Green spotlight: a green book review

A goal of mine is to use my blog as an outlet to spread sustainable behavior and tips. So I’ll be doing some reviews on ‘green things’ – whatever I think I know enough on that could maybe encourage a reader or two to learn something or become a little more environmentally friendly.

First up: a review on a green book!

Sleeping Naked Is Green – Vanessa Farquharson

What it is:

A book, following a young woman partaking in ‘green’ actions and lifestyle habits for a whole year.  365 (turned into 366) days of conscious consumption – the writer adds one green thing to her life  each day.

Blurb from Goodreads“Vanessa goes to the extremes of selling her car, unplugging the fridge, and washing her hair with vinegar, but she also does easy things like switching to an all-natural lip balm. All the while, she is forced to reflect on what it truly means to be green.”

What I like about it:

I’ll be honest, I was intrigued by the ‘naked’ part. It’s not really about being naked. At all. Besides one little part. But regardless – the title does set the tone for the book’s story. It isn’t a book written by a some eco-crazy hippie who’s been doing this for years. It’s just a young woman, looking to do a better job at a sustainable, eco-friendly lifestyle and learn about what’s possible for the long term. For that, this book captured my attention. The author reminded me a lot of myself – I’m definitely not living the greenest life I could be, but I’m constantly trying to be better.

It’s fun, it has a dry, humorous aspect to it, and it’s definitely relatable! The author isn’t all that sold on the environmentalist, eco-lifestyle, but she gives it a shot. She tries a lot of different things for research’s sake, which I can appreciate. She sets out to figure out what can be done easily, what habits could be long lasting, which aren’t going to be sustainable, what applies to her as a single person vs. a family… etc. I really enjoyed that perspective going into it.

3 highlights:

  1. June 4, Day 96: Sleep naked

“Still, it was worth trying. So after taking off my clothes, I slipped into bed and pulled the covers up close to my chin, curling myself into a fetal position. It was weird, at first, feeling all the sheets against part of me, but after a while it began to feel nice… the word that came to mind at the time, in fact, was natural.”

I felt like I had to include the naked part! Give the readers what they want. And it turned out great for the author!

  1. July 27, Day 149: Volunteer at local green organizations

“As lackluster as the past couple hours were, there was more here… In any case, whatever I ended up doing with TEV [the local green org] would surely be fulfilling in some way, if not on a social level, then at least on a personal and moral level.”

An honest, real opinion on local volunteering. I related to this; it’s not always a great social experience. But there’s a rooted passion behind why most people are there.

  1. December 14, Day 289: Drip-dry dishes in dishwasher rack above houseplants.

“I opened the dishwasher door, pulled out the top rack, and let the dishes dry there. As they sat, dripping onto the door below, I got the idea to stick a few houseplants underneath so they could catch the water.”

How genius is that?? I might start doing this, to be honest.

Why you should read it:

I think anyone who has a desire to be more environmentally conscious in their everyday life but doesn’t want to turn their life around, this book is a wonderful start. Not only does it give you hundreds of examples and ideas of teeny things you can do to decrease your footprint, but it also gives an honest opinion from someone who’s just like you. You can see what’s out there in household items, learn ideas about green travel, what’s better for a girl/boy, single person/family… and more. Then maybe feel inspired to take on some challenges for yourself. Plus, like I mentioned, it’s FUN. It’s not supposed to be dull non-fiction- it’s an interesting narrative of the author’s ‘green’ experience.

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