If you’re looking for a great resource to help you and your family be greener, you’ll want to check out Simply Green: Easy, Money-Saving Tips for Eco-Friendly Families by husband-and-wife team Melissa and David Seligman.
As easy read, Simply Green is filled with all kinds of useful, creative ways to green every part of our lives: all the rooms in our home, our cars, outdoors, our kids, even our pets. It offers suggestions, tips and a lot of "how to’s".
There’s a lot of simple commonsense throughout this book. It covers things like buying your gas in the morning when it’s cool to ensure you get the best quality, novel ideas like using plants to help clean the air inside the house, and "You can’t do everything and you shouldn’t feel guilty because you can’t."
If that’s not enough, this useful resource covers creative crafts to do with your kids and making time to talk with them about green issues and ideas – to "nurture the green genes". For fun, it also has some great recipes, including Seligman’s salsa recipe and her Mom’s fried green tomato recipe.
There’s something for everyone in this fun book – from recycling to developing a kitchen ecosystem. "Stand up and do something," the book says. Everything in the book is simple, like go back to basics: walk don’t drive, use the dishwasher instead of washing by hand to conserve water, and, before you toss it, find the treasures in your trash (translate that to find ways to reuse some still useful things).
Simple small changes will become part of a routine lifestyle and those kinds of changes are the ones that last. The book offers an eclectic perspective with ample options for any family looking to be a little greener. You’ll find information you may already know plus plenty you hadn’t thought of before. This is definitely a book worth reading, with suggestions that will make a difference.
Simply Green is available at many independent bookstores and online at Amazon.com.