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Destined to become the bible for a bold new subculture of eco-minded people who are creating a lifestyle out of recycling, reusing, and repurposing rather than buying new.

An exciting new movement is afoot that brings together environmentalists, anticonsumerists, do-it-yourselfers, bargain-hunters, and treasure-seekers of all stripes. You can see it in the enormous popularity of many websites: millions of Americans are breaking free from the want-get-discard cycle by which we are currently producing approximately 245 million tons of waste every day (that's 4.5 pounds per person, per day!).

In The Scavengers' Manifesto, Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson invite readers to discover one of the most gratifying (and inexpensive) ways there is to go green. Whether it's refurbishing a discarded wooden door into a dining-room table; finding a bicycle on freecycle.org; or giving a neighbor who just had a baby that cute never-used teddy bear your child didn't bond with, in this book Rufus and Lawson chart the history of scavenging and the world-changing environmental and spiritual implications of "Scavenomics," and offer readers a framework for adopting scavenging as a philosophy and a way of life.


Rufus and Lawson invite readers to discover one of the most gratifying--and inexpensive--ways there is to go green. "The Scavengers' Manifesto" offers eco-minded people a framework for adopting scavenging as a philosophy and a way of life.

About the Author

Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of three nonfiction books, including Stuck: Why We Can't (or Won't) Move On and Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto. An award-winning journalist, she has written for numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kristan Lawson is the award-winning author of Darwin and Evolution for Kids, as well as several other critically acclaimed nonfiction books. He has also worked as a stringer for AP and UPI, and has had travel and feature articles published in many newspapers and magazines nationwide, including The Boston Globe and The Denver Post.

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New Connexion , July 14, 2010 (view all comments by New Connexion )
When people hear the term “scavenging,” they may think of dumpster diving in a dark alley. Authors Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson have a broader view of this thrifty pastime: Scavenging is any activity where you can legally acquire things for free or cheap, either outdoors or in a standard retail environment. These activities run all the way from thrift shopping to coupon clipping and recycling to more adventurous enterprises such as freecycling, beachcombing and urban foraging (that’s where you harvest fruit from trees that grow on or overhang public property). Everything old is new again in The Scavengers’ Manifesto, which makes you think critically about your consumer lifestyle. Clothing and furniture aren’t just objects — they’ve become a part of the life and death cycle of the earth’s landfills. You resurrect these used items when you pick them up again at garage sales, creating a second life in a new home. It makes sense spiritually and ecologically to be a savvy scavenger.

— Vicky Thompson, New Connexion
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Rufus, Anneli
Lawson, Kristan
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Healthy Living
Sociology - General
United states
Sustainable living
Ragpickers - United States
Salvage (Waste, etc.) -- United States.
Environmental Conservation & Protection
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8.10x5.40x.70 in. .80 lbs.
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