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The Imperfect Environmentalist: A Practical Guide to Clearing Your Body, Detoxing Your Home, and Saving the Earth (Without Losing Your Mind)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  416 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Actress, producer, mother, and imperfect environmentalist, Sara Gilbert understands how helping the environment can seem overwhelming. Between keeping up with work, friends, and kids, who has the time or money to maintain a compost pile, become an activist, or knit a sweater out of recycled grocery bags? Fortunately, we now know that small changes here and there in our eve ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published August 13th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really like the idea of this book, and how the sections are laid out, but I can't finish it or give it a higher rating because there are no citations! That drives me crazy and really undermine's the author's credibility. Talking about studies without citing them is worthless. Some sections were better than others, and some really felt like they didn't belong (attachment parenting and tai chi?), while others were vague and confusing (macrobiotics?). ...more
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's Sara Gilbert. Enough said... And yeah, you'll probably end up reading it in Darlene's voice. Bonus points. Super Informative! ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty decent approach to going green. Some parts were super informative, and some parts were a rehash. Overall, a nice reference guide
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was an eye opener for things I probably should have already realized. I thought I was in huge trouble when the very first chapter not only made me want a water filter, but somehow lead me on a Google search trail that ended with all my tupperware and plastic dishes being replaced with glass. I was like "uh oh, this is about to be a really expensive library book!" some chapters were over the top for me and some stuff did not apply. There are a few areas I could feel smug about but many ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is really informative. It's set up like a Cliff's Notes manual for being environmentally conscious, and each page addresses a topic, and has subheaders that break it into basics, more informative, and specifics. I recommend it to anyone who feels overwhelmed with all there is to be green.

I love the headings for these.
1. Cut to the Chase, Hippie: What's the Least I Need to Know?
2. Intriguing...I Can Handle a Little More
3. I Need Some Facts to Bore My Friends With

I love the clarity in th
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dogs and cats cannot be vegan!! She just says a lot of things without any citations. I bet this bitch voted for Jill Stein.
Logan Judy
I kind of hate to leave a two-star review here, because there was some interesting info in the book. But there are two pretty big downsides that I can't ignore.

The first is that there are no citations for the numerous proof points that she gives. Given that I ran across a few things I am more well-informed on, and disagree with her about, I'm suspicious that there's more to the story on some of these other things I'm less informed on. I don't doubt her sincerity, I just want to be able to resear
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't regret reading this book, but I am torn on between a 2 or 3 star review. It is sort of in the middle really at 2 and 1/2. I am always researching into various ways of helping or restoring the environment as well as living in a way that is safer and healthier. And glancing through it at the bookstore it seemed a pretty quick and easy introduction to doing all that without "losing my mind" as the author put it on trying to keep up with it all.

It might be a good intro to an EXTREMELY new p
Jude Arnold
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sara Gilbert does an excellent job of breaking it down; what you can do to be Green in Body,Home, and Mind, and Save the Earth! She does it with finesse and sense of humor. Whether you are Donald Trump or sleeping on a friend's couch, the Imperfect Environmentalist guides you with all the practicals of passionately protecting your family and the environment. ...more
In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation...even if it requires having skin as thick as the bark of a pine. -Great Law of the Iroquois-

The Imperfect Environmentalist is not a book I needed to read, I have been reading up on beneficial environmental and health data for years. So, this really was a “speaking to the choir” book for me. But, I do think it would greatly benefit anyone new to leading a less toxic life or someone always looking for ways to improve
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
At first, the book felt different in my hands. The paper was a different quality than I was used to feeling. But then it dawned on me, it was made from recycled paper. It was clear right then that Sara Gilbert not only practiced what she preached, but also helped readers from her target audience make a painless shift towards helping the environment. And it made me think, I am a part of those who could be considered imperfect environmentalists too!

I liked how each topic was divided into task cons
Sep 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I like the way the book is broken into easily manageable sections about different parts of life and the further simplification of offering three levels of informational depth into a subject.

I think everyone wants to live in a less polluted world, but often the word environmentalist brings to mind someone who is condescending and inflexible about how environmentally conscience everyone should be. I'm glad to read a book that really is practical and more moderate in its approach.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is an awesome overview! She covers every topic I could think of, and each page starts with a super-brief summary labeled, "Cut to the chase, hippie: what's the least I need to know?" Only read further if you feel compelled to do so. Haha! ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
While most of the advice isn't bad, I cannot forgive all the statistics thrown out without any citation. At least one citation, please. ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I really appreciated this book. As someone who thinks of herself as being knowledgeable about environmental issues, I was schooled! I truly learned a lot from reading this book, and for that I want to thank Sara Gilbert. I think this book does what it was written to accomplish by giving an overall review of what we, as individuals, can do in our lives to leave the smallest carbon footprint, without overwhelming the reader. Each environmental topic/issue was divided into sections, the first of wh ...more
Janet Barclay
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I think I've always been green at heart - at the office I worked in the 1980s, I introduced a policy where paperwork that would normally be thrown out (this was before fine paper recycling) would be reused instead of buying message pads and such. I still do this and of course I do a lot more than that now, but I'm becoming increasingly aware that we all need to do more, much more. It can all get pretty stressful, so when I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it.

I'm a fan of Sara Gi
Sidney Mansueto
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Imperfect Environmentalist” is a book any tree-hugger should have. An eco-friendly person myself and a fan of Gilbert’s work, I was excited to learn she published a book on the subject of the environment. There is a lot of interesting information in here, from greener methods of flooring to Do-It-Yourself detergent. While I was quite knowledgeable to a lot of the material the author writes about, I still learned something new on every page. The environment is a place where we all stand, and ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
There is some helpful real world advice in here, and I like Gilbert's self-effacing tone. However, I would have liked more realistic day-to-day green hacks and fewer lists of the many toxins in our world. Lists of horrors make things feel hopeless and overwhelming. I also feel like Gilbert is a little out of touch with the options available for people who are functioning on a budget. Many of the suggestions offered are pricey and/or time intensive. That said, I'm glad the book exists, as it is a ...more
Amber Heckelman
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like that the content is structured to make the book feel like a resource that one can return to over and over again while actively transitioning to a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle. It's also a very easy, fun, and informative read. My only qualm is that there is a reoccurring subheading titled "I'm Donald Trump" that is used to refer to folks with more money and greater resources. Since the book was published in 2013, it predates the horrible reality that reflects the 45th presidency. ...more
Jul 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very motivating to find and make more Earth-friendly decisions. Provides great resources and ideas. I appreciate her realistic views on eco-friendly living and her sense of humor! We are already very environmentally conscious in our home, but the way she explains more complicated concepts makes you feel like you can grasp the main idea and push forward from there. Time to go research solar panels...
C Pure
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was pretty disappointed by this book. I get everyone can’t be perfect and have their own “green agendas,” but it would be great if we could get citations on all these “research has show...” points. Reading this in 2020 some of the tips or green facts are dated. I do appreciate that she took the time to list ways people of all economic backgrounds could make a difference.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I mainly skimmed through this book. I did not like the tone of this book at all. Like someone trying to sound cool and hip. I am skeptical if the author herself follows half of the stuff written in this book.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some things were useful, some were common sense, some were super dated. Negative stars for a meh-vax stance. Guess what's also bad for the environment--an outbreak of measles and mass hospitalizations. ...more
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-chosen
More like a 2.5. There's plenty of "xyz is bad because of abc" and not enough "here's what you can do instead." Also, a lot of "studies show" but no citations. I would go with Kellogg's "101 Ways to Go Zero Waste" instead. ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh. Didn't like the structure of the book ...more
Elisa Cafferata
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Could be practical if you were interested in making an actual difference in your home and your life.
Amy Cox
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
It makes you think. I would like to try some of her ideas. I am in no way green. She makes it doable.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read. She made reading about saving the environment enjoyable. I also picked up sever tips that I will take advantage of.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I never need to buy dishwasher detergent again! (1 T Borax, 1 T baking soda, and a little white vinegar in the rinse).
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
She gives tips from if you are surfing friends' couches to rich on ways you can help the environment. ...more
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