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Planet Home: Conscious Choices for Cleaning and Greening the World You Care about Most Paperback – 28 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson N Potter Publishers (28 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307716643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716644
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,680,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Organic and eco-living is still in its infancy amongst British folk, and whilst many are changing to organic food stuffs, not so many know about what we put into our homes and our bodies through everyday living. Planet Home is an excellent book and is the source for healthy, eco-friendly, safe living. It's a must have for any parent, clean-freak, or health-nut (or those of us looking to have a chemical-free, healthier home)...

Planet Home incorporates old cleaning techniques (using the likes of Bicarb and White Vinegar) and safe 21st century techniques to bring you a one-stop book to help with EVERYTHING around the home, and even giving a better clean/finish than those nasty chemical-filled cleaners, etc. we're so used to using!

It's a super buy, and well worth the money... you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must-have guide! 6 Jan. 2011
By ecogirl87 - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive Addition to Home Reference Library 21 Mar. 2011
By Donna Ledbetter - Published on
Format: Paperback
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. 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Awesome, practical reference guide for DIY cleaning 29 Jan. 2011
By The Local Cook - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Beautiful Green Education 15 Oct. 2013
By A.E. - Published on
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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.
come back to nature! 25 Oct. 2013
By Joseph CiAVARELLA - Published on
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In our time of dirty chemicals this book is a refreshing change to use organic mother earth products. To be wise in organizing your home without clutter and come back to nature. I highly recommend this book!
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