Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jul 20, 2009 - House & Home - 384 pages
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“This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet.” —David Suzuki

Ecoholic is an eye-opening guide to separating the green from the greenwashed in the maze of products lining our shelves. Unlike other eco guidebooks, Ecoholic names names and gives you the dirt on what not to buy and why, as well as the dish on great clothes, beauty products, home supplies, and more.

We all know that the earth is in trouble, but we’re often left scratching our heads over how to change things. How do we avoid poisoning the planet and ourselves with the products we slather on our scalps and squirt onto our floors? And what safe alternatives actually get the job done?

Filled with tips on everything from which seafood is safe to eat to getting the hormone disruptors out of your kids, your carpets, and your love life, Ecoholic is a witty and indispensable guide to the small ecochoices that make the biggest difference.


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I read the book and I felt it really delivered on what it promised. It does have a lot of interesting facts and gives you a bunch of eco-friendly alternatives to name brands. However, I have to say I feel somewhat disappointed. As a sustainability major, the book bored me. My professors make the subject interesting! This books just lists the facts, and lacks any hint of passion. Kind of felt like I was reading a manual for something. Wish she would have it more enjoyable.
Pros: Reliable Facts, Great Alternatives to Name Brands Listed, Cheap for Size
Cons: Boring, Impersonal, Lack of Passion

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This is a great book to have. It's rare to find a book with so much useful information that's provided in an informative, non-preachy manner. I read a lot of books about the enviroment and often times I feel as though the author is trying to make me feel terrible about every choice that I make. This book gives you the information and let's you know that there isn't always a perfect, single answer to everything. It's sort of a here's-the- info-now-pick-the-lesser-of-the-evils for you-style which I appreciate. Also, the information is local (if you are Canadian) which is something that's pretty hard to find.  

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About the author (2009)

Adria Vasil is a best-selling author and journalist for Canada’s NOW magazine, where she has been writing the “Ecoholic” column for five years. She lives in Toronto.

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