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 35That 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.