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Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple Hardcover – May, 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Also from Rodale, Alan Berman's Your Naturally Healthy Home: Stylish, Safe, Simple offers practical advice on making the home healthier and more ecologically sound. For homeowners building or substantially remodeling, Berman (Floor Magic) explores environmentally responsible design. Keeping in mind that some may seek smaller-scale changes, he addresses TVs, computers, microwaves, radiators and many other household fixtures. He also discusses fragrances, ventilation, radon, insulation and lighting, includes a list of chemicals to avoid and decodes current eco-labeling systems. Berman also reflects briefly on ways homeowners can reduce their consumption of natural resources e.g., water-saving toilets. Those wary of ecological asceticism will appreciate Berman's calm, realistic tone and concern for comfort and elegance. Photos not seen by PW. Aug. 8)
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
As Berman states in his introduction, "Responsible design needs to take into account the issues involved in design choice personal circumstances, global and personal environmental health, transport issues, as well as ethical production." Berman reviews all these elements as they relate to home design, including how to improve the light and ventilation and control temperature and noise. Chapters on paint, fabrics, and floor coverings provide charts that evaluate the environmental impact of the materials. The resource directory lists energy-saving tips as well as contact information for various environmental organizations and for companies that make environmentally friendly products. An excellent resource for a neglected area in interior design.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
It gives alternative materials to look for when buying bedding, shelving, wood stains, and other products. It talks about electric fields and why we should not put our bed on a wall with a power-box on the other side. It also lists which plants are best to purify the air.
This is a must-have for people who are going to build their own home, and very helpful for people who are refurnishing their home or apartment. Many suggestions do seem centered on elaborate renovations, but even within those suggestions there is information about things such as wall-paints, furnature, and house-hold ventilation. Some of the ideas, like unbleached organic cotten towels are certianly more expensive than regular store-bought towels, but it is a trade off that you can make after reading the book and reviewing your budget.
This is not written in the Ed Begley Jr. School of Green Living. It talks about ways to adapt your home to the local style, economy and ecology; a gentle reminder to live where you are - buy locally, live locally and you'll do the planet some good too.