Book Review :: Green Goes With Everything

I have been trying to read a novel since the latter part of summer.  Usually I read a few during summer and I did, but once back to school time hit this one has been neglected.

I find I am reading way more on the internet these days and that has replaced my put my feet up and nestle with a good book time. 

This book, Green Goes With Everything – Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and Cleaner Planet by Sloan Barnett   I couldn’t put down.  I read it cover to cover in just a few days. 

Why was that ?

It could be that the topic is of interest to me. It could also be that there were things about Sloan I didn’t know and I found myself fascinated.  More importantly there was commentary and information she shared I had never heard before. I love learning new things. Especially green things!
 
Sloan Barnett is a journalist with a very very impressive resume. She’s a regular contributor on NBC’s Today show and the Green Editor for KNTV, the NBC affiliate in San Fransisco. For years she wrote a popular consumer advice column for New York’s Daily News. She had a spread in Vogue this past August and a blip in People Magazine a few weeks ago.  

She writes:

When I was little, green was a color. Years later, it became a movement that could save the 500,000 penguins I saw when I traveled to Antarctica.  Today, there is a new, broader and more personal definition of green.  It is all about the health of our families.   It’s this new green that made me change everything about the way that I live.  All because of what happened to my son one afternoon in New York City nearly 5 years ago.

Sloan is the wife of the owner of the wellness company and green clean I fell in love with in 1993.  While some say she’s really sheparding the message of her husbands investment. I disagree. Even if she is …it’s HER way of contributing. In my mind they both are people out to alter the planet we live on.  She’s done it in a way that that has the new wanna be green mind see that it takes alot more than recycling to be green.  For the I want to learn and inquiring mind she gave me a mouthful to chew on. She’s also coming from a perspective of a mom. It’s one thing to be a savvy journalist, it’s another to gather information that paves the way for a cleaner future for our children.

If you are Shaklee-phobic please don’t read this book. It’s dripping in it. When a Shaklee product is the best green product choice, why not mention it?  I do! If it happens to be a product from the company her husband owns… again I don’t see why that’s an issue.  The  Barnett’s  fell in love with the company enough to buy it. The book fuels both of their goals and vision for a healthier world.  Just so you know Sloan mentions all kinds of green products, not just Shaklee products.

This book hit the New York Times Best Seller List in just two weeks.  Impressive. 

Green Goes With Everything highlights the real dirt on clean, scary clean, and everything you’d want to know about clean baby, body, food, water, air and energy.

Our common ideas about keeping things clean is harming the environment.  Simple shifts to cleaning green in our homes can contribute to the world. One household at a time we can make a difference.

One of my favorite things she said is what is a green product?  A green product is one that won’t harm you, your children, your pets or the environment inside or outside where your waste goes.  It won’t hang around like an  unwanted guest after you use it.  The packaging should be minimum and recycle easily.  It shouldn’t require alot of nonrenewable or even renewable resources to make it, use it or to dispose of it

She describes clean as utterly unscented, not like the house down the street that puffs enough downy smell into the air it could sink a battleship.  I swear those folks must do perpetual laundry

I especially enjoyed her chapter on food. She describes the foods we typically eat  as something that is swathed in chemicals. These chemicals basically divide into three categories: Chemicals that kill things, chemicals that make things grow fast and big, and chemicals that make things look better and last longer than they normally would. Pretty clearly stated wouldn’t you agree??

Her resource guide in the back of the book is 33 pages long. The websites listed are current and thorough. Each chapter has lists of citations and details of where her information comes from. I found it very well done.

If gifting green is part of what you are up to, purchasing this book could be the green resource solution oriented guide you are looking for. It’s reasonable priced and all proceeds benefit a worthy cause.

You can purchase Green Goes With Everything by Sloan Barnettat at my website, you will be redirected to amazon, and while I don’t make any money on the sale of the book, the redirection is noted and affiliate fees go directly to cause.

Her Blog
Sloan TV
Her Book’s Website

Take the Body Burden Test – This is really cool!  I scored an 14 out of 100 – the lower the score the better!! What contributed to my score?  A bit of wall to wall carpet, conventional paint and mattress, a few packaged food goods and sometimes non-organic  

I’d love to know how you scored. If I can be of help switching your home to green clean. Let me know!  


global green usa awards summer 2008 – the barnetts flickr image

K a r e n     H a n r a h a n
Wellness Educator/Nutritional Consultant
Mentoring YOU to Health Success
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4 Responses to Book Review :: Green Goes With Everything

  1. Oh dear. I got 7 “dots” and made the dog cry. My score was 24 – conventional mattress, and we don’t always eat organic and unpackaged. I think I should get extra points for using a natural cellulose/loofah sponge, vinegar and Bon Ami!

  2. Karen Hanrahan says:

    You were still in the lower percentages!  Lower than most I bet.  Thanks for checking it out! I guess I might have to redo mine because we are not 100% organic and occasionally packaged too. 

  3. Anna says:

    My score was 19 because we have a fireplace, and I eat out sometimes so I had to count the nonorganic part.

  4. Karen Hanrahan says:

    Thanks for trying it out! 19 is still a great score. Did you find her fireplace tip helpful?  Maybe you can find some organic dining.

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