Get the Right Guide
The right advice can make eco-smart living easy
THE GREEN BOOK
By Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M. Kostigen [Three Rivers Press, $13]
“Selfish consumers” can still save the earth! Bonus: Deep eco-thoughts from Cameron Diaz and Will Ferrell.
Go light. “Every additional ten pounds per traveler requires an additional 350 million gallons of jet fuel per year.”
Keep stocks in your brokerage’s namedon’t have paper certificates sent to you.
Stunning stats (Americans toss 1.6 billion pens per year!). But if we wanted to hear what Jennifer Aniston has to say, we’d have splurged on Us Weekly.
GREEN, GREENER, GREENEST
By Lori Bongiorno [Perigee, $15]
Choose tips that are right for you, depending on your level of earth-changing commitment.
Support local breweriesno fossil-fuel-using shipping required.
Skip the toxic lice-removing shampoo and comb the critters out by hand. (OK. Then we’ll eat bananas, swing from trees, and throw doo-doo at the visitors.)
Good tips despite a bad case of earnestness. (Use baking soda, not deodorant? Crack a smile when you tell us that.)
LIVING LIKE ED: One Man’s Guide to Living an Environmentally Friendly Life By Ed Begley Jr. [Clarkson Potter, $18]
Straight talk from Hollywood’s original eco-nerd, with asides from his doubting wife, Rachelle.
Invest in a wireless home energy-control system, like GreenSwitch (greenswitch.tv), and save up to 45 percent on monthly power bills.
Trade your gas grill for a solar-powered oneand move it around the yard, following the sun, until your steak is done. The
Smart, friendly, and well-packaged advicewe’ll overlook that photo of Begley in his sustainably made short-shorts.
WAKE UP AND SMELL THE PLANET: The Non-Pompous, Non-Preachy Grist Guide to Greening Your Day Edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth [Skipstone, $15]
The Grist.org folks offer pointers on “making it through the day with your valuesand your sanityintact.”
Commercial car washes use 60 percent less water than you’d use in your driveway.
Ditch the diapers and let your baby go commando.
Funny, fast-paced, and detailedand it includes a section on the eco-friendliness of sex toys. Need we say more?