March 20, 2008

Spring for Green Chic

Today is the first day of Spring, and what better way to welcome in the season of renewal than with a handy guide on going green? Turn over a new leaf and spring green your life with "Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style," by Christie Matheson.

This small paperback will fit right into your organic cotton tote. The pages are full of the kind of advice you'd get from a great girlfriend who just happens to know the facts about making life eco-friendly. Matheson covers every corner, discussing how to green daily items such as sheets and bath towels to how to make a wedding or special event easier on Mother Earth.

She takes typically hard to understand jargon associated with the green revolution and makes it palatable and easily digestible. I really like that for each suggestion she makes, she also offers hard hitting statistical data on how exactly the earth is impacted by our choice of say, using reusable towels instead of paper towels. (If every U.S. household made the switch, we'd save more than half a million trees.) Matheson makes you want to change your life by providing tangible evidence that doing so really will make a difference.

Her guide is also entertaining and her voice is engaging. You'll learn how to green your make-up routine, your grocery shopping, your home, your coffee, your car, your gift giving, your closet, and so much more. All with a touch of flair and style. I love her list of "A Few Chic Things That Have Always Been Green" which includes, beauty sleep, linen napkins and skinny dipping.

This book would make a great gift for a friend who is earth conscious and wants a guide that ties it all together, or buy yourself a copy and welcome Spring with an eye on green.

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