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Green Reading for 2010

January 14, 2010

I’ve always been dubious about the new years resolution. It seems like a feel-good tradition that often doesn’t last  beyond January. Yet this paradox has never stopped me from making my own resolves. Consequently, I thought I’d try a different approach this year. Since I think the best way to start lasting change always starts with education, I decided to find some new books to read.

Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture

By Ellen Ruppel Shell

An interesting premise that indirectly tackles consumerism by showing the inadvertent impact of cheap items and their real cost in terms of pollution, lives and use.

The Price of a Bargain: The Quest for Cheap and the Death of Globalization

By Gordon Laird

A book by Calgarian Laird, this looks at the cost of the bargain with a Canadian perspective. The Price of a Bargain takes its direction from a global / economic point of view.

Slow Death by Rubber Duck

By Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie and Sarah Dopp

A book written in the spirit of Morgan Spurlocks “Super Size Me”, two men decide to do their best to concentrate use of everyday products like plastic and tuna to see how it would affect them. The result is a book that explores the use of chemicals in the food we eat and the clothes we wear.

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