The Zero-Waste Lifestyle
Live Well by Throwing Away Less
By Amy Korst
(Ten Speed Press, Paperback, 9781607743484, 272pp.)
Publication Date: December 26, 2012
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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.
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.
“The Zero-Waste Lifestyle walks you through the process of reducing your
trash in every room of the house as well as in other areas of your life,
from family vacations to the kids’ trick-or-treat bags. This is an invaluable
book filled with practical, easy-to-implement tips for every lifestyle.”
–Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
“The Zero-Waste Lifestyle is a treasure trove of tips about how you can easily
reduce your impact on the earth by reducing your waste. Thank goodness
for this intelligent and important book—Korst shows us that we really can
make a difference by making simple changes in our day-to-day lives.”
–Sophie Uliano, New York Times best-selling author of Gorgeously Green