It’s not often I do a book review on here but then again, it’s not often that a blogger friend writes a book that could have literally been written for me.
Eco Thrifty Living is written by Zoe Morrison, who writes a popular blog by the same name. It’s a blog that I’ve read myself for years and have already learned such a lot from so when I found out that Zoe was writing a book, I couldn’t wait to read it.
Zoe very kindly sent me a copy of her book over to have a read through and I’m so pleased that she did as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I know I would when I read the first sentence in the introduction section as it pretty much sums me up:
You are reading this because you want to save money and you care about the environment.
I know that I want to save money and I know that I want to do it in the right way while doing what I can for the world around me so right from the start of this book, it had me. 😉
I love Zoe’s common sense approach to living a more sustainable lifestyle and the fact that it’s all about taking small steps and not putting too much pressure on yourself to be some eco thrifty warrior before you get to the end of the book.
As you read through the book, you’ll notice that Zoe breaks everything down into manageable chunks. The first chapter, for example, is all about money-saving in the kitchen which covers everything from meal planning to shopping and from reducing food waste to growing your own. It’s then further broken down into smaller sections with loads of details with ideas for overcoming any objections you might have. I love that there’s even a summary at the end of each section with actions to take away so you can refer back to them at any time.
The other chapters cover a pretty wide range of subjects like saving on energy, getting fit, special occasions, gardening and even having fun on a budget which is always something that interests me. There are lots more but I won’t ruin the surprise. 😉
The chapter I was most interested right now in was the one all about Sustainable Fashion which is something right at the top of my priorities at the moment as I’ve been writing some posts to share during Second Hand September over the last few weeks. It’s a huge issue but Zoe, as she does with the rest of the chapters, breaks it down into an easy to read section about what the problem actually is and what we can all do to help.
I love Zoe’s style and it comes across in every page just how passionate about eco-friendly living she is, yet she manages to not come across like she’s telling you that you MUST change or that you NEED to stop what you’re doing. It’s more about letting you know what you can do if you want to change and giving you suggestions on how you can do that.
I definitely recommend this book and I know that for me, there’ll be sections that I’ll go back to in future as there were so many ideas in there that I want to implement into our lives but I know I’ll not be able to do them all at once.
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