Monday, April 20, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Recycle This Book AND a giveaway!

It's officially "Earth Week," as Earth Day is in just a few days. That means...giveaways galore this week (and a couple to end the month next week). Keep checking back for more free stuff!

Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children's Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green, edited by Dan Gutman, is one of the best non-fiction kids books I've read in awhile (and one of the only ones I've read cover to cover). Each author gives a simple tip for families to use to help save the planet and to have fun while doing it.

As the title indicates, 100 authors came together to compile these tips, including Ann Brashares, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Daniel Pinkwater, Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yole, Eve Bunting, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jon Scieszka, Rick Riordan and tons of other very cool names. It was fun to know that I do some of the same things these super-famous authors do to save the planet and they also taught me quite a few new tips!

I've never really thought about the concept of wrapping paper in such a way...or reusing water in the manner one author swears by. This is a fantastic choice for all libraries and for any family with children. I loved it and really think you all will too!

Oh AND I'm giving away a copy! That's not all...I'm also giving away a product that I have just fallen in love with recently, wanting to give someone else a chance to help save their planet in an incredibly simple way.

Nellie's Dryer Balls are these cool little balls with nubbies all over them that you pop in the dryer with your clothes (no bad-for-the-environment fabric softener sheets needed) and they help to not only dry your clothes faster (up to 25% faster), but they soften them as a chemical fabric softener would. They reduce ironing, reduce lint & wrinkles, are completely non-toxic, able to be used with delicates, and are good for 1000 loads or two years. Amazing.

You're getting a set of those too! If you want to buy your own, I got mine from The Rainforest Site (which is an awesome site to visit anyways, one click and you save square footage in the Rainforest. It's free!). The pink ones are on sale for only $6 bucks right now AND the shipping and handling is always low.

How do you enter for the book and the dryer balls? Leave me a comment with your best "go green" tip that your family uses. Blog about it and receive an additional entry. Tweet about it, get another entry. Facebook about it, get ANOTHER entry. That's up to three entries (leave a separate comment for each). Spread the word!!

You have until Friday at midnight, Mountain time to enter! U.S. only on this one....

25 comments:

Jenna said...

My family never leaves the water running when we brush our teeth. That's a big no-no!

Awesome contest, please enter me!

Jenna
jennapomme@yahoo.com

Carey said...

We use the energy efficient light bulbs. It took a few months to get used to them because they need to warm up to get to full power, but now we don't even notice.

Kristi said...

We use cloth diapers at our house and have "clean up towels" (bar mop towels) that I use to wash faces and hands after meals instead of paper towels. Really cuts down on our paper towel usage!

I've been eyeing those dryer balls for a while... I'd love to win them!
runwatchplaywait [at] gmail [dot] com

Kristi said...

I "tweeted" about your giveaway (kristi_runwatch)

Kristi said...

I'm posting your giveaway link on facebook, also

becky said...

We also use cloth diapers in our house, and I make a lot of my own cleaners. We use lots of baking soda and vinegar for toxic-free cleaning.

becky said...

I posted a link to your blog on facebook :)

Anamaria (bookstogether) said...

Put the paper towels under the sink. I don't know if that's our best tip, but it's the one that came to mind first!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Our biggest thing is that we don't own a car. We walk everywhere we can and take the bus when we need to. A smaller thing is that I use all of the leftover water in bottles, glasses, and the tea kettle to water the plants.

Holly said...

We're converting our lightbulbs and I'm drying a lot more things by hanging them up. Terrific giveaway!!

Lisa said...

We use cloth diapers, nursing pads, hankies, etc. We also buy a lot of things secondhand, with the idea being that you are saving the energy and materials it would have cost to produce a new item, as well as potentially saving something from a landfill.

Tricia said...

We use Freecycle in our area to get rid of things we don't want in a responsible way. I love giving things to folks who I know will need and use the materials.

Tricia said...

P.S. - I wrote about your giveaway in this post!
http://www.freecycle.org/aboutus

Book Dads said...

We use a low flow shower head at our house that uses only 1.5 gallons of water per minute and it can be turned down even lower when soaping up. Saves quite a bit of water.

Book Dads said...

Tweeted at http://twitter.com/BookDads/status/1579484867

Book Dads said...

I also shared on my Facebook page.

Steven Bush

D.A. Tyo said...

My girls (9 and 10) recycled a friend's plastic sports drink bottles by drilling two holes in them and sticking two wooden spoons through the holes. They filled their feeder with seed and the birds love it! The nonfiction book sounds great to share with my girls and with my sixth graders at school. It seems like our favorite authors are represented in the book. Thanks! tdtyo@yahoo.com

Janel said...

I dry my clothes outside (weather permitting) and always head to the farmer's market on a regular basis when it opens for the season. Thanks for the giveaway!

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Serena said...

no need to enter me, but I am going to purchase these dryer balls.

Eco-friendly tip: rather than buy doggie do-do bags to clean up after your pup, use a metal scooper to pick it up and deposit it in the trash or reuse some of those plastic shopping bags.

Dawn @Moms Inspire Learning said...

Great post! I'm so glad that BookChook, http://thebookchook.blogspot.com/, linked to this post in the comments section of my new blog. I will be sure to seek out this book.

In addition to buying organic food, clothing, and other products whenever possible, I recently bought reusable grocery bags and stainless steel water bottles. Here's the link to an award winning site, where you can find all sorts of reusable items:

http://www.reusablebags.com/

As consumers, we have the power to make the informed choices that can change the world in small ways. Small changes add up to a lot! Let's make every day Earth Day.

Brooke said...

BEst go green tip... Well, we hardly use the lights during the day.. Instead we open the curtains and let the sunshine light the house... another one is using natural cleaners and I'm not talking about buying "green" cleaner but actually USING nature ie.. lemons etc..

Amy Planchak Graves said...

My young daughters are prolific artists. We only use new paper as a last resort. The back sides of anything printed is fair game for drawing, as is cardboard and the inside of cereal boxes. If we're painting, newspaper and circular ads work well.

Amy Planchak Graves said...

This has been tweeted.

Amy Planchak Graves said...

And, by extension, facebooked.

christin said...

Re-use used dryer sheets for dusting and polishing faucets and knobs:) Thanks!
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