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Live an eco-friendly life : smart ways to get green and stay that way

Author: Natalia Marshall
Publisher: New York, NY : A Perigee Book, 2008.
Series: 52 brilliant ideas.
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From the Publisher: 52 ways to get green and clean. These days everyone's talking about the plight of the planet-from climate change and carbon footprints to diminishing resources and vanishing species. Whether you're a committed tree-hugger or someone who doesn't know a pesticide from a compost heap, you're sure to find a wealth of simple yet meaningful changes that are easy to implement. With ideas on everything  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Natalia Marshall
ISBN: 0399533966 9780399533969
OCLC Number: 166360021
Notes: "Originally published as Save the Planet in Great Britain in 2007 by The Infinite Ideas Company Limited"--Title page verso.
Description: xiv, 239 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Brilliant features --
One small step --
1: Saint or sinner? : The first step to a greener lifestyle is to take a long, hard look at your current one; is the way you live trashing the planet or nurturing it? --
2: Hey, big spender: You're revving up to do your part for the planet, right? You may have to give up some luxuries along the way, but the fact that going greener will boost your happiness levels should more than compensate --
3: Clarity begins at home: Carbon footprint is the buzzword when it comes to living greener; we all have one, and the fastest way to reduce it is to make your home a greener place --
4: Once more with feeling: There really isn't any excuse not to recycle; it's easier than ever, and almost the entire contents of your wastebasket can have a second, or even third, life --
5: Detox your home: Sick building syndrome is a term often used to describe offices, but where you live can be just as unhealthy as where you work; here's how to make your home a healthier and greener place --
6: Clean but green: It's easy to get hooked on the latest domestic products that promise a life of ease and cleanliness, but do you really need them? --
7: Kiss pests goodbye: We all have unwanted bugs and critters in our homes but there's no need to zap them with harmful pesticides when gentler, safer alternatives work just as well --
8: You've got the power: The electricity that powers our homes can be produced by a number of different sources; have you ever thought about where yours comes from? --
9: Low-impact home repair: Our appetite for DIY decorating and home repair seems to be insatiable, but before you reach for the paint can, consider the environmental impact of your creative brushstrokes --
10: Always read the label: If it comes in a box, can, bottle, package, or canister, it'll have a label on it; so get informed on what's inside your day-to-day household products --
11: Low-impact consumer: A new kind of consumer has been born, and the pared-down approach means spending less and getting things for free --
12: Petal power: Get in touch with your inner horticulturalist and go green, literally, by splurging on detoxifying houseplants for your home --
13: Warm and cozy: Feel like a penny-pincher if you go around turning off the lights? Well, don't! It's a sign you're saving energy and shrinking your carbon footprint --
14: Burn naturally: Ah, nothing beats the warmth of an open fire, but hold on-your yen for a den fragrant with wood smoke might be doing nasty things to the air around you --
15: Earth, wind, and water: Don't just plug in, turn on, and zone out-why not go "off grid" and investigate some alternative energy supplies? --
16: Good wood: Wonderful natural wood is an asset to any home as long as it comes from sustainable sources --
17: If in drought: Ever stopped to think about how much water you're wasting? Even if you don't live in a drought-ridden area, it's still prudent to cut back on the amount of H2O that goes down the drain --
18: Shop smart: Ethical shopping-what is it and how can you do it? The answers are trickling in slower than organic honey --
19: Where the wild things are: You may get a buzz from shopping, but every register ring means you're depleting resources; trade in your plastic bag for a woven basket and forage for wild foods instead --
20: Green gadgets: Anything eco is seriously hip these days, and that includes a new breed of "green gadgets" designed to help you save energy and cash. 21: Clothes care: By all means stay fresh, but laundering and ironing your clothing with the minimum use of chemicals and energy is the twenty-first-century way to go --
22: Let's step outside: When it comes to being green, you need to be squeaky clean both inside and out! --
23: Go organic: Who could choose a food stuffed full of chemicals over one that is clean and green? --
24: Homemade goodies: Preparing your own preserves, pickles, cordials, and dried herbs maximizes seasonal produce and saves you cash --
25: First aid, naturally: Why spend a fortune on synthetic medicines when there are perfectly acceptable natural alternatives available? --
26: Low-power dressing: Green is definitely the new black: highly creative eco-fashion is flying off the shelves and into wardrobes all over the world --
27: Your body, your skin: When is natural not natural? When it's a faux "eco" beauty product that is stuffed full of the usual chemicals --
28: Change of sport?: Whether you're on the slopes, in the waves, behind the wheel, or on the green, have you thought about the environmental impact your sport of choice might have? --
29: Pets count, too: If you want your pet to be green, it certainly doesn't mean buying a frog! --
30: Home farm: Love organic eggs, wild honey, and home-cured ham? Then why not produce your own? --
31: Garden green: Once you've made up your mind to garden organically, there's no turning back! --
32: Low-water garden: Is your garden swallowing up more than its fair share of water? --
33: Lovely, leafy compost: A homemade garden compost improves the soil, recycles organic matter, and helps conserve water; what's more, it's absolutely free! --
34: Grow your own: Whether you own a window box or a meadow, every outdoor space can yield a fine crop of organic fruits and veggies --
35: Good-and green-companions: Think you're something of a matchmaker? Pairing up works for plants as well as people, so get plotting --
36: Your very own mini eco-park: Turn your backyard into a natural haven for useful insects, birds, frogs, and other welcome visitors --
37: Right from the start: You love your kids, right? So show it in the way you all live, from diapers onward --
38: Lighten up: Maximize the use of natural light in your home, and make the artificial kind energy wise --
39: Help your PC live a little longer: Your home computer may be the hub of the house but just how green is it? --
40: Four wheels bad: It's a biggie, but ditching your motor will make you happier, healthier, and wiser --
41: Work for a better future: Put the squeeze on your workplace-at home or away-and help reduce climate change --
42: Clean break: Responsible tourism is fine, but when it comes to booking a vacation, how do you sort the green from the greenwash? --
43: Traveler's footprint: Taking a day trip? Traveling around the world? The message is the same: your behavior could have a big impact on the local environment --
44: Put your money where your mouth is: Carry out a financial health check: could your money be doing more for the environment? --
45: Outside the box: From mosquito nets to mango plantations, you ethical gift to friends and family could have global benefits --
46: Way to go: We all have to shuffle off this mortal coil at some point, so plan in advance for a greener funeral --
47: Get involved: Feeling green but lonely? Don't fret, there are sure to be like-minded people in your neighborhood-all you have to do is find them! --
48: Try a low-carb diet: We've all got one, and most of us have a bigger one than we ought to; yes, our carbon footprint is a key indicator of just how green we really are --
49: Cash, now! : Creating a sustainable planet for the future costs money, and you can do your part by fund-raising --
50: Awfully green adventure: Swap theme parks for green parks and clothes shopping for bird spotting with a low-cost, low-carbon day out for the whole family --
51: Eco-friendly party: Send out e-cards, get your guests to walk or cycle, and then crack open the organic fizz: it's green party time! --
52: Eureco! You're getting there: Consider yourself to be a fully paid-up member of the eco-club? Then take the plunge and commit to a change in lifestyle --
Brilliant resources --
Where it's at --
Index.
Series Title: 52 brilliant ideas.
Responsibility: Natalia Marshall.

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From the Publisher: 52 ways to get green and clean. These days everyone's talking about the plight of the planet-from climate change and carbon footprints to diminishing resources and vanishing species. Whether you're a committed tree-hugger or someone who doesn't know a pesticide from a compost heap, you're sure to find a wealth of simple yet meaningful changes that are easy to implement. With ideas on everything from recycling to reducing energy consumption, Live an Eco-Friendly Life will help readers save time, money, and the earth all at the same time.

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