I started reading The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas M.Kostigen a little while ago, and now that I have finished it I wanted to do a small review.
I really like this book! It is a presented as a cheerful, and handy little resource that can be read cover to cover, or can be used as a quick and easy reference as green choices emerge in our daily lives.
The chapters are clearly laid out and cover the many areas of life such as communication/technology, building, sports, travel, shopping etc. I have frequently dipped into various sections as I have needed to throughout the day.
Each section is very detailed, and offers extensive options for going green, many of which surprised me, and most options are backed up with fascinating facts. Did you know that enough paper clips are produced every year to hand every person in the world at least three? No? Well neither did I, but it is right there on page 48. It really made me think about EVERYTHING that I do each day I can tell you! We are currently planning our summer vacation and the travel section has proved useful in the planning process.
I also really like the extensive reference list in the back that covers each chapter so that further research can easily be done by the individual.
The only thing I wasn't especially excited about was the cameo appearances by celebrities at the beginning of each chapter describing their "green living" habits. Although I am sure being able to name such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Robert Redford, and Owen Wilson has helped to sell more copies, I am not convinced that it adds much to the overall message of the book. This is probably just a personal beef of mine though, I am sure others will delight in reading these sections for entertainment value if nothing else.
Overall I highly recommend this book! It is good value, packed with loads of vital information, written in a style that is easy to read and understand without being patronizing, and is very handy to carry around for quick reference. I plan on using this book for a long time to come.