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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Wasteby Bea Johnson
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Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the “Priestess of Waste-Free Living”) and how she transformed her family’s life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives.
Many of us have contemplated changing our daily habits to limit our impact on the environment. But where to begin? And how? Bea Johnson, who has been profiled in The New York Times and on the Today show, has been sharing with readers waste-reducing tips and the story of how she transformed her family’s health, finances, and relationships for the better in various magazines and TV shows as well as through her fast-growing blog, ZeroWasteHome.com.
In her first book, Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she and her family have dramatically improved their lives by reducing their waste. Not only do they now have more time together as a family now, but they’ve also cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been, both emotionally and physically.
Packed with easy, sustainable tips that even the busiest people can adopt, the book also offers practical guidance that will give readers the tools they need to simplify their own lives, from bringing jars to the store to stock up on bulk items to exfoliating with oatmeal and to cleaning mildew with hydrogen peroxide rather than toxic store-bought cleansers.
Appealing, stylish, and completely relatable, Zero Waste Home offers an overall lifestyle plan that will help readers to improve their overall health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for their families, and the planet.
"Zero Waste Home is an amazing story of personal transformation. It compels us to recognize that our heedlessly wasteful ways are not gateways to prosperity and convenience, but barriers to a good life and a healthy planet. Bea Johnson has produced an invaluable resource." Edward Humes, author of Garbology
"Waste not, want not isn't about penny pinching. It's about gratitude and loving our lives. Bea Johnson doesn't just teach us to save the planet. She teaches us to save ourselves." Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man
In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been.
This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea's experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family, and the planet.
About the Author
Bea Johnson has been shattering preconceptions attached to a lifestyle of environmental consciousness through her Zero Waste lifestyle. She regularly opens her home to educational tours and the media, and she has appeared in segments on the Today show, NBC and CBS news, Global TV BC (Canada), and a mini Yahoo! documentary. Bea and her family have also been featured in print publications, including People, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as The Huffington Post, MSNBC, USA Today, Mother Nature Network, among others. She lives in Mill Valley, California.
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