National Post Journalist and Eco Blogger
- Publishers Weekly
It wasn't easy to transition from a product junkie with a love for halogens into a green-conscious young woman who came to love the eco-friendly lifestyle, but Vanessa Farquharson did it, chronicling her experiences on her much-talked-about blog, and then in her book, Sleeping Naked is Green: How an eco-cynic unplugged her fridge, sold her car, and found love in 366 days. Today, this young writer continues to inspire those who feel helpless, doubtful or cynical when it comes to adopting a green lifestyle through her self-deprecating humour and approachable nature.
Farquharson is also currently working as the Communications Manager at TerraCycle Canada, an innovative upcycling/recycling agency.
Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 days
Focused on practical environmentalism, Vanessa Farquharson brings a much-needed sense of humour to the current green dialogue, whether it's an anecdote about her unusual shower routine involving a jug of vinegar and total darkness, or advice on how to compost that ensures one doesn't end up with 50 "red wriggler" worms crawling all over the living room floor. The foundation of Farquharson's lecture is an easy-to-follow breakdown of what she learned while making 366 eco-friendly modifications to her life—lessons that are centered on perspective shifts and include everything from acknowledging the fine line between encouraging and enforcing acts of green, as well as the importance of embracing our hypocrisy and understanding how a card-carrying environmentalist may also bank a lot of air miles. A lighthearted talk on the surface with valuable insight tucked underneath, audiences will walk away motivated to live responsibly, conscientiously and sustainably with no intimidation attached.
Sleeping Naked is Green
No one likes listening to smug hippies bragging about how they don't use toilet paper, or worse yet, lecturing about the evils of plastic bags and SUVs. But most of us do want to lessen our ecological footprint. With this in mind, Farquharson takes on the intense personal challenge of making one green change to her lifestyle every single day for a year to ultimately figure out what's doable and what's too hardcore.
Vanessa goes to the extremes of selling her car, unplugging the fridge, and washing her hair with vinegar, but she also does easy things like switching to an all-natural lip balm. All the while, she is forced to reflect on what it truly means to be green.
Whether confronting her environmental hypocrisy or figuring out the best place in her living room for a compost bin full of worms and rotting cabbage, Vanessa writes about her foray into the green world with self-deprecating, humorous, and accessible insight. This isn't a how-to book of tips, it's not about being eco-chic; it's an honest look at what happens when an average girl throws herself into the murkiest depths of the green movement.
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