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Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada Paperback – Apr 17 2007


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada; 1 edition (April 17 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679314849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679314844
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2007
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Eustace on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Legrand on March 23 2008
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jo-ann Richard on April 17 2009
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This is an amazing resource/reference book. Well written with a hint of humor! The book was published in 2007 so I'm a couple years late and I was worried that a lot of the websites mentioned or products/info might be outdated or irrelevant now but that was not the case! This book is definitely still relevant to today and a must have for all ecoholic Canadians and really, ALL Canadians in general. It's definitely a book that can be referred back to again and again. It can be a bit overwhelming at times since there is a lot of information covered and it's rather scary to think of all these chemicals lurking in our favourite products but I think it's something we should all be informed about so we can all start making cleaner, greener changes in our lifestyles. <3
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Greenfield on Dec 4 2007
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This book is just flat-out amazing. It covers everything from food storage and floor coverings to recreation and travel. The best part is that it's Canadian, and you don't have to spend time tracking down American sources that may or may not sell/ship to Canada!
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If I could only have one environmental reference book, this would be it. It answers just about all the questions you may have about what products to buy and use to live an environmentally friendly life, and it is Canadian. No more trying to find a Canadian version or supplier of a US or European product! Listing manufacturers and rating their products, the author helps you through the issues to find the kind of products you want to use. If the book has one fault, it is that no matter how small you may think your environmental footprint is - there is still room to make it smaller.
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