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Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days Paperback – June 11, 2009
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Canadian journalist Farquharson takes readers on her 366-day journey to live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, making one positive change each day. While a few changes are worthy (the author sells her car), some seem a bit bizarre (she turns off her fridge and freezer—though she doesn't divulge exactly where her food is coming from after that point) and many are superficial or symbolic efforts rather than well thought out and executed commitments. In her first month, for example, she pledges to check her tire pressure and opt for natural glass cleaners, while three months later she's promising to fill the kettle with exact amount of water needed, recycle her wine corks and forgo Q-tips. While the details of her environmental crusade can weary, her griping about the efficacy of chemical-free shampoos and deodorants and the ugliness of sustainable footwear is fresh and funny; in these moments, Farquharson's appealing candor and nonsanctimonious attitude make other ecowarriors seem dour by comparison. (July)
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Toronto-based arts reporter Farquharson decides to take the green plunge and live as ecologically as possible for a year while blogging about her daily efforts and conundrums. Young and single, she worries about losing her hipster cred by acting like a hippie, so she begins her greening with “baby steps” while imagining Al Gore looking over her shoulder. Writing anecdotally with friendly candor and blithe humor, Farquharson makes each of her carefully considered attempts at reducing waste, pollution, and her carbon footprint entertaining and informative. Many of her strategies for sustainable living involve shopping, whether it’s using tote bags or selecting phosphate-free soaps and organic produce, and the very ordinariness of her choices drives home the fact that every aspect of our daily lives has an environmental impact. After she unplugs her refrigerator and gives up pajamas to cut down on laundry, Farquharson’s green year ends, and she discovers that her eco-practices have become a natural part of her life. Lively and specific, Farquharson’s forthright chronicle of the ups and downs of green awareness is the perfect book for eco-skeptics. --Donna Seaman
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Each chapter of Sleeping Naked is Green starts with the list of all of the changes the author implemented during each month. Then for some of those days she goes into details about why she made the change, how she made it, or just a story about what happened that day. Other times, it's just something quick and funny. There's a great balance between personal anecdotes, scientific information, and practical green living tips.
What I loved best about Sleeping Naked is Green is that it's not a how-to manual on living a green lifestyle and it's not preachy about all of the things that you need to be doing to decrease your carbon footprint. It's just one woman's adventure in making changes, both large and small, over the course of one year. She stumbles, makes ridiculous changes (drinking booze from the bottle!), and ultimately learns what she can live with and what she can't live without. And most importantly, she learns more about environmental issues and finds local resources that she may have never discovered otherwise. It just goes to show that we can all do our part.
If you have all those questions, I have another book suggestion for you! Vanessa Farquharson has made the green commitment and has written a very intelligent, witty book about the experience of going green everyday for a whole year. So I read it in two sittings, just ate it up - no high fructose corn syrup or MSG to worry about, just totally organic straight up green experiences with a dollop or two of Canadian wit. Vanessa commits to the whole thing on the world wide web by journaling daily on her blog at [...] and announces the new blog/green project to everyone she knows.
So everyday for a year she blogged about the green changes she made. She went at it in a down to earth manner to see which tips were realistic for her and which might be too hardcore. I like her personal approach to becoming green and I also like her genuine, humorous, hip way of sharing these green and sometimes very off beat, whacky, experiences. Each chapter lists all of the green changes she has made each day for that month. And then she shares with us the most memorable effects of some of the more interesting changes-online dating with [...], unplugging the refrigerator, storing the compost bin in the living room.
And to make it even more fun,Vanessa shares with us her efforts and desire to have a compatible, hopefully green man in her life as well. A totally organic eating massage therapist, a do-gooder childhood friend or maybe one of the hot Toronto recycle trash guys are all suspects. Her perspective is fresh and fun and totally real with a cynic's view and a convert's genuine efforts.
She shares that, " the less stuff I have in my life, the more fulfilled I feel." But hey, I suggest you read this book for yourself. You'll feel like you are on this green roller coaster ride with Vanessa. You'll get into her humor and into her heart. Worth the time. Five Stars. This book would make a great movie (hint hint). Vanessa is a reporter for a Toronto, Canada newspaper and I suggest you enjoy her blog at [...]
Karen Ann Teeters is a green blogger and you can find more of her writing, reviews and thoughts at [...]
It was interesting to learn how people with a lifestyle like Vanessa's manage to make their life more environmentally friendly. It added perspective to how I look at society and people's attempts to become green.
Ok, I understand that not everyone can give up meat. It was still funny to read about impact of vegan diet in terms of field mice getting killed by a tractor and heating up veggie stir-fries. Nice try : ) I don't even know where to fit this in on the spectrum of the recent comments that I heard: growing all the soy needed for all of the tofu lovers and finding a humane way to exterminate an ant infestation in an apartment of a vegan. I am getting off topic here.
Going back to the book: I definitely recommend it because you are bound to find some little things that you can change. Like switching to a Diva cup instead of tampons or pads (it is the best thing ever!).
And thanks for shedding light on the financial benefits of not owning a car. It is sad that most people do not realize that they do not have to have a car. And that not paying all of the monthly payments, insurance, parking permits, and a whole slew of expenses can be liberating.
I still hope that Vanessa will eventually realize that one does not need to fly to 5 different places in a year to fulfill her vocation needs. It seems that paying for carbon offsets justifies the act.
All we need is just to look around and check Amtrak's schedule ;)