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Sleeping Naked Is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days [Paperback]

Vanessa Farquharson
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April 14 2009
No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don't use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what's doable and what's too hardcore.

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.

Whether confronting her environmental hypocrisy or figuring out the best place in her living room for a compost bin full of worms and rotting cabbage, Vanessa writes about her foray into the green world with self-deprecating, humorous, and accessible insight. This isn't a how-to book of tips, it's not about being eco-chic; it's an honest look at what happens when an average girl throws herself into the murkiest depths of the green movement.


“A humorous, self-deprecating tale of the crazy things that happen to normal people when they take the green plunge. Vanessa Farquharson will have you wanting to try your own experiments, too, because she shows how easy some of these planet-saving changes can be.”
Alisa Smith, co-author of The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating

“By spending a year putting the planet’s needs as a top priority, Vanessa Farquharson’s search for love and connection leads her to happiness she never thought she could know. An entertaining approach to ‘greenlightenment,’ Sleeping Naked Is Green will surely inspire other skeptics to find their inner environmentalist.”
Gillian Deacon, author of Green for Life

“One step a day doesn't seem like much, but over the course of a whole year it adds up to a world of difference. This isn't just a well-written and fun book about going green, it is about watching a personal transformation. Being inspired was never so entertaining.”
Lloyd Alter, TreeHugger.com

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Vanessa Farquharson is an arts reporter and film critic at the National Post, based in Toronto. Her blog, "Green as a Thistle," tracked her year-long green adventure. She has been published in Eye Weekly and the Ottawa Citizen, profiled on Treehugger.com and featured numerous times on CBC Radio.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones Meets Al Gore May 5 2009
Love this book! It's a highly entertaining fun look at a real person, in a real city with a real job making real changes. Some so brave, I don't think I could actually do it. This book gives real details on how and why simple changes in our everyday lives can help us make a positive impact on the earth instead of a negative one...and isn't that really what we all want to do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Sept. 25 2009
This is a book that makes you want to do better. And even better than that, it makes the goal of "being green" seem attainable...one step at a time.
I have recommended this read to all of my eco-minded friends and will continue to do so. Not only is it a great story, but it's a great reference too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Sleeping Naked is Green" Review May 10 2010
A little bit of comedy, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of practical advice make "Sleeping Naked is Green" a very different book on going "green." As a "quiet country-dweller," I was a little envious at times of Vanessa Farquharson's hipper city life and career (I almost ended up in Toronto to go into publishing), but it turns out I'm way more hippie than hipster--and make no mistake, Vanessa is so not a hippie, and she will remind of that numerous times. I didn't completely like this book. She definitely came across as privileged and middle-class, so in many ways I couldn't relate to her whining about letting go of fancy wines and her worries over her frequent flying, and her boy troubles did get a little tiresome after awhile. However, I think she's sincere.

Nonetheless, I could relate to many of her struggles to go "green." I appreciated her honesty when confronted with potential hypocritical situations and how she missed her hair straighter. She doesn't bother trying to make it sound fun and easy to follow through on all her challenges, and sometimes it's those little things that are the biggest pain in the butt (I hate washing and reusing plastic bags, but I still do it), and in the end she finds deeper meaning in how all the small and large changes she made affected her life. At the very least, it's a refreshing breather from the more extreme views out there (phew, I don't have to be hard-core vegan to be green), and I'm pretty sure I'd like her a lot in person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little things that make a big difference Sept. 19 2010
I loved this book. Yes, some of the things she did were obvious and maybe she could have done the simpler things first but all in all, this is a great book about a real woman who jumped into giving her life a green make over. It is a funny, inspirational book full of great ideas of things we can all do to make a difference in the environment. Some a little more extreme than others (unplugging your fridge for example) but a lot of simple things like making your own compost, using a diva cup, eating (and drinking) locally and more. It's a quick, easy, amusing read and I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the budding environmentalist Jan. 7 2010
Vanessa's book was a great introduction for me to living in a more environmentally conscious way. I have since changed many of my ways and though have yet to unplug my fridge--who knows? Maybe someday. Thanks for writing such a candid account of your experiments with being "green"!
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