Paint your world green

You've probably seen green guru Sara Snow hosting the Discovery Network's "Living Fresh" or "Get Fresh with Sara Snow." Well, now Snow's dispensing her eco-friendly wisdom in the form of a new book, "Sara Snow's Fresh Living: the Essential Room-By-Room Guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home." Due out in paperback later this month, it's filled with practical advice about living a greener lifestyle.

She talks about everything from buying baby furniture months ahead of time to give it time to off-gas so as to prevent newborns from inhaling potentially harmful fumes from it and how to maintain your green consciousness while staying in a hotel. (For starters, she says to bring your own shampoo so you don't have to rely on those disposable-sized plastic ones.) 

It's a very accessible - easy to flip through to whatever subject you're interested in at the moment.For instance, I'm in the midst of redecorating a guest bedroom so reading about wall paint and dangers associated with the fumes from them. Here's one thought: "typically, the darker the hue, the greater the amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the paint. That's worth paying attention too since VOCs still pollute the air long after the paint is dry.

That's a factoid I wish I'd known before I ever picked up a paint brush.