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Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care About Most Paperback – December 28, 2010
FROM THE COFOUNDER OF SEVENTH GENERATION, the most trusted brand in environmentally friendly household products, comes this indispensable guide to maintaining absolutely everything in the home in a natural, nontoxic way. Jeffrey Hollender leads you through each room of the house with straightforward advice, comprehensive checklists, quick tips, and unparalleled resources while revealing the hidden repercussions of daily routines that most of us take for granted. From improving air quality in your bedroom to avoiding mildew in the bathroom, from sourcing local or organic food to safely laundering your clothes, Planet Home offers invaluable information for making conscious decisions for your family, your neighbors, and our shared planet home.
With additional information on power, garbage and recycling, air quality, and community activism, this book goes a step further to describe how any household is part of a much larger system. Planet Home offers a unique, comprehensive, educational, and easy approach to helping you and your family lead healthier lives as we collectively protect and maintain our shared resources for many years to come.
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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.
- ASIN : 0307716643
- Publisher : Potter Style; 0 edition (December 28, 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780307716644
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307716644
- Item Weight : 1.47 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.3 x 0.85 x 9.06 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.