This book, as my sister pointed out, should more accurately be called "Reuse", as it involves a lot of projects to transform objects from one traditioThis book, as my sister pointed out, should more accurately be called "Reuse", as it involves a lot of projects to transform objects from one traditional use into another decorative use.
The pictures are interesting and even somewhat inspiring in a home-decorating sense, but I don't know how eco-savvy it would be to buy three axes with the sole intention of using their handles for the legs of a stool. Good coffee-table book, I guess....more
A good resource for ideas on various products and services that are more eco-friendly than most of the mainstream options. Brief explanations of why/hA good resource for ideas on various products and services that are more eco-friendly than most of the mainstream options. Brief explanations of why/how these choices are more beneficial for you or for the planet. Includes tips on local or Canadian sources for these services or products. Contains information that I would like to share with my family in the states, too, although I think I'll hang on to my own copy.
Printed on recycled paper, though you can probably find most of the same information verbatim by searching for the author's columns on the NOW magazine website.
I appreciated the chance to take stock of my current practices in different aspects of my life and to try to figure out what I could be doing differently. If you tried to change everything at once, though, it would be daunting....more
Some interesting ideas, but some things were clearly overlooked. Not enough explanation of WHY it is good to do certain things, and I felt like too maSome interesting ideas, but some things were clearly overlooked. Not enough explanation of WHY it is good to do certain things, and I felt like too many concessions were made.
For example, the author recommended using a push (manual-powered) lawnmower, but said that if you prefer to use a gas mower, set your blade as high as possible. And just left it at that, like a simple matter of preference! (When there are actually reasons for letting your grass grow higher, and setting it to "mulch", that have to do with how good it is for your lawn, etc.) Well, what about the option of an electric mower? I know in my own use that switching to an electric (battery powered, rechargeable) mower kept me from wheezing when I cut the grass because it removed gas fumes from the equation, which is a pretty reasonable option for people who aren’t about to switch to the totally hardcore old-school option.
Other weird things. Some good tips but some strange things which were left totally unexplained. Like, when you travel, “to reset your clock, get as much sunlight as possible” was followed by “Sex helps, too!” with no explanation as to how or why.
I don’t know, it was a quick read, I demolished it in two days commute. I think there were some cute ideas, like buying a set of cheap used plates and cutlery to take with you on picnics instead of taking disposable, and some good things to think about, but a lot of it seemed just randomly thrown together, even though it was grouped into six sections.
I think “Ecoholic” (by A.Vasil) is probably better, but certainly less cute....more
Extremely effective if you were hoping to move towards a more vegan diet, or if you needed an excuse to start paying a "fair"/"realistic"Really good.
Extremely effective if you were hoping to move towards a more vegan diet, or if you needed an excuse to start paying a "fair"/"realistic" price for meat/eggs/milk/fish at local farmer's markets or organic grocery stores. This book emphasizes sustainability and putting your money where your mouth is.
It's full of information that you likely don't know. Like about how ground beef isn't checked to make sure it's free from bacteria/diseases, whereas other cuts of meat are. Information about lots of different chemicals that are fed to animals as appetite-enhancers (like arsenic and doses of antibacterial medicines). And yes, there are some stomach-wrenching descriptions.
Provides other information about how A&M colleges in all 50 states are basically set up to provide workers for large factory farming corporations. And about the difference between the Farm Bureau claims to do and what it actually does. About various legislations that have been passed and who benefited from them.
And lots of about the environmental impact of the runoff from huge "farming" operations and how it negatively impacts the surrounding areas -- including someplace near you....more