I just finished a book called Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World, by Diane MacEachern. This is an excellent book for anyone who’s looking to “green” up their shopping habits, especially those who don’t know where to start.
Some of the information was familiar to me already, since I’ve been doing a lot of reading about green living. I did learn a lot, though. The book is very thorough. The author discusses the reasons for buying green, and then covers cosmetics and personal care products; driving and transportation; coffee, tea and cocoa; grocery items; cleansers and household products; clothing, accessories and jewelry; lawn, garden and patio; kid and baby stuff; lights, appliances and electronics; and building and furnishing products.
Each chapter talks about the damage that non-green spending does, how to buy green in each category, and how and where to find green products. MacEachern gives recipes for homemade cleansers, and many, many websites for purchasing green products that you might not find on your local stores’ shelves. I made long lists of websites for suppliers of skin care and lotions, chocolate, and clothing. She also covers the local vs. organic debate.
This author and others have mentioned Trader Joe’s store a lot. We don’t have one here; I’m getting jealous. I don’t know of any in Florida.
If you’re a newbie to green shopping, or interested in becoming a better green shopper, I definitely recommend this book.