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The Virtuous Consumer: Your Essential Shopping Guide for a Better, Kinder, Healthier World

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Is laminate flooring good or bad? Should one buy beverages in plastic bottles or cans? And how can one crack the code of little numbers in triangles on the bottom of plastic containers? Virtuous Consumer is for busy people who want to buy responsibly but are not sure where to start. There's surprisingly little useful information available, so in this book Leslie Garrett pr ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published June 28th 2007 by New World Library
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Raz Godelnik
Mar 07, 2010 Raz Godelnik rated it really liked it
I want to begin and say that I agree with the book's description - just like Festivus, it is definitely for the rest of us. I guess some fellows I personally like, such as Mark Boyle won't find it handy, but many others who struggle with consuming issues and eventually buy some stuff will find this book very useful.

This is definitely not a guide that drives you to shop. No Sir! Garrett is well aware of the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) - for her this is a viable part of the choice to live c
Apr 15, 2008 Tami rated it really liked it
I think that many of us believe that we are doing our part to preserve our world for our children and grandchildren. We happily recycle what we can. We donate our old clothes to good will. We enjoy local foods and even buy organic sometimes.

The Virtuous Consumer shows the consumer that there is so much more that we could be doing. This book examines better options in every single consumer category from food and clothing through energy consumption and pesticide free gardening to adopting a pet a
Jun 30, 2010 Kandise rated it it was ok
Shelves: borrowed, non-fiction
The information in this book was great, so I wish the author had left it at that instead of adding all these (stupid parenthetical asides about her life.) (It's not supposed to be an autobiography). As it started to drone on I found the book repetitive and all in all the editing could have been much tighter. I also could have done without the author throwing feminism back by 100 years with comments like how she was too stupid to understand various things (because brains are, like, for boys! Tee ...more
Oct 29, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Beth
You have got to read this book! Garrett really breaks down the issues facing consumers today in topics ranging from cosmetics to children's gear, to pets and more. She has a great sense of humor and manages to give just the right amount of information. She lists all kinds of resources as well as many of her favorite products. Of course, we can't do it all, but just being aware of what we are bringing into our home environment and making little choices can really make a big difference...
Sep 11, 2008 Christine rated it it was amazing
Leslie Garrett brings to the forefront some of the main concerns of our ailing planet and ways we can help without preaching and fundamentalism. No matter how busy you are, this book gives you no reason not to take your stand in the healing of Mother Earth. There are simple techniques, lists of resources and ideas and so much more. This is a book that everyone in the US, if not world, should own. Blessings to Leslie for writing such a persuasive and sensible guide!
Jun 09, 2009 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Am I allowed to review my own book?? This book is, quite simply, a brilliant guide to making choices that are better for yourself and the planet. The author (me!) is perhaps a wee bit arrogant...but she really researched this book like crazy and desperately wants people to embrace the notion that living well and doing well go hand-in-hand.
Sep 25, 2016 Em rated it did not like it
Shelves: environmentalism
Although the book does provide some useful food for thought, I was really let down when I read the author's recommendation of clothing made from bamboo fabric. Her explanation was that because bamboo is fast to grow and requires less water than other fabric sources, it is a relatively environmentally-friendly fabric. However, a huge amount of toxic chemical processing is used to turn bamboo into that super-soft fabric, and half of those chemicals are dumped directly into the environment after pr ...more
May 19, 2008 Lydia rated it liked it
There is way too much stuff in this book to tackle all the recommendations at once. A few parts could be more helpful. I know I should buy locally grown food, but where? Still, the book is filled with tons of useful and motivating information.
Jun 30, 2008 Noel rated it really liked it
It's a good review of what we can and should be doing, but I felt like it was preaching to the choir.
Dec 30, 2007 April rated it really liked it
Quite complete - skip over what you don't need
Oct 19, 2008 Cnoblefl rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book-if you can get past the snarky digs on America by a Canadian author......
Jan 05, 2008 Cathy added it
Loved this! Lots of good information and ideas.
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