Whether you decide to take on board this book’s message or not is up to you. But we’re sure you’ll have fun deciding! simply about choosing between reaching for a packet of chemical-laden weed killer or taking 10 minutes to mix an equally efficient concoction from one tablespoon each of gin and cider vinegar and one teaspoon of liquid Castile (ie: olive oil-based) soap for a homemade, non-toxic weed killer.
While Barnouin does recommend products, most are not available in Malaysia, though one assumes some might be available online. But we can still take in the message of the book, which is to be an informed consumer. In giving information about the manufacturing process of furniture makers, food producers, fashion companies and others, Barnouin is empowering readers, prompting us to ask, “Where does this product come from? How many processes did it go through to get into my hands? What is this product’s carbon footprint? Is there a better alternative?”
The last question should always be in our mind every time we choose to buy or use anything. It’s about living life more consciously and responsibly. This book makes you rethink the notion that to be “green” is way too much trouble. It’s simply about a change of mindset.
Just like Barnouin’s first (coauthored) book about vegan/ healthy eating, this book about living the green life will have you laughing out loud and nodding in agreement.
There have been mixed reviews about the Skinny Bitch series; some people disapprove of the authors’ crude language; some call the first book on becoming vegan pure propaganda; some love the series for its entertainment value and some truly take the advice to heart. The reaction onto this book will probably would be similarly varied – but no one can deny that a fair bit of research went into it.
My take on it is, any book that makes you question manufacturers or producers that use harmful and toxic chemicals during production, and in turn channel those toxins into our homes and bodies when we purchase the end product, is a good book.
In the end, it’s about personal choice. You can choose to practise what you read or to ignore it if you deem it too much trouble. But at least you will be making an informed decision.