This week in “Greener By The Minute” we are bringing you some fabulous reads on “going green” in all aspects of your life – beauty, fashion, diet, and money. Here are a few books for opening up the Green Goddess in you and inspiring you to help heal our beautiful planet!
The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green by Starre Vartan
SAVE THE WORLD IN STYLE!
Lower your carbon footprint–in your favorite pair of stilettos–withÂ THE ECO CHICK GUIDE TO LIFE. Here you’ll find hundreds of ideas on how to be ecologically smart and still be stylish and trend-setting. You don’t have to sacrifice to go green–you can eat well, dress well, and live well once you learn how to:
Learn where to shop forÂ vintage and recycled jewelry (mining practices for gold and silver are notoriously polluting).
Wear sustainable threads–organic cotton, peace silk, bamboo–or look for funky reconstructed designs made from vintage fabrics.Find shoes made from naturally tanned and dyed leather, hemp, or made from recycled materials…that still look incredibly chic.Party it up- with the planet in mind! Make your next fiesta fabulous with organic beverages, seasonal food from the farmer’s market, and more.
Pretty-up with organic, biodegradable hair products, body washes, moisturizers, and make-up–better for you and the planet’s water supplies! We’ll explain why and what to look for.How to earn points while convincing your boss to go green in your office.
Travel green and still see the world in style!Save cash with some Earth-loving swaps around your apartment, dorm or house.
…and more. Let these and other easy-to-follow, fun and fashionable tips help you to feel great while doing good. YouÂ and Mother Nature will look fabulous!
This book is printed on recycled paper.
The Gorgeously Green Diet by Sophie Uliano
In the follow-up book to her bestsellingÂ Gorgeously Green, Sophie Uliano reveals the secrets to getting slim while being good to the planet . It turns out that eating local, organic, foods doesn’t have to be expensive, and a healthy meal can be made in 30 minutes or less, all while shedding pounds.
In her relatable, girlfriend-to-girlfriend tone, Uliano pledges that anyone can go green and lean, no matter where they live or what resources they have. Uliano recognizes that dieting and going green are big lifestyle changes and makes it easy for readers to commit to both by allowing them to personalize their plans according to their needs. The book has three diet plans-light green, bright green and deep green- that depend on how much time, travel, and money readers want to commit to going green. The three plans promise the same amount of weight loss, but the darker green the plan is, the greater the commitment the reader makes to reducing waste, going organic and staying carbon neutral.
Each diet plan emphasizes natural, seasonal, whole foods that are not only better for the planet, but better for the body. Uliano explains how over-processed, over-produced foods contain fewer nutrients, are harder to digest and are more likely to be stored as fat. With 4-week eating plans for each shade of green, she shows readers how to wean themselves off of processed, manufactured foods and onto fresh vegetables and meat. The book recommends products, brands and websites and has over 100 recipes-every tool readers need to get lean while going green.
Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World by Diane MacEachern
Protecting our environment is one of the biggest issues facing our planet today. But how do we solve a problem that can seem overwhelming-even hopeless? As Diane MacEachern argues inÂ Big Green Purse, the best way to fight the industries that pollute the planet, thereby changing the marketplace forever, is to mobilize the most powerful consumer force in the world-women.
MacEachern’s message is simple but revolutionary. If women harness the “power of their purse” and intentionally shift their spending money to commodities that have the greatest environmental benefit, they can create a cleaner, greener world. Spirited and informative, this book:
- targets twenty commodities-cars, cosmetics, coffee, food, paper products, appliances, cleansers, and more-where women’s dollars can make a dramatic difference;
– provides easy-to-follow guidelines and lists so women can choose the greenest option regardless of what they’re buying, along with recommended companies they should support;
– encourages women to spend wisely by explaining what’s worth the premium price some green products cost, what’s not, and when they shouldn’t spend money at all; and
– differentiates between products that are actually “green” and those that are simply marketed as “ecofriendly.”
Whether readers want to start with small changes or are ready to devote the majority of their budget to green products, MacEachern offers concrete and immediate ways that women can take action and make a difference. Empowering and enlightening,Â Big Green Purse will become the “green shopping bible” for women everywhere who are asking, “What can I do?”Â –This text refers to an alternateÂ Paperback edition.
Easy Green Living: The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco-Friendly Choices for You and Your Home by Renee Loux
We are what we eat, but we also are what we use to clean our homes, pamper our skin, and decorate our rooms, according to RenéeÂ Loux, accomplished raw food chef, award-winning author, and host of Fine Living TV’s Easy Being Green. In her new book, Easy Green Living, she applies her whole-foods philosophy to home, garden, and beauty routines.
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,Â Easy Green Living 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 cleaning spritz at a time.
As recent special issues ofÂ Vanity Fair,Â Time,Â Newsweek, and other major publications have demonstrated, going green is an idea whose time has come. Whether addressing big-picture topics like renewable energy, or offering simple suggestions for everyday living, this complete lifestyle guide shows that healthier choices don’t mean a radical or complicated life change–it is, after all, easy to be green.
If you’ve read any of these books, tell us what you thought of them!