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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2011
This is my new go-to guide for greening my world! Written by the cofounder of Seventh Generation this is a must have for anyone aspiring to live a more environmentally friendly life. Tips range from making your own cleaning products and shampoos, to how to shop for organic mattresses and kids toys. Many websites are listed as references so the consumer can research topics beyond the text. I cannot recommend this book enough!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2011
On a whim, I began reading this book in the hopes of learning a thing or two new about simplified living. There are so many books on the market these days about simplicity that it is difficult to find anything comprehensive or anything that ventures to offer something you did not learn from another green guru several books back.

Imagine how delighted I was when I found that Planet Home was not only a fine compendium of best practices in green living, but it was also one with new tips and ideas that I had never come across before. Granted, I am a novice at all this green business, but the book truly has a lot to offer. For example, in the chapter on food, Hollender includes a section about buying local and/or organic produce. The common-knowledge benefits of buying local and organic are addressed, but there are also guidelines about what produce to buy when you cannot find these options in your area. He gives a list of the "dirty dozen" -- produce you should always buy organic and the "clean fifteen" -- produce with the lowest pesticide residue. Tidbits like these separate Planet Home from a lot of other green books I have read.

What also separates Planet Home from other books is its understated philosophy about the environment and our relationship to it. Holland writes:

"There are plenty of resources available for people interested in 'eco-friendly' living. And primarily, Planet Home provides a road map for anyone who wants to green and clean a home. But the following pages go well beyond offering typical 'go green' advice. This book is an attempt to inspire us all to open our minds, expand our collective consciousness, and think without compartmentalizing."

In essence, he is writing about being green or, as others may call it, having a simplified life. It goes beyond thinking about something small like using energy-efficient bulbs to thinking about why saving energy is worthwhile in the first place. Is it anything more than the latest fashion in home accessories? Or is it a political statement, a social stance, a new way of thinking about one's part in the world in making the earth sustainable. Holland says all this without being preachy. Rather than proselytize, he gives reference to resources throughout the book. So, when you are ready or so inclined, the knowledge is there for the asking.

Planet Home's organization is useful because it makes the book a resource that you don't just want to stick up on your shelf. As your own green journey evolves (growing from changing one's light bulbs, for example, to changing one's habits of energy consumption), you will want to reread passages and follow up on leads to resources that perhaps you had not tried on your first reading.

Planet Home is a book I read after checking it out from the library. However, after reading it, I know I want a copy for my own collection. It is that good and that useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 29, 2011
At first I was a bit wary, thinking maybe it would be a thinly veiled marketing shtick for Seventh Generation products. Surprisingly, it includes information on how to make your OWN cleaning products!

It's very readable, with lots of checklists and helpful hints. It also includes an ingredients guide, list of resources, references, and an index. I like how it doesn't just tell you how to clean things, but also what issues you need to consider in each area of your home and what products are more green than others. There's even information in the "bedroom" section on how to purchase greener sex toys, and how to recycle old ones!

The Verdict: Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Whether you are making your first baby steps toward becoming more green or are a pro, there are ideas that you can use right away.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2013
The decision to go green is a very conscious choice. This book is a good place to start for anyone who is looking to make the switch and would like to further understand the "Why" behind the green movement. It's full of accurate information along with documented scientific resources to back it up.

Overall, an excellent book for beginners.
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on October 25, 2013
In our time of dirty chemicals this book is a refreshing change to use organic mother earth products. To be wise in organizing your home without clutter and come back to nature. I highly recommend this book!
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on October 2, 2013
Great book for anyone looking to make their life more natural. Gives lots of ways to cut chemicals and help our planet.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
I just finished this book and I might add I could hardly put it down, it was really well laid out and very very interesting. After reading 'The Complete Idiots Guide to Green Cleaning 2nd Edition' first (which I also HIGHLY recommend), this followed on perfectly giving further information on different things - breaking down the detoxing of your home room by room. The orderlyness of this book really appealed to my organisation side as it makes the whole process of greening your house not so overwhelming as there are check lists for each room - so you could proceed to do each room as you feel inclined and feel you have done a thorough job.
I particularly was interested in the information on how indoor air pollution is worse than outdoor - in fact my husband and I sell Roboclean for this purpose to wash the air inside the home. Unfortunately the author obviously doesn't know about Roboclean when writing the book or I'm sure it would have been in there as a solution to indoor air pollution. (It's a fantastic product so definitely look out for it or get in touch with me and I'll tell you more!)
I enjoyed all the natural recipes in there which appear actually do-able for me as the ingredients aren't too far fetched, or requiring extra trips to the grocery store.
Most of all I just liked the fact this book make me think about the things in my home I may overlook or not even consider as being dangerous to my health etc. I definitely recommend it! I borrowed it to read from the library but will definitely be buying this one!
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on November 20, 2014
love, love, love this book. everything you need to run a clean green home and more.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I often wish that someone would do all the research for me on how to live so that I contribute to a healthy life for me, my family and my planet. I am a very dedicated person and try hard to make good decisions by thinking of the implications of my choices. And I feel guilt, and often desperation when a product or service I buy is found to be inconsistent with my values.

But is so much work to live according to my values. I live a complicated life. But Planet Home feels like someone has walked along beside me for a year, going from your to room in my home, inside and outside, going to work with me and out shopping. Every chapter shines a bright light on an arena of my life and gives me not only guidance but also the principles that will help me be a better citizen, not just a conscious consumer.

Jeffrey and Alexandra have done a famous job of making living a responsible life simple and straight forward. I can even image it being a family guide that is discussed with children to help them see what a whole life looks like that is lived responsible. Thanks guys.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2011
This is a product that could have been advertised in the film Idiocracy.
Okay, too harsh. But the publishers didn't even bother printing on recycled materials and non-toxic ink blah blah.
This is simply another example of greenwashing; the result of a trendy green movement.
The information really isn't all that helpful. Sure it's stuff everybody should know but this book does not do that information justice.
If you're looking for "how to make eco-friendly product alternatives at home"...this is not it.
Save some money, save some trees, move along.
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