The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less

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Ten Speed Press, 2012 - House & Home - 262 pages
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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. 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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Zero Waste Lifestyle is an excellent guide to reducing your garbage output to virtually nil. While not many will be able to go the whole route, there are excellent suggestions for whatever level of ... Read full review

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I knew my husband would love to have this book and I plan to give this as a Christmas Gift. Sadly, my husband saw the book before I hid it. Good news, though - he is not a big reader. He always fall ... Read full review

Contents

GETTING STARTED
13
Reduce and Reuse
46
Recycle
64
Organic Waste
89
TRASHFREE CHALLENGES
105
The ZeroWaste Bathroom
132
The ZeroWaste Bedroom
155
ZeroWaste Kids
171
The ZeroWaste Workplace
201
NEXTSTEPS
229
An AtoZ Guide to Recycling Just About Anything
248
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AMY KORST is a teacher and blogger who launched www.greengarbageproject.com along with her husband to chronicle their experiment in living a zero-waste lifestyle. She has been featured on CNN and in USA Today and the Guardian, among others. Amy has a Master Recycler certificate and is a frequent speaker for local environmental organizations. She lives in Pacific City, Oregon.

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