GoodGuide

  • February 18, 2011 9:17 pm

Thanks to the GoodGuide for this fun Q&A.

Mini excerpt below. For more, click through.

GG: What makes Planet Home a really worthwhile read? How does it differ from other green living advice books that are available?

AZ: Planet Home’s holistic approach to going green makes it unique. We’re all part of one big shared planet home—what you do at home affects me and what I do affects you. And our actions ripple out—hurting or helping the environment. Planet Home takes our interconnectedness as a point of departure and then flows into excellent green living tips for every room of the house from the bathroom to the kitchen to the attic to the nursery.

The small choices we all make on a daily basis can have tremendous impact. Tests show that in cities including Los Angeles, Denver, and Baltimore, household products such as cleaners, personal care products, paints and stains are the largest source of pollutants after cars. It’s empowering to think you can have such tremendous impact if you choose the greenest versions of these very products. The book also includes a chapter (my favorite) on understanding the bigger picture—all of the systems that are involved in any household. Sometimes going green can be a vague concept. By explaining the systems behind simple green steps, and taking away that vagueness, Planet Home helps people go greener faster.

Planet Home Book Tour — Denver

  • January 27, 2011 5:16 pm

Being greeted at Denver airport

I’m stuck in the San Francisco airport waiting to get home to my family so I thought I’d use this time to reflect on the past few days. Last Sunday I flew from New York, where I live, to Denver. That night I ate at a lively local foods spot called Root Down and attempted to sleep. I’m actually a champion sleeper, but flying, hotels, and not being with my family interfere. Giving talks and going on television also make me nervous; I’m used to writing alone! That said I had a warm welcome and a good segment on Good Day Colorado/Denver’s local Fox station and then met with a bunch of local moms to chat about all things green at the Children’s Museum. A grade school/high school friend who has moved to the Denver area even showed up with her son — so nice to see a familiar face. I’m apparently not supposed to admit that I had some altitude sickness, but I’m an over-sharer. So there. Denver was gorgeous, but I did feel much better once we left.Here are some pictures from Denver. I especially adored the personal greeters in the airport who help direct you to your gate or transportation. This lady (above) even let me try on her fabulous hat.

Denver Children's Museum talk/signing books