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Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada [Paperback]

Adria Vasil
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April 17 2007
When the world’s environmental woes get you down, turn to Ecoholic – Canada’s best resource for practical tips and products that help you do your part for the earth. You’ll get the dirt on what not to buy and why, and the dish on great gifts, clothes, home supplies and more. Based on the popular and authoritative "Ecoholic" column that appears weekly in NOW, Ecoholic is a cheeky and eye-opening guide to all of life’s greenest predicaments.

The Best Green Products
For the home: cleaning and laundry supplies, furniture, linens
For renovations: flooring, paint, insulation, carpets, cabinetry
For the kitchen: cookware, appliances
For your body: cool clothes, jewellery, shoes, beauty care
For baby: toys, cribs, organic food, diapers
For the garden: fertilizer, pest control, patio furniture
For the office: supplies, equipment, energy savings
For your pet: natural food, flea control, litter solutions
For the fun of it: sporting goods, camping equipment, holidays

The Most Current Information
Avoiding toxins in the home
Buying pesticide-free food
Sustainable seafood, meat and veggie choices
Reducing energy and water use
Greening your love life
Keeping your home and garden pest-free without harmful chemicals
Green gift-giving and ethical investing
Choosing an environmentally friendly career
The big issues facing Canada and how to get involved

The Most Helpful Services
Electronics and computer recyclers
Alternative energy suppliers
Green general stores
Local organic food delivery
Incentives and rebates for greening your home
Local and national environmental groups
Household hazardous waste disposal

Also includes a city-by-city guide:
Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

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"This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet. The small steps cost us little in the way of effort, money or time, but the cumulative effects can be enormous."
—David Suzuki

"Everything you need to know to make green, non-toxic, Earth-friendly consumer choices – and to be a bang-up planetary citizen – is in this book. Its comprehensiveness is mind-boggling! My fondest hope is that a well-thumbed copy becomes a fixture in every Canadian home."
—Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence

About the Author

Adria Vasil has been writing the Ecoholic column for NOW Magazine since the spring of 2004 and has covered environmental issues for NOW’s news section for four years. Vasil has a degree in development politics and cultural anthropology from the University of Toronto and a degree in magazine journalism from Ryerson. An advocate for the earth, women’s issues and human rights since her teens, Vasil has appeared on MTV Canada and CBC’s Newsworld to promote environmentalism.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for every Canadian household May 10 2007
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Vasil has created a comprehensive guide to living in more environmentally friendly, sustainable, and healthy ways. Her style is clear and entertaining, with just a tad of (very appropriate) preachiness. Every Canadian household should have a copy of this book. And the fact that the book itself is forest-friendly—-vegetable inks “Printed on 100% Post-Consumer Paper” from a biogas powered mill, bound with recycled glue—-is consistent with its message.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
There is no single word for how fabulous this book is, so I'll make one up: god-freakin-damn-fantabulously-amazing.

Seriously. I read a lot of environmental, current affairs, and social activism books - and this is one of the best. Clear, concise, full of sidebars, useful references, wry comments and witty dialogue, this book focuses on Canadian goods and services specifically. Want to know what is banned in the E.U. but not even on Health Canada's radar? How much oil you use a day outside of your car? Or how about which alternative, eco-friendly, non-toxic, sustainable products, companies, retailers, and websites to use instead of your regular nail polish, shaving cream, laundry detergent, mattress, or lightbulb? The one you know isn't great for the earth - and which, by the way, is probably ten times worse than you think?

For those of you with weak stomachs, sensitive nerves, or whom already think humanity is doomed, be warned - this book is blunt, unapologetic, and uncompromising. You'll feel ill reading it, but ignorance isn't bliss - in this case, it's deadly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Useful Books You'll Ever Read Sept. 21 2007
By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER
Want to help save the planet one simple step at a time? Adria Vasil's highly entertaining and informative ECOHOLIC will supply all the tips you could possibly need. Her informal and often humorous approach to some pretty grim facts about the amount of toxins we're wearing, inhaling, and decorating our homes with (and this is only a fraction of the big picture she presents) is enough to make one want to stay in bed, except that most bedding is chemically saturated. Adria demonstrates how everything we buy, consume, and excrete, effects our planet's increasingly fragile ecosystem. But she also offers practical solutions to coping with our toxic environment.

Although I've been recycling for years and shop as little as possible, I'm not a staunch environmentalist. Yet, this book made me realize there's many more eco-friendly things I can do. While plenty of information is given, Adria also provides many useful websites for further information, though how many of these websites will be around three years from now is anyone's guess. Still, given the growing concern for our planet, there will always good information somewhere on the Net. Do yourself and your children a huge favour. Buy the book, try some of those tips, and help make this planet a little better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST-read March 23 2008
This book is a must read for every Canadian household.

Without being preaching, it offers countless tips on how you can live a healthier lifestyle while having less of an impact on planet Earth.

The book is organized in practical themes which allow for a reading by clusters, as well as going back to a certain chapter before heading for a shopping trip... it will allow you to make an informed decision as a consumer.

The writing style is witty, there is a good use of textboxes...

One of the best books I have ever put my hands on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ecoholic Review Oct. 19 2010
By Lish05
Great book, really easy to understand and it lays out the most ecofriendly brands, products and do it yourself solutions for the average Canadian's needs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read it often July 8 2010
Really enjoyed - and CONTINUE to enjoy this comprehensive volume. Full of good ideas, common sense - and it's worth coming back to just to stay on track. Well worth the purchse
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This book is an excellent source of information for a vast array of environmental issues and topics in Canada. I'm pretty critical about these types of books but this one is awesome. :)Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada
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