Do Just One Thing: 365 Ideas for a Better You, Life, and Planet

Countryman. Jan. 2024. 208p. ISBN 9781682688731. pap. $17.99. HOME ECON
Seo (Naturally, Delicious Dinners) is an environmental activist and lifestyle guru whose latest book is named for his syndicated column “Do Just One Thing,” which appears daily in hundreds of newspapers. The focus of the column—and the book—is to offer readers cost-efficient tips and tricks to lead a more environmentally friendly life. Seo focuses on making positive environmental impacts in five areas: at home, on the planet, and in one’s approach to food, the natural world, and community. While these seem like big areas for change, Seo presents small tips and tasks that are fun and accessible and demonstrate that consistent small changes can have major impacts. The tips in this quick and easy read run the gamut from helpful (make a regular toilet into a low-flow unit with a $10 part; spread fireplace ashes around the vegetable garden to deter pests) to common-sense (turn off the shower while shampooing to save water; line-dry clothes to save energy) to downright smart (decline the gift that comes with a charitable donation so as not to end up with more stuff).
VERDICT Fans of Seo will enjoy this book filled with life-hacks and ideas to help them reduce their environmental impact.
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