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The Zero-Waste Lifestyle : Live Well by Throwing Away Less
by Amy Korst and Bill McKibben


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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.
Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality.  Read more...


 
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Overview

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.
Trash is a big, dirty problem. The average American tosses out nearly 2,000 pounds of garbage every year that piles up in landfills and threatens our air and water quality. You do your part to reduce, reuse, and recycle, but is it enough?
In "The Zero-Waste Lifestyle," Amy Korst shows you how to lead a healthier, happier, and more sustainable life by generating less garbage. Drawing from lessons she learned during a yearlong experiment in zero-waste living, Amy outlines hundreds of easy ideas--from the simple to the radical--for consuming and throwing away less, with low-impact tips on the best ways to:
- Buy eggs from a local farm instead of the grocery store
- Start a worm bin for composting
- Grow your own loofah sponges and mix up eco-friendly cleaning solutions
- Purchase gently used items and donate them when you're finished
- Shop the bulk aisle and keep reusable bags in your purse or car
- Bring your own containers for take-out or restaurant leftovers
By eliminating unnecessary items in every aspect of your life, these meaningful and achievable strategies will help you save time and money, support local businesses, decrease litter, reduce your toxic exposure, eat well, become more self-sufficient, and preserve the planet for future generations.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781607743484
  • ISBN-10: 1607743485
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publish Date: December 2012
  • Page Count: 262


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Books > House & Home > Do-It-Yourself - General
Books > Nature > Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Books > House & Home > Sustainable Living

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-02-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

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)

 
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