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Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most Paperback – December 28, 2010

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307716643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,926,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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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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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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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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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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