Had a good time quizzing audience members on their eco-IQ today with Hoda and Kathie Lee.
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.
I've spent the past two mornings talking to radio stations and television stations about Planet Home. I always love the chance to speak with people all across the country.
So far people have been very receptive to Planet Home's holistic approach to going greener faster. The book explains the real systems behind simple green steps like turning off your lights, or only using cold water to do laundry, or cleaning all rooms of the home from your bathroom to your attic with natural products in an attempt to reduce the vagueness around going green. I often see people taking what they think of as a few unrelated steps to green their lives. Planet Home lays it all out systematically, showing how all of these steps are connected, and how we're all interconnected. The radio and tv hosts seemed very into this approach.
I also heard a lot of concern over if green cleaning products really work (they do), if washing in cold water can really get your clothes clean (yes — and it saves so much energy as 90 percent of the energy associated with doing laundry goes to heating water), and about the expense of going green. I've tackled the expense discussion many times in the past and we do it again in Planet Home. If you buy less stuff, and only durable stuff, and truly understand the reasons why an organic apple or a "green" toy might cost more than a conventional version, my hope is that you'll be willing to spend the savings you gain when you reduce your purchases on greener versions of what you do buy. There's more on that in the pages of Planet Home. Plus tips on how to make your own cleaning products out of things you already have in your cabinets (vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide etc.).
Here are some behind the scene shots of the SMT (satellite media tour) — me getting my makeup done, the set, and even the organic food section of the catering table. Did you happen to catch one of the radio or tv segments? What did you think? If you did and have any follow up questions, please post in comments and I'm happy to answer.