Author: Sophie Uliano
Description: Sometimes this book read like a premise for a bad sitcom. The wacky wife with all her outrageous ideas and the husband who has to shrug and deal with them: “Oh that Sophie!”
And sometimes it irked me that while there were good, if not great, ideas in this book, the way the author drones on and on about how she does this, that, and the other thing, it makes you feel pretty low that you too aren’t doing this, that, and the other thing. But then you remember you don’t live in La La L.A. and you don’t have a kitchen big enough to have a permanent arts and crafts table for the kids who attend a private school, while you buy very expensive organic personal care products online, while you talk your housekeeper into using non-toxic cleaning products. It changes the perspective a little bit.
While some information I had heard before, some I did not, or at least didn’t give much thought to, so I’m glad the book has me thinking about them now, as if I didn’t feel guilty enough.
But with the listing of so many websites, this book is now out of date. Just a few I went to had now changed their domain name, no longer exist, or no longer sell online. And whoever edited this did a horrendous job. Typos and grammatical errors galore.
And while veganism was mentioned as more than just a passing thought in the path to being green, I do wish it was drummed in harder. Going vegan is the single biggest thing anyone can do for the environment. You don’t have to worry about all those plastic yogurt cups if you never eat it.
ETA 9/15/14: I no longer own a copy of this book, so I can’t comment specifically on anything, but I am sure there was a whole bunch of chemophobia “advice” spewed. And in trying to be more rational and skeptical the last few years, I no longer believe the pseudoscience behind many of the so-called “natural” claims. My primary reason for using certain “green” cleaning and personal care products is it being vegan- not tested on animals and containing no animal ingredients.
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