Do One Green Thing

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If you can only read and reference one green thing, make it this book: an easily comprehensible, clearly presnted source for green living. Everything you need to know is right here at your fingertips. Unlike a lot of other overwhelming green guides on the market, this is green decision making in bite sized pieces.With chose it/lose it comparisons throughout, now it's simple to figure out it?s worth switching to a green detergent, what kind of plastic your sports bottle is made of, or which fish is safest to eat. ...

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Do One Green Thing: Saving the Earth Through Simple, Everyday Choices

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Overview

If you can only read and reference one green thing, make it this book: an easily comprehensible, clearly presnted source for green living. Everything you need to know is right here at your fingertips. Unlike a lot of other overwhelming green guides on the market, this is green decision making in bite sized pieces.With chose it/lose it comparisons throughout, now it's simple to figure out it’s worth switching to a green detergent, what kind of plastic your sports bottle is made of, or which fish is safest to eat. Rather than spending time trying to figure out how best to go green, use this book and devote that time to making the difference.

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"One green thing: It’s so simple. This book takes the pressure off by giving you one easy but effective choice to make in each basic area of your life...  Do One Green Thing makes me feel happy and confident that more positive change is afoot, and that we all have an important and rewarding part to play." Meryl Streep

“Provides multiple lists on good and bad choices for dozens of products and uses… Pennybacker includes not only “Choose it/Lose it” tables but also clearly elucidates why one should reach for canned wild salmon caught in Alaska as opposed to its farmed equivalent from the eastern seaboard.... The format and language are clear, and the outlook is determined as Pennybacker lays it all on the line for those eager to change, and leaves readers with no excuses for not starting immediately.” –Booklist

“Mindy Pennybacker has provided a nifty catalogue of how to live more lightly on the earth.  You'll learn a good deal here, especially about how simple small changes can be.” Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"The clearest, easiest-to-use, and most reliable guide to green living that I've seen, from one of our best all-round authorities on the topic." —Bob Schildgen, environment advice columnist for Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club and author of the popular collection Hey Mr. Green

“This is a lovely book.  Practical and down-to-earth, it encourages each of us to follow our best aspirations, to take simple steps to improve our planet and enhance our own health and the health of all our children.” Philip J. Landrigan, MD, author of Raising Children Toxic Free

“Helpful “Choose It” and “Lose It” charts and other graphics make it easy to make the green choice. The attractive, magazine-like layout makes this a book you’ll be likely to thumb through often.” Sierraclub.com

“This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Well researched and compactly presented, Do One Green Thing makes it quick and easy to decide what’s best for our families, the planet, and the world’s farmers. From pesticides and produce to nanotechnology and sunblocks, Pennypacker translates the latest research into concrete advice enabling every consumer to go green.” Margaret Mellon, senior scientist and director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists

"Now you can stop making excuses and go green in a way that suits you, and that you understand. Do One Green Thing is a trove of good advice that is fun to read. Added to that, Mindy’s done all the hard work.  This is a wonderful book." Jane Smiley, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of A Thousand Acres

“Do one green thing:  Take this book with you when you shop!” Dani Shapiro, author of Slow Motion and Devotion: A Memoir

“Why feel guilty when this wonderful book makes it so easy to feel—and be—green?” Kenneth Cook, President, Environmental Working Group

“Pennybacker cuts through the clutter of green retail claims, offering advice that’s clear and concise. Heed her words, then spend your newfound time taking political action—she tells us how—to protect our planet.” Elizabeth Royte, author of Garabageland and Bottlemania

“Mindy’s mantra is “keep it simple” and for all of us who juggle work, families and the hope of being kind to the planet, this book is an outstanding primer to read on the checkout line.  A must-read for easy but meaningful things you can do keep your family and the planet healthy and happy.”  Tensie Whelan, President, Rainforest Alliance

Do One Green Thing is a handy guide full of practical tips for everyday green living.  I hope it inspires many people to do many green things…for their well-being and the survival of our planet. Fred Krupp, Environmental Defense Fund

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Pennybacker, former editor in chief of the Green Guide, advocates small but meaningful changes in eating, home, grooming, and transportation. Her coverage is good but not encyclopedic, with researched pro and con arguments to sway the reader. The home section is similar to Bruce Harley's Cut Your Energy Bills Now but does not include the how-to instruction. Overall, this is an intelligent, well-presented book with a clear agenda.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312559762
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 501,282
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mindy Pennybacker was editor-in-chief of THE GREEN GUIDE for over a decade, as well as co-founder of  the affiliated website.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Sierra, and The Nation, among others. This book grew out of her longstanding commitment to answering readers' questions about green living.

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  • Posted July 16, 2013

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    A few months ago I read a book that totally changed my life: Gar

    A few months ago I read a book that totally changed my life: Garbology by Edward Humes.

    From that moment on, I have changed many of my wasteful habits and started going green(er) than I previously had been.  Most of these changes end up saving me money as well!

    One day after reading Garbology, I was at the library and randomly picked up Do One Green Thing by Mindy Pennybacker.  I knew it was a book I needed to own because of all the great tips, so once I got home I ordered my own copy.

    What a smart choice!  Because this book is one of the best!  I have learned so much from this book to make myself and my world a little greener, to make healthier eating choices, and to save some money in the process.

    Some of the things I will take with me are. . .

    The best fish choices for my health and the environment

    Which foods to purchase organic and which ones I can skip

    That some microwave safe plasticware still leaches hazardous materials (the book describes which ones do that!)

    The difference between hand washing and dishwashing dishes - both environmentally and financially

    Plus this tidbit: "Replace one 6-ounce can of albacore "white" tuna with one 6-ounce can of wild Alaska salmon, and reduce your mercury intake by 89 percent."  After reading that, we no longer buy canned tuna fish, but we buy canned Alaskan salmon.  It's a little more expensive, but it takes almost the same when made in the normal "tuna fish" way.

    I also have about 50 other sticky notes on pages with green info, plus a few I photographed (like the one about the healthiest fish, so I have it in my phone for reference at restaurants!).

    I highly highly recommend Do One Green Thing.  The book is full of valuable information for going green, and most of the tips end up saving you money!

    What do you do to be green?

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Posted March 20, 2012

    Great read

    This book is a great read for those wanting to become more eco-friendly without turning their lives upside down. You can take big steps or baby steps. There is no judgement, just ideas for moving in the right direction to help the earth and help with a healthier lifestyle. I first checked it out from my local library, but then bought 3 copies: 2 as gifts and one to keep as my own reference manual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    This is the book I've been waiting for! Green living simplified!

    Finally, a book based on the latest science that gives practical, user-friendly advice on how to live green for your own personal well-being and for the well-being of our Earth. I love the information and the easy to understand advice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2010

    This book is terrific for helping to sort through the green hype!!

    I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in living a "greener" life. Ms Pennybacker does a great job of laying out easy to understand and follow suggestions that simplify the choices we make to actually make a difference. I appreciate her attention to the latest information on what actions truly have an impact.

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