there are not only many ways to "get involved" in the back of the book, but lots of "green shopping" pages as well!
I hope to find more books like this!
This book is easy to read and to understand. Ms. Trask does not preach to you and she is not radical. The book is fun to read and has a great section of checklists: she lists pages of green ideas and you can check off what you are interested in working on. I really enjoy this book and plan to buy copies for my friends.
For example, I always feel too busy to research what the best cleaning products are to use, but now it's all in one handy place, including ideas for making my own at home as well as names of environmentally friendly products I can purchase.
I think this is a particularly good book for people who want to "do the right thing" but are intimidated or overwhelmed by both determining and doing what is best for our environment in our day-to-day lives. Trask's extensive resources and ideas give you lots to choose from - even if we all use only a few of her tips, the world will be a better place for it.
This book is a really quick read and offers a lot of great advice on how you can help the planet... but one thing this book points out is that by helping the planet, you can save a lot of money.
After reading through this book, I have to come to the conclusion that changing the way I live to help the earth wouldn't be as hard as I thought. The author wasn't critical but instead she was encouraging.
I would definitely recommend this book to others who are seeking to make simple changes in their daily lives to help the environment.
The easy method of tracking actions that you can take gives you a sense of satisfaction as you check through what you are already doing, and what you can consider adding to your daily/weekly/monthly routines. Throughout certain areas of the chapters, there are three boxes next to some action items. The box farthest to the right signifies that this is an action that you would like to try, target or experiment with. Checking the middle box signifies that you are in the process of working on implementing it in your lifestyle. The left most and final box allows you to rate your success with that action on a scale of 1 to 5. For those of us who like lists and to see what we're doing, filling up this book with checks and numbers gives a sense that I can see that I'm making a difference.
Great gift for a hard to shop for person who has everything...
*Several pages of ideas for change and accompanying check boxes to monitor progress.
*Pages and pages of eco-friendly companies organized by category. (Such as home furnishings, health & beauty, clothing, etc...)
*Book is LOADED with technical definitions of terms such as biodegradable, grass-fed, natural, and dolphin-safe.
*Each page is topped with an motivational quote.
*Complete section filled with tips on how to get involved in the green movement.
*Cute little cartoons at the beginning of each chapter are pretty entertaining.
*Printed on recycled paper
*As stated in a previous review, the bulk of the information is available from other resources.
*Some of the changes are pricey or difficult. (upgrading computer processors for efficiency, building a house out of reclaimed materials, walk anywhere within a three-mile radius of your home, etc...)
*Book has a slightly "uppity" tone.
Overall, I like it. It's good to have and I keep coming back to it over and over. I absolutely recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great reference tool to have for going green. It explians how to read food and product labels, what retailers and manufacturers to use, what different ingrediants /... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shan B
not for the already green - but great intro to living green for those needing a quick inspiration and easy beginning solutionsPublished on September 22, 2013 by Jill Griwatz
I bought this as a gift for a friend who is very eco-friendly. She loved it and was happy that it was environmentally friendly.Published on July 15, 2013 by tiffany319
Definitely one of my favorite books of all time! It gives the reader amazing tips on how we can help save the world as well as cute illustrations. Five stars!Published on May 3, 2013 by Ella Halpine
I had a hard time trying to decide what to rate this book. While it had a lot of good tips and ideas, it also had a lot of outdated ideas, ideas that just plain disturbed me, and... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by M. Reynard
Nothing that I haven't read elsewhere and most web links are no longer active because the book is 4 years old.Published on May 21, 2012 by Jess
This book was mainly what I expected, advice on how to be green. What I was surprised by was that each tip had a place to mark if you wanted to try it, and how successful your... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by ecogirl87
A resource as valuable as it is compact. You can read this little book in a few hours, but it'll provide weeks if not months of simple green lifestyle alterations to make and green... Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by The Healing Heart
the book is good for some quick tips on where to get started with being green. Each tip has 3 empty boxes next to it so you can mark which one's you are working on, which one's... Read morePublished on October 14, 2009 by Jen