Gorgeously Green

Gorgeously Green

8 Simple Steps to An Earth-friendly Life

Book - 2008
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Are you confused by all the advice you hear and see daily on how to "go green"? Do you want to incorporate earth-friendly practices into your life, but you don't know where to start? Don't stress! Green guru Sophie Uliano has sorted through all the eco-info out there and put everything you need to know about living a green lifestyle right at your fingertips.

In Gorgeously Green, Sophie offers a simple eight-step program that is an easy and fun way to begin living an earth-friendly life. Each chapter covers topics from beauty to fitness, shopping to your kitchen--even your transportation. Whether it's finding the right lipstick, making dinner, buying gifts, or picking out a hot new outfit, finally, there is a book that tackles your daily eco-challenges with a take-charge plan. Just consider Sophie your go-to girl with all the eco-solutions. Find out how to:

Green your entire beauty regime Detoxify your home Indulge in guilt-free shopping Adopt a home fitness routine Prepare eco-licious treats Give your kitchen a green makeover Become more aware of your impact on the earth

The book's dozens and dozens of eco-friendly tips, products, and practices combine to form a treasure trove of practical advice for every possible way to become stylishly green. Your questions about dressing, makeup, eating, shopping, cleaning, travel, and more are all answered right here.

Adopting a green lifestyle is among the most positive, forward-thinking, and personally fulfilling choices that anyone can make--and Gorgeously Green shows that it doesn't have to be tedious, time-consuming, or glamourless!

Publisher: New York : Collins, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061575563
Branch Call Number: 333.7208 ULI
Characteristics: xxi, 309 p. : ill. ; 23 cm

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blondtraillite
Dec 12, 2015

I bought this book and I am putting this one in the recycling bin, with a warning for those who may fish it out: this book contains inaccurate information, therefore I cannot in good conscience pass it in.

This is not to say it is all inaccurate. There is a lot of accurate information in there likely. However, once you find inaccurate information, you now have to verify every piece against other sources to see if this is the accurate or inaccurate information, which is just too much work when there are plenty of accurate books out there.

It is not a case of outdated research in the examples I found, but genuine mistakes. For example, Uliano explained the problem with the word "unscented" - how it means chemicals have been added to "take away" the scent, therefore it is full of even more chemicals - and applied it to "fragrance-free" despite that the terms are not interchangeable. In fact, the latter term means a fragrance has never touched the product, the very thing she searches for! This is ignorance from poor research and understanding of regulations regarding terminology.

And I can't believe she is dangerously repeating the asbestos in tampons urban legend. Why is there no disclaimer in the beginning of the book to save HarperCollins from erroneous advice?

This poor research is matched by poor editing. Of course, her editor did poorly with the writing style but what really stands out is mistakes that were missed at either the copy editing or, more likely, the proofreading level: while there were grammatical errors to debate, there were spelling errors, e.g. "bottlei", and missing spaces between words that cannot be debated as errors and could have been caught by the most basic of software spellchecks. It looks untouched by anyone at HarperCollins or even a competent agent. It takes away from the authority of being published by a major publishing house.

This is not to say there is not anything positive about the book. Uliano tries hard to make the topic approachable, palatable and digestible. At its best, the book is friendly; at its worse, it reads like a memoir of her shopping as she lists everywhere she shops for every topic (even her favourite item). It just gets old really quick. To boot, her choices do not ship to all areas, so it makes you question what is the point?

A lot of her links are dead (the book is quite old, it happens). In particular, her own site has died: "gorgeously green" now forwards to her personal site that does not have the same features listed in the book. It is time for the book to do what the sites have: die. That is why it gets my first 1 star and why, when I am normally so committed to passing on books - even if I hate them- recycling a book for the first time too.

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okorol
Sep 11, 2014

What I loved about this book is how it balances the message of what is good for environment and what is good for your personal health and wellbeing. The book is very accessible even for those who are not on the "save the planet" wagon, with simple, unbiased explanation of all the eco hype keywords (organic cotton, fair trade, etc.). It also gives good info on so many everyday use items, what they contain and health/eco-friendly alternatives. Unfortunately the book is tailored only for women, but should be a must-read for those not thinking or only starting to wonder about how the products we consume impact our health and our environment.

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