I was super excited when I got a copy of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life by Sophie Uliano to review. Being a bit of a beauty fiend who is also trying to be more "green", I couldn't wait to read this book. I'm so glad that I did! The author provides an 8-step program to begin living more earth friendly. The best thing is that you don't have to do all 8 steps. You can just take one step at a time. Every little bit helps!
In Step 1, you learn what it means to be green and gorgeous. As Uliano writes, "I used to think it was all about wearing hemp and eating organic tofu. I thought I would have to turn into one of those zealous do-gooders with unshaven armpits. Trust me, this is not what the Gorgeously Green program is about. Far from it." Step 1 also asks you questions about the knowledge you may or may not have ("Do you know the ingredients in your cosmetics?") and then the book moves to empower you.
Step 2 is about being green in your beauty regimen and cosmetics. You learn tips on how to weed the "bad stuff" out of your beauty routine, and what products to look for that don't have harmful chemicals. Step 3 is completely devoted to your body, teaching you fitness tips like yoga.
Step 4 teaches you how to be eco-stylish and how to shop fair trade and organic. Step 5 teaches you how to have a more eco-friendly home (throw out that chlorine bleach!). Step 6 is about eating healthier and includes recipes. It even includes eco-kitchen tips like "Pour water you have used to cook pasta or veggies into a bucket. When it's cool, use it to water your yard." Brilliant!
Step 7 is about getting green with doing fun activities like throwing a dinner party, going to the movies, traveling, etc. Step 8, the last step, is how to be an activist for a better, greener planet.
Great easy-to-read paperback for those of us who want to be "green" but were afraid it meant we'd have to become "crunchy." Highly recommended! $11.53 at Amazon.
Yep, one lucky Rare Bird Finds reader will score a copy of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life . All you have to do to enter is leave a comment to this post telling us one thing you do to make your life eco-friendly. One winner will be selected at random and notified. Make sure you put your email address on the line for email address. Although we publish comments your email address will not be shown. You have until 11:00 p.m. PST tonight (5/22/08) to enter. Must be a resident of U.S. or Canda.
Congrats to Becky S. from Atlanta, GA!