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

Paperback | April 17, 2007

byAdria Vasil

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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

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Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg

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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...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 7.5 × 0.85 inPublished:April 17, 2007Publisher:Random House Of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty darn good! I recently moved to Toronto and was looking for ways to help green my new Canadian homeland. I picked up this book and got right too it! Very informative, and not a bad read. http://www.loveshoponline.ca
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Start This book is a great start for any one at any level to get environmentally involved. It revolves around Canada’s climate and way of everyday life from coast to coast. I recommend this book for anyone who is overwhelmed with the need to do something but needs help to find there start.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Podcast with Adria Vasil on her book Ecoholic Adria Vasil Now Magazine columnist and best selling author of Ecoholic. Alan interviews her http://www.careerjoy.com/index.php?q=node/391 on the different ways that you can green your career and your company. Sit back relax and learn! Have you ever wondered how you can help your company become more environmentally responsible or how you can make your career more echo friendly? This week's Podcast is with NOW magazine columnist Adria Vasil, author of the best selling book 'Ecoholic' on green living in Canada. David Suzuki said, "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." See, you don't have to ride your bike every day or move to the country and live a hermit lifestyle. These days it seems like every where we are hearing about green and it is not because people are desperate for spring to arrive. The media is talking about the green economy and finding roles that would be sustainable. Adria never planned on being a best selling author and speaker in the area of the green economy. "I was the kind of person who switched careers every year or so." She graduated from the University of Toronto in anthropology and developmental politics and started working at an NGO as a researcher on labour rights. She worked on one area related to labourers in Mexico dealing with health issues related to working and dying. She noticed the connection between labour, health issues and the environment as well as the lack of public consciousness and media support around social/justice issues and the environment. This frustration led her in a new direction. She understood that the best way that she could combine her talents and passions and truly start to influence society was through the written word. She went back to school and completed a journalism degree from Ryerson. This led to an internship at NOW magazine. She truly was at the right place at the right time. In 2004, the editor of the magazine was looking to start up a green column to raise awareness about the planet. Adria pitched the idea that she could write this from a uniquely Canadian perspective. Even though she felt "The environmental movement was for all intents and purposes dead". She truly believed in the cause. With her passion and talent and the support of NOW Magazine, "Ecoholic" which means addicted to the planet, was launched as a column. It took a little bit of time, but it took off and this led to her book being published on Earth Day in 2006. There are a number of different ways you can make a difference. Here are some thoughts on how to take action: 4 ways to help green your company Think Team: Start up a group within your company. Start meeting once per month and brainstorm about ways and ideas that you can help your company create echo friendly products and utilize your resources more efficiently. Think Small: Don't go to the executive team with the idea of windmills on the lawn or solar powered deep fryers at the start. Look for small ideas such as mugs instead of paper cups, telecommuting or a way to create a green product/service that meets your industries needs. Think Profit: Companies are always looking for ways to create revenue or save revenue. Create a business case for your ideas that speak to the company's drivers and needs of the executive team. Think Long- term: Make sure that your small ideas are going to be sustainable and recognize that change takes time. Then you can start on some bigger ideas. You may feel like you cannot make a difference. Pay attention to where there are needs in your company or the market. Over the past 4 years there have been thousands of new businesses launched in the emerging green economy. A number of Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Loblaws and NIKE have invested millions of dollars into developing green business units. It has never been easier to find a fair trade between your profession and the planet. Tens of thousands of Canadians have been inspired by Adria's desire to make a difference in this world. Adria's journey has created a win win for everyone involved including the world we are all addicted to. Looking for help with moving into a green collar career or in launching a new venture? Get started now. Book a meeting with me. You never know where you can take your career or how your passion and talent can impact the planet. Enjoying the fresh air of spring along the road with you! Alan
Date published: 2008-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow...Great Read, Great Info My sister bought me this book and I was a little bit "ugh" at first...but then I started reading it! Adria Vasil is a funny, tell-it-like-it-is writer, and makes you THINK about your life. Everyone should know the info in this book. Vasil suggests lots of great eco-friendly products - I was already a bit of an ecogeek before reading, but this is a great book to give to anyone who turns up their nose at your passion for the earth.
Date published: 2008-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have for everyone! This is one of the most amazing environmental resource books I have read. It has tons of wonderful information and resources crammed into 343 pages. It has information on everything from organic food, earth-friendly travel to environmentally friendly sex toys! And what's even better is that it is all Canadian content.
Date published: 2008-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Resource!!! This book has been so helpful. There are many many links to great websites, and whenever possible Canadian resources are sited!! This book will definately be dog-eared and worn in no time!!
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensable! A book that every single human concerned with the environment should have. Interesting facts and product information along with new ideas on how to live a more environmentally friendly life. Excellent!
Date published: 2007-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Half Hype, Half Great This book uses a lot of scare tactics and comments such as "Although years of research show it's not a carcinogenic, some people still believe..." implying that you should be one of those people. It also pushes American facts, implying that it applies to Canada, but not having any evidence to say it does. Another flaw is the push to continue to buy without the obvious REDUCE element being mentioned at all. Reuse isn't covered well enough either, especially in reference to the obvious like clothes, toys, and furniture. I realize it's a buyers guide, but it's about the environment first, right? At least preface it with the other options first. As well, the push for organic over all others is a bit obsessive. Sometimes, it's not best - especially when it's shrink wrapped, frozen, and shipped across the globe. :P Lastly, I realize it would be hard to go into great detail on everything, but some areas are very poorly covered. There are at least half a dozen companies in Canada/USA that make organic cotton or hemp diapers, for example, but she says she couldn't find any. Google it. That being said, it has tons and tons of useful information and websites. It's a great next step for those who are motivated newbies but want to go further than just recycling and switching to CFL's. Just realize that it's only a guide, not comprehensive and still requires some critical thinking and research on your own. Love the Canadian information and that it has SO MANY tips that you can start small and keep going and going until you are a true earthy! And she does it without the guilt-tripping lecture, which is a fantastic approach.
Date published: 2007-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alarming wake up call There are so many little things in day to day life that we take for granted despite our best efforts to be eco-friendly (ie.cotton balls, artificial sweeteners, etc.). We know we're supposed to avoid many things but this book explains WHY. It's a factual read laced with humor. And the best part is that it names names!!! You're not left guessing brands by comparing ingredients, and you're told what the components/ingredients are to watch for. There are far too few publications geared toward the Canadian market. Definitely buy this one and lend it to your friends and family. Or be the one to borrow it from a friend or family member. Just make sure to read it!!!
Date published: 2007-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We need to get our act together Before I read this book (graciously loaned to me by a friend, fresh out of the mailbox from Chapters.ca!), I considered myself to be an environmentally aware kind of gal. I recycle faithfully (heck, I even pick pop cans and cardboard frozen dinner boxes out of the garbage at work!), I use my green bin provided by our municipality to its fullest, and because of this, I only put out one small bag of garbage every week. I'm doing great, right?! Well, once I read this book, I discovered that I was basically a walking environmental disaster. I use chemical laden cleaning and beauty products, I wear clothing made by children in foreign sweatshops, I eat food prepared with preservatives, growth hormones and pesticides, and I buy products that people were paid unfairly to produce. All kidding aside, this book is a real eye opener. I shudder to think of what people in countries with little or no fresh drinking water would think if they saw how wasteful we are. Not only that, we pour chemicals down the drain into our municipal sewer system, crank up our A/C in the summertime, leave lights on needlessly and buy products made with PVC, thus assuring our slow (or not so slow) poisoning of our planet. I've taken heed of Vasil's words and am venturing out in search of locally grown produce, natural cleaning products, replacing light bulbs, etc.... In fact, I liked this book so much, I went out and bought a copy for myself, and one for a friend. It makes me feel better to know that I'm making steps to change the way I live to help our little blue planet. I hope people will take the opportunity to pick it up. Oh, make sure you lend it to someone when you're done!
Date published: 2007-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Might save your/your kids' life People trust in their government to make hazardous substances illegal. But that is NOT the case. In order to protect us and our children from the horrendous cancer, heartfailure, etc. dangers triggered by the chemicals in the products that surround us, we HAVE to inform ourself and make informed decisions. It is easy! ECOHOLIC tells you how, it s that simple.
Date published: 2007-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so good:) I just recieved this book in today's mail and I'm already halfway through it. I love that fact that its especially geared for Canadians with a lot of Canadian sources. This book will be in my "forever" library and used often!!!!
Date published: 2007-04-13

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IntroductionYou 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 ­ever-­climbing hydro bills could be tackled only with conservation and sharp questions about why our government isn’t more aggressively subsidizing solar panels and geothermal heat pumps. More realistically, it was all of the above: a perfect storm of factors that made us sit up and say, Holy Toledo, Dorothy, we’re not in Kansas ­anymore.But what’s exciting about this surge, this outpouring of interest in all things green, is that everyone, from the trucker up the street to the CEO of ­Wal-­Mart, is taking notice. And whether you’re expressing your concern for the planet by reaching for organic milk, turning off the taps as you brush, driving a little less or not driving at all, it all adds up to a movement. Sure, sticking to a ­five-­minute shower rule may seem fruitless in the face of a melting planet and relentless emissions from the coal plant two towns down. But are we to throw our hands in the air and bury our heads in the sand as our federal government has? Every drop of water you conserve, each watt of power you save, every green pepper you purchase from a local organic grower sends a message. To paraphrase hockey dads everywhere, if you want to be on a winning team, you have to think like a winner. And sometimes, when that team is slacking, you’ve gotta step up and take the lead. You don’t have to start a march on Parliament Hill to make a statement (though, hey, if you’re itching to try out a megaphone, go ahead). Start small. Start by leading by example. Get your workplace to turn the lights off at night and the thermostat down. Tell your grocery manager you don’t need California mushrooms ­vacuum-­packed on polysterene when he should be pushing local ones, loose. Tell your brother idling is just burning up gas (not to mention the planet) and tell your minister of Parliament you want real action on greenhouse gas emissions for ­once.The tough part is that figuring out what’s green and what’s greenwash, what’s ­eco-­friendly and what’s ­ozone-­deadly can be downright dizzying. This is where knowledge comes in to play. The more you know, the more effective your choices, actions and movements can be. And if GI Joe was right that knowing is half the battle, just buying this book (and reading it cover to cover, of course) should turn you a finely trained ­eco-­warrior, or at least make it easier for you to decide what cleaning products to buy. Don’t worry: you don’t have to give up shaving and chain yourself to a tree to be green. Just do what you can, one step at ­time–­until you’re a ­full-­blown ­ecoholic.

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