Feeling Bookish? Check Out These Great Green Reads

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Ever since I became a mother, it’s gotten harder and harder for me to sit down and read. In the past several years, the only books I’ve gotten through with any haste are the four in the Twilight series (which I thought I would hate, but wound up loving.) I have, much more slowly, read several books about green living, which now reside in my collection. Here are some of my favorites:

Big Green Purse

Big Green Purse

If you’ve never understood consumer spending power, Diane McEachern will make you a believer. And she is no advocate of rampant overspending or buying green just for the sake of it. She breaks down how we can shift our spending to greener products, thereby demonstrating to manufacturers that we won’t stand for anything less. I had the pleasure of meeting Diane at the Eco-Blogging panel at this year’s BlogHer, and the lady practices what she preaches. Her book is a must for any woman who wants a step-by-step guide to making a difference. Price: From $4.50 new (aff)

Easy Green Living

Easy Green Living

This book was one of my very first giveaways, out of my own pocket, when I launched Green Your Decor. Renée Loux is a raw food chef, an author and the host of Fine Living TV’s Easy Being Green. She presents readers with greener choices for the simplest, most mundane tasks, from laundry to cleaning and feeding your family. There’s also a chapter that focuses specifically on the home, including furnishings and materials. She tells you how to begin an easy green lifestyle without doing anything radical and makes it really appealing, no matter your current perspective. Price: $16.50 (aff)

Gorgeously Green

Gorgeously Green

If you are an eco-diva, this is the book for you. Sophie Uliano delves into the nitty gritty, of what it means to be truly green & gorgeous, telling you what to avoid in beauty and personal care products and how to green your fitness routine. Be forewarned though — this book does seem geared more toward the more well-to-do among us. Tips like “pick one day a week when you abstain from shopping” make that perfectly clear. The average woman may shop just one or two days a week. However, there’s still a lot of great information to be gleaned from her writing. Price: $11.53 (aff)

Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green

Mom's Guide to Growing Your Family Green

While the other books offer tips that are practical for moms, this one is geared specifically to busy mothers. She offers a wide range of tips, from simpler suggestions like buying organic, Fair Trade coffee to larger scale efforts like contacting our local grocery stores to make sure that they carry organic, local produce with which to feed our families. There’s also a guide to preparing our homes for LEED certification, a topic you may not expect to see in a book for moms. The mantra on the book’s cover, “Saving the Earth Begins at Home,” is a great way to sum up Terra’s take on green living. Truly a great read for moms who are making green changes for the sake of their families. Price: $11.06 (aff)

STILL ON MY LIST

The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget

The Lazy Environmentalist on a Budget

Ever since I learned about Josh Dorfman and all the great things he’s doing to make green living accessible to the masses, I’ve wanted to read this book. I haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’d really like to see what tips he has for going green on a budget. He’s probably best known as the host of The Lazy Environmentalist radio show and the TV show of the same name on the Sundance Channel, but he is also the founder and CEO of eco-home store Vivavi. All that to say Dorfman is no stranger to the world of high-end (and expensive) green design. I’m interested to see how he makes green living practical for those of us who are making the effort, but don’t have a lot to spend (like me). Price: $7.11 (aff)

What are your favorite green-themed books? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below!

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  • Lynn September 15, 2009, 2:00 pm

    All the books you mention are great or look so. Haven’t read Mom’s Guide to Growing Your Family Green. Looks like it might be similar to The Green Parent. One of my new favorites is Bag Green Guilt by Jen Pleasants. I think it speaks to a feeling a lot of people are experiencing and offers concrete ways to deal with the situation and it’s fun too.

    I’m a huge fan of The Better World Shopping Guide although it’s admittedly out of date (unless they have a new one out I don’t know about). It’s so handy to keep in the car and I love it’s tagline “Every dollar you spend is a vote for the world you want to create!” Hmmm….where have I heard that before, LOL

    Don’t know if I’m allowed to say that our book, Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, is a favorite (feel free to edit this part out if you like), but it’s really the only book of its kind out there and the reaction has been terrific.
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..Greening milestones: The Lost Tooth =-.

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