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Zero Waste Home

The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your Life by Reducing your Waste

Johnson, Bea

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Zero Waste Home
"In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste. Today, Bea, her husband, Scott, and their two young sons produce just one quart of garbage a year, and their overall quality of life has changed for the better: they now have more time together, they've cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than they've ever been. This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Bea's experience. She demystifies the process of going Zero Waste with hundreds of easy tips for sustainable living that even the busiest people can integrate: from making your own mustard, to packing kids' lunches without plastic, to canceling your junk mail, to enjoying the holidays without the guilt associated with overconsumption. Zero Waste Home is a stylish and relatable step-by-step guide that will give you the practical tools to help you improve your health, save money and time, and achieve a brighter future for your family--and the planet"-- 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. Shows how the author transformed her family's life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing 1 liter per year; part practical guide that gives readers tools & tips to diminish their footprint & simplify their lives. -- Publishers Description.

Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, 2013
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
ISBN: 1451697708
Characteristics: ix, 292 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Nov 09, 2013
  • lsj rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 10, 2013

I really enjoyed this book. The author is very extreme in her commitment to living a zero waste life, but I did implement some of her tips and have enjoyed the impact it has had on my life. I would recommend this book to others, but keep in mind this is an extreme lifestyle that is not for everyone.

Jun 07, 2013
  • ksoles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

When I put "Zero Waste Home" on hold at the library, I expected a home decor book complete with glossy photos and design tips on how to create a functional, minimalist living space. However, Bea Johnson's picture-less book reads more like an instruction manual on adopting a greener lifestyle. Despite my surprise, I found the writing enthusiastic, thoroughly researched and relevant. Johnson organizes her chapters based on specific areas of home or life (kitchen, office, kids' rooms, travel etc), making it easy to skip to the most pertinent section. At the end of the book, she includes a variety of resources to help transition towards zero waste.

Unlike other books on the same topic, "Zero Waste Home" neither focuses on statistics nor discusses the impact of excessive waste in detail. Instead, it provides practical, actionable advice on incorporating meaningful changes into our personal lives.


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