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Green Guide: The Complete Reference for Consuming Wisely

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  10 reviews
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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Jan 26, 2009 Lisa rated it 1 of 5 stars
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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
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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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
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
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.
If you are trying to be more green I would recomend reading this book before any others!
I actually have the hard cover version but that's not coming up in the search.
A good resource, but I think that there are more interesting ones out there.
Not exactly a barn burner, but a good reference to everything green.
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