8/19/11

Book Review: Celebrate Green!

Every time I go shopping, my family has to listen to me complain about all the packaging that comes with products. A new pair of shoes comes with paper stuffing, cardboard supports, plus the box itself. One of the toys I ordered online for the daycare came in a carton, surrounded by bubble wrap, and packaged in a cardboard box with a plastic window. I opened the box and pried no less than twelve plastic wire twists off the inner cardboard that held the toy down; the twists were threaded through six plastic bars, which were also covered by a plastic tape. Really? Really? Yes, really. It took me twenty minutes to remove the toy. Thank goodness I didn't have 8 kids staring up at me, waiting to play with it. Score one for me for waiting until daycare was over to open it. What a waste of time, money and resources! The kids loved the toy. I sliced my finger open on the plastic. Unbelievable.

Thanks to Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell for creating Celebrate Green! This book is filled with hundreds of ideas to make your holidays and celebrations green. Imagine knowing you never have to deal with the above scenario! Their ideas are practical, fun, and inexpensive. They have written a fabulous guide, filled with tips and ideas and humor.
Together this mother and daughter have revealed their secrets to keeping family traditions alive while protecting the planet, where to find the best green gifts, and my personal favorite - how to decorate like a pro without going broke!
The next few months are filled with celebrations - Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, plus all five of my family members have a birthday between October and January. I'll be using this book's "six essential guidelines" to planning our celebrations!
I really enjoyed reading this book. I bookmarked several recipes that I can't wait to try and I really loved all the personal stories tucked into this collection of eco-friendly ideas. The celebrations are not limited to just holidays either. There are great ideas to host green baby showers, weddings and graduations!
This amazing book is, of course, published on recycled paper and a portion of the proceeds from their book sales benefit Treeswing.org and HealthyChild.org. A sticker on the back of the book notes that a tree was planted for this book by Ecolibris.net. These clever ladies even made sure we have a place to write notes in the back of the book. Five stars for Celebrate Green!

One copy of this book will be awarded to a Planet Weidknecht reader as a giveaway prize during the Go Green Giveaway Hop beginning October 5, 2011. You can also purchase Celebrate Green on Amazon.com! Find Celebrate Green on Twitter and Facebook.
Disclosure: I received two books at no charge for this review. My opinions are always true.

8 comments:

  1. That's awesome...I want this book!!!

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  2. Me too! I want this book too! I couldn't agree with you more! I loathe excessive packaging!

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  3. ps It would be super duper green if it was on the Kindle!

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  4. Wow! I'm so excited to hear about this book! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy {& probably share with my readers as well!}, I couldn't agree more with your account of our "packaging epidemic"!

    Thanks for sharing ;D

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  5. Sounds like a great book. I love finding ways to do the old things better. And can I say--sometimes I can't even get all the packaging open!!

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  6. This sounds like a brilliant book idea...and couldn't agree more with the insane and wasteful packaging!

    Kristin :)

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  7. I love family tradition ideas! When we adopted our daughter, I sat down and wrote out specific traditions I want to establish with her. They help cement those feelings of "forever family" that are so important. Being able to do that responsibly "green" is genius! Thanks for telling me about this book, I can't wait to read it.

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  8. looks like a great read with much helpful information

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