The Zero-waste Lifestyle

The Zero-waste Lifestyle

Live Well by Throwing Away Less

Book - 2012
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A practical guide to generating less waste, featuring meaningful and achievable strategies from the blogger behind The Green Garbage Project, a yearlong experiment in living garbage-free.

Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough? 

In  The Zero-Waste Lifestyle , Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas--from the simple to the radical--for consuming and throwing away less, with low-impact tips on the best ways to:
*  Buy eggs from a local farm instead of the grocery store
*  Start a worm bin for composting
*  Grow your own loofah sponges and mix up eco-friendly cleaning solutions
*  Purchase gently used items and donate them when you're finished
*  Shop the bulk aisle and keep reusable bags in your purse or car
*  Bring your own containers for take-out or restaurant leftovers
 
By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient, and preserve the planet for future generations.

Publisher: Berkeley [California] : Ten Speed Press, [2012], ©2012
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781607743484
1607743485
Characteristics: ix, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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SquamishLibraryStaff Oct 15, 2016

Whether you're looking to go absolutely garbage-free, or just to find advice on reducing your waste creation, this book is here. Canadians produce 777 KG of garbage, per person, per year. This book is about how to make that number = zero (at least as far as the individual can control). This book is a look into how to produce less garbage, by consuming less, and recycling what you do use. (It is a little bit heavy on the recycling vs. reducing side though, so other good recommendations are Plastic Free Life and Zero Waste Home). Want other titles? See this List, https://squamish.bibliocommons.com/list/share/467417217_austinpl_twinoaks/706001624_50_shades_of_green_-_zero_waste.

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MollyO
Aug 12, 2015

Focused far too much on recycling. That should be the last step in the chain but the author makes it sound like we can just buy whatever as long as we can put the trash into the recycling stream.
Also, some tips make no sense. For example, when talking about how to deal with waste from eating out, she states that drink umbrellas can be taken apart and the paper can be recycled and the wood stick can be composted or burned in a campfire. Don't really get why the whole thing couldn't be composted or burned. Or just request no umbrella....
It's an ok introduction if you're totally new to Zero-waste, I guess. But there are other, more detailed and user friendly books out there. Plastic Free Life and Zero Waste Home come to mind.

hgeng63 Nov 07, 2013

Lots of info not very well organized.

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