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Overview

Going green is a family affair…

Parents and kids making the world a better place.

Eco-friendliness has grown into a way of life across the country. Eco-Friendly Families is the perfect guide to raising a family with “green” values, whether they're celebrating their first Earth Day or are old hands at recycling, eating organic, and carrying a cloth bag to the supermarket. Parents and children can all live by eco-example by following the tips in this book, including:

• Start-up advice for going green as a family affair— motivating all family members to embrace change

• Family activities that can make every day Earth Day and living green fun

• A practical guide to growing up green—what everyone can do around the house, at school, at work, and on vacation

• Realistic ways to deepen family involvement through environmentalism, conservation, activism, and advocacy

• Effective suggestions for raising responsible, ecoconscious citizens

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592577613
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Coronato is a freelance writer, talk show host, and full-time mother. Her articles have appeared in Parentguide News and International Doula magazine. She is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Reading with Your Child.
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Table of Contents


Taking Inventory: Getting Ready to Go Green     1
Lots of Little Ideas     3
Heading Toward Greener Pastures     4
Green Groundwork     6
Greening Your Family     9
Small Changes, Big Results     13
Fundamental + Financial + Functional = Forward     16
Bask in a Bright Idea     16
Stick to a Program     17
Make It Fair Trade     18
Family Ties and Tries     21
Greening Your Teen     22
The Cardinal Rules of Green Living     24
Reduce     24
Reuse     25
Recycle     25
Embracing Simplicity     26
Chapter Checklist     28
Green Goal Setting     29
January     31
The Eco-Friendly Four     32
February     33
The Eco-Friendly Four     34
No-Sugar & Spice Cake     35
March     36
The Eco-Friendly Four     36
April     38
The Eco-Friendly Four     38
May     40
The Eco-Friendly Four     40
June     41
The Eco-Friendly Four     42
July     43
The Eco-Friendly Four     44
August     45
The Eco-Friendly Four     45
September     47
The Eco-Friendly Four     47
October     49
Eco-Friendly Four     49
November     51
The Eco-Friendly Four     51
December     53
The Eco-Friendly Four     54
Green Teens     55
Chapter Checklist     57
Reduce: Diminish the Damage     59
Neither Paper nor Plastic Bags     61
It's in the Mail     64
Steer Clear of Hazardous Driving Conditions     66
Keys to Greener Driving     67
It's Easy Driving Green     68
Reduce Personal Toxins     70
Chapter Checklist     74
Reuse: Salvage and Save     75
Back to Basics     75
Save Resources, Save Green     77
Put Your Green Foot Forward     78
Simple Sock Projects     78
The Art of Reusing     80
Crayon Cupcakes     80
Candy Crayons     80
Egg-cellent. Eco-Ideas     81
Tween and Teen Scenes     82
The Nine Lives of Cans and Jars     83
Aluminum Coffee Cans     84
Glass Jars     85
Homemade Cookie Jars     86
Holiday How-to     87
Fresh Ideas for Spring     88
Clean Out Your Closet for Good     88
Environmentally Friendly Deals     90
Chapter Checklist     92
Recycle: Turn It Around     93
The Power of Precycling     94
Tillinghast Trail Treats     97
Lunch on the Go     99
Buying Recycled     101
Recycling: Know Your Plastics     102
Problematic Plastics     104
E-Waste Recycling     106
Trash Your Trash Can     108
Chapter Checklist     110
Room-by-Room Eco-Redesign     111
Fridge Facts     112
Pretty Pop Tops     114
Family Room Fun     115
Colorful Covers     117
Bathrooms-Water Wisdom     117
Green Hygiene     118
Toilet Trouble     119
Eco-Beneficial Bedrooms     119
Clean Up Your Laundry Room     121
Green Your Garage      125
Your Big Backyard     126
Peppermint's Summer Solution     127
Ground Maintenance     127
Serene Spaces     128
Chapter Checklist     132
Table Matters: Eating by Example     133
Eating Organic     134
First Organic Foods     136
Neighborhood Health Food Stores     137
Starting Points     138
Community Supported Stores     140
Think Globally, Eat Locally     140
Farm as a Family     141
Homemade Applesauce     143
Gardening     144
Mom's Red     146
Meal/Menu Planning     146
Eat a Rainbow     148
Mild-Mannered Salsa     148
Weekly Meal Planning     149
Moving to a Seasonal Diet     150
Simple Summer Dishes     150
Fall's Bounty     152
Super Simple Soup     153
Warming Winter Meals     153
Pinecone Bird Feeders     155
Satisfying spring Cooking     155
Chapter Checklist     158
Clean Green     159
Buckets to Bookshelves     161
Making Chores More Manageable      162
Greener Cleaning Products     165
Do It Yourself     167
Baking Soda     167
Vinegar     170
Lemons     172
Cleansing Your Home     174
Chapter Checklist     179
Marking Milestones: Birthdays and Beyond     181
Guests of Honor     182
Thinking Outside the Gift Box     183
Hassle-Free Homemade Gifts     184
Festive Placemats     186
Rock Place Settings     186
Detergent Snowman     186
Recycled Holiday Village     187
Oatmeal Cookie Container     187
Winter Mosaic     187
Snowman Kit     188
Little Hands Bookmarks     188
Celebrating Eco-Babies     188
Thank-You Cards     189
Information     189
Meals     189
Encouragement     190
Greener Party Planning     191
Vacation Destination     195
The Beauty of Bartering     197
Family Fun-Raisers     200
Chapter Checklist     203
Green Sites     205
Eco-Friendly Websites      205
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle     206
Plant, Grow, Eat     208
Sustainable Products     209
Commercial Cleaning Products     210
Greener Gift Giving     211
Eco-Tourism     212
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