Practically Green Book Review

Practically Green Book Review

Practically Green: Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision-Making – a book I can identify with, relate to and recommendmicaela preston to my friends. A friend of mine and fellow green mom, Micaela Preston – with whom I had a ball with at BlogHer 09’ has written this wonderful book which she sent to me to review and it came to my door step the week the family was down with the flu and I needed something to read in desperate relief from Dora and Diego! Truth be told, there’s so many eco-friendly green books on the market (which is why you haven’t seen one come out with me as the author…yet)  that it’s hard to tell which ones are good, bad, best or worth purchasing. I don’t do a ton of book reviews but the ones I’ve reviewed, whether they’re a friend or not, are books I would suggest someone going out to buy, read, tell a friend about and give as a gift. Practically Green is one of those books and Micaela shakes it up with her smaller book size, cut out pages, recipes and “practical” ideas.

practically greenThe concepts behind most of Micaela book is much of what I speak to here at Green and Clean Mom and the community – simple, do what you can, not rocket science but common sense, doable approaches to giving toxins the boots, living a healthier life style and helping the environment. I suggest giving Practically Green a chance because the size will fit in a stocking, a purse, glove compartment, diaper bag and can be a great starter guide, reminder and green tip guide for even the pro who just needs some practicality to their life when they get all mixed up in the complexity of being green and non-toxic.

Even this Green and Clean Mom learned a thing or two (okay, I was politely reminded of some terms and information but it was needed) and you can too!  Here is one quick example:

“Don’t be fooled by pinkwashing, the practice in which companies position themselves as advocates to stop breast cancer – while selling products that contain chemicals that may be actually contributing to an increase in breast cancer.” P. 121

I can’t quote the entire book but I can tell you where to get your own copy and give a copy away! Want to win a copy?

Leave me a comment telling me one eco-friendly thing you intend on doing this holiday season and why this book might be a great stocking stuffer for someone you know! This giveaway is for U.S. residents only, one comment per person and this giveaway will end on Monday, November 16, 2009. The winner will be notifed via email and the author of the book will be given the winners email address to send the book to.

-This giveaway has ended and the winner was randomly drawn and emailed!-

Hi, I’m Sommer (@greenmom) and I’ve been calling this my blogging home for 9 years. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I’m passionate about inspiring others to live a little healthier and greener each day. I’m many things but above all I’m a believer in karma and the good in people. I’m a children’s book author, public speaker and consultant. My full-time gig is working as a Marketing Manager for Freshbaby.com and helping to encourage everyone to eat healthier. Check out my about me page for more details.

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  • shorechick

    Oh this sounds like such a fabulous book for me. We have recently started a compost pile, and I intend to put our Christmas wreath in there rather than in the trash!

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  • I’m working on reducing and hope to eventually eliminate paper towels in our home. Since I’ve started sewing again, I will be making a few cloth napkins for holiday use as well as ones we can use for everyday. I’m going to let my children choose their own fabric for the ones I make for each of them.

    This book sounds like a great stocking stuffer/gift because it provides simple (who likes difficult) ways to ease into learning how to make green/better choices. It might be a great motivator and lead to a few new years resolutions.

  • I’m working on reducing and hope to eventually eliminate paper towels in our home. Since I’ve started sewing again, I will be making a few cloth napkins for holiday use as well as ones we can use for everyday. I’m going to let my children choose their own fabric for the ones I make for each of them.

    This book sounds like a great stocking stuffer/gift because it provides simple (who likes difficult) ways to ease into learning how to make green/better choices. It might be a great motivator and lead to a few new years resolutions.

  • This book is already on my must read book and I would love to win it! 🙂

  • I plan on simply doing “less” when it comes to gifts, and what I do give will be quality, eco-friendly items. I want my kids to learn that it isn't all about the “stuff.” I also plan on getting my husband reusable stainless steel water bottle and coffee mugs!

  • Jen Allen

    This holiday, my kids and I are going to get old newspaper and use eco-friendly paint in red and green to stamp trees and wreaths on it, then we’ll wrap gifts with it! My sis could use this book, she needs to be reminded that just because it is cool, it may not be green.

  • Aline

    I was thinking of buying everyone in my family a reusable water bottle and bag for XMAS.

  • Jill H.

    I’ve been saving my DD’s painting from preschool to use as wrapping paper this season, so I’m not buying wrapping paper, and I’m been saving my fabric leftovers from sewing projects to make bags for some gifts….I particularly like the bags, because folks are getting “2” gifts in one!

  • i’ll be using recycled materials to wrap packages!

  • GracieGoesGreen

    My daughters have learned that if they want something (like an American Girl doll which started this routine) then they do their own bottle drive. They take back our cans/bottles, ask the neighbors for theirs and keep the money to save up for what they want. The doll took 5 months, but she earned it! Now if they spot a can in a garbage somewhere, they are bummed that it is not being recycled.

  • GracieGoesGreen

    My daughters have learned that if they want something (like an American Girl doll which started this routine) then they do their own bottle drive. They take back our cans/bottles, ask the neighbors for theirs and keep the money to save up for what they want. The doll took 5 months, but she earned it! Now if they spot a can in a garbage somewhere, they are bummed that it is not being recycled.

  • We’re trying to move away from or at least reduce paper towel use. I will be making cloth napkins for the holidays as well as ones for everyday use. This book sounds like, w/it’s easy tips, that it may be a great stocking stuffer because it might motivate someone who has been putting off greening their lives because they think it’s too difficult.

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  • simplisticmom

    I have started making my own reusable fabric gift wrap, and plan on using it to wrap all of the gifts I give this season.

  • I have started making my own reusable fabric gift wrap, and plan on using it to wrap all of the gifts I give this season.

  • Ashley

    I'm wrapping all my gifts in either the fabric that I wrapped them in last year (for immediate family that will return the fabric) or in recycled paper from home like newspaper or paper bags. This would be a great stocking stuffer for myself or for my MIL so that maybe she wouldn't expose my DD to some of the chemicals that she does.

  • greenandcleanmom

    Congrats to Milk and Mommy who was randomly drawn to win this great book!

  • Sommer,

    I look forward to receiving the book as well as reading it. I've been able to set aside some of the board and other children's books I've been reading to my children and have started reading some books w/more adult content during my quiet time. This will be a nice addition to my stash and I'm sure a helpful reminder of how easy it really is to make more environmentally conscious decisions. I'm also looking forward to maybe using some of the craft ideas w/my children in school.

  • greenandcleanmom

    Congrats to Milk and Mommy who was randomly drawn to win this great book!

  • Sommer,

    I look forward to receiving the book as well as reading it. I've been able to set aside some of the board and other children's books I've been reading to my children and have started reading some books w/more adult content during my quiet time. This will be a nice addition to my stash and I'm sure a helpful reminder of how easy it really is to make more environmentally conscious decisions. I'm also looking forward to maybe using some of the craft ideas w/my children in school.