Green Reads

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It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living 
by Crissy Trask | $12.95
A day-to-day guide with practical suggestions that anyone can put into action, like:

• Install rain gutters and rain barrels to collect rainwater to use in the garden.

• Shift appliance use to off-peak hours so you’ll save money!

• Make household cleaners instead of relying on toxic commercial products.

• Submerge a plastic bottle in your toilet tank to save one quart of water per flush and thousands of gallons a year. Learn from over 250 eco-tips for cultivating a sustainable environment.

Good Green Homes
by Jennifer Roberts | $39.95
If you associate green-built housing with the unconventional or the quirky—tree houses, geodesic domes, dwellings constructed of tires or soda bottles—think again. This is a guide for people who want to live in comfortable, healthy, environmentally conscious homes. It lays out seven fundamental principles of green building, illustrated with more than 159 color photographs of twenty-five+ homes.

Econest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber
by Paula Baker-LaPorte and Robert LaPorte | $24.95
A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create a perfect shelter for its bioregion. Like the bird, humans desire shelter that is cozy and nurturing, that satisfies the soul, mind, and body. This is the econest. EcoNest profiles ten different homes located around the country, explains how to avoid the pitfalls of modern homes, avoid acute chemical sensitivity and focus on how to simply live in harmony with nature.

Green by Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living
by Angela Dean | $24.95
There is no “one-size-fits-all” plan for so-called “green” homes; rather, there are universal principles of design that can be applied to individual tastes and needs. This book includes in-depth case studies of more than a dozen homes so readers planning a green home can see what worked for others.

Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle, And Reveal
by Jennifer Roberts | $29.95
Redux offers a host of solutions for creating a green home with recycled, reused, and environmentally healthy materials, whether remodeling, redecorating, or building from the ground up. This book combines extensive salvage use with the larger goal of efficiency and environmentalism—and the results are simply stunning. Roberts has assembled a collection of living spaces so innovative that it will turn the idea of “salvage” on its head.

Good Green Kitchens: The Ultimate Resource For Creating A Beautiful, Healthy, Eco-Friendly Kitchen
by Jennifer Roberts | $29.95
This book, with its gorgeous photographs, is loaded with inspiration and information to help you create your dream green kitchen—one that’s beautiful, functional, healthier to spend time in, and easier on the environment. Be inspired to make your next kitchen-improvement project a green one.

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