Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Green Goes with Everything

I finished my fifth book of the year. I checked this one out from the library. It is called Green Goes With Everything by Sloan Barnett. Since I have been thinking about "green" lately with one of my goals for the year to be more conscious of what I'm doing to take care of the planet, I thought this book would be an interesting read.

It was very alarming actually to read all the dangers lurking everywhere on products we use daily. Many are things I knew about because of my husband's experience, like pesticides on the lawn or home cleaning products. But other things were included in the book I had not given much thought to the dangers, like the mattress, carpet, and air fresheners.

The author's son developed asthma. This started her on her quest to learn to "live green." In this book she discusses dangers involved in using everyday products and alternatives for them. The topics include food, water, baby products, personal care products, air, and energy.

She has a list of online resources at the back of the book as well which I scanned over. I have not checked these out yet. Here is a list of some I wrote down though:

Shaklee This is her husband's company and is mentioned a lot throughout the book. At times it seems like the book is a big advertisement for Shaklee products.

The Green Guide She mentions this one several times throughout the book. It is a good resource to find what to look for when purchasing new products for your home and family.



Reading this book has been beneficial to me. I don't plan to rid my house of every product she mentioned in the book, but I do feel I can take steps to being more "earth friendly." We are using up our nonrenewable energy so quickly. This is something we can all improve on by taking simple steps, like recycling, taking shorter showers, turning off lights, and unplugging appliances that aren't in use. I would recommend this book.