Giveaway! Green, American Style – an Eco-primer

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The last giveaway for today is a copy of the new release, Green, American Style: Becoming Earth-Friendly and Reaping the Benefits by Anna M. Clark.

In essence, this book is a primer about ecology and conservation, delivered in a way that encourages the reader to learn more and “give green a chance.” The “green movement” has been so politicized that it is difficult to know what’s what and who to believe. Clark attempts to dispel some of the confusion.

The first section of the book features the following topics

  • Eco-Mania: The Truth Behind the Hype
  • The Roots of the Green Revolution
  • The Rise of Eco-Capitalism
  • God’s Green Soldiers

and is followed by a larger, second section which provides 85 easy ways to be more environmentally conscious as well as save money doing so. You can get a sneak peak with these 10 tips from the author.

I haven’t quite finished the book, but I’m working on it. It’s highly thought-provoking and a great reminder that good stewardship really doesn’t “cost” me all that much.

One reader will win a copy of this book. Simply leave a comment, telling us the easiest method you follow to renew, reuse, recycle.

Contest will be open until Sunday, April 25th at 8 pm, PST. Winner to be chosen at random and announced next week. Congrats to the winner – crismom42@! Email is coming your way shortly.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book, but was not compensated to share my opinion or to post this giveaway.

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  1. The easiest thing I do to renew, reuse, recycle is buy my kids clothes gently used. It’s a great way to save money too!

  2. I have switched from throw away plates/cups etc. to the real thing. I use cloth “paper towels”, cloth napkins and wipes. I am careful about recycling and reducing trash. In general, I am trying to respect our enviroment and reduce my carbon footprint!

  3. I have started composting! It is fun and easy to do!

  4. Hello. I have reduced the number of plastic bags, simply taking my own bag (reusable, i hope for long time) and the trolley when i have to carry a lot of things. It’s incredible the amount of bags that are given in the shops, here in Spain.

  5. Cloth diapering!

  6. Our compost bucket sits right next to the sink. It is amazing how much we are able to add to our compost pile weekly and to our gardens yearly.

  7. Our recycling bins are right near the trash can. We’ve taught the children which items go in which bin, and because of recycling have cut the number of trash bags we use in half!

  8. Recycling next to the trash and just watching packaging when we buy things. Less used, less to throw away. πŸ™‚ PS my daughter’s favorite way is to use all of the yogurt and butter tubs as building, cooking and carrying tools πŸ™‚ (She’s 1)

  9. I have been using bags I made for our grocery shopping. I love leaving the plastic bags at the store!

  10. If I am going to be honest, which I am ; ), I really haven’t put much energy into the Green movement. I know it sounds bad, but it wasn’t until I started blogging and reading different blogs, sites, etc…that it caught my attention. They don’t even recycle in my town that I’m aware of! My friend in NC (where I’m moving to) recycles. I was at her house for two days and couldn’t believe the difference in the trash alone when you recycle! It got me really thinking about it, so I started by purchasing those re-usable grocery bags. The first time I showed up at Wal-Mart with 15 shopping bags, the cashier looked at me like I was off my rocker. I guess it would’ve been much easier for her to use that turney thing and put my stuff in plastic bags, but I kindly stood my ground, and bagged my own stuff. She did smile and help. : ) I would love to learn more about this from a Christian perspective. I’m in the midst of a move right now, and I think starting new recycling and other ‘green’ habits would be easy to do in a new home, new location, etc…I want to start composting, recycling, and whatever else I can teach my family. I’m very interested!

    • @Janine,
      When I was in college, I took cloth bags to Walmart b/c it was much easier to get my groceries back to my apartment. The cashiers always looked at this college girl with her cloth bags like she was nutso. Just like you though, I bagged my own and knew I was making my life much easier and the planet happier!

      As we have been making more and more green steps in our life, I have been amazed at the how often I have found “convenience” items are really not more convenient and the way our grandparents did things had a whole lot of advantages! Good Luck with your endeavors!

  11. The easiest way I have found to recycle and reuse is to use hand me down clothes from relatives.We all swap back and forth.The only clothes I have to buy is socks and sometimes shoes.Almost forgot and underwear.

  12. The book sounds interesting… I’ve often wondered how “green” some of the so-called green cleaners etc are that you can buy in the big box stores. Around here, we started composting (actually we’re restarting again now since the composter is finally not buried in snow!).

  13. I participate in our city’s curb-side recycling program.

  14. Composting. Cuts down on trash, and we’ve got great dirt for our garden with little effort from us!
    (Our city just began a curbside recycling program this year also which we love, but we’ve been composting for years.)

  15. Alex Hall says:

    I haven’t done much to reduce, reuse and recycle aside from hand-me-down clothing and furniture/household items. I have also tried to not purchase as many paper towels and use more rags, but that’s been difficult!

  16. We always use our local consignment store to buy clothes for my daughter and I. It saves us lots of money. Plus this year I have a bag of rags to wipe up spills and clean with. We still have paper towels, but they are for car trips.

  17. While I do participate in our curbside recycling. I think the thing that has helped the most is buying a small house with tiny closets. I don’t have room for lots of stuff; therefore, I don’t shop like I used to. I love garage sales, but I make a list of certain things I am on the lookout for including dimensions and keep it with me, so I don’t buy unneeded items.

  18. We reduce, reuse, and recycle. I am currently rewiring a lamp, painting old furniture that I found curbside, and recycling everything that comes out of my home with my clutter clean-up campaign. Our city just issued huge recylcing bins (the same size as our rolling garbage cart). We are finding more and more to put in them! When we had the small container, it was often easier to throw things away in the larger garbage container once the recycle bin was full. Now we don’t have that problem.

  19. using cloth bags for the grocery store. for sure. πŸ™‚

  20. Composting, feeding cooked food scraps to the chickens, putting used jar lid flats to use on small stakes as row markers for the garden.

  21. I use a clothes line instead of the dryer and we recycle everything!

  22. I have quit using paper towels, I’ve started my own veggie garden and tomorrow I plan to make a compost bin and buy a water filter so I can quit drinking bottled water!

  23. We recycle everything! It has gotten to be a game… trying to have only 1 or 2 bags of trash for our family of 6 each week. We give everything we don’t use anymore to the local Thrift Store. We’re trying to teach our girls to be very conscious about reducing, reusing, and recycling.

  24. We use only cloth products in the kitchen (towels, napkins, etc) and have eliminated trash bags. We use cloth diapers with our daughter. We recycle as much as we can (unfortunately our county accepts limited plastics — so in the meantime I reuse those containers as well as I can.) We are also making a switch to natural cleaning — vinegar, baking soda, etc…

  25. What a fantastic book! I’d love to get a chance to read it! Thanks for entering me in the giveaway. I just wrote a post about recycling in the garden yesterday!! Check it out over at:

  26. i regularly shop on craigslist and freecycle – as a matter of fact, because of all the great bread recipes i’ve seen on here and on moneysavingmom, we actively searched for a used breadmaker, and found one for only $10! it works great, and we are having a great time trying out lots of new bread recipes.

  27. The biggest thing we do to reduce our trash is that we use cloth diapers for our daughter. It’s a lot easier than I thought it would be at first and I’ve falling in love with all the cute and colorful diapers out there.

  28. I don’t know if its easy but I am getting ready to buy a compost bin. I also have been working on reducing my use of paper products.

  29. Taking cloth bags to the grocery store is the easiest thing I do. So much more fits into the cloth bags than the plastic ones, which makes bringing groceries in the house much, much, much easier with two little ones.

    Also, have the indoor recycling collection basket right next to the garbage can makes the choice to recycle easy. You don’t have to take it outside right away, and I have found we all recycle much more because of it. We just take it to the curb whenever our trash needs to go out!

    There is so much more I would like to be doing on a grander scale, perhaps this book will help me with some ideas!

  30. we’ve finally made the jump from paper towels to cloths for clean ups in the kitchen

  31. Lots of hand-me-down clothes for the kids, e-bay buys for me and three boxes under the sink for plastics, glass, and cardboard as well as newspapers. Composting and growing our own veg (when there is no snow on the ground!)

  32. I like to use the plastic grocery bags as trash bags for our little trash cans that are dotted all around the house. Then when I have a plentiful supply, I use my cloth bags.

  33. The best way for my to recycle was to get my children involved. They LOVE the song the 3 R’s by Jack Johnson. We have a reusable grocery sack that hangs on a 3m hook inside our pantry door. Throughout the day we collect our recycleables in there and when it’s full my 5 yr old takes it out to the big recycle can.

  34. Connie Corey says:

    We are so blessed to have curb side pick up of our recyclables! The garbage man picks them up – we just have to put them in a separate container. I make this easy for everyone by keeping our bins in the garage, which is attached to the house.

  35. Composting, recycling, planting a garden, using old clothes to make doll clothes and as a source for replacement buttons, etc., cutting up my old t-shirts and recycling into yarn to make a door mat.

  36. These are some of the changes we have made in the last six months. We do not use paper plates anymore, using recycled items for crafts, costumes, and imagination, way less plastic sacks for food or garbage, recycle everything we can, researching what we can do with recyclable items, and learning from others. We also for along time consolidate as many errands and appointments in one trip as we possibly can.

  37. We’ve done a lot to try to changeour lifestyle to hav less of an impact on the environment. We had done a lot of little changes since we got married two years ago like using reusable bags for grocey shopping, recycling everything we can, line drying our clothes, but our most recent change has been to drastically reduce the amount of meat we had been eating. My husband was always a strict meat guy who could not understand how any one could live a happy life without meat, but our church decided to the Daniel Dast for 21 days. Through this we lost weight and realized that life with a lot less meat isn’t bad. We are still losing weight, we feel better, and we are helping the environment!

  38. Our city has a great recycling program and they pick up every week. We fill two 64 gallon bins with recycling every week! We’ve reduced our amount of “garbage” by at laest 40% by checking the number on every item we toss to see if the city can recycle it. I also use reusable shopping bags, grow all our vegetables in a backyard garden made with all recycled materials and buy everything for the kids second hand and resell the old. I’ll have to get this book from the Library if I don’t win it πŸ™‚

  39. The best way my dh and I have “gone green” is by composting – it is such a wonderful way to raise the most delicious and healthy veggies!

  40. I buy my spices in bulk at Sprouts and buy my baking goods in bulk at Costco. This helps eliminate excess packaging. πŸ™‚

  41. I need to do more. Right now I am at the basic level of separating trash and recycling.

  42. Our trash company has recycling options too, so one easy step and we can both picked up the same day. Also buying used clothing, accepting hand-me-downs. I make my own wipes, laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent. I also do lots of canning/freezing to preserve foods for year-round. Its all easy, just takes a little bit of time and effort.

  43. We use cloth napkins and rags instead of paper napkins and paper towels as much as possible.

  44. I have been making my own cleaners. Not only is it good for the environment, but it is cheaper and safer!

  45. I try not to bring home any plastic bags and instead always bring my reusable bags. I’m very good at the grocery store and about 95% at other stores.

  46. We no longer buy paper towels, but instead use cloth napkins. It is a very simple change, but it saves a ton of money and is good for the enviroment.

  47. I think having a garden and producing a lot of our own food is going green in a big way. It eliminates a lot of fuel use, and packaging, not to mention huge health benefits for us!

  48. The easiest way that I recyle, renew and reuse is to share clothes with friends. They pass along their kids’ clothes and I do the same. While I purchase a few of my kids clothes, most have come to us this way.

  49. Amanda Y. says:

    We recycle everything that can in our blue bins, we use cloth shopping bags, and we often buy clothes at Goodwill.

  50. The easiest thing I do is recycle. We have a huge bin and it’s just as easy to throw recyclables in their as the garbage can.

  51. We just started composting and I have been amazed at how much it has reduced our kitchen trash. That along with recycling just about everything makes it so that we hardly take anything out on trash day. Plus the compost will be great for the garden!

  52. Using my own bags when grocery shopping. It not only avoids the bag but control how much I buy, knowing I only have so much space to fill.

  53. easiest way….read my parents’ old copies of the Wall Street Journal. After I’m done, I recycle them, but at least they get read twice!

  54. We use single stream recycling. It all goes in 1 bin and gets separated at the plant.

  55. Everything that comes into our home must have more than one use or purpose or be able to be recycled.

  56. We’ve made our boys responsible for taking care of all the recyclables themselves, takes some reminders, but they sure love crushing cans!

  57. I keep the recycling bag/box right next to the garbage, and don’t buy or use a lot of disposable things like bottled water and paper plates/napkins or plastic utensils. I also keep reuseable shopping bags in the car.

  58. Keeping the recycle bin handy in our kitchen.

  59. I have just recently started using reusable grocery bags and have had several given to me and gotten some more for free!

  60. I use cloths bags at the grocery store but I’ll also get paper if I dont have enough. Then the paper bag sits next to my garbage for all my recyclables.

  61. we keep chickens for eggs, garden, and compost to help out the environment.

  62. i’ve started bringing my own bags when i go shopping!!

  63. We keep a separate trash can in the kitchen just for our recyling. I also try to resuse our plastic grocery store bags and have made my cleaners.

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