Green, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals how a Good Cause has Gone Bad

Christine MacDonald

Reading this expose definitely informed me of aspects of green, non-profit companies that I hadn't clearly thought about before. That being said, it was really confusing for me in the beginning because she refers to all the companies by their abbreviations. There were capital letters flying all over the page, and it got to be a bit much. MacDonald does address the reality of some hot topics, like reforestation projects, the lumber industry, banks, carbon footprints, and biofuels. She goes into lengthy detail about the relationships between different non-profit organizations and their relationships with some of the big environmental bad guys. The big crux of her book is that environmental agencies don't do as much as they should because they accept money from major "looters and polluters," to quote Tourette's Guy. I didn't really find this to be a surprise. She ends by listing ways that consumers can use their dollars to force companies to make more environmentally friendly and sustainable decisions. If you're interested in environmental issues in detail, you should totally read this book. However, if you're more interested in making better consumer choices, I would recommend The Better World Shopping Guide. It's much more user friendly.


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