The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living
The Lazy Environmentalist Your Guide to Easy Stylish Green Living Author:Josh Dorfman "Josh Dorfman's perspective is a leading voice for anyone involved in new consumer-based environmentalism.Tom Arnold, TerraPass — We can't all camp out in old-growth forests, lying down in front of the bulldozers. And it's not only that we're too busy: Some of us just don't want our fabulous threads to get caked with mud. — But that do... more »esn't mean we don't care passionately about the environment. Luckily, the days when becoming environmentally aware entailed eating bread that tasted like dirt, wearing clothes that looked like frayed burlap sacks, and spending summer vacations assailing whaling ships with Greenpeace are passing away. It is now perfectly possible (and increasingly easy) to be well fed, well coiffed, well dressed, and well traveled while remaining deeply committed to an ecologically sustainable lifestyle.
In The Lazy Environmentalist, Josh Dorfmanhost of the Sirius Satellite Radio program of the same nameprovides comprehensive guidance to fashion-forward consumers who are as concerned about the long-term health of our planet as they are about the design of their bathroom fixtures. Covering topics that range from clothing to electronic gadgetry, home decor to recreation, and gardening to financial investment, Dorfman lets us know which trends to watch and which eco-conscious productscars, toothbrushes, cell phones, pet accessoriesto buy. Green, it turns out, can be an extremely stylish color.
"Every day most of us have to choose between products that either look the same or do the same thing. So why not buy the product that causes the least harm to the planet? The Lazy Environmentalist is a useful guide toward making the right decisions."
- Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner, Patagonia, Inc.
"Everything you always wanted to know about greener living but were afraid to spend the rest of your life researching. Here's a great start."
- Chris Paine, writer and director, Who Killed the Electric Car?
Instead of thinking about it ... DO IT. Buy this amazing book and get the scoop on products and ways to take care of this great planet. Become part of the movement that is loving the earth the way it truly deserves to be cared for!
-Mariel Hemingway, actress and author of Healthy Living from the Inside Out« less
I put this book on my wishlist before the publisher's blurb was posted on PBS. If I'd seen in, I may not have wanted it. The author assumes that the reader not only wants to incorporate more environmentally-friendly practices into their life, but that they've got lots and lots of money to do it. And, that the way to do so is to go on buying and acquiring at the highest possible rate. Very much a "consume, consume, consume" mentality. In addition, he hasn't done all his homework on what is actually eco-friendly. He recommends ethanol, for example, without counting the environmental cost of a fuel that can cost more energy to produce than it produces when burned.
It is a comprehensive list of retailers and manufacturers who either have a commitment to improved environmental practice or who've jumped on the bandwagon, but not much more.
Melanie B. (beauregarde) reviewed The Lazy Environmentalist: Your Guide to Easy, Stylish, Green Living on
Helpful Score: 1
I was expecting this to be a "how-to" guide. It is not. It is simply a list of sources for green(er) versions of things that people use in daily life, such as clothing, home furnishings, electronics, etc. Nothing that you couldn't find by doing a Google search. Or, these days, just going to a store. The book is not completely without value: if you are indeed a lazy aspiring "environmentalist" wanting to hop on the green wagon because it's cool, then you won't have to search for a place to buy your $80 organic bamboo T-shirts, you can simply consult this book.