There are a lot of eco books out there, and most of them are as dry as the (hopefully) recycled paper they're printed on. So when I received Ecoholic, a new book by NOW magazine columnist Adria Vasil as a gift, I was happily shocked. And now, after thumbing through it front to back and back to front, I have to admit I'm completely addicted. Ecoholic started as an eco-conscious column in Canada's NOW magazine written by Adria Vasil, a talented writer and self-titled ecoholic. (Hence the title of the column and book.) She turned all of her knowledge and passion into a seemingly rare blend of reference book and fun-read about how to live green.
And although it's geared for Canadian dwellers, much of the information is perfect for anyone wanting to do more to help the environment. But my favorite thing about the book, which has quickly become my go-to guide, is that whether its dissecting what's in her cat's food dish or telling all about how to 'green up' your love life, Adria dishes out plenty of information while proving it's possible to be knowledgeable, accessible and funny at the same time.
Ecoholic covers every eco-worthy topic imaginable, including beauty, fashion, health, food, kids stuff, home, outdoors, transport, finance, global issues and well, everything in between. Plus, not only is the writing fun and the advice useful, even to an eco-pro like me, it's categorized in an easy-to-reference way. So you can quickly look up a specific topic. That is, after you read it cover to cover. Because trust me, like a bestselling beach read, you won't be able to resist. But don't just take my word for it. Renowned Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki is also a fan. "This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet," he writes in his review. "The small steps cost us little in the way of effort, money or time, but the cumulative effects can be enormous."
See exactly what he means by getting your own copy at www.chapters.indigo.ca