If you want a home that’s GREEN ENOUGH to be healthy, and CHILL enough to be happy, you need to read GREEN ENOUGH by Leah Segedie. Read to the end – I’m giving away one copy of Green Enough to a lucky winner!
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Green Enough by Leah Segedie: A book review + giveaway
I first Leah Segedie several years ago when I attended the first ever ShiftCon, an eco-wellness social media conference held in Orange County, California. I was blown away by that first ShiftCon. Full of social media influencers and scientists, I learned so much about all aspects of green living, including farming, health, and wellnes. It was the first time I’ve been surrounded by so many like-minded people, and I have made the conference a priority every year since.
I’m happy to share information about Leah’s new book, Green Enough, today! This down to earth book is right up my alley. It makes me laugh and gives me hope all at the same time. It’s hard to navigate the green world. Sometimes I think it would be easier to stick my head in the sand and my fingers in my ears so I don’t have to pay attention to what’s going on around me.
But that’s really not a good idea. So, if like me, you are trying to make the best of a dirty situation, you’ll like the straightforward approach in Green Enough by Leah Segedie.
What you’ll find In Green Enough by Leah Segedie
- A straight forward, common sense approach to food, packaging, cookware, beauty products
- A call out by name, of well known food companies who make bad, better, and best food products
- 50 mom & kid friendly recipes that are also easy to make
- A list of things to do right now to reduce chemical exposure at home, room by room.
- Science facts for non-scientists from John Peterson Myers, chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences
- Easy to understand green parenting tips from Dr. Tanya Altmann, Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Excerpt from Green Enough
You will laugh. You will cry. Leah is as hilarious in writing as she is in person. But note, if you’re offended by cussing, this might not be the book for you. She does drop the occasional F bomb, which I actually appreciate. Following is Leah’s explanation of the numbers on the bottom of your plastic containers. Here’s an easy to understand guide with useful explanations.
BREAKING THE CODE
Here’s a quick-reference rundown on those teeny tiny numbers on plastics.
#1: PET or PETE (polyethylene teraphthalate). Bottled water comes in this plastic, which is designed for single use so it’s not especially strong. As with all plastics, heat is a problem. When you leave a plastic bottle sitting in the sun or your hot car, you’re effectively helping all those chemicals leach into your water. Plus, bacteria can accumulate with repeated refills, so don’t reuse—recycle.
#2: HDPE (high-density polyethylene). Typically opaque with a lower risk of leaching, so many consider it safe. Best to avoid reusing; most curbside recycling programs will pick it up.
#3: V or PVC (vinyl). Used to make detergent bottles and some food wraps. Never cook with or burn this plastic. May contain phthalates, which are linked to numerous health issues, and DEHA, which can be carcinogenic with long-term exposure. Most curbside recycling programs do not accept PVC.
#4: LDPE (low-density polyethylene). It’s found in squeezable bottles, frozen food and bread bags, and some food wraps. Curbside recycling programs typically do not accept it. Considered safer, but concern about endocrine-disrupting chemicals is mounting, particularly when it comes to use with fatty foods like cheese and ham.
#5: Polypropylene. Used to make yogurt containers and bottles for ketchup and syrup, this plastic is becoming more accepted by curbside recycle programs. It’s safe to reuse if it’s in good condition and you avoid exposing it to heat.
#6: Polystyrene. Used to make meat trays and those squeaky egg cartons. It’s bad for the environment because it is notoriously difficult to recycle,and it’s bad for us because it leaches potentially toxic chemicals (especially when heated). Most recycling programs won’t accept it.
#7: Other, Miscellaneous. All of the plastics that don’t fit into the other categories are placed in the 7 category. It ’s a mixed bag of plastics that includes polycarbonate, which contains the toxic bisphenol-A (BPA) and plant based alternatives. The best and the worste are here. Use caution.
Reprinted from Green Enough by Leah Segedie. Copyright ©2018 by Leah Segedie. By permission of Rodale Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Available wherever books are sold.
Win a copy of Green Enough!
If your’e interested in reducing exposure to chemicals at home or want to start eating a healthier diet, this book is for you. Can order it today! It’s available at my favorite Amazon for under $16.00. You can also win a copy here! I have two copies and will mail one to a lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question.
What is one question, or struggle, you have with going green?
Please note: *Winner must reside in the US. Contest ends at 11:59 pm on April 2 and winner will be notified by email.*
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