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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2009

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    For Beginners

    I struggled over the stars for Sara Snow's Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room Guide, because Snow is so earnest...yet the book lacks any information beyond the basics, and provides no resources or help in suggesting green products.

    The book begins with a short autobiography and Snow explains that she was brought up living off the land.

    In the chapters "In the Kitchen" and "In the Bathroom," Snow discusses food and personal care products and conservation. How to read labels, what ingredients to avoid, shopping the perimeter of a grocery store and definitions--like organic and local--are discussed.

    She calls the bedroom the "heart of the home," and advises the reader to purchase only non-toxic bedding and beds. She writes that noise and lighting should be kept to a minimum in bedroom, which is pretty obvious. There is also a section on eco-friendly clothing.

    What I found surprising (and somewhat amusing,because of her lack of depth in so many other matters,) was that she mentioned sex toys and to avoid stuff made from plastic and phthalates. (Same bad plastic found in many kids' toys.) Anyway, she recommends using sex toys made from silicon, glass (glass!) or metal.

    The most extensive chapter in this book is the one on a nursery. Here she goes into detail about paint, furniture, electronics and more. This seems to be where her passion lies.

    Other chapters include the living room, with tips on paint, including houseplants to suck up pollution, and sustainable furniture. The laundry section is mostly about non-toxic cleaning supplies. The office includes green tips, and outdoors is about water conservation in the garden and greening transportation.

    The final chapter--"Now it's your turn," includes some recipes and worksheets for the reader.

    As I mentioned, this is a book for beginners t to the world of green living. Snow does provide good research, but the book lacks resources and does not have enough information to go much beyond the green basics.

    Ultimately, I do recommend this book if you are familiar with Sara Snow and want to begin your eco-friendly lifestyle.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2009

    The Best in Fresh Living

    I love this book!! Sara Snow has made buying organic easy. The information is helpful and she does not critize old habits. She helps the reader understand simple and convient ways to change living habits. I recommend this book.

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