Weekend Review & Giveaway: Lemons and Lavender by Billee Sharp

The debate over whether individual action or political progress is more necessary to curb environmental degradation has compelling voices on both sides. While large social change is indeed necessary, it is the small daily change that each of us can do right now that empowers us and inspires us to do more. So much of the fight for the environment can and is fought behind the closed doors of our homes. By choosing to support eco-friendly companies or, better yet, by choosing to buy secondhand or to make our own we have real power. Billee Sharp, in Lemons and Lavender: the eco guide to better homekeeping (2012, Viva Editions) shows us that making choices that benefit the greater good can be frugal, easy, and best of all, fun.

This book reads like an afternoon conversation with a wise friend over tea (made with homegrown herbs, of course). Sharp opens with encouragement to shed our fears of being the weirdo next door. People who are creative, who live lives that are in line with their values, and who have a high level of satisfaction with life very rarely worry about maintaining the status quo. Adopting change requires us to be fearless. In the seven chapters, which cover finances, health, material possessions, home habits, gardening, cooking, and celebrations, Sharp shares ideas, tips, and resources to aid you in making choices that are low impact and low cost. Also included are recipes for food, home cleaners, and health aides, craft tutorials and instructions on how to re-make clothing, and a sizable online resource guide.

I consider myself to be pretty well-versed in most things eco-related, and Sharp's coverage of these topics is not at all exhaustive, but she had some surprises even for me. A recipe to make non-toxic interior wall paint? Count me in. I already do most of my cleaning with baking soda and vinegar, but she kicks it up a notch with recipes for non-toxic oven cleaner, furniture polish, and paint stripper. Most of these recipes and tips can be found online, but having them gathered in one easy-to-reference volume makes actually implementing them so much more likely. This book is perfect for the beginning eco-warrior who is looking for some inspiration on how to start living a low impact life and it still has some nuggets of inspiration for those of us who have already been living this way for awhile.

Viva Editions is generously offering a copy of this book to one lucky A Life Sustained reader. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing to win. Comments will be closed in the evening of  August 11 and a winner announced shortly thereafter.

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And the lucky winner is...
Mama Gone Green
"Sounds great, thanks!"

My review copy was provided courtesy of Viva Editions.

16 comments:

  1. Sounds fun...wonder how much new information it will have for us, but I'd still love to take a look.

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  2. Thank you for the information and opportunity to win.

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  3. I'd love a chance to look through this!

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for the opportunity!

    Becca

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  5. I would love a to read this, thank you Courtney.

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  6. Sounds like a great read, I would love to win a copy :) Thanks Courtney.

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  7. Looks like a great book--thanks for the review!

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  8. Would love a chance to win, if overseas participation is ok.
    Great review.

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  9. I enjoy reading books about being self-sustaining. You are right, it begins with each of us. if we make changes colelctively, it has a real impact. I think we are attracted to the notion of simplicity becasue our lives have gotten so complicated.

    Enjoyed reading this post. Thanks for the opportunity to enter in on your giveaway.

    Velva

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  10. i'm always looking for new tried and true cleaning recipes, thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  11. This is what we've been trying to do over the last year and a half now. And an avid reader of all that pertains to the whole, wide open topic! Would love a chance to win this!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! It sounds like a great book!

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  13. Sounds like a fabulous book!

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  14. I would love this book! Not a day goes by when I don't use lemons and or lavender! I also shared this post on facebook. :)

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