Review: Green Mama

A compelling, well-written book for aspiring environmental mommies, Green Mama manages to fulfill its “guilt-free” promise with solid, simple advice that’s easy — for even the busiest moms! — to implement. “Leaving things better than I found them even started to seem, well, a little like something Jesus would do,” says Bianchi.

Bianchi’s appealing slice-of-life stories, which preface each chapter, document her struggle to balance consumerism with God’s call to stewardship. Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet encourages thoughtful, spendthrift behaviors that trickle down immediately to the next generation. Particularly helpful are each chapter’s end checklist, where Bianchi repeats the behavior or spending changes she’s introduced, letting a reader decide whether each item is important to her or even possible, given the situation.

If her goal is to leave her children and the planet they inherit infinitely bettered by affecting today’s choices, Bianchi scores major environmental points here and readers will too.

Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping
You and Your Kids Save the Planet

Tracey Bianchi
Paperback; Zondervan
$12.99

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(Original review posted here)

One thought on “Review: Green Mama

  1. February 21, 2011 at 11:00 am

    There are many great reasons for new mothers to go green. I’m happy to see that this book highlights that it truly is the best way to feel guilt-free about consumerism, when shopping for eco-friendly, safe products. Buying chemical-free, non-toxic, fair-trade products for babies and mothers is a great start to a healthy life. For example, buying organic cotton as oppossed to traditional cotton keeps pollutants from tampering our ground water supply; using natural, petroleum-free, baby lotions and other skincare products makes for a healthier child, while minimizaing toxic waste and not supporting oil dependency; and if you can buy from fair-trade and local suppliers, you are supporting the local economy, companies who believe in what they’re doing and standing by their products, and minimizing the effect on our planet’s carbon footprint by not supporting exhaustive shipping measures and freight pollution. All of these reasons make for a healthier planet and a healthier baby to grow up on that planet. And, if you remember to recycle, the investment in these products can last for years and get passed down from child to child. There is no substitute for quality and buying one item that works, as oppossed to many that don’t, is truly mindful spending.