Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Review: Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better

Recently I took a look at a book by Crissy Trask, titled Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better: The ultimate guide to saving money, and protecting your health.  Trask is a long-established advocate and writer on green issues and lifestyle.

Organized into eight chapters, the book is user-friendly, calls out shocking statistics, and is full of practical tips to spend less, save more, and allowing you to walk a bit more gently on the planet while nurturing your own health.  From energy efficient to water leaks to healthy food options, she addresses a wide span of topics.

While I enjoyed the book, I did not take away any real new material that I can use in my own frugal life.  A complaint that I have about most books coming out these days on the green and or frugal lifestyle.  It's nothing new.

However, there was one quote that jumped out at me:
The amount of household garbage in the United States generally increases by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Years. -page 35
That fact will fuel my motivation to minimize our families carbon footprint as we move into the winter holiday season.  Ideas that come to mind are:
  • avoiding gift wrap
  • giving services or charitable donations for gifts without packaging
  • put as much brown paper as possible into compost rather than trash or recycling
  • purchase whole foods to minimize pre-package materials
  • save glass jars from sauces, etc. to use for making scented bath salts (which make lovely gifts)
  • cut back on the holiday card list by sending some people an e-card or thoughtful email with photos
Hopefully more ideas will come to mind as the winds blow in ice, snow, and usher in the season of giving.  If you have a great idea, please leave a comment to inspire others.

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