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Dress Your Nest Green

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Nest, by Michelle Thompson, MS

kitchen_1.jpgIf Thom Felicia’s show Dress Your Nest is one of your favorite Style TV programs, whether you live in a nest or a castle, having your home reflect your personality is probably one of your top priorities. And because being green is of utmost importance these days, for you to have even reasonably good (and politically correct) taste, your personality-reflecting home needs to be eco-friendly. Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use your spending power to create a cleaner, greener world, shares the following ways to green your nest (or castle).  Read more...

Go Green for Memorial Day Picnics

Grill with gas, reuse cutlery for a start
By Diane Stoneback
Of The Morning Call
May 21, 2008
If you've been having ''responsible citizen of the world'' thoughts about greening up your Memorial Day grilling and leaving less of a carbon footprint wherever you picnic, Diane MacEachern and Rick Browne can get you off to a good start.

''It's not always easy to make the right choices,'' concedes MacEachern, author of the newly released ''Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World'' (The Penguin Group, $17.95, 411 pp.).

And sometimes, the old-fashioned ways are the best ways -- like using soap, water and elbow grease for grill cleanups, rather than harsh chemicals.                      Read more ...

Consumers hold 'green' power in their wallets, author stresses

Mary Beth Faller
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 17, 2008 12:00 AM

The way Americans spend their dollars can influence manufacturers in ways that improve the environment, and one of the best ways to help is to buy less.

"That doesn't mean doing with less, although simplifying anyone's life is a good idea in the long run," says Diane MacEachern, author of Big Green Purse: Use Your Spending Power to Create a Cleaner, Greener World (Avery, 2008, $17.95 paperback). "But there are so many ways to get what we need without buying and accelerating the use of natural resources that are shrinking."   Read more...

Big Green Purse Soars into Top Ten on Amazon's Eco List

Just six weeks after its publication date, Big Green Purse has reached #7 on's rankings for environmental books. Author Diane MacEachern calls the achievement "gratifying, given the dozens of new eco books that have bombarded consumers in the past year - let alone the volumes being released in observation of Earth Day 2008." MacEachern attributes the strong response to Big Green Purse to the book's distinct message encouraging consumers -- especially women -- to use their marketplace clout to protect the environment. Reviews and features in Body + Soul, Glamour, InStyle, Sierra, Plenty, More, U.S. News & World Report, GreenBiz, and across the blogosphere attest to the book's widespread consumer appeal.


Top Ten: Green Your Wardrobe

Green your wardrobe: Buy Ecofriendly clothesBuying clothes can consume a big chunk of your budget - especially if you have kids and teenagers. New clothes also take their toll on the planet, given how much water, pesticides and energy required to produce cotton, polyester and other fabrics (NOTE: 10% of all agricultural chemicals and 25% of insecticides in the U.S. are used to grow cotton. It takes almost 1/3 of a pound of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to grow enough cotton for just one t-shirt.) Meanwhile, "out of style" clothes can end up in the trash even though they still have a lot of life left in them.

How can you green your wardrobe?

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