Easy Green Living

Easy Green Living

The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-friendly Choices for You and your Home

Book - 2008
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Raw food chef, author and host of Fine Living TV's Easy Being Green Renée Loux demonstrates that being green at home is easy, affordable, and better in every sense of the word. She discusses the daily choices we face that can keep the home, personal care, and beauty routines free of toxins. She exposes the dirt on cleaning products and common hazardous ingredients and reveals her recommendations for greener options, including her "Green Thumb Guides" for choosing non-toxic, eco-smart, and human-friendly products. Peppered with compelling and inspiring facts, the book is full of "5 Step" lists, products and recipes for green cleaning, helpful charts, safer choices for every room, and inspirational advice so we can save the planet--one spritz at a time.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Emmaus, Penn. : Rodale, 2008
ISBN: 9781594867927
1594867925
Branch Call Number: 640 LOUX
Characteristics: xix, 396 p. ; 24 cm

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MelissaMcCarthy Sep 05, 2013

A good compilation of some important information, but the author is a bit too credulous in some cases and offers some frankly harmful suggestions.

She suggests that "a wee bit of organic dirt helps to keep the immune system robust... the human digestive tract depends on microorganisms" (p.87). Maybe so, but that's no reason not to wash your produce - "organic" dirt or not.

Several times she repeats the myth that plants will clean your air. They won't, unless you tile your walls and floor with them.

She repeats the sadly common idea that you should let leftovers cool to room temperature before putting them in the fridge (p.96) - an excellent way to get all-organic food poisoning.

She claims that you can "set" the colour of clothing with salt (p.237) - if this is even chemically possible, it would take far more salt than the 1/2 cup she suggests - and that oxygen bleach whitens clothes (p.245) - it can't.

As with most green-living books, this one is largely hit-or-miss. Much of the advice is solid, but it seems that there is always some misinformation.

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