Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

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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.

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Overview

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!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780061575563
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Uliano is a passionate environmentalist who has developed an earth-friendly lifestyle that appeals to women who don't want to compromise their glamour or style. She lives in Hollywood, California, with her husband and daughter.

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Gorgeously Green

Chapter One

Step 1: Becoming Aware

Getting Started

In step 1, we'll talk about how you can become aware of the way you live and the changes you can make. It is not about judging yourself. It is about observing yourself with compassion. It's crystal clear that as a society we need to make some radical changes in order to avoid disaster; however, the slap-on-the-wrist approach doesn't work for me. I don't like being told off because I use too much electricity or drive the wrong car. I judge myself way too harshly, so I don't need anyone else doing it, thank you very much!

This step is about figuring out how to make the most positive choices for yourself and the planet. You deserve the best. We are going to discover exactly what that is.

What Is "Green"?

Living "green" is about taking everyday actions that have a positive impact on the environment. Each day, we make an impact, and most of the time it's negative without our even knowing it. Who would have thought that an innocent shopping trip to buy a pair of shoes could have a negative impact on anything other than your bank balance!

What Is Gorgeousness?

Gorgeousness is not necessarily an external thing. There were so many times when I tried to perfect my appearance, making sure that every hair was in place, every eyelash separated, every fingernail polished to perfection—and yet deep down I felt horribly inadequate. It was often because I was burned out, afraid, disconnected to anything other than the noise in my head. Gorgeousness is a quality of energy. When I'm connected to that part of methat is living according to my deepest values, I feel something inside of me light up. I can be wearing scraggy old jeans and an ill-fitting shirt, but I still feel happy, passionate, and alive. That is gorgeousness.

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Going green doesn't mean you have to go without. On the contrary, you can have everything your heart desires, the caveat being that it has to be for the good of everyone and everything involved. Gorgeously Green will take you to a new level of understanding about the interconnectedness of everything—human beings, animals, nature; it is the same energy that is in all of us. On a quantum level, there is no separation between me and you and the earth we are standing on. We can go ahead and indulge in all the things we desire as long as they are produced with love and reverence for the earth and its inhabitants.

I don't want to be made to feel guilty about the way I live now. I can only do my best, according to the knowledge and awareness that I currently have. It's ironic that most of the things considered to be bad for the environment were considered to be awe-inspiring less than a hundred years ago: electricity and natural gas were miracles, and plastic was to be marveled at. Today, we know these wonderful commodities can devastate and pollute the planet, but it's not our fault. We thought we were doing the right thing, creating a better standard of living. We got more comfortable and then we wanted more.

Running Out

The problem lies in our lack of understanding about the sources of our everyday necessities. Oil was made deep in the earth's crust thousands of years ago and thereis a finite amount. We didn't even think about that little problem. We just assumed that we would never run out. Ugh! No one told us, so we carelessly and greedily used all we could, and now we're in trouble. In much the same way, my six-year-old daughter thinks there is an infinite amount of money in the bank. She sees me pulling it out of a hole in a wall of my local bank and naturally can't understand when I tell her that the hamster palace she's been bugging me about costs too much.

The Solution

We got it the wrong way around. We thought the earth should take care of us when really we should have taken care of it. I'm so grateful that it's not too late. We can begin to think differently about ourselves in relation to this exquisite planet. I'm a strong believer in the collective conscious. When a deep awareness begins to germinate within the consciousness of a few, it spreads along invisible networks of energy. Before we know it, everyone will be aware and wanting to make the changes to create a decent environment for their children. So let's you and me become the pioneers—little centers of consciousness that will help to heal the earth.

I love that we can continue to evolve and change every day. I never want to be stagnant. I don't want my life to become routine and boring; however, our culture has become stuck in a bit of a rut in recent years. A weird kind of complacency has set in, and it doesn't feel good. Come on, girls—time to shake off the cobwebs, wake up, and go wild. There is so much to discover. We are beginning to understand what doesn't work anymore. Now we need to reach up and find out what does work.

The green scene isexploding and is going to evolve gradually over the next few years. What we know today may be obsolete soon, but the important thing is that we keep reaching for something greater.

Human beings have one thing in common—we all live on the same small planet, yet we're too busy fighting over religion and oil to notice that the twirling ball we're standing on is in serious trouble.

Keep It Simple

The reason I wrote this book was because I wanted to create an easy-to-follow program that would dispel the confusion that is often associated with the concept of going green. If you follow and complete this eight-step program, you will have covered absolutely everything that you need to know. You can close the book, sign the completion certificate at the end, and be rest assured that you have sufficiently changed your life so that it complies with the eco-standards that even the most hardcore are throwing at us.

Gorgeously Green. Copyright ? by Sophie Uliano. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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First Chapter

Gorgeously Green
8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

Chapter One

Step 1: Becoming Aware

Getting Started

In step 1, we'll talk about how you can become aware of the way you live and the changes you can make. It is not about judging yourself. It is about observing yourself with compassion. It's crystal clear that as a society we need to make some radical changes in order to avoid disaster; however, the slap-on-the-wrist approach doesn't work for me. I don't like being told off because I use too much electricity or drive the wrong car. I judge myself way too harshly, so I don't need anyone else doing it, thank you very much!

This step is about figuring out how to make the most positive choices for yourself and the planet. You deserve the best. We are going to discover exactly what that is.

What Is "Green"?

Living "green" is about taking everyday actions that have a positive impact on the environment. Each day, we make an impact, and most of the time it's negative without our even knowing it. Who would have thought that an innocent shopping trip to buy a pair of shoes could have a negative impact on anything other than your bank balance!

What Is Gorgeousness?

Gorgeousness is not necessarily an external thing. There were so many times when I tried to perfect my appearance, making sure that every hair was in place, every eyelash separated, every fingernail polished to perfection—and yet deep down I felt horribly inadequate. It was often because I was burned out, afraid, disconnected to anything other than the noise in my head. Gorgeousness is a quality ofenergy. When I'm connected to that part of me that is living according to my deepest values, I feel something inside of me light up. I can be wearing scraggy old jeans and an ill-fitting shirt, but I still feel happy, passionate, and alive. That is gorgeousness.

Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too

Going green doesn't mean you have to go without. On the contrary, you can have everything your heart desires, the caveat being that it has to be for the good of everyone and everything involved. Gorgeously Green will take you to a new level of understanding about the interconnectedness of everything—human beings, animals, nature; it is the same energy that is in all of us. On a quantum level, there is no separation between me and you and the earth we are standing on. We can go ahead and indulge in all the things we desire as long as they are produced with love and reverence for the earth and its inhabitants.

I don't want to be made to feel guilty about the way I live now. I can only do my best, according to the knowledge and awareness that I currently have. It's ironic that most of the things considered to be bad for the environment were considered to be awe-inspiring less than a hundred years ago: electricity and natural gas were miracles, and plastic was to be marveled at. Today, we know these wonderful commodities can devastate and pollute the planet, but it's not our fault. We thought we were doing the right thing, creating a better standard of living. We got more comfortable and then we wanted more.

Running Out

The problem lies in our lack of understanding about the sources of our everyday necessities. Oil was made deep in the earth's crust thousands of years ago and there is a finite amount. We didn't even think about that little problem. We just assumed that we would never run out. Ugh! No one told us, so we carelessly and greedily used all we could, and now we're in trouble. In much the same way, my six-year-old daughter thinks there is an infinite amount of money in the bank. She sees me pulling it out of a hole in a wall of my local bank and naturally can't understand when I tell her that the hamster palace she's been bugging me about costs too much.

The Solution

We got it the wrong way around. We thought the earth should take care of us when really we should have taken care of it. I'm so grateful that it's not too late. We can begin to think differently about ourselves in relation to this exquisite planet. I'm a strong believer in the collective conscious. When a deep awareness begins to germinate within the consciousness of a few, it spreads along invisible networks of energy. Before we know it, everyone will be aware and wanting to make the changes to create a decent environment for their children. So let's you and me become the pioneers—little centers of consciousness that will help to heal the earth.

I love that we can continue to evolve and change every day. I never want to be stagnant. I don't want my life to become routine and boring; however, our culture has become stuck in a bit of a rut in recent years. A weird kind of complacency has set in, and it doesn't feel good. Come on, girls—time to shake off the cobwebs, wake up, and go wild. There is so much to discover. We are beginning to understand what doesn't work anymore. Now we need to reach up and find out what does work.

The green scene is exploding and is going to evolve gradually over the next few years. What we know today may be obsolete soon, but the important thing is that we keep reaching for something greater.

Human beings have one thing in common—we all live on the same small planet, yet we're too busy fighting over religion and oil to notice that the twirling ball we're standing on is in serious trouble.

Keep It Simple

The reason I wrote this book was because I wanted to create an easy-to-follow program that would dispel the confusion that is often associated with the concept of going green. If you follow and complete this eight-step program, you will have covered absolutely everything that you need to know. You can close the book, sign the completion certificate at the end, and be rest assured that you have sufficiently changed your life so that it complies with the eco-standards that even the most hardcore are throwing at us.

Gorgeously Green
8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life
. Copyright © by Sophie Uliano. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Good Green Information

    While Gorgeously Green contained plenty of useful information, I didn't give it five stars for a couple reasons. I found several aspects of the book irritating: the constant references to 'feeling great about yourself for being green', Sophie Uliano calling herself and other women 'girls', and the maintenance plan and certification and the end of the book. More significantly, the book on greening one's home lacked information. Fortunately, there are other books that deal with eco-friendly homes and I mention one later in review. However, good information wins in the end and I recommend the book. In the introduction, Uliano writes: 'Many of us think the whole green way of life will be tedious, time-consuming, and even boring. Wrong! I have found out that caring about the planet doesn't have to be granola/hippie stuff. On the contrary, it's the most exciting, colorful way in which we could possibly live. After all, green is the new black, and we're going to be wearing this shade for a long time. Going green is not a fad with temperatures and pollution levels on the rise, it is becoming a way of life.' There are 8 steps to becoming Gorgeously Green: 1: Becoming aware of what it means to be green. Chapter includes a 'Gorgeously Green Lifestyle Checklist.' 2: Green Goddess: Covers what should be used and avoided in body care products and makeup. 3: Your Green Temple: Not really a chapter on being green, but an exercise routine that also includes daily mediation. 4: Soulful Shopping: Uliano writes: 'When I go shopping, I pick up a new suacepan or a pretty sheet set and take a few seconds to ask myself if we can make do without it. 9 out of 10 times the item is put back on the shelf.' She suggests you do the same with a 'Can I live without it?' exercise. Good idea! Also included in the chapter is a discussion of sweatshops, fair trade and places to find organic clothing. 5: Your Palace: Creating the home you desire. Discussion of non-toxic cleaning products, the basics of conservation (turn down thermostat, CFL's), and recycling garbage how-tos. This chapter does not include advice on renovation or decoration for the home, except to say avoid furniture that is marked stain resistant and avoid all products with PVC. A terrific book that does include green information for the home and how to make it beautiful is the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet. 6: Every Last Bite Covers organic and local food, what foods to eat and to avoid. There are also nice-looking healthy recipes. 7: Out and About Having Fun Smart transportation, using your car wisely. Eco-friendly entertainment. 8: Go Super Green Conclusion and 'Gorgeous Green Checklist' again, presumably to check your progress. Overall, a good green reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    CHANGE MY LIFE? YES!

    THIS BOOK IS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER READ IT MADE ME FEEL BAD ABOUT THE WAY I HAVE TREATED THE EARTH IN THE PAST BUT I NOW FEEL INSPIRED TO CHANGE THE WORLD. I HAVE STARTED DOING ABOUT 75% OF THE THINGS IN THE BOOK AND I FEEL BETTER ABOUT MY IMPRINT ON THIS EARTH NOW. I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD EVEN IF ITS ONLY MY LIL PART

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2008

    okay but not great

    There were some good tips in the book but I found it to be more like......don't do this, don't drink this, don't put this on your face, don't don't don't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2009

    LOVE this series!

    Ms. Uliano is fantastic. I use this book like a bible. I love how she brings the "living green" down to a common person's level of doing things and has such a broad spectrum of information from haircare to grocery shopping and more. I have bought this book for every girlfriend of mine for gifts and each has enjoyed it in their own way, regardless of their current level of conciousness about the environment. Looking forward to seeing what else comes out from her in the future!

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    The Best "Green" Book...so far!

    This book is the "Green" Bible! It has all of the information you need to make significant, healthy changes in your life for your family and your home. The step-by-step approach helps to break-down a lot of information. The author doesn't pressure you to take it all on at once - small steps are fine. I love how the author provides specific name brands of products and Web sites for products and information. I especially liked the sections on cleaning supplies and cosmetics. In addition to being a fabulous reference guide, Gorgeously Green is a great gift! All of my friends have loved receiving this easy-to-read, practical book that has helped them make smart choices for their family.

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