If you still haven't figured out how to live with the environment in mind, pick up a copy of Micaela Preston's cheerful new book, Practically Green: Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision-Making.
After a short introduction, the book breaks out into six chapters: Eating, Living, Cleaning, Caring, Wearing and Conserving. Each section brims with "how to" tips, product reviews, and suggestions that will save you money. Keeping you and your family healthy is also top of mind for Micaela, who writes the delightful Mindful Momma blog and has two boys to try her many ideas out on!
You'll particularly like Practically Green if you're the do-it-yourself type. Got any old sweaters lying around? Check out Micaela's "recipe" for felted wool coasters made from recycled sweaters. Want to make your own body care products? Start with Micaela's "luscious lip balm" – a yummy concoction of beeswax, almond oil, shea butter, and your choice of peppermint, lime or grapefruit oil.
Don't miss the book's "copy and clip" pages, either. I particularly like the clippable guide called "Where can I recycle that?" Ever wonder how you can properly dispose of carpeting, medicine, or drink pouches (let alone compact fluorescent light bulbs and clothes hangers)? See page 196!