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Wake Up and Smell the Planet: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day Paperback – October 31, 2007

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"Funny, fast-paced, and detailed...[Given 5 stars on the] Green-O-Meter." -- --Outside Magazine

"You're in for a treat, in the form of this snappy little book." -- Shared Vision

..a groovy green heap o' advice for working, working out, eating, shopping, commuting, raising kids, raising pets - basically, for life. -- Seattle Times

Buy this book- the planet you save just might be ours! -- Alonovo.com

Never has a book on going green made me laugh so hard! -- BellaOnline

another book to add to the must read list! -- Treehugger.com

About the Author

The nonprofit, independent, online magazine Grist was founded in April 1999, and over the past eight years has developed the most recognizable voice in environmental journalism: funny, opinionated, and intelligent. Grist offers in-depth reporting, opinions, book reviews, advice, and a popular blog -- all tailored to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage its readers to think creatively about environmental problems and solutions.

Each month, Grist reaches over 700,000 unique individuals through its website and emails, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Newsweek, and dozens of other national publications. Grist earned Webby(tm) People's Voice awards in both 2005 and 2006 as the internet's best magazine.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (October 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594850399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594850394
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,333,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives you fun and easy ways to make your everyday chores more environmentally friendly, from choosing what to wear in the morning to what to do with kitty's doo doo. It's an easy, quick read, and I guarantee it'll give you some ideas you haven't thought of before. Even the smallest things can make a difference. One thing I'd like to see added in future books, when talking about coffee... it's important to get away from using coffee makers with hot plates. They waste a lot of energy. Purchase a coffee maker with a thermos for a pot. It will keep the coffee hot for hours, without sucking precious electrons out of the ground.
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Is it possible for a guide to living green to go down easy? Over the course of it's day-to-night structure, this compact, printed on recycled paper with soy ink guide, reveals how just about every facet of modern life is founded upon wasteful, unsustainable, greenhouse gas-creating models. While infused with a realistic nod to the fact that we can't abide by all its suggestions, the information initially comes as a shock. But the suggestions seep in -- drive as little as possible, buy local and organic, use CFL light bulbs, neither paper nor plastic, bring your own bag, etc. This is information that we all need to have and however it gets out there is great. But who's going to send something similarly persuasive to global corporate heads?
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I've never written one of these before, but when I was asked to review this book, I couldn't resist. It's hard to live green in the world today, but I feel every little bit counts. The thing I love about this book (beyond being easy and fast to read) is that it doesn't make you feel like a loser. It gives the straight-up this-is-what-is-killing-our-planet, and also the don't-lose-sleep-over-this-stuff. I know plastic coffee mugs aren't the best thing for the earth, BUT, I'd rather take a travel mug to the drive-thru coffee shops than throw away 5 paper/plastic cups a week. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a difference, even if they just start out with baby steps.
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A good place to look to maximize your earth friendly practices, although lots of tips are old hat for those who are usually interested in these things. Some good definitions though and the links to appropriate earth-friendlier businesses are appreciated. Worth supporting these clever and helpful folks and you'll probably learn a few things, too.
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It's very true; it's hard to get good advice on how to help save the world without purists and pompous tree-huggers (no offense to the non-pompous kind :) ) talking to you like you're just another lazy 'part of the problem'. Grist gets right down to the facts, and covers alot of today's (and tomorrow's) issues and lifestyles, with a comedic twist, and without all the namecalling. That way, YOU can keep an open mind and explore all of the different earth-saving options that are available to you. 'Practical', 'funny', and 'informative' are three words I would use to describe this book. I am very pleased with it.
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I LOVE IT!!!
This book is just like the website. Simple clean advice to help make the world a better place. Plus some cheesy jokes to make it fun. GRIST ROCKS!
Anyone can read and understand this book. Anyone can change their life for the better. It kinda makes you wonder how we got is wrong so many years ago. Great gift as well.
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Being ecologically responsible can be fun! The authors certainly had a ball writing this book -- full of laughs on what is a very serious subject. Well worth a read.
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It is just like its' subtitle---non-pompous, non-preachy guide to greening your day!!
Easy to read and very practical ideas. I gave all my friends a copy of this book, with some green gifts, such as, socks with bamboo threads and hemp purses.
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