Written by guest blogger Denise Deby, who has worked in international and community development, and is currently trying to figure out how to connect the local with the global in her everyday life.

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Welcome news for anyone who’s looking for more ideas for living sustainably:

Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic and columnist with Toronto’s NOW Magazine, will be in Ottawa to talk about her new book, Ecoholic Home.  She’ll be speaking at Arbour Environmental Shoppe, 800 Bank Street, on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m., courtesy of Arbour and Octopus Books.

Ecoholic Home is full of advice about products and services for greening the place where you live.  It reviews electronics, gardening, energy, cleaning, decorating, renovating and more.

Vasil’s 2007 book, Ecoholic, covers health and beauty products, food, clothing, children’s stuff, household items and transportation.  It has lots of suggestions for environmentally friendly and healthy options, from making your own toothpaste to safe food storage, where to buy recycled office supplies, and alternative gift ideas.

Vasil also helps interpret “green” labeling, and suggests sources for more information.  And it’s not just about consuming consciously.  Ecoholic also has a section on how to influence “big issues” like climate change, deforestation and clean water.

Ecoholic Home, like Ecoholic, is based on Vasil’s writing for NOW Magazine.  Both books are available in bookstores and the Ottawa Public Library.

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