The Green Blue Book

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Water is the biggest environmental issue facing us today. It's a resource we can't live without, yet most of us take it for granted as we brush, flush, and consume water seemingly without limit. We hose our driveways and over water our lawns. But all of that is about to change; we're quickly running out of our freshwater supply.

In The Green Blue Book, you'll find hundreds of simple tips for water savings in the home, garden, office, and on the go that will help you make a ...

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Overview

Water is the biggest environmental issue facing us today. It's a resource we can't live without, yet most of us take it for granted as we brush, flush, and consume water seemingly without limit. We hose our driveways and over water our lawns. But all of that is about to change; we're quickly running out of our freshwater supply.

In The Green Blue Book, you'll find hundreds of simple tips for water savings in the home, garden, office, and on the go that will help you make a difference without making big changes in your life. Kostigen shows how to save water not just by turning off the tap, but through "virtual water," or the water embedded in the products we use every day. By making better decisions about which food, clothes, and house-hold necessities to use, each of use can save thousands of gallons of water-and help avert the water crisis unfolding around the globe.

With breakthrough research, humor, entertaining facts, and a hopeful message, The Green Blue Book shows how, drop-by-drop, water-saving adds up.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605294711
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS M. KOSTIGEN is author of You Are Here and coauthor of The Green Book. He writes the popular Ethics Monitor column for Dow Jones MarketWatch and hosts a weekly broadcast for the Wall Street Journal Digital network.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Section 1 The water you see

1 Home: home is where the water is 3

2 Outdoors: trimming, timing, and topping off 13

3 Work: make it a water recession 21

4 Sports: keeping a low water score 27

5 Travel: away doesn't mean a waste 33

Section 2 The water you can't see

6 Foods and beverages: how much does it take to produce your produce? 43

7 Clothing: are you wearing water? 67

8 Furnishings: the H2O of household items 73

9 Health and beauty: bail out your bathroom 79

10 School and office products: the (water) supply closet 85

11 Luxury: bling bilge 91

12 Pets: the irony of fire hydrants 97

13 Building materials and appliances: it takes a lake to lay a foundation 103

Section 3 The sum of your water existence

14 The water footprint calculator: liquid math 113

Conclusion 125

For more information and resources 131

References 133

Quick guide 189

Acknowledgments 197

Index 199

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Must Read

    This book is a major eye opener to how much water we waste and how we can save it. The writing is easy to read and well worded. Anyone and everyone should read this book.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Solid guidebook to saving water resources.

    This is an excellent handbook for saving precious water resources. Beginners looking to find quick and easy ways to reduce water use (and save money) and long-time conservationist interested in new methods to save our resources can both find ideas here. This is much more interesting to use than a basic reference book but by no means intended to entertain the reader. I found a few of the suggestions to be too radical for my lifestyle such as reducing the amount of water I drink. As an athlete, water is critical and I think I can save a lot more water by other methods. But the number of things you CAN do is eye opening. Considering the low cost of this book..you can't go wrong, and I suggest giving it as a gift to any of your neighbors who still wash off the car in the driveway!

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