the green book

A book review by Kristen Adams

Originally published in 2007, the green book, by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen was a New York Times best-seller and remains a fun guide to your first few changes toward saving the planet.  I still find myself using it as a quick reference for trying new changes and quoting fun statistics.  You can check out the book from your local library, borrow a copy from a green friend, or buy it used.   Heck, even if you have to buy it new, it is printed on 100% post consumer recycled material. 

This book is chock full of well organized tips and has a comprehensive index, allowing the reader to easily find tips for greener adhesives or safer water bottles.  The book begins with a simplistic green lexicon, for the absolute beginner, but quickly moves on offering small changes that anyone can try.  For each change proposed, the book projects the full impact if millions were to switch to the greener habit.  One easy change is passing up the ATM receipt.  Does anyone do anything with those little papers?  The book explains that if “everyone in the United States left their receipt in the machine, it would save a roll of paper two billion feet long, or enough to circle the equator fifteen times.”  So from now on, when the ATM asks me, “receipt?” I just press NO. 

Sprinkled throughout the book, for added fun, are a dozen celebrity stories, from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on beer can recycling to Will Ferrell describing the “limitless joy” of visiting his local hazardous waste disposal facility.  So, join Cameron Diaz, Ellen DeGeneris, and millions of other readers and make some simple changes to reduce your footprint. An easy and fun way to start is by reading this book.

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Posted on 10/26/2009 in book review, celebrity, Will Ferrell | Permalink

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