Anyone looking to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle should pick up a copy of Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services by Adria Vasil.
While the book is comprehensive and crammed full of tips on everything from personal hygiene to food, clothing, home improvement, and investing I'd say it's definitely geared toward the un-initiated and not for more seasoned eco-conscious folks like myself. That being said however, I did discover a few gems such as "Conventional cotton-farming methods require a third of a pound of chemicals to make one regular old shirt", "Make sure your supplements are made with the smallest fish on the food chain", and "Gore-Tex's Gory Ties" that make it a worthwhile read.
Ecoholic is well organized, chapters are to the point and easy to read. And, of course it's printed using an eco-friendly printing process on 100% post consumer fiber, including the cover. I really enjoyed the emphasis on each chapter's products, what's in them and the story behind some of the ingredients that we as consumers aren't always privy to such as the informational sidebar that asks "Which corporations are hiding behind your favorite organic/natural brands?" The sidebars are perhaps the best part of the book and where the best nuggets of information are found such as "Know Your Coffee/Chocolate Labels" and "Kids Foods Worth Spending Money on Going Organic".
On the downside, although the tone of Ecoholic was meant to be conversational and witty (Vasil writes a column by the same name and that the book was adapted from for the magazine Canada NOW Magazine), the countless number of four letter words thrown into the mix only served as irritations. Nonetheless, Ecoholic is a well-rounded book worth owning--or at least reading.
Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products, and Services
W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 20, 2009)
Copyright © 2009 Adria Vasil