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....