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Big Green Purse by Diane McEachern
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Jul 17, 2010

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Big Green Purse: Use your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World by Diane MacEachern is a great guide for a shopper trying to make environmentally sound decisions when shopping. Many of the suggestions offered by Diane MacEachern are common sense and are becoming more and more popular. MacEachern is an environmental writer and the founder of the website Big Green Purse is written, as you might have picked up from the title, for women. The author states that women spend 85 cents out of every dollar and collectively women can make a huge difference in the market if they act together. MacEachern explains when women harness the power of their purse – either by buying less or buying green – manufacturers respond. Big Green Purse explains exactly how each of us, man or woman, can make a difference – through small changes or more substantial shifts.

With easy-to-follow, specific information throughout, this book targets twenty-five key commodities where our dollars can have the most impact. It also provides standards-based guidelines and give readers "thumbs up/thumbs down" ratings to help make the shift to eco-friendly products, companies, and services. Big Green Purse highlights eco-cheap strategies to help save money but still live and shop green. The final section of the book is chock-full of resources MacEachern found useful, included are some very informative websites. You can use this book to make a huge change in your life or if you aren’t ready to do anything that drastic, select one or two of her suggestions. You might be surprised out how easy it is to be green and and make a difference. --Maeve

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