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Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely

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Paper or plastic? Organic or conventional? In a world that is rapidly going "green," how does the average person make decisions that are smart for the family—and good for the planet? The Green Guide is here to help, with the concepts and choices for Earth-conscious living. Presented in concise, information-packed chapters, this up-to-the-minute resource touches on every as ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 10th 2008 by National Geographic
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Lisa
Jan 26, 2009 Lisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: green
I learned a lot from this book however I feel that it is almost impossible for a middle income family to live like this. Also its answer to everything is buy organic. Well that would be great if I could afford it. It also implies that should you not have enough money to buy organic food, clothing, diapers, cleaning supplies, furniture, health and beuaty products and a host of other products to clean you air, water, travel, home, etc. you will get cancer and die, you will give you children cancer ...more
Adrian Gaucher
Jul 09, 2014 Adrian Gaucher rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the Green Guide. Judging by the reviews people have bought or read it for the wrong reason. Right in the name it claims to be reference guide. There is lots of blame of it ponding "buy organic" into you. And I can see that when reading it through as opposed to an section when you need it, it will be repetitive. But I think the books purpose relies more on the mindset of "today I need a new couch" what should I look for? Or were having a baby "what should I watch out for".

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Beth
Jun 03, 2009 Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book really upset me because it made me feel like no matter what we do, we're hurting the planet. It felt very doom and gloom and it was very discouraging.
Tim Gannon
Apr 25, 2010 Tim Gannon rated it really liked it
Green Guide was originally started in 1994 by "Mothers and Others" with Meryl Streep being one of the cofounders. A website was added in 2002. In 2007, it was bought by National Geographic. The book suggests what you can do to live greener and why you should. Goes through categories such as eating, housekeeping, electronics, personal care products, clothing, healthy kids and babies, green homes, plants and gardens, pet care, school supplies and more. Some redundancy, but still a nice one stop bo ...more
Tamara
Jul 22, 2008 Tamara rated it liked it
Shelves: green, non-fiction
Some good info on plastics (health concerns, recycle-ability, etc.)

"Take Action" bullet points make it easy to skip the long-winded explanations.

No pictures.
Erin
Feb 14, 2009 Erin rated it it was amazing
If you are trying to be more green I would recomend reading this book before any others!
AM
Mar 16, 2009 AM rated it liked it
Shelves: read-and-own
I actually have the hard cover version but that's not coming up in the search.
Gina (Weena)
Oct 29, 2008 Gina (Weena) rated it liked it
A good resource, but I think that there are more interesting ones out there.
Wendy
Jan 11, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
Not exactly a barn burner, but a good reference to everything green.
Marnie  Sferrazza North
Apr 06, 2011 Marnie Sferrazza North rated it it was amazing
Great reference.
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