Author Topic: Zero Waste Home- book rec  (Read 2605 times)


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Zero Waste Home- book rec
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:09:01 PM »
I just finished reading Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson.  I really enjoyed it, even though many of her suggestions have already been presented on her blog, of the same name.  She was motivated by environmentalism, rather than being frugal, but reports her family's costs substantially decreased with her efforts to generate zero waste.  She takes a lively, encouraging tone (much more appealing to me than No Impact Man).  One of her key messages is to "refuse" things you do not really want and will end up throwing out -- like the free cheaply made vinyl briefcase at the convention, the free plastic cup and lid for your child at the restaurant chain, the many items you receive in the mail (I am canceling those alumni magazines I never read.)  I think many MMM readers would appreciate this book.


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Re: Zero Waste Home- book rec
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2013, 06:42:00 PM »
Nice ideas--just checked out her blog. I probably can't do everything she says...but I will definitely try many of her suggestions. I've already phased out the use of much paper, etc. in the home, but I can still do better. Her cleaning ideas are very good. Also, carry your own container to the store for bulk items and to restaurants for leftovers, nice. Less trash! More savings!


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Re: Zero Waste Home- book rec
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2013, 08:31:55 AM »
I just finished reading this book also - even though I consider our house pretty tuned when it comes to managing "trash", I came away with several new ideas.  Definitely a recommend.


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Re: Zero Waste Home- book rec
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2013, 05:28:23 AM »
Have any of you heard of the film "Plastic Planet"? I think it was translated into English. It is an Austrian documentary on plastic and really eye-opening!