I’m Rebecca from Love at First Book, where I blog about bookish topics like book reviews, unique gifts for booklovers and share a few of my other passions like living a greener lifestyle.
I was lucky enough to meet Wendi, my lovely host, while at Florida Blog Con in Orlando. We immediately connected, sharing our love of blogging as well as our passions for green living. I shared with her two books that changed my life, and helped me to go green: Garbology by Edward Humes and Do One Green Thing by Mindy Pennybacker. Wendi asked me to share my review with her readers here today.
One day after reading Garbology, I was at the library and randomly picked up Do One Green Thing by Mindy Pennybacker. After reading for only a few minutes, I knew it was a book I just HAD to own. There were SO many amazing tips that once I got home I ordered my own copy.
It was a smart choice because this book is packed full of practical, useable advice! The premise of the book is if everyone did just one green thing, our world would be a better place. I have learned so much from Do One Green Thing which has allowed me to make my world a little greener, to make healthier eating choices, and to save some money in the process.
My most memorable highlights . . .
- The best fish choices for my health and the environment
- Which fruits and veggies to purchase organic and which ones I can skip based on the amount of pesticides in each (also noted in H2O Bungalow’s recent post)
- That some microwave safe plasticware still leaches hazardous materials (the book describes which ones do that!) – My solution? Use glass as much as possible and when using microwave safe containers, I use them ONLY for storage, never for microwaving.
- The difference between hand washing and dishwashing dishes – both environmentally and financially
I loved this tidbit: “Replace one 6-ounce can of albacore “white” tuna with one 6-ounce can of wild Alaska salmon, and reduce your mercury intake by 89 percent.” After reading that, we no longer buy canned tuna fish, but we buy canned Alaskan salmon. It’s a little more expensive, but it tastes almost the same when made in the normal “tuna fish” way.
It’s like how Wendi’s recent post about food washing including the scary little factoid about 20 people, on average, touching your produce before you receive it! Sometimes a little piece of information can encourage you to make a huge change.
I also have about 50 other sticky notes on pages with helpful green info, plus a few I stuck onto a notes app in my phone (like the one about the healthiest fish, so I have it on hand for reference at restaurants!).
I highly, highly recommend Do One Green Thing. The book is full of valuable information for going green, and most of the tips end up saving you money! Who wouldn’t feel great about doing some good and saving cash?
Do One Green Thing makes going green manageable, by suggesting that you do one green thing per day. Mindy Pennybacker isn’t preachy, doesn’t force you to make changes, just provides many easy and doable tasks to make your world a greener place. Imagine what Earth would be like if we all did one more green task per day!
What do you do to be green?
Thanks for reading,