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The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less

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Publisher Comments:

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.

You don't have to be a tree hugger to benefit from zero-waste living. The average American tosses out nearly five pounds of trash every day, yet studies show the more we buy, the less happy we are. In The Zero-Waste Lifestyle, Amy Korst shows us how to have a happier, healthier, more sustainable life by sharing the lessons she learned while going waste-free for an entire year. Each chapter presents easy steps that anyone can take to create less trash: from composting and retaking reusable containers to the grocery store to burning clean organic materials; upcycling, downcycling, and recycling goods; and more.

Review:

"Korst, a pioneer-minded young blogger whose 'Green Garbage Project' allowed her to fit an entire year's garbage into a single shoebox, shares her ways with readers eager to make less of an impact on the earth. Her tips range from homemade toothpaste and deodorant recipes, to straightforward lists of single-serve and disposable products one can easily go without, to a waste audit strategy, shopping checklist, and complete recycling system. The book is a reminder of our problematic consumption and consumerism habits and contains some fantastic self-interventions. Each chapter is followed by an overview of tasks one can do to meet the goals outlined in the chapter. Korst's tips will save lots and lots of money, and this is a principle many will be able to get behind as much as the 'green' aspect. While her recipes are simple, and by no means unique to these pages, their value lies in the inspiration of freeing oneself from plastic bottles and containers. Korst may suggest seemingly wild ideas like growing your own loofah sponges and composting used condoms in a homemade worm bin, but she also demonstrates ingenuity and creativity in sharing many very simple ways we can all help save the earth. (Jan)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

AMY KORST is a teacher and blogger who launched www.greengarbageproject.com along with her husband to chronicle their experiment in living a zero-waste lifestyle. She has been featured on CNN and in USA Today and the Guardian, among others. Amy has a Master Recycler certificate and is a frequent speaker for local environmental organizations. She lives in Pacific City, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments       

                                                                                

Foreword by Bill McKibben    

                                                                  

Introduction: Trash, Trash, Everywhere

Part 1: Getting Started 

                                         

1. A Trashed Planet                                                                              

2. Planning to Go Waste Free                                                              

3. Reduce and Reuse                                                                            

4. Recycle                                                                                               

5. Organic Waste        

                                                                           

Part 2: Trash-Free Challenges   

                         

6. The Zero-Waste Kitchen                                                                 

7. The Zero-Waste Bathroom                                                             

8. The Zero-Waste Bedroom                                                              

9. Zero-Waste Cleaning                                                                       

10. Zero-Waste Kids                                                                               

11. Zero-Waste Travel                                                                            

12. The Zero-Waste Workplace                                                            

13. Zero-Waste Holidays and Special Occasions     

                         

Part 3: Next Steps          

                                            

14. The Global Zero-Waste Movement  

                                            

Epilogue   

                                                                                                     

An A-to-Z Guide to Recycling (Just About) Anything

                          

Further Reading   

                                                                                        

Bibliography       

                                                                                          

About the Author     

                                                                                   

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781607743484
Author:
Korst, Amy
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
Construction-Do It Yourself
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ONE COLOR
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.19 x 6.12 x 0.64 in 0.8 lb

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