Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada

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Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada

by Adria Vasil

Random House of Canada | April 17, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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When the world's environmental woes get you down, turn to Ecoholic - Canada's best resource for practical tips and products that help you do your part for the earth. You'll get the dirt on what not to buy and why, and the dish on great gifts, clothes, home supplies and more. Based on the popular and authoritative "Ecoholic" column that appears weekly in NOW, Ecoholic is a cheeky and eye-opening guide to all of life's greenest predicaments.

The Best Green Products
For the home: cleaning and laundry supplies, furniture, linens
For renovations: flooring, paint, insulation, carpets, cabinetry
For the kitchen: cookware, appliances
For your body: cool clothes, jewellery, shoes, beauty care
For baby: toys, cribs, organic food, diapers
For the garden: fertilizer, pest control, patio furniture
For the office: supplies, equipment, energy savings
For your pet: natural food, flea control, litter solutions
For the fun of it: sporting goods, camping equipment, holidays

The Most Current Information
Avoiding toxins in the home
Buying pesticide-free food
Sustainable seafood, meat and veggie choices
Reducing energy and water use
Greening your love life
Eco-tourism
Keeping your home and garden pest-free without harmful chemicals
Green gift-giving and ethical investing
Choosing an environmentally friendly career
The big issues facing Canada and how to get involved

The Most Helpful Services
Electronics and computer recyclers
Alternative energy suppliers
Green general stores
Local organic food delivery
Incentives and rebates for greening your home
Local and national environmental groups
Household hazardous waste disposal

Also includes a city-by-city guide:
Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.54 × 2.95 × 0.33 in

Published: April 17, 2007

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679314849

ISBN - 13: 9780679314844

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Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and Services in Canada

by Adria Vasil

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.54 × 2.95 × 0.33 in

Published: April 17, 2007

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679314849

ISBN - 13: 9780679314844

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Introduction You know, it’s funny: Canadians are surrounded with so much damn nature we think that automatically nominates us for outdoor MVP of the year. But when hundreds of trees fall in the boreal every minute, does anybody really care? Well, aside from a few folk singers and some ­placard-­bearing ­enviro-­groups, my answer just a few years ago was a reluctant no. Observers declared environmental consciousness dead. Earth Day marches had long been cancelled due to lack of attendance. Indeed, there was but a faint green pulse left in us as we dragged our recyclables out to the curb then hopped into our gas guzzlers with the a/c blasting. Memories of acid rain, dead lakes and the Exxon Valdez had faded to black, along with any recollection of feathered hair and shoulder ­pads. Then, sometime in the last year or two, someone somewhere pulled out the defibrillators and called “clear.” Was it the spike in the price of oil, forcing us to reconsider the value of spending 80 bucks a tank just to drive ourselves to the corner store? Was it the increased ­alarm-­ringing of climate change scientists? The drowning polar bears? The breaking levies? The freak storms? The reports that DDT is still swimming in our children’s bloodstreams decades after it was banned or that ­non-­stick chemicals are sticking to bald eagles and floating in breast milk? Maybe, as my local souvlaki guy noted, it was the realization that &#
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When the world's environmental woes get you down, turn to Ecoholic - Canada's best resource for practical tips and products that help you do your part for the earth. You'll get the dirt on what not to buy and why, and the dish on great gifts, clothes, home supplies and more. Based on the popular and authoritative "Ecoholic" column that appears weekly in NOW, Ecoholic is a cheeky and eye-opening guide to all of life's greenest predicaments.

The Best Green Products
For the home: cleaning and laundry supplies, furniture, linens
For renovations: flooring, paint, insulation, carpets, cabinetry
For the kitchen: cookware, appliances
For your body: cool clothes, jewellery, shoes, beauty care
For baby: toys, cribs, organic food, diapers
For the garden: fertilizer, pest control, patio furniture
For the office: supplies, equipment, energy savings
For your pet: natural food, flea control, litter solutions
For the fun of it: sporting goods, camping equipment, holidays

The Most Current Information
Avoiding toxins in the home
Buying pesticide-free food
Sustainable seafood, meat and veggie choices
Reducing energy and water use
Greening your love life
Eco-tourism
Keeping your home and garden pest-free without harmful chemicals
Green gift-giving and ethical investing
Choosing an environmentally friendly career
The big issues facing Canada and how to get involved

The Most Helpful Services
Electronics and computer recyclers
Alternative energy suppliers
Green general stores
Local organic food delivery
Incentives and rebates for greening your home
Local and national environmental groups
Household hazardous waste disposal

Also includes a city-by-city guide:
Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

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.

Editorial Reviews

"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
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