Synopses & Reviews
Q: What do all of the previous civilizations that practiced recycling have in common?
A: They're extinct.
Let's face it. Recycling has its limits. But so does our Earth. As environmentalists Robert Lilienfeld and William Rathje explain, the answer to our twenty-first century garbage crisis is both simple and practical--use less stuff. This groundbreaking consumer guide suggests helpful money- and energy-saving tips for everyone who cares about how we live today and tomorrow. Learn to reduce and reuse with creative suggestions for all areas of your life, including:
- At home: Turn down the heat before guests arrive for a party--the extra body heat will warm up the room
- During the holidays: Save gift boxes to use the following year
- At the store: Buy products that come in concentrated formats--like juice and detergent
- At the office: Donate or sell old office equipment
- At school: Post announcements on a school Web site
- In the great outdoors: Bring magic markers to your picnic so guests can label their cups and plates
And many more!
Start a war on waste and help save the planet!
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-182) and index.
About the Author
Robert Lilienfeld is editor of The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report, a highly respected and widely read newsletter aimed at spreading the benefits of conservation and waste prevention. He is also president of the Cygnus Group, an Ann Arbor-based consulting firm working with progressive businesses in the area of sustainable development, and serves as an Advisory Board member for the University of Michigan's Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP). He is interviewed regularly on environmental issues by a wide variety of national, regional, and local media outlets, and has his own monthly commentary on public radio.
As a professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona and the founder/director of the Garbage Project, Dr. William Rathje is known as the nation's "garbologist"--the man who taught Americans about their consumption habits by rummaging through their garbage. Dr. Rathje co-authored the bestseller Rubbish! with Atlantic Monthly editor Cullen Murphy. He is also a regular contributor to The ULS Report and a variety of other publications.