Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wednesday's green book: Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself

Today is the third day of our green book review and this time we're diving into the bathroom and learn how to be really really clean and healthy and support the environment with just five simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard.

Our book this week is:

Clean Body: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing Yourself

Author: Michael DeJong

Author, designer and artist Michael DeJong did his Clean investigations while cleaning apartments to supplement his income when he first moved to New York. He has appeared in the media, on websites and in many publications. Clean was included in the trainee kit for Al Gore's Climate Project and the goody bag in the Green Room at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.


Published on:
May 2009

What this book is about? (from the publisher's website)
Clean Zen, clean green! Clean Body follows the successful Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing, by cleaning guru Michael DeJong. As with the first book, this is not merely about washing away the dirt: it embodies a mindset, a philosophy, an alternative to mass consumerism.

DeJong draws from Eastern belief systems—especially the element theory in Chinese medicine and Asian cooking—and harmoniously balances five pure essentials in his recipes, using baking soda, lemon, olive oil, salt, and white vinegar as the basis for his all-natural concoctions.

Including special, separate sections for men and women, Clean Body has ideas for everything from facial exfoliants and natural aftershave to moisturizers and creams for itchy skin, discolored knees, and smooth feet. EVERY part of the body, from head to toe, is covered.

Why you should get it?
If yesterday we had a book presenting a win-win model (healthy to you - better for the environment) created by implementing the rules of green cooking, today we have another win-win model, but this time we're talking about green cleaning.

Still, we're also talking today about recipes and about food ingredients that make all the difference. To create notoxic, eco-friendly alternatives, DeJong is using five cleaning elements that are taken of the kitchen cupboard: baking soda, lemon, olive oil, salt and white vinegar.

I like the both the content of the book and its spirit. This pocket-sized book is full not only with easy recipes that can clean your body with no chemicals involved, but it's also a praise to simpleness and to the notion that if you want to make a difference and do something good for you and the environment, there's no better and simple place to start this journey than your bathroom (and your kitchen cupboard..).

Want an example? you can find one in DeJong's column on the daily green about natural shampoo.

If you're looking for other interesting green-themed books, you are invited to check out our green books page on our website's green resources section.

Raz @ Eco-Libris

Plant a tree for every book you read!

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