THE INTELLIGENT CONSUMER: How to Buy Food, Clothes, Cars, Vacations, Appliances at the Least Cost to Yourself and the Environment by Christopher & Bonnie Weathersbee

THE INTELLIGENT CONSUMER: How to Buy Food, Clothes, Cars, Vacations, Appliances at the Least Cost to Yourself and the Environment

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A whole-earthy approach to changing our consumer habits by a couple who are not ""irresponsible freaks"" but just-folks suburbanites who have ""too big a mortgage, have more than our share of children, drive an automobile almost everywhere we want to go, and even have been known to use a garbage grinder."" And have published an overpriced book to boot. Sinners like the rest of us overstuffed Americans. But the Weathersbees are trying -- to eat less and enjoy it more, shop with an ""environmental eye,"" tend their own garden (organically, of course), use small cars, and beat the need for expensive and energy-gobbling appliances (""One black-and-white television set is all that can possibly be justified from an environmental standpoint""). Sometimes it's difficult to take the Weathersbees seriously (""Nobody needs a radio he can take on a picnic; there Earth provides the sound""), but there is a lot of up-front stuff here about unexpected uses for sweet-potato foliage and transportation (""Once you own a bike, uses for it will crop up continually"") that we guarantee you would never have thought of. Peace.

Pub Date: Aug. 24th, 1973
Publisher: Dutton