Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All You Need Is Less: The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville

Happy Earth Day- reading this book is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and learn how you can be earth conscious on a daily basis by using less and thinking more.

Full of easy advice, DIY ideas for everything from household cleaners to beauty products along with delicious recipes.

This is a great eco book to have on hand.

All You Need Is Less
The Eco-friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity 
by Madeleine Somerville

Most eco-friendly books start with terror-inducing lists of the carcinogenic chemicals you are liberally slathering all over every single surface in your house, painting most people as unwitting eco-villains, happily Lysol-ing their way straight to hell. Well, readers can just relax and unpack the (plastic) bags — no guilt trips today!

All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from soul-destroying guilt or becoming a preachy know-it-all whom everyone loathes. It’s all gotten kind of complicated, hasn’t it?

This whole eco-friendly thing seems to have devolved into a horrific cycle of guilt, shaming, and one-upping, and as a result people are becoming exhausted. It doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to take baby steps towards a more Earth-friendly lifestyle without stress, guilt, or judgmental eco-shaming. Top eco-blogger Madeleine Somerville is here with really original ideas on how to save money and the planet. Her ideas are even fun! Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based, and above all do-able.

More About the Book

Stop Using Disgusting Dryer Sheets

Do y'all know that most dryer sheets coat use animal fats to coat your clothes with that 'fresh' fragrance? Yeah. It's disgusting. Switch to wool dryer balls, they're simple to make (plus a fun craft project for kids) and they work like a hot damn.

Use Jars Instead of Travel Mugs

1. You can screw on the lid and literally throw a jar full o' coffee into your purse (no more balancing keys, coffee, files etc!) 2. It takes immense resources to manufacture and sell all those plastic/metal travel mugs which are often lost/forgotten

You have old food jars hanging around anyway, why not make use of them? If they break or get lost,at least they were used one more time before reaching their final destination. I always get lots of compliments on my coffee jar.

Green Your Life and Your Wallet 

Did you know that wool dryer balls work like magic to keep your laundry fluffy, without coating your clothes in animal fat that store-bought dryer sheets leave behind? They’re simple to make and a fun craft project for kids, too. And did you know 7 million trees are cut down annually for the paper cups your coffee is served in? Recycle a jelly container from home and you will save an entire forest while getting lots of compliments on your coffee jar. 

Top eco-blogger and new parent Madeleine Somerville has gathered completely original ideas on how to save money and the planet, and have fun in the process, in All You Need Is Less. Learn how to create and not just consume! This guide to the guilt-free green life is packed with dozens of DIY ideas for shampoo and eco-cleaners, worm compost your garden will love, yummy recipes and even homemade holiday gifts and decor. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without this book! 

More Creative ideas inside:

Eco-friendly baby solutions, from recipes for rash cream to biodegradable wipes 

Dog and kitty care, including make-it-yourself litter and flea spray 

Simplicity is sexy: whip up your own moisturizer and body scrub 

About the Author:

Madeleine Somerville adores writing in all its incarnations and is learning how to live happily with less. 

She has a B.A. in sociology and is addicted to commas and soft cheeses. 

She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog in Vancouver, Canada and writes at

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