A Beginner's Guide to Green Living
by Rebecca Henry Genre: Nonfiction, How-To, Green Living
Just like the color, there can be multiple shades of green living. This book provides you with simple, easy, and fun recipes for all aspects of your home life. You will find plant-based recipes for basic cleaning products, skincare, herbal crafts, and even learn how to plant and maintain the herbs in your own garden. I designed this book to help motivate and educate you in the ways of green living, and also to share my sixteen years of experience in walking through this forest of green living myself. I hope you’ll find inspiration within these pages and create your own shade of green living!
I have traveled the world collecting recipes and ways to incorporate organic, plant-based, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly options into my daily life. Being a mother, I understand the importance of wanting to create a clean and green home environment. Most people are not aware of the hidden toxins lurking in their skincare and cleaning products. This book exposes those toxins and the health risks they pose. Besides providing recipes, I also suggest eco-friendly, plant-based commercial brand alternatives, making the switch to a green lifestyle easier for people to adapt. More and more people are realizing the need to go green, yet they are unsure how to begin. Some people are afraid that they cannot break their habits to adopt a green way of living. I want to reach those people and show them that green living can start with a conscious mind and a simple change to what they add to their grocery cart. It does not have to be an all-or-nothing switch.
But it is not just about the care of our health, this book also focuses on social issues in third world countries, eliminating zero-waste products in the home, the need for fair trade and organic clothing, toxic chemicals accumulating in the environment affecting aquatic life, animals, and waterways. I explain how to change your daily lives effortlessly and slowly, providing inspiring recipes and crafts, to help make a difference with these cultural and environmental issues. I encourage people with black thumbs to get into the garden by providing easy projects like re-growing spring onions from kitchen cuttings. It is my passion to show people that they can have two green thumbs!
Just like the color, there can be multiple shades of green living. The purpose of this book is to provide you with simple, easy and fun recipes for all aspects of your home life. You will find plant-based recipes for basic cleaning products, skin care, herbal crafts and even learn how to plant and maintain the herbs in your own garden. I designed this book to help motivate and educate you in the ways of green living, and to share my sixteen years of experience in walking through this forest of green living myself. I hope you’ll find inspiration within these pages and begin to create your own shade of green living!
My journey towards a greener lifestyle began at twenty-five with the birth of my daughter. Since then, I’ve moved overseas and traveled the world. My time living in England, Singapore and Germany birthed a new chapter of my life making it greener at home as well as for my body, as a creative outlet and in the garden. This book contains recipes that I have spent the last sixteen years collecting and refining by taking various techniques and cultures into account. I chose to follow a green path because I believed it was the right option for my children, but through the years I have discovered green living is not only good for the health of my family, but it is also beneficial for the environment, animals, and my mental wellbeing. I live this lifestyle because it connects me to nature through the use of plant-based, homemade products.
Green is commonly associated with nature, tranquility, and health. Beginning your path to a greener lifestyle will help to improve your overall wellbeing. When I wash the dishes, the lovely aroma of basil and rosemary lingers in the air and I sigh in contentment, feeling positive about the aroma I have created in my home. There are days when I don’t have the time to make my own homemade batch of dish or laundry soap, and on these occasions, I opt for an eco-friendly, organic store-bought option.
Beginning your journey to green living does not mean you need to switch over to all homemade products, nor do you need to make every change listed in this book and insert them overnight. Start slow, substitute non-eco store-bought products with recipes from this book that excite you! Let them jump off the page and inspire you to create something green and clean. It has taken me almost two decades to reach the shade of green I am living, and I am constantly learning new ways to incorporate additional ideas into my lifestyle. Green living can start with implementing one or two homemade plant-based options into your daily routine. The entire purpose is to feel good about the changes you are willing and want to make, without the guilt of those you don’t or becoming overwhelmed by trying to do too much. If you decide, after reading this book that opting for a greener fabric softener is the change you want in your home, then that is a positive step into green living. I wrote this book to give you options and it’s up to you which options you apply to your life. But always remember that every change you make is a positive one and it’s a step forward into green living.
Rebecca Henry is an American author living in the UK. Her books range from vegan cookbooks to fantasy to sci-fi to Rebecca's latest release with Urban Edge Publishing, Louisiana Latte: A Chick Lit Comedy About Sisters, Stilletos, Coffee, and One Fabulous Diva! You can find all Rebecca's books on Amazon.