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Oct. 11th, 2008 | 10:03 am
posted by: pepperedmoth in frugalgreen



Less a book review than a glowing book promotion, I suppose. This obscure little book was part of what inspired me to start this community.

Karen Christensen (at the time of writing) was a young American mother living in England. The birth of her children drove her to green her life, and her book, Home Ecology, is full of practical, simple advice to make your life calmer and more environmentally gentle.

For example, the first chapter is about time. Understanding your own patterns, slowing down if you go too quickly, and prodding yourself a little if you're a bit of a layabed (that's me!)

There's a chapter on food, which talks a lot about tips for eating a less pre-processed diet (frugal and green!), a chapter on shopping, which (among other things) discusses the frugal green-ness of buying higher quality durable goods to last forever, plus chapters on air, health, transportation, children, pets, non-toxic house cleaning, gardening . . . pretty much anything you could imagine.

I often rummage through the sustainable living sections of bookstores when I visit, and this is the only book I've ever bought because its totally pragmatic way of approaching green living (NOT focused on buying expensive organic products, for example) really appealed to me. Highly recommended.

In other news, I am working on a list of 'posting suggestions' for our info page, in a further effort to encourage posts. Yay for a post not mine yesterday! Yay!

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Vastatuuli

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from: vastatuuli
date: Oct. 10th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, I love little "guide" books like these... The used ones on the page you've linked to aren't even expensive! No idea if they ship to Finland but I could look into it. Do you think it's the kind of book that's useful for anyone anywhere in the world? Because I could REALLY use something like that now that I've moved out on my own : )

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Biston Betularia

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from: pepperedmoth
date: Oct. 12th, 2008 01:23 pm (UTC)
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I didn't feel like it was either US or UK-centric, but because I live in the US I may not be the best judge of that!

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