Sleeping Naked is Green

“Farquharson’s appealing candour and nonsanctimonious attitude make other ecowarriors seem dour by comparison.”
Publishers Weekly

“Writing anecdotally with friendly candor and blithe humor, Farquharson makes each of her carefully considered attempts at reducing waste, pollution, and her carbon footprint entertaining and informative … Lively and specific, [her] forthright chronicle of the ups and downs of green awareness is the perfect book for eco-skeptics.”
— Donna
Seaman, Booklist

“I finished reading the book yesterday and honestly, I couldn’t put it down — I really enjoyed reading it. I look up to you for how determined and honest you were with your challenge, despite how hard it was.”
— Oleksandra, Toronto.

“I’m halfway through Sleeping Naked Is Green and I absolutely love it!!! I’ve already told everyone I know about the book. Thank you for proving that you don’t need to eschew the rest of the world and smell like patchouli to help save the earth. Your book rocks!”
— Angie

“Just wanted to say that I finished your book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked your candidness about the challenges you faced and I even picked up a few new ideas. Thanks for a great read.”
— Maureen, Oshawa.

Here’s where you can get my book, Sleeping Naked is Green (also known as the best book ever written… you know, they offered me the Pulitzer, but I wasn’t sure if the gold medallion was sustainably mined, so I turned it down. OK, but seriously — it’s good! Funny, not preachy. Earnest yet cynical. There’s even a love story thrown in for the romantics).

So, without further ado:

IF YOU’RE SLEEPING NAKED IN CANADA, you can buy it here:

IF YOU’RE SLEEPING NAKED IN THE U.S., you can buy it here:

Finally, if you’re a member of the media (that basically means a journalist of the print, broadcast or online variety), a fellow green blogger, or a book-club leader, you can request a complimentary review copy of Sleeping Naked using this form.

Now, go and get multiple books for all your friends and family! Recession? Credit crunch? I don’t know what you’re talking about.


116 Responses to Sleeping Naked is Green

  1. MaureenK says:

    Hi Vanessa!

    Just wanted to say that I finished your book this past Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked your candidness about incorporating green changes and the challenges you faced. I even picked up a few new ideas that I have already put into practice. Thanks for a great read and I’ll be recommending it to others.

  2. Oleksandra says:

    Hey Vanessa,
    So I have finished reading the book yesterday and honestly, I couldn’t put it down – I really enjoyed reading it. I look up to you for how determined and honest you were with your challenge, despite how hard it was. I am really happy that you and Jacob have finally realized the feelings between you too and I wish you both long happy love-filled years to come! (P.S. sorry for spoiling the plot for some 🙂

  3. Victori says:

    I found your book at the local bookstore and breezed through it in 2 days. It was wonderful. I loved every minute of it! The changes you made are things that I could do, can do, will do… should be doing now! What I liked most is that I can easily relate to your experiences to me, in the sense that you are young, canadian, female, writer and care about the enviroment. I guess what I’m trying to say (in a stumbling ,rambling sort of way…) is that reading your book was like reading a letter from a friend; heartfelt and real.

  4. Tricia says:

    I just finished reading your book (a friend told me about it and then I saw it advertised in the Chapters Mothers’ Day Flyer). The book was great (despite my disagreement about ON wine, haha).
    While I had already adapted many green living changes as far back as I can remember it has been a little while since I sought out new ones. Your book inspired me to adapt some more. I just poured some vinegar into my kettle and I can’t believe how well it works! I found organic wheatgrass cat litter that is made in Montana (I live in AB so that is fairly local) and it works great. While looking for the cat litter I came across some dry cat food that has free range chicken and eggs in it…and as a huge bonus it is made in AB.
    Thanks for the honesty and inspiration! I will definitely be gifting your book to friends and family.

  5. Judy Conway says:

    Just finished your book and thoroughly loved it. Picked up the book in Chapters and wanted it. A very up close and personal look into trying to change behaviour and life patterns we are used too. Change is a challenge and you mastered it with courage and perseverance. I felt like I got to know you and will miss the evenings with a glass of wine and your clever wit. Thanks again Judy

  6. Jessica says:

    I went to high school with Emma and just finished your book. I am in the remote corners of Algonquin Park for the summer and trying to leave as small a footprint here as possible. Your changes have been very inspiring. I showered in the dark this morning. For someone who hates mornings, it was bliss. No harsh light jolting me awake and I was able to enjoy the Northern Ontario sun that was streaming through my window.
    Thank you for the tips and laughs

  7. Lou says:

    Congrats, great book. Great title. Good to know sleeping naked is green. Little did I know I had been doing my bit to save the planet for years now..
    Anyhoo – I’m halfway through the book, I hijacked it from Matt, sorry, but I’m a faster reader. Love it. It’s great. I actually wandered around Naturalia ( yesterday and battled between purchasing local green lentils and my preferred yellow ones that are grown in Canada. Should I buy my “Bio” organic, fair trade divine quinoa even though it came a long way more then likely in a kerosene guzzling plane or should I stick to couscous made in France and not support the bowler hatted ladies in Bolivia that may have had something to do with my addiction to their staple food? These are the dilemmas of the bobo Parisian set….or they would be if they actually read the labels. I think just shopping at Naturalia is enough for most of them.
    But I digress…
    Well done. You’ve made a difference!!

  8. Katherine says:

    Great book Vanessa! I couldn’t put it down or stop laughing until it was done. I am recomending it to everyone I know.

  9. Becca says:

    I just finished reading your book! It was absolutely phenominal.. I loved it! I laughed a lot, and was definitely inspired! It was intriguing to realize how many little things I do, and how many more I do now having read your book. In fact, I’m going to walk the 5 kilometers to the nearest store that sells DivaCups by me, and get one this week! (I’m pretty excited about that change!)

    Anyway, just wanted to commend you on your green challenge, and your book for that matter. And say thank you for the inspiration. (And, for the laughs, and even fulfilling my love for cute romantic love stories).

    Like Judy above, I’ll definitely miss the clever wit that came along with the book. However, I’ll be checking for updates on your blog regularly now. As well as checking out your column at the Post!

  10. Laura says:

    I just finished your book. I read it in 2 days, and could not put it down. In the past year or so I began (trying) to go green. Your book is definitely an inspiration; although I don’t know if I would be able to make all the changes you did. Congratulations on completing the green challenge.
    By the way, I came upon your book/blog through reading an article in whole living body and soul magazine about you, the challenge and the memoir. I am now recommending it to all of my friends.

  11. Samantha says:

    Hmmm. The question is, can I wait till I’m in the US later this year to buy it, or do I go hunting through British Amazon for a copy? Would it be greener to wait, and use my luggage space for it?

  12. Jacqueline says:


    I know this page is loaded with praise for SNiG already, but a little more praise never hurt any blogger, right?

    I just finished your book on my deck yesterday and thought it was great! It was a fun read, and I’ve spent the last couple of days blabbing about your experiences to all my family and friends! The book was a birthday gift from a(n equally un-green) friend of mine and I couldn’t think of a better gift. I’m going to start making some green changes around my house. Definitely.

    Thanks for keeping up with the blog, too. I’ll keep checking back for more tips!

  13. Gael says:

    Hahahaha! I was in the doctor’s office, wearing a very sexy do-up-in-the-back gown, waiting for the doctor and reading your book. And what section was I reading? Of course, the section about not wearing a gown/bringing my own. As I was already wearing it it was to late to go naked (and besides, I’d never met the man before) but I’ll bring a gown from home for next time.

    So enjoying your journey and learning lots, too!

    PS I got mine in *gasp* Walmart.

  14. Just started “August” in your book..really like how you put the month&days in the beginning with each green thing you are doing for each day of the month.
    You gave me some “new” ideas to do in my own green for life adventure! Jackie

  15. António says:

    Hello ! I believe that reading and showing your book will increase the green in my modest blog !! please, would You send me the file? Thank you and best regards ;->>>

  16. Kalyn J. says:

    Yellow (Hello), Vanessa!

    I’m not quite done with finishing your book just yet but I had to let you know that you are one funny character. Lol. Everything thats being said inside your book, I feel like I completely understand and most definitely can realte. I absolutely love it! I hope your planning some future book signings because I know I will be the first person in line meet you and to compliment you on the great job.

  17. Dee says:

    Sooo… I loved your book, and by loved mean it’s on my top shelf with all my other favourites (alphabetical order of course) lol. It was recommended on, and after reading the review I knew I had to at least check it out. Needless to say I haven’t shut up about it since I purchased it and subsequently talked a few of my friends into purchasing a copy, I’m sorry that I didn’t pass it on, which would have been the “green” way, but I’m probably just as neurotic about my books as you.

    Ps. I don’t think I’ve ever craved a bottle of wine so badly. Oh vino. lol

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  19. Cynthia says:


    I just finished your book and have not been able to stop talking about it with friends. As someone who has slowly been making a lot of these changes over the last few years, I really enjoyed your self-deprecating take on making green changes in your life. I could not stop laughing about the story of your sister and mother house sitting!!! I do find it hard not to come off as an eco-snob sometimes and balance my choices with those of my family and friends when I visit them or they give me gifts. But it seems you managed to strike a good-balance in this area.

  20. amy says:

    Just got finished reading your book, after the title caught my attention on the new book shelf of my library. After reading the back, I decided to check it out. I have an amazing friend from Rhode Island that introduced me to, keeps me aware, educated, laughing and real about ‘greenness’. I do the little things and am still growing but was fascinated by and smiled/laughed a lot at your experiences and amazing humor and learned a lot from them too! Even started some conversations with my husband about being more conscious of our impact and riding bikes more than just for exercise. Big plus! Thank you for sharing all this and being honest. I think I appreciated your honesty the most. Many blessings!!!

  21. Katie says:


    I’m about halfway through your book and needed to check out the original blog – I keep thinking, if only I had found you a few years ago, when all this started! I really admire your tenacity to undertake such a challenge – many people, including myself, couldn’t do it. But you have inspired me to try to make small changes in my own life. It is great to read about your experiences as a 20-something in big city Canada, as that’s where I find myself in life right now as well. I’ve also really enjoyed your accounts of life in Toronto/cottage country – I’m a fellow Ontarian who has been transplanted to Vancouver and misses it dearly. Thanks for giving me a little bit of home with a green edge!

  22. jessie says:

    I’m currently reading your book and I love it! I’m already a self proclaimed eco-freak but it’s helped get my friends to be more green. We all love that it’s written from the point of view of someone completely normal who obviously has the same struggles as everyone else when it comes to being environmentally conscious!
    Cheers Vanessa!!!

  23. Cici says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    Just finished reading your book and have recommended it to everyone I’ve talked to. Your year was so inspiring-especially because you didn’t proclaim to have all the answers and you had vices to deal with just like the rest of us. Reading your story and now being hooked on your blog has got me looking at my own life and trying to ‘greenify’ things. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. Jess says:

    I’m reading your book right now and I LOVE it! It’s amazing the changes you’ve made and you’ve definitely got me thinking (constantly) about greening my own life. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your story!

  26. Eileen Donnelly says:

    BIG FAN of your book! Laughed and gagged my way through it! Any chance it’ll be translated into French? I think it’d be a big hit here in Quebec!

    Eileen Donnelly
    Rimouski, Quebec

  27. Andrea says:

    I ordered your book from the library because I thought the title sounded good – never having heard of you before. I couldn’t put it down and read it in less than 24 hours. I laughed out loud many times. I LOVED it! So easy to read; so real; and very inspiring! Thank you for sharing so much of your life. Are you still “‘poo free”? I gave that up last fall and have found some homemade recipes that work really well.

  28. Jolijn says:

    I have just finished reading your book and I loved it. I was always wondering about where to start with greening my life but you showed me it’s all in the small changes you make, everything helps. I bought your book when I was in Canada but now I am back home (the Netherlands) and I will make sure that your book gets read by the Dutch as well. You are an inspiration and I hope many more will follow your example. I definitely will!

  29. Nikki says:

    Hello, Vanessa,

    I just finished your book today and thought it was great. I’ve been trying to keep up with the new eco-books as they come into the independent bookstore I work for in Washington, DC and so far this has been one of the most accessible I’ve read. Are you familiar with Summer Rayne Oakes? She had a green buyers’ guide come out last winter. It was delightfully informative, but I noticed it lacked an FSC certification, which made me wonder. I need to do some follow up research on that. In any event, kudos for having your book production be low impact too. You wouldn’t believe the number of eco-books that come in exhorting people to live more sustainably while not being produced sustainably themselves. I’ll be recommending yours to quite a few people including the folks on the climate change panel at Politics and Prose. Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince them to make it a book group pick.

    Thanks again,


    P.S. Did you ever find a workable solution to the organic shampoo? I’ve been looking for a while and have only found minimal success. They all seem to over-dry my hair which then means I have to condition more and I’ve discovered once-a-week olive oil treatments are a little too heavy for fine hair. 🙂

  30. Simone says:

    I just finished reading your book about an hour ago and decided I’d have to look at the website after reading about it for so long. This is great and I think what you’ve done is brilliant. I’m actually considering a similar challenge for myself (but maybe after I’m at uni, as I can’t make my parents buy all organic or stop watching tv). I got your book from a library because I’d seen it in Chapters on several occasions and just HAD to read it (brilliant marketing with that title), but I didn’t have the money at the time. I suppose that’s better for the environment, but I do intend to buy it at some point, it’ll definitely make a good re-read.

    I could tell you about how impressive your challenge and daily changes were, and how I admire you for being so committed to something you care about, but frankly that’s not the reason why I liked your book. I liked it because I find you so relate-able in so many ways. You don’t pretend to know everything or do everything perfectly, which as environmentalists we tend to feel pressured to do. Instead you made changes that were best for you, and went into this with an open mind.

    So, thanks for being an inspiration to so many people, and adding one more person to the list of environmentalists making a difference in CANADA other than David Suzuki.

    Good luck with your future pursuits. 🙂

    Environmentally yours,

  31. Emily says:

    Hey I just wanted to let you know that I was told to read your book by my professor for my human ecology class and it changed my life. I cant say that I’ll be turning off my dorm fridge or anything but I’ve decided that from now on im only going to read during the day to keep the lights off at night. It’s small but it’s a start right? You seriously made my week and my top five book list, which coming from someone who is a complete nerd about reading, means alot. I have been toying with the idea of changing my major into something other than Environmental Science but you made me remember the reason I chose it in the first place. I hope your words reach more people my age.

    Keep writing.
    (Rutgers University, U.S, NJ)

  32. Tiffany A. says:

    I just returned your book to the library. I loved it. I even took some notes. I will admit I’m slowly going a little green, but have a long way to go. However, I did take some of your suggestions and have started doing them myself. Keep up the good work!

  33. […] and see where it takes us. And if I’m left feeling whiny and put-upon, I’ll think of this woman, who did a whole lot of stuff to green her life over the course of a whole year, including getting […]

  34. I love the concept and content of your blog and this book definitely caught my eye. I look forward to reading it!

    Stay Green
    (Eco-Posh Events, Michigan)

  35. Tânia says:

    Your book is my bible. 🙂

  36. Rory says:

    Hi, Rory Again. #1 on Christmas wishlist? This Book.

  37. Kevin says:

    Dear Vanessa,
    Your book was handed in an airport on my way to work the D.R.Congo. It was one that I didn’t necessarily want to read, but I opened to the first page, I found I couldn’t put it down. 18 hours later (including passport haggling, bad airline food, and those annoyingly small beers) I finished your book. I have to admit there are some things you have done that are astonishing. I am a farm boy and still would never have a composter in my house! Others I might adopt, I really don’t want to fix my fridge anyways (but I might miss my cold beer). All in all it was a great read, and I have already recommended it to many friends, and forced it down the throat of the crew here in Bukavu DRC.

    Thanks for keeping me entertained and making me think,

    P.S. The vacuum operated washrooms on planes use a pressure differential. They don’t require extra fuel. I’m an aircraft mechanic if you haven’t yet guessed.

  38. Meghan says:

    Just finished the book. Laughed out load, groaned a little & had moments of deja vu! I will not promise to give up mascara, shaving or vino -but do eat organic, compost & freeze in a seriously underheated home. Might not be much, but now I have something to hand to all those people who scoff at my saying “every little things helps”. What will I hand them – my used copy of your book of course!

  39. don cragg says:

    being naked looks hotter than hot

  40. tracey says:

    I had bought your book for my brother in laws girlfriend who is “green” for Christmas. I started to leaf through it at home and have just finished it.. thanks for the read, it was entertaining and gave me some ideas to think over… I probably am going to add a gift certificate for Heifer on top of this gift…and I definately am going to start thinking of ways I can change in the future..

  41. tracey says:

    I had bought your book for my brother in laws girlfriend who is “green” for Christmas. I started to leaf through it at home and have just finished it.. thanks for the read, it was entertaining and gave me some ideas to think over. I will still give her the book..used is green..and have now checked out your website and will add it to my favorites!

  42. Kristin says:

    Hi Vanessa!

    I too just finished reading your book, and LOVED it! We’re already pretty green in our apartment in Edmonton, but there’s always room for improvement!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  43. Filipa says:

    I’m a portuguese girl (17 years old) and I just want to thank you for writting such a good and inspiring book.
    It’s brilliant, funny and I learned so much from it.
    Once again, thank you very much!

  44. ariel says:

    I’m just about finished reading your book and what I found so encouraging was that it made me feel less alone in my environmental quest. So often you feel like the little changes you make don’t amount to much but when you read a book like yours you realize how many of us are making these changes and the ripple effect that has. I try to buy local as much but winter in Calgary not happening so much. I’m with you on the wine thing too, love my Argentinian Malbecs but they are organic. Keep up the good work! I haven’t quite discovered who your new love was by the end of the book, rooting for Jacob!

  45. kirsten says:

    Hello friend,

    I feel as if I have found a new friend while reading your book…(not of the creepy stalker ilk) and am thoroughly pleased, if not a bit smug, learning that I have been doing many of your green changes for years. I bought your book, with chagrin at purchasing it new (I am a used bookstore addict), as I made my way to the laundromat and realized that with two hours to kill I had forgotten an ever-handy read. It couldn’t have been a better time to have submitted to consumeritis. So thank you for filling my mindless slump while doing laundry and for furthering my pleasure as I read passages to my boyfriend upon returning home. We are in the midst of gathering tools to build an earthship (hokey name, but amazing building concept) and are always on the search for green ideas for living, while still loving life. Cheers to you!

  46. Lisa says:

    I recently finished reading your book and absolutely loved it! Your experience, perspective and wit were very refreshing, and I thoroughly enjoyed your writing – especially as a journey towards finding a relationship that was right in front of you the entire time. Fun, fun read.

    I live in Salt Lake City, and began my journey towards green when my oldest son was diagnosed with autism. I began to discover the world of toxins/non-green living and how it all affects our health – yikes!

    I love the Diva Cup, my nose cannot stand chemicals (“fresh” ie formaldehyde smells), and I proudly use my recyclable shopping bags! I toured Toronto when I was 16 (loved it), and was shocked as a college junior in Germany to see how advanced they are in the green efforts – many, many years ahead of USA.

    We need to keep spreading the word. . .making changes one change, one person, at a time. Thank you!

  47. Krys says:

    Just wanted to write a quick note thanking you for creating such an amazing blog and that I having a great book to follow up with (which I recently finished). May I say that I’ve been inspired to make more of an effort to make changes in my lifestyle, also because of me reading your book, my friend and I have decided to do our upcoming class bulleting board called “Borrowing Books is Green”, the majority of the materials used for the project are made or printed on recycled materials.
    Anyways, thanks again. ^_^

  48. Kathy Lea says:

    Can you please tell me a natural substitute for deodorant that you found worked? Thank you.

    Kathy Lea

  49. Ana says:

    Hi Vanessa!

    I have just started to read your book (Portuguese version). Honestly, I bought it because I needed a ‘ecological-to do list’ of my own and thought ‘Hum, this girl already has got a list… let me use it!’ Now, I was a little surprised to know that you didn’t give any practical tips on how to do things. It was disappointing, but I kept reading the book. It is very funny and it gives you hints on what to look for when talking about ecological stuff. Thanks. I’ll be following your work. Ana Bruyns

  50. Nicole B says:

    You have done a great service to the planet by writing this book. I was definitely inspired by your environmentally-friendly changes, as they were presented in such an entertaining fashion. Awesome, awesome read, I am going to suggest it to everyone I know!
    I was sitting in my hometown’s airport, waiting to board to go to Halifax (is this ironic?) and picked up your book just for something to read. So glad I did. Thanks a lot!

  51. Jamie says:

    I read your book, and loved it! I have already imposed many of your changes to my own life. It was really inspiring, and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to read it!! I hope you will write another one!

  52. J says:

    Picked up your book the other day (Actually it was Earth Day now that I think about it) and enjoyed every minute of it. I live in a similar sized apartment in NYC so its good to know that these kind of green changes are possible in this environment and I will definitely be adopting as many as I can. Truly inspiring book with a great sense of humor, I had trouble putting it down. Thank you for a great book and congrats on the engagement!

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  55. emily says:

    I am not a reader. I do love Mother Earth though, so when I heard about this book at my local library I ran over to check it out. Apparently the catchy title attracted more than just myself as I had to wait months to finally get my turn to sign it out! I read this book in 2 days. 2 days- can you imagine?! It was wonderful. Inspiring and witty and I am so glad I found it. I was a bit upset with the number of times you mentioned your slip ups but as I got thinking I realized that you were juggling 300+ “rules” and so power to you for doing all that you did. You rock!

  56. Karin says:

    I just finished your book and i enjoyed it!
    In holland your book called: Groen, groener groenst
    (green, greener, greenenst???)
    Enjoy your wedding!!!!

    Greets Karin

  57. Meggie says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your book! I found it uniquely sincere and down-to-earth, versus many green guides which are in the voice of either a self-righteous preacher or a hermitic expert (neither of which seem to speak understandable language). You made all these changes not only accessible, but enjoyable and interesting to learn about. THANK YOU!! Excellent work 🙂

  58. Sarah says:

    I just finished the book and this is the first blog I have every read… and written in….the whole project is of course positive change making, thank-you for the work and ideas. Congratulations on the engagement!

  59. Alicia says:

    I must say thank you for writing this book. It really inspired me to do more for the environment. I decided to do a similar challenge, though only one change a week.

  60. […] reading a blog by Vanessa Farquharson (who later wrote Sleeping Naked Is Green) called Green as a Thistle, in 2008 (for 8 months) i was what my family […]

  61. […] her daily experiences from that year in the Green as a Thistle archives, Vanessa’s new book, Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged Her Fridge, Sold Her Car, and Found Love in 366 …, hits stores on Thursday, June 11th (my 25th birthday, haha). It gives readers a true […]

  62. […] further ado, the 2 lucky folks who will be getting a free copy of Sleeping Naked is Green (& the one eco-friendly change they would never imagine doing) […]

  63. […] of excessive green-ness is this article I saw in the Metro about Vanessa Farquharson, who created a book and blog about her decision to (among other things) sleep naked and stop using toilet paper and […]

  64. […] Posted on October 19, 2010 by The Environmental Goddess| Leave a comment I just started reading Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson, Toronto based Journalist. First of all, I found it rummaging through the […]

  65. minghui says:

    hi vanessa!
    i am a chinese postgrade’s student,
    i find your blog website from 《Hot,Flat,and Crowed》write by Thomas L.Friedman,i find there are many environment problems need to solution ,because we just need one earth ,we can’t lost it ,she is our mother,i want to acknowledge more things about our environment .”take care of our earth”

  66. Carlein says:

    Hello Vanessa,
    I’ve just finished the dutch translation of “Sleeping naked..”. It didn’t take me very long, I couldn’t put it down. (By the way: Nice to see you’re married to Jacob now, congretulations.)
    I did have a bit of a culture-shock though. It seems to me that what you said in the book about Europeans is true. What is green to you (Canadians), is sometimes just normal behaviour to me. And to tell you the truth, all in all, what you did in your year wouldn’t pass for green overhere. Flying across the earth is not-done for European greenies. In that sense what you did is ‘pennywise, poundfoulish’. But nevertheless, you’re book will inspire many people to take a few small or big steps in the right direction, and that’s maybe the real achievement.
    Carlein (Netherlands)

  67. Teri says:

    Picked your book up from the library by random and read it in two days. Loved it!! I liked the idea of your challenge and admire you for sticking it out until the end. Lots of great green ideas. Some i have already incorporated into my life before reading your book- others inspired me to make more changes. Loved your honesty throughout the book. Definitely will recommend to friends and family.
    Teri (Canada :))

  68. […] am reading “Sleeping Naked is Green” by Vanessa Farquharson right now. In the book she attempts to “green” her life from top to […]

  69. Sara Sprague says:

    Love your site. Good stuff…hoping to clear the desk and read your book soon!

  70. […] loved it. After reading it, I specifically sought out books that were about green living. Sleeping Naked Is Green is a compilation of Vanessa Farquharson’s blog posts on her website, Green As A Thistle. […]

  71. […] Sleeping Naked is Green, by Vanessa Farquharson is a hilarious and insightful diary of her year of exploring the realities of green living. Here’s a sample entry: “July 3, Day 125 – Shower in the dark – why have I never taken a shower in the dark before? It’s the perfect way to wake up while still denying the existence of daylight and all forthcoming responsibility.” We interviewed Vanessa, but sadly it wasn’t recorded for podcast posterity. Good reason to get her back on the show! A very refreshing read. […]

  72. […] Sleeping Naked is Green, by Vanessa Farquharson is a hilarious and insightful diary of her year of exploring the realities of green living. Here’s a sample entry: “July 3, Day 125 – Shower in the dark – why have I never taken a shower in the dark before? It’s the perfect way to wake up while still denying the existence of daylight and all forthcoming responsibility.” We interviewed Vanessa, but sadly it wasn’t recorded for podcast posterity. Good reason to get her back on the show! A very refreshing read. […]

  73. Really enjoyed reading your book. You’ve inspired 1000s to do more to protect the environment.

  74. Annika says:

    hello from germany. your book is absolutely great and now published here. i really enjoy reading it and also think of some changes in my everyday life. hope more people all around the world read it.

  75. Mirnie Vanhanen says:

    Hi, I am unable to find your book available in Finland. I have been looking for it everywhere but seems I can’t even order it from the UK 😦

    • Harley says:

      If you’re still looking for this book please let me know, it wasn’t that good. :- / Either I’m the only one who doesn’t like it or the not-so-glowing comments have been removed. Too much time spent on sarcastic overload with not enough pertinent facts or details; example: a couple pages devoted to a run (side note: wouldn’t eight thousand people equal ‘sixteen’ thousand feet, not eight thousand feet?) with only passing mention of unplugging the oven. ? I’ve never heard of unplugging an oven, and a refrigerator, and a freezer – how is this helpful to the environment? To my pocketbook? I don’t have funds to eat out everyday, or the time and funds to make daily trips to the grocery store for small portion perishables. If that is at all how she lived without an oven/freezer/refrigerator. Don’t know, she doesn’t say. Maybe if I read the rest of the book more will be explained however I’m not sure I CAN read the rest of this book. It’s THAT bad.
      With more facts and details about how her decisions actually affect the carbon-print and with descriptions of how her decisions impacted her daily living (the run had absolutely NOTHING to do with turning off the oven), this could have been a really excellent book.

  76. iliyan says:

    Hello Vanessa.
    I was excited from the title of the book. Unfortunatelly I’m so poor and I have not any possibility to buy this book.
    I also threw the fridge, TV and microwave. My laptop is giving me a lot.
    Congratulations again.
    Iliyan from Bulgaria – in the middle of nowhere around Europe. 🙂

  77. Hannah says:

    Hey, Vanessa!
    I did a bit of advertising and promote your great book aand schwups! has been the first friend bought the book! She is enthusiastic and has already tried the first change on your list!
    Build a worm box itself … She loves them!

    Best wishes, Hannah

  78. Evelyn says:

    Hey, Vanessa,
    actually I’m reading our book and I really enjoy it. I love the idea of having a worm box on my balcony too.
    Best wishes, Evelyn from Austria

  79. Jen Royea says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I just found out about your book; I am so happy that I did it was great! I laughed all the way through. I really needed to see loving the environment and humour come together. Reading your book became part of my fun time during my vacation this summer.

    Thanks for your ideas & Good Job!

  80. Wiktoria says:

    Hi Vanessa,
    I’m from Poland. I have hope, You will understand me 😉
    After your reading book, ecology become part of my life. Day, has no change in which , I consider lost. I can not throw bottle for ordinary basket even! Thanks!

  81. Bill Sykes says:

    Hey Vanessa,
    I’m currently reading your book right now, and I say thank you. I myself am trying to be more eco-aware thanks to you and I don’t feel absolutely ridiculous in the process because I know there are other people out there trying to do the exact same thing. I love how you bind the Canadian humor into your book. It’s refreshing compared to all the other books I see which preach that this is what you can do, how you can do it, and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Hope to see another book soon? Maybe try another challenge. Ooo, that would be interesting.

  82. andrew says:

    Great book. I thought it was a great mix of everything!

  83. I loved your book! Thank you for creating such an enjoyable read. It can be challenging going green, but the benefits are so worth it.

  84. Katharina Schuecker says:

    I also finished reading your book today and i must say, it was great. I’m living in Austria and my aunt told me about your book. I can’t allready understand how a diva cup works, but its ok 🙂
    i will check it on google. but i like what you did this one year. I couldn’t do this, so you have to be very proud of you, don`t you?
    I hope, my english isn`t that bad and you can understand.
    So, gratulations to what you did 🙂
    Greets from europe

  85. […] Every week we will discuss an entry from this hilarious and totally practical book, Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. […]

  86. […] “Sleeping Naked Is Green” is a book written by Vanessa Farquharson, a National Post journalist from Toronto.  She was working for the National Post when she grew increasingly curious about she could reduce her carbon foot print.  She acknowledges what we all know… respect the earth, pollute less, be more eco-friendly… but inspired by the Chinese proverb “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,” she embarked on her project.  She did one thing every day to support the environment.  Some days the change was small, some days the change was big, but each change she made had to stick throughout her 365 day challenge.  It was a really intriguing experiment and I thought she chronicled it really well.  I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud and felt her pain as she tried to keep up the plan. […]

  87. […] Every week we will discuss an entry from this hilarious and totally practical book, Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. […]

  88. […] Every week we will discuss an entry from this hilarious and totally practical book, Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. […]

  89. Erin McWhirter says:

    Oh my.
    I’ve always been a “I need to save the world” kind of person (most think I run around in a cloud of silly antics), and am constantly looking for little personal “hoorahs!” to motivate me along the sidelines of my life. When I went into Chapters, after finally receiving the back payment of my student loan, I was on a mission to find the perfect little inspiration, when I found your book just calling out my name! Your book is now my confidante in making worldly decisions- “What would Vanessa do?”. Thank you for being there in all my weird, smelly and ultimately crazy hipster radicals. This book has left a lasting impression on me.

  90. […] This weekly segment is sponsored by Essentia, The Only All Natural Memory Foam Mattress in the World! Every week we will discuss an entry from this hilarious and totally practical book, Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. […]

  91. Rafaela Chumbo says:

    Hi Vanessa! Just want to say that I loved your book! Congratulations! and by the way… you should had come to Portugal instead of Spain 🙂
    Eco-Greetings from a Portuguese fan,

  92. Erik says:

    Great book and you have a similiar attitude towards life as myself. I have been sleeping naked for years its the best way

  93. Pita says:

    I randomly stumbled upon your book in a used book store last week. I absolutely loved your humor, wit, and dedication to mother earth. Thanks for making me laugh and for inspiring me to be even more eco-friendly.
    I ordered the Diva cup as soon as I finished that chapter, and I am now addicted to playing Free Rice.

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  95. thomas reynolds says:

    hippie girl. your recent visit to york college was very was most encouraging. being a child from the 60’s i find it interesting how you refer to the hippie’s. i found your book a very good read. your humor and your view of life our fantastic. but the part that hit a soft spot was your reference to poet of my time “bob dylan”. may you pass this way again. thank you.

  96. […] has been stuck in my head for several years now.  In fact, it germinated from a book called ‘Sleeping Naked is Green‘ by Vanessa Farquharson, who wrote it based on her experiences of adding one new act of green […]

  97. Morgan says:

    Vanessa! I feel like we should be friends – though you may hear that a lot 🙂 I picked up your book randomly in a bookstore last week, and just recommended it on my new facebook page – I quit my tired life in DC at age 27 and have been living in Uganda since (now at the ripe old age of 29.) I’m currently home in the States raising money to go back and start a recycling program back there. Reading the prologue of your book just felt like I was reading my own diary. Thanks for the entertainment!

  98. Alexandra from Poland (in Europe). says:

    Hi Vanessa, I just finished reading your book – is great! You are amazing!

  99. […] Yes ‘we’! I have a special guest co-host joining me, Ms. Vanessa Farquharson, author of Green As A Thistle and the book Sleeping Naked Is […]

  100. […] there are many eco changes that can have lasting benefits. Vanessa Farquharson’s (2009) Sleeping Naked is Green offers 366 helpful tips (many of which you may already be practicing) to green your […]

  101. […] green smothies recipes. Oh, and she is Canadian. I found about her when I read a book called “Sleeping naked is Green“, wrtten by her friend Vanessa […]

  102. […] Yes ‘we’! I have a special guest co-host joining me, Ms. Vanessa Farquharson, author of Green As A Thistle and the book Sleeping Naked Is […]

  103. […] Yes ‘we’! I have a special guest co-host joining me, Ms. Vanessa Farquharson, author of Green As A Thistle and the book Sleeping Naked Is […]

  104. […] Love In The Kitchen TV Show. Tonight, I have a tres special guest Vanessa Faquharson writer behind Green As A Thistle and the book Sleeping Naked Is […]

  105. […] A Takin 6. What is your ideal holiday? The 4th of July! 7. Who is your biggest inspiration? Thistles 8. What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice 9. If you can change one thing to help the […]

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