Book Review: 48 Things To Know About Sustainable Living by Victoria Klein

When Hachette Book Group published my book, Smart Mama’s Green Guide: Simple Steps to Reduce Your Child’s Toxic Chemical Exposure, I participated in a course with Blog Book Tours and really learned a lot. But a lot of the books were fiction, so I couldn’t help out many of my fellow authors. So I’m thrilled to be able to tell you about a fellow BBTer, Victoria Klein, who just released 48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living (Good Things to Know).

48 Things to Know About Sustainable Living (Good Things to Know) is a fun book, filled with easy ideas for sustainable living. From the beginning, Victoria reminds us about the difference between a want and a need, and how living sustainably mostly involves making do with what you got.

I appreciate that Victoria admits she used to be an avid shopper, and ran up credit card debt in pursuit of pleasing the shopping gods. It makes the rest of the book seem more real – if she can do it, then anybody can do it.

The book isn’t preachy or bogged down in technical details. For example, in the section on green cleaning, there is encouragement to make your own clearners, but simply resouces to find out the recipes. And while she recommends several green cleaning lines, she doesn’t take the time to analyze the “greenness” of the various lines.

The book is an easy read. It really makes living sustainable seem attainable for all of us.

Now, if you are already living pretty green, some of the ideas may not be new to you. But, even in the short chapters that tackle topics with which you may be familiar, nuggets of wisdom exist. And, Victoria has provided lots of resources (although I’m sad to say my website and book are mentioned).

There are some minor quibbles. In the section on sex toys, Victoria mentions that most sex toys are made of phthalates. It is more accurate to state that most sex toys are made of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) and that PVC is usually softened with certain phthalates, so most sex toys may have phthalates present. But, in that same chapter, I was surprised to learn that there is a way to recycle sex toys. The book references the Sex Toy Recycling Program at which doesn’t work, but I did find SexToyRecycling. Who knew?

And, if you are looking to green your sex toys, several resources are given. However, a big player in the mommy blogger world was left off – Eden Fantasys.

The book would make a fab present this holiday season –  perhaps a hostess gift or teacher gift?

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