Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style

Thanks to everyone who commented on this post! The lucky new owners of copies of Green Chic are Gabbergirl and dragonfly - please contact me at talk at ecochick dot ca with your contact information so that I can send you your books!

Every day, you hear it. "Live green." "Save the planet". "Stop Global Warming." For the average everyday consumer, these messages can be overwhelming. It's really tough to know what to do - especially lately, when it seems like every day we hear about something new that's dangerous to us or the planet.

How do we learn about the things we do, big and small, about the products we consume every day? How can we find out easy, cool ways to lessen your own impact on your environment - without being preached to or having the living daylights scared out of you? Christie Matheson's new book, Green Chic: Saving the Earth in Style, is just the way for you to get started.

Matheson herself isn't living in a hemp cottage off the grid. She's a regular girl like you and me, who's heard the bad news and who wants to know how to lessen her own impact without losing her cool cred. And she's written the book exactly for that same audience. Green Chic talks to you like your best girlfriend would, giving you the info in plain english instead of the sciencetalk of an environmental scientist or cosmetic company chemist. She gives you the straight talk about what is out there and what we're dealing with and gives you alternative ways of purchasing and using and thinking about the things we consume. And in the end, she also tells you why living green is actually way more chic than you think. For example, what's better: A meal prepared fresh from ingredients that were picked that day from the farm down the road, or a package of store bought cookies wrapped in plastic and packed with preservatives? Yeah, I thought so.

This book (printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with vegetable based inks, natch) is an excellent resource that tells you the plain truth about Why we need to change, and easy ways on How to do it. It's simple and it's sassy, and it is the perfect place to start learning about what you can do to start changing your own ways without sacrificing chic - in fact, while becoming more chic than ever.

Interested? Well, here's the good news: ecochick has two copies of the book to give away to you, dear readers. One will go to those who are subscribed to the newsletter, and one will go to a commenter on the post - so get typing! Simply comment on this post by May 16 and a copy of the book could be yours. Or if you can't wait, you can pick up a copy at Amazon.

14 comments:

oobinsnaffa said...

This sounds like a neat book! I will definitely have to get my hands on a copy.

Karen said...

This book does sound great and it is definitely something I need in my life. As soon as I finish Michael Pollan, this one is on my list.
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Ms.Teacher said...

I saw this the other day while surfing. It does look interesting!

PURE Blog said...

I love ecoholic and it looks like this one is similar. Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Irene said...

Sounds like an interesting book!

Julie said...

I am posting because I want to win this book. Sounds like a good read, and one to have on hand to lend out!

ecochick said...

@pure blog - it reminded me of ecoholic (which I love and is totally my bible) in a lot of ways. It differs in a couple of good ways - one, it's shorter, so it's easier to get through the whole thing and take away the message. ecoholic I did find tough to get through, I use it more as a reference. Second, it speaks in a much more "girly" language - not a fluffy way, but a more girlfriendly way which I think resonates more - it's very, very non-preachy or doom and gloom.

Gabbergirl said...

Sounds really interesting! I've really been bitten by the green bug, and would love a book that lists more ways to make an impact.

dragonfly said...

Sounds like a great book! I'd love to win a copy, if I don't win one I'll seek one out for sure!

leslie said...

I just found this interesting sight I look forward to seeing more and the book would be great to have also.

Ally said...

I always find it difficult to know if the things I do really do have an impact, and if there are more things I could do to help. Sounds like that book could be very useful to me AND looks interesting =)

Lara said...

I've been wanting to get this kind of book - I'd love to win!

sweetsue said...

I am taking an ecology class in school, and it is so boring! This book looks like a funner way to learn.

Jodie said...

This is exactly what we need... we need it (what we, as individuals, can do) laid out on the table in an easy to read, easy to follow format. I can't wait to check it out! I commend those with the foresight to get a book like this out and available to us at this critical juncture in the lifetime of our planet! We can do this!!!