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Ten Books to Help Make it Easier to Be Green

Responding to widespread environmental decline,  American Senator Gaylord Nelson called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970.  Now,  every April 22, Earth Day is observed by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.

Kermit-the-Frog warned us that it’s not easy being green so this Earth Day, we decided to lend a hand. Take a look through our list of Ten books to help you live a greener life:

  1. Biking to Work (The Chelsea Green Guides) by Rory McMullanbiking-to-work
    A complete guide to make cycling to work a reality, and safe, for the beginning cyclist. For those who live within cycling distance to commute to work, this book offers simple safety, bike buying, and gear buying tips, as well as ways to best plan your route to and from the office.
  2. Don’t Throw It Out: Recycle, Renew and Reuse to Make Things Last by Lori Bairddont-throw-out
    Draws on traditional Yankee ingenuity and thrift in an ingenious guide that presents more than one thousand ways to help extend the life and value of household objects, from furniture and fishing reels to cell phones, lawn mowers, linens, and jewelry, with fix-it-fast tips for making simple repairs, money-saving ideas for making things last longer, and new uses for worn-out items.
  3. How to Grow Fresh Air: 50 House Plants that Purify Your Home or Office by B.C. Wolvertongrow-fresh-air
    In research designed to create a breathable environment for a NASA lunar habitat noted scientist Dr. B. C. Wolverton discovered that houseplants are the best filters of common pollutants such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and benzene. Hundreds of these poisonous chemicals can be released by furniture, carpets, and building material, and then trapped by closed ventilation systems, leading to the host of respiratory and allergic reactions now called Sick Building Syndrome. In this full-color, easy-to-follow guide, Dr. Wolverton shows you how to grow and nurture 50 plants as accessible and trouble-free as the tulip and the Boston fern, and includes many beautiful but commonly found varieties not generally thought of as indoor plants. He also rates each plant for its effectiveness in removing various pollutants, and its ease of growth and maintenance.
  4. Eco Craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle by Susan Wasingereco-craft
    Who knew taking care of the planet could look so good? Eco Craft shows how, with 30 truly beautiful home décor projects that elevate environmental consciousness to stylish new heights. Every idea is amazingly clever: who would ever have imagined that plastic six-pack can holders could become a chic Moorish-inspired filigree tri-fold screen? Or that glass baby food jars would make a charming candle chandelier? Every project features at least one beauty shot in a modern home setting, easy-to-follow instructions, and step-by-step color photos, while handy icons spotlight the key techniques, materials, and the estimated time to complete each project.
  5. The Bag Book: Over 500 Great Uses and Reuses for Paper, Plastic and Other Bags to Organize bag-bookand Enhance Your Life by Vicki Lansky
    Readers get over 500 ideas for using and reusing all kinds of bags to organize and enhance their lives. Tools, toys, and even art are among the crafts that make use of paper, plastic, and other kinds of bags.
  6. Weekend Furniture Facelifts: 70 Great Ways to Update Your Furnishings by Helenweekend-furniture-facelifts Carey
    Everyone gets the urge to redecorate–but often there’s little money or time to spare. Now there’s a way to renovate furnishings quickly, even on the tightest budget. More than 20 step-by-step projects–from pretty pastel chairs and divine lampshades to sparkling bathroom storage and an instant home office–are explained and illustrated with detailed photographs. A glass tabletop becomes a focal point with the help of a stenciled floral design. A bed radiates luxury with the addition of a fabric-covered headboard. Incredible color and texture effects are achieved using the latest paint and craft products. And each one of the eye-catching projects can be completed in a weekend or less.
  7. 99 Ways to Cut, Sew & Deck Out Your Denim by Faith Blakeney, Justina Blakeney, Ellen Schultz99-ways-denim
    How many pairs of old jeans do you have in your closet? Everyone from the sewing novice to the fashion guru can appreciate the 99 ingenious projects that will reincarnate your denim has-beens into fashion must-haves. The techniques are simple, the supplies are easy-to-find, and every project takes ninety minutes or less, from start to finish.
  8. Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably baking-sodaNever Thought Of by Vicki Lansky
    Ecologically safe, inexpensive, and found in nearly every home, baking soda is one of America’s most trusted products. Hundreds of practical tips are divided into categories that cover uses in cooking, gardening, cleaning, health maintenance, first aid and much more. Includes a brief history of the product and an explanation of how it works.
  9. Junk Beautiful: Room by Room Makeovers with Junkmarket Style by Sue Whitney, Ki Nassauerjunk-beautiful
    Using a recycle and reuse approach to home decorating, a richly illustrated manual explains how to transform trash and junk into one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories for every room in the house, with tips on searching and shopping for recycled materials, design and construction, adding personal touches, and more.
  10. Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials by Betz sewing-greenWhite
    By its nature, do-it-yourself sewing is environmentally friendly. In Sewing Green, Betz White takes stitching to an even higher level of sustainability, presenting 25 projects made from repurposed thrift-store and back-of-the-closet finds and organic fabrics.  White’s whimsical yet practical designs include an apron constructed from men’s dress shirts (and a wallet from the shirt’s cuffs!), a soft blanket pieced from secondhand cashmere sweaters, and even a tote bag refashioned from used Tyvek envelopes. Along the way, White dispenses tips on everything from how to deconstruct old garments for reuse in new creations to how to wrap gifts with reusable fabric scraps instead of paper. Inspiring profiles about well-known leaders in the eco-stitching movement are sprinkled throughout, and a complete resources section helps crafters make eco-smart choices. With Sewing Green, today’s sewers will be fashioning handmade heirlooms and sustaining traditions for generations to come.
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