All You Need Is Less The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity

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  • Copyright: 4/15/2014
  • Publisher: Viva Editions
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Most eco-friendly books start with terror-inducing lists of the carcinogenic chemicals you are liberally slathering all over every single surface in your house, painting most people as unwitting eco-villains, happily Lysol-ing their way straight to hell. Well, readers can just relax and unpack the (plastic) bags — no guilt trips today!

All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from soul-destroying guilt or becoming a preachy know-it-all whom everyone loathes. It’s all gotten kind of complicated, hasn’t it?

This whole eco-friendly thing seems to have devolved into a horrific cycle of guilt, shaming, and one-upping, and as a result people are becoming exhausted. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to take baby steps towards a more Earth-friendly lifestyle without stress, guilt, or judgmental eco-shaming. Top eco-blogger Madeleine Somerville is here with really original ideas on how to save money and the planet. Her ideas are even fun! Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based, and above all do-able.

Author Biography

Madeleine Somerville adores writing in all its incarnations — dramatic exclamation-filled diary entries, pseudo-journalistic endeavors for small town weeklies, and the disfigured, bastard child of the above, blogging. She has a B.A. in sociology and is addicted to commas and soft cheeses. She became an unrepentant, tree-hugging hippie after moving to British Columbia eight years ago, and her husband, daughter, and dog suffer the effects of this metamorphosis on a daily basis. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

• the ugly duckling of the green movement
• the true cost of consumption
• why buy secondhand?
• make it:
o laundry soap
o all-purpose cleaner
o tub scrub
o shower soaker
o silver polish
o floor cleaner
o hardwood floor polish
o window spray
o floor duster
o stainless steel cleaner
o ceramic stovetop cleaner
• alternatives to dryer sheets
• a word about plastic

• basic hygiene boot camp
• how to choose cosmetics
• make it:
o eye makeup remover
o body oil
o whipped body oil
o microdermabrasion
o simple body scrubs
o shampoo and conditioner
o toothpaste
o deodorant
o skin toner
• lady time
• hair removal

• how being green is good for the waistline
• home, sweet home
• why beg, barter, borrow should be the new eat, pray, love
• remembering your reusable bags
• make it:
o clothesline
o rain barrel
• addictions

• eating simply
• reducing waste in the grocery store
• taking on take-out
• make it:
o punch yourself in the face salsa
o delicious tzatziki
o zero-electricity, cold brewed, basically-the-solution-to-global-warming, coffee
o jar travel mug
o boho table settings
• all about organics
• simple food storage

• a word from the gardening guru imposter
• make it:
o herb garden
o raised garden beds
o pesticide free gardening
o compost bin
o worm compost
o weed killer
o weed barrier

• what to do when your partner is a soul-sucking planet killer
• quiz: are you an insufferable enviro-nag?
• self
• how living green can save your relationship
• giving the gift
• make it:
o personal lubricant
o massage oil

• apple cider vinegar cures everything
• how (and why) to stick a small ceramic teapot up your nose
• alternative therapies
• make it:
o magic tea for cold and flu season
o epsom salt aromatherapy bath
• your dog does not need a sweater (or a stroller)(or boots)
• make it:
o stinky dog spray
o upcycled pet bed
o flea spray
o pet toothpaste
o litterbox tips for sexy cat ladies

• welcoming your adorable little waste machine
• why craigslist should be your baby’s middle name
• toys, toys, toys
• keeping it neutral
• cloth diapering
• baby skin care
• make it:
o belly butter
o baby wipes
o wipe solution
o diaper rash cream
• how to curb holiday excess without becoming a Scrooge
• make it:
o wrapping paper
o recycled paper bow
o a difference


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