Thursday, October 16, 2008

Eco-Friendly Family

Once upon a time, I thought that the Eco-Friendly thing meant that you had to be a tree-hugging, granola-eating soul whose name was something like Crescent Dragonwagon (there really is such a cool person!!) . Because of this, I had NO INTEREST in it whatsoever. Since I have learned that none of that is a prerequisite, I am slowly coming around to the whole Going-Green movement as being a really good way to go and the thing I want to be teaching my family. Thus, when I was given the opportunity to review Eco-Friendly Families by Helen Coronato, I was so excited.

Eco Friendly Families is a hands-on, practical guide for parents who want to raise their children to take care of the earth we have. If you are like me, a novice, and you want to make changes in your lifestyle that fit a more earth-conscious lifestyle, this book is just what you need! And in this day and age where most of us feel the need to economize, her tips are astonishingly good for your wallet as well.

Ms. Coronato helps with the basics as well as sometimes tougher challenges like how to you get your family on board. She also helps lay out how to make changes without getting overwhelmed, which has got to be at least half the battle to me. Some of these changes are presented through the Five Minute Makeovers in each chapter that are easy to do and simple to follow with children of any age.

In the book, there are ten easy read chapters involving everything from taking inventory when you are getting ready to go green, to small changes, Green goal setting each month, reducing waste, recycling, reusing, how to have a room by room eco-design, how to clean green and how going green benefits celebrations and more. It even has an area in the back of the book full of wonderful resources like websites, cleaning products and greener gift giving.

Not sold on reading it yet? Well, let's see if I can add a few more reasons to read for you. Some of the great finds and treasures you get inside the covers of Eco Friendly Families are:

  • Not sure how you will possibly afford gifts for Christmas this year? Read Helen's Eco-Friendly Four on page 54 and learn how.
  • Ever wondered how to get your kids more actively involved in housecleaning? Check out Helen's specific tricks and helpful hints starting on page 174.
  • Ready to part with your wedding dress or formals but not to the local Thrift store? Page 89 can point you in the direction of how to donate them and make it worthwhile.
  • Ever wanted to make delicious homemade applesauce? Check page 143 for her recipe and more.
  • Are you in need of crafts to entertain some kiddos during the Holiday Season? Stopping by page 186 will get you brimming with great ideas.
See what I mean about making Going Green seem do-able? If you are like me, these are not all things you would expect in a book titled Eco-Friendly Families yet Helen Coronato has interwoven thoughtful and helpful ideas like these throughout the entire book. Described as a “guide your family to greener living with activities that will engage and inspire…from toddlers to teens...” this great guide can help you and your entire family live a happier, healthier life.

The book was just released on August 5, 2008 and you can get a copy of Eco-Friendly Families from Amazon.


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Stacy said...

We compost and joined a CSA.


Brimful Curiosities said...

Our family uses stainless steel reuseable water bottles instead of buying disposable for trips. We also try to buy locally and we recycle.

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Michele said...

I recycle ALL plastic and paper, etc., and I switched to using green products for cleaning. Also, my favorite, is that I live in a green apartment complex...which is awesome!!

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Debbie said...

We put a lot of thought and effort into being as green as possible but are always looking for new ideas. We carry resuable bags, have only CFC bulbs, just installed programmable thermostats, and I hand all our clothes out to dry. Great giveaway.

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I am also a subscriber.