In a wierd confluence of news and advertising, today I saw an ad in the NewYork Times today for a book called Green This! Volume 1: Greening Your Cleaning by Deirdre Imus* (yes, Don’s wife). It gets great editorial and reader reviews, so I will probably order it and provide a review of my own. It appears to be a guidebook for determining which household products contain ingredients that are bad for you or for the environment and how to replace them with greener alternatives. I’m hoping for a kind of “recipe book” for making these products from scratch and not just a resource guide for where to buy pre-made products (which I pretty well have figured out for myself).
*It turns out that Deirdre Imus is:
the the founder and President of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology®, part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) in New Jersey, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. The Center represents one of the first hospital-based programs whose specific mission is to identify, control, and ultimately prevent exposures to environmental factors that may cause adult, and especially pediatric cancer, as well as other health problems with our children.
The Environmental Center developed the award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program. Greening the Cleaning® means eliminating to the greatest extent possible all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replacing them with environmentally responsible ingredients with the least level of toxicity.
Deirdre Imus is also co-founder and co-director with husband, Don Imus, of The Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, an authentic 4,000 acre working cattle ranch in northern New Mexico, which provides the experience of the American cowboy to children suffering from cancer and various blood diseases, as well as to children who have lost a brother or sister to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).