Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Giveaway: Green Goes with Everything

Green Goes with EverythingThis week's book giveaway is another one in the line of green books, this time written by Sloan Barnett, a contributor to NBC's Today show. Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet focuses on more of the health side of the green movement and the affects of cleaning products on us.

For those of you out there trying to reduce the toxins in your life, specifically those related to cleaning your home and your body, you'll be interested in some of the information shared in this book:

"Most Americans, but especially children, have dozens of pesticides and other toxic compounds in their bodies, many of them linked to health threats. A source of many of these toxins? Common, everyday, run of the mill household consumer products. There's no polite way of saying this: your body is a landfill, a dumping ground for a mind-boggling array of toxic chemicals."

Sloan offers up some alternatives, such as the following:

Citrus Floor Cleaner

1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
1/4 cup lemon juice

Combine in large bucket.

From Publishers Weekly
According to Barnett, human beings are saturating their bodies, their children's bodies and their homes with noxious waste, pathogens and carcinogens. Barnett recounts having her blood and urine tested to illustrate how toxins have deeply embedded themselves—her results show positive for bisphenonol A (linked to birth defects and reproductive problems) and perchlorate (an active ingredient in rocket fuel found in contaminated food).

The book is divided into seven clean-it-up chapters full of solid information and helpful tips aimed at greening different areas of your life, such as how to best filter household water. Barnett's well-written environmental call-to-arms is passionate and authoritative; her findings correlating childhood illnesses with ordinary—and highly toxic—cleaning supplies is alarming. However, readers will likely find Barnett's claims slightly suspect for the fact that her sensible advice is compromised by her relentless endorsement of Shaklee products (her husband happens to be the Shaklee CEO).

And it is relentless, indeed. But, if you can get past that, then you'll enjoy the book.

If you would like to be entered into the drawing for this book, leave your name in the comments. The giveaway is open until Friday, January 30th, 6:00 pm PST. I'll be announcing the winner most likely later that evening.

83 comments:

Robj98168 said...

If you can put down your Crunchy Cocktail,Go ahead put me in-BTW I love the "fresh food from small spaces" book I won on your blog- very good reading. I have already learned an easier way to make the earthtianers using less material, and have begun sprouting sprouts again. A great read and Highly reccommended!

Kim said...

This one sounds right up my alley (sans the overdone endorsements), please count me in!

Mimi said...

let's do it! Sounds like a good book.

KristaR said...

Count me in - sounds like a book I could use,

Thanks!

Michelle @ Leaving Excess said...

I would love it. I usually add your giveaway books to my reading list, anyway!

mommy2boys said...

Sounds like a great book. I really really want to switch over to the "green" side and this sounds like a good place to start............

camp mom said...

count me in!

Willo said...

I once met a Shaklee distributor on a plane. She was head over heals about Sloan and this book coming out. Sounds great!

Two Flights Down said...

Count me in. I'm always looking to reduce the use of toxins...especially in cleaning!

Susan said...

I'm in!

Julie Andrea said...

Count me in as well, please!

I have given up on those plug-in air fresheners, the sprays and the solids that evaporate, also .. no more fabric softener liquid or sheets. For the new year, I have given up aerosol cans. I'm sure that my lungs (and my kitty's lungs) are much happier for it.

Keep on Crunchin',

Julie Andrea
sundayschild1966(at)yahoo(dot)com

M said...

I'd love it! Me too please - if Australians can enter? :)

The Purloined Letter said...

Oh, please put my name on the list, too! Sounds good.

Carolyn said...

Sounds like a really good book. Trying to green up my life...

Bucky said...

count me in on this one.

Jessica said...

Please enter me in this drawing. I can always use a little more help in my baby steps to a greener life.

Pink Sky said...

This sounds like a really good book, thanks for the giveaway!

Mike said...

I like the idea of this book. Put me down!

woodly said...

Count me in! I can use the extra push toward green! I already make my own laundry soap, window cleaner and shower cleaner, but really need to get serious about everything else! By the way, I give you credit for trying to ditch the shampoo! I couldn't do it!!

Mike and Jenny Olson said...

I'm in! Just what our family needs!

kssnflwr said...

Count me in!
Melissa

Jess said...

ooo, I want in ;)

Moade said...

Count me in!

Outlaw's Daughter said...

Looks like a good one! Please throw my name in the hat. Thanks! :-)

ELP said...

Yes please enter my name

Leslie said...

Please add me in - I love that floor cleaner recipe!

Jen R. (aaron-n-jen.com) said...

I'd love the book! Jen R.

Chris said...

Sign me up, please!

bargainsmom said...

Sign me up too, please

Ashley said...

Awesome.

aelfie said...

Put me in!

Ramos Family said...

Count me in too, please! Sounds like an awesome read :o)

Jaimee said...

Count me in!

Julie said...

Add me to the hat. Thanks!

Haley said...

Yes please!

Bunny said...

I'd love to be entered! Thanks so much!

Gracie said...

I would love to have my name in the contending for this book. I had cancer two years ago and am trying very hard to reduce the amount of chemicals in our lives. So would love this book. Thank you, for this giveaway, regardless of who gets it, the more we as people can reduce the chemicals around us, the healthier we can become.

Carla said...

Sign me up. I would love to get the noxious chemicals out of my little peeps.

Neo@ said...

I hope I can finally win something...

KLund said...

Me, too! Me, too!

Rjs said...

Too bad about the endorsements, but I'm still interested. Count me in!

Amber said...

I've been looking for a source for green household alternatives. Sign me up!

Ellen said...

Count me in too! I've been trying to use homemade products so I'd love more tips. Thanks!

Billie said...

I have definitely been thinking about retiring my cleaning products so count me in. This book sounds like it would help me in that area.

Maureen said...

I would love to read this book, it sounds like a good starting point for me to start eliminating toxins and waste from my life.

Natalie said...

This sounds great! I have slowly but surely been trying to get rid of all the toxins in our house and life.

Marina said...

I'm in! I'm in!

Anonymous said...

Count me in Crunchy! Debbie C

Kim said...

me too please!

Keri said...

ooh, the recipe looks great! would love to read more!

Jennifer said...

Please include me!

Robin said...

It looks like a very interesting book! Thanks!

Sareen said...

sign me up. -sdk

MissAnna said...

I'm in!

Yess said...

The book sounds really interesting, as of now I'd like to check out other suggestions for cleaning projects other then baking soda and vinegar.

Corinne said...

Please count me in. And if I do win, don't worry, I have an address in the U.S. you can send it to.

Corinne in Paris

tortuga said...

Looks interesting. Sign me up!

~G said...

Aaaahhhhhh!!! This one is on my Amazon wish list. (let it be me...let it be me...)

~G

cpullum said...

Count me in!!! Love it!!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shannon Hillinger said...

Please count me in

Daughter said...

I'm interested. momofnaomi@yahoo.com

ChicChick said...

Looks good~please enter me too!

Michelle Murphy said...

i do make alot of my cleaners and this book sounds like it would be a great asset to helping getting away from the commerical cleaning products

caroline o said...

oh I would love this book...i'm in!!

Quoda said...

That sounds awesome! Yes, yes, pick me!

Stephanie said...

me me!

Kaycee said...

This sounds great! Please count me in!

kayceewilliams at gmail dot com

jellybean said...

Count me in! i was just making some green cleaning products yesterday.

Robb & Nancy said...

I'd love to give this book to my daughter who is expecting her first baby in a few months!

BRYNNE said...

I totally need a book like this. Please enter me into this!
~Brynne

Jenn said...

Of course, I'm in - I need a new book to distract me from my thesis!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this would help us find more non-toxic ways to clean. We have two family members who are sensitive to cleaning products and thus are down to baking soda, Bon Ami, vinegar, hydrogene peroxide, and Dr. Bronner's. However, these are not working for everything.

--Ave

Sarah said...

Sounds like a great book!

Count me in please!

Bev said...

I love to read too!
I'm a mom and haven't used "cleaning products" in some time. My BFF is vinegar!

Maria E. M said...

Sounds great! I wonder if she says anything about the toxins in perfumes and fragrances.

Christine F. said...

I'm always up for a new "green" read. Thanks for the chance!

Melodie said...

Sign me up!

Imzadi said...

Put me in :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an interesting read.

Lee in KY

Heather said...

sounds like a great book! I'm in!

gina said...

OOOH! Count me in!

DiElla said...

I Just started making my own laundry soap and cleaning supplies so this would be great.

Chris and Sonja said...

Count me in too please (just in time!)

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