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Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days

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No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don't use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure ...more
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Published June 11th 2009 by Mariner Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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many things about this book were infuriating. let's start with the title. how the hell is sleeping naked "green"? in her entry on the subject, the author claims that eschewing pajamas means that she has fewer laundry items that need attention, thus saving water, i guess, when she does laundry. i find this really unconvincing. i mean, sleep naked if you want, & wear pajamas if you prefer, but the ludicrous/borderline salacious title was really just the tip of the iceberg for this extremely qu ...more
Sleeping Naked is Green is not some mind-numbing, educational nonfiction. It's fun, funny, and relatable! The author wasn't quite sold on the environmentalist movement, so she decides to give it a try for research's sake. What can be done easily? What habits would be lasting? What applies to single people? To families? People in apartments vs. houses? She pretty much gives everything a try from using recycled products, to cutting out disposables, to selling her car. And she shares all of her tri ...more
This book rubbed me the wrong way consistently, and on multiple levels. On the surface, it's an ideal blog-to-book deal: the author makes one "green change" (she never puts it in quotes, but it's just too perfectly calculated not to be informed by marketing) per day for a full year, thus raising awareness and illustrating how You Too can save the planet. In theory, this is fine. The writing is not bad either, though her bubbly, semi-thoughtless tone could use some work. However.

Here's the thing
Bookworm Smith
NO! This book is not for adults only. It is in fact a very serious environmental book giving you wonderful tips on how to reduce that hideous environmental footprint you are leaving on the earth. Like not using toilet paper for one, and switching to environmentally friendly condoms (yes, there is such a thing).

Vanessa, the author, decides to take on a year long challenge, to be more green, and blog about it - Green as a Thistle. Yes, this blog/challenge idea has been overdone lately, but, I stil
Yvann S
Summary: Vanessa, an Arts & Life reporter for the National Post in Toronto, undertakes one of those "every day for a year" challenges in which she makes a "green" change to her life. These range from the simple (switching to all-natural lip balm) to the extreme (unplugging her fridge).

I was sold on this the minute I read the word "Farch" - "the season that includes February and March, when it's not really winter any more but it's definitely not spring". Farquharson made me laugh so often, an
Quite an inspiring book. I like to be eco-friendly, but I cant say I'd do everything that she did (Diva cup? Ahh I may be a looong way off from that). I do admire all of her changes though and I appreciate that she wasn't preachy or blindly hypocritical about the tasks. While being green is great, there are a lot of grey areas and I dont think that you should put every aspect of your life on hold or fully cancel just to fulfil a green initiative. I think that its important to do what we can, pus ...more
I'm another one who wanted to love this book, but didn't. The concept (and the blog) are great - make 366 "green" changes over the course of a (leap) year and write about them as a "normal" person, i.e. what worked and what didn't.

The changes vary from switching to recycled paper towels to unplugging the fridge and getting rid of the car.

As a blog, the day to day changes and commentary works. As a book - we hear about day 30 and 35, but not the days in between. It left me with questions. (Conve
Ana Mardoll
Sleeping Naked is Green / 978-0-547-07328-6

Vanessa is an average woman in a big city - having recently seen "An Inconvenient Truth", she feels compelled to do *something* to help the environment, but she has no idea where to start. She decides that she will make one "green" change a day, for a whole year, and then decide which changes she can keep and which she can't. And, to keep her motivated, she'll keep a daily online blog so that she won't be able to drop out of the challenge without disapp
Whatever. It was cute enough but I got super bored after the first third or so. Same stuff every blog entry. It's hard to be an environmentalist and not be a hypocrite. We should keep trying anyway. Little changes do matter. Got it. Never made it to the part where she falls in love but that's ok. I've got more interesting stuff to read this summer...
Sharry Miller
Vanessa Farquharson amusingly relates, through what I assume are select edited blog posts, her attempt to become more environmentally conscious over the course of a year by making one small green change each day. About nine months in, she's dismayed to realize it's a leap year, and therefore she must make 366 changes, not 365. She perseveres and is successful. Many of her changes are fairly inconsequential, but many, such as unplugging her refrigerator, are more dramatic. Reading Sleeping Naked ...more
Duane Nicol
I was looking for a light read to spend some of my school break and this book provided just that. If you’re looking for hard hitting analysis of the impact of our modern world, or are looking for a practical guide for greening your life, then this isn’t for you. If you’re already into pocket composting and are annoyed by the fact that others aren’t – this book is most definitely not for you. Just walk away.

However, if you’re interested to learn more about what this “green thing” is all about – o
Kitten Kisser
This author has a wonderful sense of humor! Her challenge (to herself) to "go green" for a year doing one new "green" thing a day and blog about it. Not all her choices are all that green. Some are intensely green. And she isn't being green 100% of the time. She cheats frequently & her friends say, "Don't worry. I wont tell."
The pitfalls and benefits of some of her green choices can be pretty hilarious! I love reading her newbie opinion on all the various options for saving the planet. Many
Gery Ciftcioglu
On the whole I like her sense of humor and auto sarcasm. And the format of short journal entries is refreshing. However, there are so many hilarious things one can say on the subject of green living without turning into a bitch...
Jul 12, 2009 Carrie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LeAnn
A girly urban version of Farewell My Subaru. Not quite as funny but there are a couple of chuckles and lots of green ideas. Check out her blog at
The author of this book is an arts reporter and film critic in Toronto.
She now writes a weekly column on the environment. This book details
her 366 ways to go green, practiced over the course of one year. Some of the ideas are expected: open the windows in the summer, lower the heat in the winter, no meat, indoor composting, etc. But she actually gave up her refrigerator, shopping often for perishables. One of the most interesting ideas was using a menstral cup. It can't be felt when properly ins
I'd like to think I'm eco-minded, but the reality is I fall very very short in my earth friendly habits. But still, one eco-habit is better than none. And for Vanessa, she decides to do 365 new eco-friendly habits, one a day for a year.

Vanessa is a pretty normal twenty-seven year old. She likes fashion, pop fiction, food, wine, and dreams of having a boyfriend. But then she decides to green up her life and go ahead and make a new change every day in her life. These things run the gamut from turn
Lianne Burwell
This book was a slightly different variation on the Blog to Book path. Instead of a collection of blog postings, it's actually more of a behind the scenes of the time she writing the blog.

The author started a green blog, for reasons that sound more like a whim that a true vocation, in which she would do one green thing a day for a full year. Some of the tips are good ones (the brick in the toilet, thermos for coffee, eat local, turn down the thermostat), some are out of reach for many people (se
Gayle Gordon
Read this book for a book club. I had to laugh out loud many times while reading it, which pretty much guarantees at least 4 stars for me.
I've already made some of the changes that she made and others I've tried in my life. Not because of the book, but because I've been trying for years to be more environmentally-minded. Some of the changes I've never heard of and would never have thought of and others I wouldn't do if you paid me. It must have been a huge challenge to come up with 366 changes.
I just read this amazing book called Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days. This is not your typical how to save the earth book. It is really a story about a woman who just wanted to do the right thing. She wasn’t into being a smug hippie. She did it from the purest of intentions, because the earth needs her and everyone else to help it. She doesn’t go on and on about WHY we need to save the earth, she assumes you can find that i ...more
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Sleeping Naked Is Green is a blog-turned-book much like Julie & Julia but instead of dealing with a woman's trials through cooking, this tackles an eco-cynic's journey into green living. It chronicles 366 consecutive days in the life of Canadian film critic, Vanessa Farquharson.

Reading as an anecdotal memoir meets handy tip guide, Sleeping Naked Is Green has the friendly conversational tone one expects from blogs. Each chapter is a month and each da
Foi graças ao blog "365 Coisas que posso fazer para diminuir a minha Pegada Ecológica" que descobri este livro. Nele, é relatado o dia-a-dia de Vanessa, uma jornalista do Canadá, que se comprometeu a adoptar uma nova medida ecológica, todos os dias, durante 366 dias e a falar sobre isso no seu blog Green as a Thistle. Foi a partir deste que surgiu o livro. Muitas das medidas são simples e quase que passam despercebidas como, por exemplo, substituir a escova de dentes por outra que seja recicláve ...more
I decided to read this book after reading the blurb that it was a 20 something women trying to be a little bit more eco friendly. As a 20 something year old struggling to be a bit more greener without getting too many rolled eyes from family and friends, I decided that I could relate to this book. I can say that it was a frank and light hearted approach to this topic. She talks honestly about the internal and social struggles of making such changes and that its okay to make un-green decisions ev ...more
Aurora  Fitzrovia
2.5 - 3.0

Ich tue mich mit der Bewertung etwas schwer, da ich mit etwas anderem gerechnet hatte.
Das Buch basiert auf dem Blog von Vanessa Farquharson Green as a Thistle", allerdings sind, wie ich vor dem Lesen nicht wusste, nicht alle Einträge im Buch zu finden, was ich etwas schade finde, aber gut, zur Not kann man Sachen, die einen interessieren ja noch online nachlesen. Das Buch ist in Monate unterteilt und am Anfang jeden Monats gibt es eine Liste mit dem Datum und was für eine neue Regel Far
It's hard to know what to do when it comes to the enviroment. I mean, what works? What doesn't? What if "An Inconvinent Truth" isn't all that truthful? What if what we're doing is just fine? Etc.
Well, Vanessa Farquharson was having the same thoughts. She was feeling guilty about harming her enviroment, but didn't know where to turn or if she could even help. So she took on a challenge, a green challenge, to make 366 (Leap Year) green changes, finding out what changes were actually feasible to re
The title of this book is what originally caught my eye. It should really have dawned on me right then that if she calls herself an "eco-cynic" in the title, the book is probably going to include some snarky, disparaging comments about those of us who give a flying fig about this planet we're all on. Thankfully, the author does by and large grow in to becoming one of us over the course of her year of daily green changes.

My overall impression of this book is that the author is very very young. No
Update: I did finish it. I have to give her credit, she did some more extreme green things than I would be willing to do, such as unplugging her fridge and freezer and not using her oven. On the other hand, some of her "easy" challenges seemed a little superficial to me. I'm trying not to judge though--it's good that she gave up her straightening iron, for example, it's just that I can't imagine having a daily routine that includes one in the first place. This is likely due in large part to the ...more
Mike Smith
This is one of the funniest and most inspiring books I've read in a long time. Vanessa writes very openly about the trials and tribulations of making one new green change in her life every day for a year, and about some of the other things going on in her life at the same time, such as a residential move and looking for love. Some green changes are trivial, like taking lukewarm showers, sleeping naked, or not shaving her legs. Some are momentous, like selling her car. A significant part of the y ...more
Melissa Lee-tammeus
I LOVE this book. It has been two days and I anticipate finishing it up tonight - that's how good it is - I can't put it down. True tome of a journalist who takes the ultimate challenge to go green - changing one thing a day for an entire year - everything from no more car, to no more shampoo, to no more paper towels, to yes, even switching feminine products. We travel along with her own learning curve through her blog, thus making the journey ever more real and possible for all. The last few da ...more
Join Torontonian Vanessa Farquharson as she pledges to make one environmentally conscious decision everyday for one year. During her journey she will have to make sacrifices both big (selling her car/unplugging her fridge) and small (not using the vacuum cleaner/showering in the dark). Throughout the challenge, Farquharson documents her experiences in a blog she names “Green as a Thistle.” Along the way, Farquharson will discover much about herself, making friends and finding love along
OK, I really like this book. It reminds me of SO many things I've lost sight of in my haste to begin my professional career - slightly important things like the environment and my health.

There are lots of things in here that will never ever be ok in my book - a washcloth and water bottle will NOT replace TP for me. EVER (but I do try to only use recycled TP at home). I also don't know if I'll ever be able to do without a car, although I sincerely would love to. But other small changes would be s
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