7 Guides for Going Green

Browse these books for tips and decor to save the planet.

Eco-Deco: Chic Ecological Design Using Recycled Materials (Apple Press)

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Eco-Deco: Chic Ecological Design Using Recycled Materials (Apple Press)

Make the most out of what you have. That’s the mantra in this design guide, which gives readers practical ways to reuse discarded or overlooked materials to create something fabulous. We love what they’ve done with driftwood. By Stewart Walton and Sally Walton. $28; visit apple-press.com.

The Green Gardener’s Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet (Cool Springs Press)

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The Green Gardener’s Guide: Simple, Significant Actions to Protect & Preserve Our Planet (Cool Springs Press)

A lifelong gardener, host of “GardenSMART” on PBS and “Fresh From the Garden” on the DIY Network, Joe Lamp’l knows a thing or two about little green things. In his latest book, Joe highlights everyday acts that can help preserve our planet. Simple changes in how you care for your lawn―watering, chemical use, electric mowers, and composting―make a huge impact on your carbon footprint. By Joe Lamp’l. $16.95; visit coolspringspress.net.

Green from the Ground Up (Taunton)

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Green from the Ground Up (Taunton)

With the growing demand for responsible construction, Green from the Ground Up is a must-have for the eco-conscious homeowner. From material selection to on-site planning, the step-by-step guide tells you what you need to know to design a sustainable, energy-efficient home. By David Johnston and Scott Gibson. $24.95; visit taunton.com.

ExtraVeganZa (New Society Publishers)

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ExtraVeganZa (New Society Publishers)

Laura Matthias, B&B owner and organic farmer, compiled more than 250 of her favorite vegan recipes in ExtraVeganZa. In this book, Laura introduces new alternatives to everyday gourmet and emphasizes the growing trend of creating a sustainable lifestyle. By Laura Matthias. $25.95; visit newsociety.com.

Cut Your Energy Bills Now (Taunton)

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Cut Your Energy Bills Now (Taunton)

This book offers 150 comprehensive ways to make your home more eco-friendly. Follow the author’s simple action plan to begin restoring or replacing items―from appliances to lightbulbs―to reduce energy, save money, and minimize environmental impact. By Bruce Harley. $12.95; visit taunton.com.

Big Earth, Little Me (Scholastic Inc.)

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Big Earth, Little Me (Scholastic Inc.)

Big Earth, Little Me speaks to the simplest form of helping our environment. Thom Wiley shows how the smallest gestures, such as turning off the water while brushing your teeth, can make a big difference. Printed on recycled Kraft paper with soy-based organic ink, this colorful picture book engages even the younger reader with liftable flaps. By Thom Wiley, illustrated by Kate Endle. $16.99; visit scholastic.com.

Green Jobs: a Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment (Adams Media)

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Green Jobs: a Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment (Adams Media)

Despite the difficult job market, opportunities in the fast-growing green industry continue to abound. The authors of this self-help manual say it’s possible to find a job you like and preserve the environment. The job search can be daunting, but this in-depth guide combines helpful search tips and Web site links, which makes finding employment that much easier. By A. Bronwyn Llewellyn, James P. Hendrix, and K.C. Golden. $12.95; visit adamsmedia.com.

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