* Not a guide about guilt, but about making little choices throughout the day that improve the planet
* Grist is the hottest online magazine covering sustainability and popular culture
* Like Grist, this is a quirky, humorous, entertaining, and sometimes irreverent read
We all have our morning routines, whether it's making coffee, walking the dog, feeding the kids, a shower and a shave, the office commute, or some combination thereof. And at each of these morning moments -- in fact, at any given time throughout the day -- we're making choices. What to eat, what to wear, how to dispose of dog poop or diapers, how to travel from point A to point B, where to have a post-work cocktail, and on, and on -- this compact and resourceful handbook takes a look at how to simplify and "green" our daily choices, from the moment we get up in the morning, until we finally lay our heads down at night.
Grist's news about green issues and sustainable living is far from predictable. A self-proclaimed "beacon in the smog," it provides some of the most refreshing and knowledgeable voices on how to live wisely and promote a healthy world. Consider this guide an off-line beacon, bringing Grist's edgy authority, impeccable research, and planetary cheerleading to a broader audience.
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About the Author
Based in Seattle, Washington, founder and president CHIP GILLER created Grist magazine to tell the untold stories, spotlight trends before they become trendy, and engage the apathetic. Grist is fiercely independent in its coverage, and is a nonprofit organization funded by foundation grants, reader contributions, and just a touch of advertising. Giller and the magazine have won numerous awards, most recently the 2006 National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation. Wake Up And Smell The Planet was Grist's first book.
BRANGIEN DAVIS is a Seattle-based freelance writer, editor, and teacher. She covers arts and entertainment for The Seattle Times, to which she also contributes humor essays about pop culture. She writes about local culture for Seattle Magazine and Northwest Home & Garden, and has published work in Wired, The Village Voice, Venus magazine, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. Previously, she spent five years as an editor at Amazon.com.
She teaches humor writing classes at the Richard Hugo House, essay writing classes for Mediabistro, and a media literacy course at Seattle Central Community College. In addition, she works with private clients, editing everything from essay collections to website and marketing materials.
KATHARINE WROTH is a senior editor for the online green news site, Grist.org. She has appeared on the Today Show several times for her first book, Wake Up and Smell the Planet. She lives in the Boston area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not a lot of new information in here, but a lot of the information did cite specific studies about the impact of controversial choices (paper or plastic? glass or aluminum? cloth diapers or disposable?). The suggestion to avoid PVC (#3 plastics) was useful. There were also listings of companies trying to make greener clothes (pg. 29) and organic sunblocks (Jason, Avalon, Aubrey, yaoh.co.uk). The suggestion to prepare environmental "elevator speeches" was a good one. And they reminded me that I meant to read Cradle to Cradle, and to investigate Stark, Heat, and Grub.Overall, this was light reading, with a lot of material that is probably familiar. Flip through it and skim out the tips you've been missing. Be green and just get it from the library. (8Useful sites they mention:computertakeback.comcomposters.comreelmowerguide.comand places that sell detergents, etc.:ecos.comecover.comnaturallyyoursclean.comseventhgen.comsimplegreen.com
While chock full of interesting facts and wry humor I really didn't find that it was an 'everymans' how to on changing your daily habits to green.
Whether you're light green, evergreen or not green at all - it's a fun read and bound to make you think about the everyday choices you make.