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Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most Paperback – December 28, 2010
About the Author
JEFFREY HOLLENDER is the cofounder and chairman of Seventh Generation, an award-winning company lauded for its progressive business practices. He is also the author of several books, including The Responsibility Revolution, What Matters Most, and Naturally Clean. He and his wife, Sheila, have three children and live in Vermont.
ALEXANDRA ZISSU is a writer, editor, speaker, and consultant. She is the author of The Conscious Kitchen and coauthor of The Complete Organic Pregnancy. She lives with her family in New York City.
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Overall, an excellent book for beginners.
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.
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.
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!
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.