Easy Green Living

Easy Green Living

The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-friendly Choices for You and your Home

Paperback - 2008
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We are what we eat, but we also are what we use to clean our homes, pamper our skin, and decorate our rooms, according to Rene e Loux, accomplished raw food chef, award-winning author, and host of Fine Living TV's Easy Being Green. In her new book, Easy Green Living, she applies her whole-foods philosophy to home, garden, and beauty routines. Rene e Loux demonstrates that being green at home is easy, affordable, and better in every sense of the word. She discusses the daily choices we face that can keep the home, personal care, and beauty routines free of toxins. She exposes the dirt on cleaning products and common hazardous ingredients and reveals her recommendations for greener options, including her "Green Thumb Guides" for choosing non-toxic, eco-smart, and human-friendly products. Peppered with compelling and inspiring facts, Easy Green Living is full of "5 Step" lists, products and recipes for green cleaning, helpful charts, safer choices for every room, and inspirational advice so we can save the planet--one cleaning spritz at a time. As recent special issues of Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, and other major publications have demonstrated, going green is an idea whose time has come. Whether addressing big-picture topics like renewable energy, or offering simple suggestions for everyday living, this complete lifestyle guide shows that healthier choices don't mean a radical or complicated life change--it is, after all, easy to be green.
Publisher: Emmaus, Penn. : Rodale, 2008.
ISBN: 9781594867927
Characteristics: xix, 396 pages ;,24 cm.


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MelissaMcCarthy Sep 05, 2013

A good compilation of some important information, but the author is a bit too credulous in some cases and offers some frankly harmful suggestions.

She suggests that "a wee bit of organic dirt helps to keep the immune system robust... the human digestive tract depends on microorganisms" (p.87). Maybe so, but that's no reason not to wash your produce - "organic" dirt or not.

Several times she repeats the myth that plants will clean your air. They won't, unless you tile your walls and floor with them.

She repeats the sadly common idea that you should let leftovers cool to room temperature before putting them in the fridge (p.96) - an excellent way to get all-organic food poisoning.

She claims that you can "set" the colour of clothing with salt (p.237) - if this is even chemically possible, it would take far more salt than the 1/2 cup she suggests - and that oxygen bleach whitens clothes (p.245) - it can't.

As with most green-living books, this one is largely hit-or-miss. Much of the advice is solid, but it seems that there is always some misinformation.

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