Zero Waste Home

Zero Waste Home

The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your Life by Reducing your Waste

Book - 2013
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A practical guide for reducing waste in the home offers tools and tips for going "zero waste," discussing how to make cosmetics and cleaning supplies, pack lunches without plastic, and weed out unnecessary appliances.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2013
Edition: 1st Scribner trade pbk. ed
Description: ix, 292 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451697681
1451697686
Branch Call Number: 640.286 Joh

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ENNIS R. TULLOCH
Jun 03, 2018

This book was helpful in showing the small and numerous ways to reduce your waste, though it often felt like it was more about minimalism than environmentalism. However, it is a good start for someone interested in improving their lifestyle in either direction.

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ghreads
May 15, 2018

This book is an analysis of the wasteful North American lifestyle. It looks at both reducing the amount of waste we generate and at simplifying our lives – the two go hand-in-hand.

It is an interesting read. For someone who has never considered how wastefully most of us live, it will be an eye-opener. For those of us who are aware and already trying to live more responsibly, it is an inspiration to do more. Johnson’s lifestyle is extreme – her family of four generates about one quart of actual garbage a year. This would seem to be an unreachable goal for most of us but reducing our consumption and resulting waste by perhaps 30% to 50% should be achievable. Some of her suggestions seem unnecessary – e.g. she describes how to make your own makeup from bulk products without questioning why we need makeup in the first place. However, many of the suggestions require only a willingness to improve and a little preparation and planning. An attractive side benefit of this lifestyle is a substantial financial saving.

The book covers waste of all types, large and small, from staples to packaging to disposable single-use products to useless gifts to junk mail.

There is an appropriate emphasis on the fact that recycling is a last resort; first we should refuse, reduce and reuse, in that sequence. Only if these first three options are not feasible should we recycle and rot (compost).

The book is well written and easy to read.

4 Stars.

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JasmineR96
Jan 27, 2018

Very informative, and full of fun solutions to lessen the waste in your life from kitchen to bathroom, to wardrobe and work space. Almost all grounds are covered. But what this book is lacking is pictures and/or diagrams, that I think would really help in driving the points home.

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paigenausha
Mar 08, 2017

Loved it! Bea does a great job explaining her reasons behind going Zero Waste. She gives clear steps for how to transition to Zero Waste - complete with recipes for foods and other household products. This book was not only informational, but also a joy to read. Bea's humor shines through and I found myself laughing out loud quite often!

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learningcat3
Nov 01, 2016

Absolutely excellent and inspiring!

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drinklemonade
Jan 31, 2016

Bea Johnson is an inspiration to all of us who strive to live a sustainable lifestyle. While her suggestions/ideas can be extreme, it is from the perspective of that who has done it all. For us, aspiring zero-waster, we can all glean an idea or two from this book. I certainly have incorporated things from this book to my household -- every little things help!

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naturalist
May 21, 2015

Related articles: University of Tennessee, Office of Sustainability, http://environment.utk.edu/2015/01/21/zero-wastes-five-rs/ . . . . and . . . . EcoWatch , http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/10/bea-johnsoon-zero-waste-guru/

susienor May 17, 2015

I wonder how someone who clearly used a computer to write her book dares to call it “Zero Waste Home”! I am sure she does not have/use a car or even a bicycle! And her shoes have no rubber or plastic—but, again, the poor cows… (Happy "Earth Day," which, coincidentally, is also Vladimir Lenin's birthday.)

1dreamer May 17, 2015

I agree that the book is very well researched. I'm just not ready for the extremes required to live this lifestyle. If you are planning to live off the grid on a sustainable farm, then this is the book for you. Be prepared to make your own toothpaste, deodorant, and mustard. I also realize that our society uses far too much packaging. So using some of the ideas in this book is a good thing.

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lsj
Nov 09, 2013

An enjoyable book to read with lots of tips for living a greener life without having to move off the grid and adopt a radically changed lifestyle. Easy to read, the book is positive, encouraging with a fair amount of research backing up its position. Zero Waste Home is interesting to read in conjunction with The Good Life Lab by Wendy J. Tremayne. Both authors are concerned with living a more environmentally friendly life, but take very different approaches to achieving that end (Johnson comes off as more mainstream; Tremayne's approach is definitely more radical). Neither book is preachy.

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