The Slightly Greener Method

The Slightly Greener Method

Can you remove both natural and manmade toxins from your and your family’s life? Yes! With The Slightly Greener Method, a relatively painless and stress-free process, you can eliminate the worst toxins while still enjoying hot dogs and mascara.

“The good news is that there are a lot of safer brands out there. You just need to know what to look for, and that’s what this book will help you do. Because Cheetos taste even more delicious after a day of tossing phthalates in the trash.”

The book has a bunch of useful information. Who knew there are four different levels of “organic”? The best idea is to look for the USDA Organic seal or labeling stating the product is 100% organic. However, the process of acquiring the seal is tough and takes years so expect a much higher price. Whereas if a product is labeled simply organic, only a minimum of 70% of its ingredients must be organic. Plus, the words “natural”, “GRAS” and “pesticide-free” on products are completely unregulated making them meaningless.

Obviously, fresh fruit and vegetables only have one ingredient so either are, or are not, organic. If you look on the tiny label (SKU) on fresh produce, organic codes begin with a 9 and non-organic begin with a 4. Easy peasy, right?

Okay, while this book scared the daylights out of me, I’m happy that the author encourages readers not to take on too much detoxing at one time. Be a turtle—not a soon-to-be exhausted hare. I already know that I’m not giving up processed food or making my own lotion. That is just not my style. But I can look for nitrate-free hot dogs and organic produce—even at the 99 Cent Store.

The Slightly Greener Method gives me a few cogent ideas for small changes. I can always make additional changes later. The changes I selected will probably not match the ones you select. That’s the beauty of this book, you have options.

If a few changes can make your home healthier, why wouldn’t you go for it? The extensive appendices have cheat sheets on what ingredients to avoid and list brands that are acceptable. Overall, The Slightly Greener Method is clear and concise about how to live heathier one step at a time. 5 stars!

Thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

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