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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste | Bea Johnson
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Part inspirational story of Bea Johnson (the Priestess of Waste-Free Living) and how she transformed her familys life for the better by reducing their waste to an astonishing one liter per year; part practical, step-by-step guide that gives readers tools and tips to diminish their footprint and simplify their lives. 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, theyve cut their annual spending by a remarkable 40 percent, and they are healthier than theyve ever been. This book shares essential how-to advice, secrets, and insights based on Beas 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 familyand the planet.
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janeycanuck
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I'm not quite there yet on committing to Zero Waste but we are making an effort to move in that direction and this gave me some good food for thought on next steps.

BUT, this is very much zero waste HOME. Many of the ideas in here depend on someone else having taken care of the waste (e.g. purchasing open box electronics.) It's just pushed the waste to a different place.

AvidReader25 I‘ve been curious about this one. I like the idea, but sometimes these kind of books come across as preachy and privileged. 9mo
Tamra It‘s very difficult to avoid plastic in grocery shopping, especially in small towns that don‘t have co-ops or other stores with bulk buying bins. Everything seems to be wrapped in plastic! 😒 9mo
janeycanuck @AvidReader25 There is definitely unacknowledged privilege and there are a few places it gets a bit preachy but generally isn‘t too bad. She does say you need to make the choices that are right for your family and your situation at the beginning, which helps a bit. 9mo
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janeycanuck @Tamra Yes, this is a problem where I live, too, and I‘m in a medium-sized city that is very pro-environment (135k and we‘ve been called the Portland of Canada 🤪.) I‘d have no hope if I lived in a small town. If there‘s no alternative, you can‘t do much! It‘s been very hard through the pandemic, too - our grocery store puts only 2 or 3 things in each plastic bag for curbside pickup. 9mo
janeycanuck @AvidReader25 just went and checked my shelves for the one I read last year, which I thought was quite good. Check it out if you haven‘t already 9mo
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck that‘s good to know. I‘ll have to check it out! 9mo
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StephanieGeiser
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Pickpick

Finished on the ride home from work today. As someone who is interested in reducing the amount of trash her household produces, this was a great choice as Johnson is kind of the founder of the zero waste movement. I did a lot of research before reading this book & can‘t help but be a little disappointed at how much I already knew. Regardless, I will keep it for a while for her recipes. Read this if you‘re getting started with the zero waste.

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Blaire
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The author‘s journey to zero waste is extreme but motivated me to start composting among other changes. I like the idea of refusing as a first method for reducing. But, I found that that she didn‘t address some of her choices, like eating meat, frustrating. And though she acknowledged her privilege I don‘t think she truly realizes how privileged she is. She stills seems to live in a bubble a bit disconnected from most people‘s experiences.

AmandaL I recently read this and felt the same (although I rated it a pick). Plus, many people don't have access to the kinds of resources she does. 4y
Blaire @AmandaL yes it was interesting and made me change some habits, but right she lives in sf which is particularly environmentally friendly and she is still clearly well-off. Also some of the habits she had to break caused a big 🙄. I think I‘d like a more compact version like 52 ways to reduce waste. 4y
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thebluestocking
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Pickpick

Thoughtful writing full of valuable advice and resources. I will certainly be implementing many of her suggestions, though not all of them. She obviously takes this lifestyle to an extreme, but I think there are many good ideas individuals can implement without too much trouble.

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Lmstraubie
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Pickpick

I liked this book. The author definitely has done her research and does an amazing job living a zero-waste life. She never gets preachy. Although I don't think I could ever match what she does that's okay. There were some resonable and practical ideas.

CouronneDhiver I haven‘t read this book, but I draw the line at reusable toilet paper. 😆 4y
Lmstraubie @CouronneDhiver Lol she uses TP made from recycled paper. At one point in the book she says she thought about uses moss, but then thought better of it. She knew she had to draw the line somewhere. 😂 4y
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Lmstraubie
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Found this interesting read for my #litsyatoz letter "z"

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Birthday sweet friend!!! 💕🎉🎊📚🎂🎈 4y
Melissa_J Happy Birthday!! 🎂🎉🎈 4y
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merelybookish Happy birthday!! Hope you're having a great day!! 💗💗 4y
Lmstraubie @merelybookish Thank you!!! 4y
DivineDiana Looks good! And looks like I missed your birthday! Belated wishes for a fabulous year! 🎉 4y
Lmstraubie @DivineDiana Awww...thank you!! 😊 4y
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StephanieGeiser
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Congratulations on your milestone and thanks for the opportunity to celebrate with you!

My top three wants for my home library at the moment are:
1. Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
2. The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson
3. Whiskey, Words, and a Shovel I by R.H. Sin

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Endowarrior21 Entered 5y
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wingedsnails

“I think it‘s about time we reclaimed our adulthood: we‘re grown-ups, we can handle breakables.”

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wingedsnails
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There‘s a bit of a theme here...

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