- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (April 1 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1459806921
- ISBN-13: 978-1459806924
- Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #396,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World Hardcover – Apr 1 2015
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"Mulder tells the garbage story in clean and engrossing prose, complemented by stock artwork and photographs...Mulder provides all sorts of alternatives to incineration, landfills and ocean dumping...Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action." (Kirkus Reviews 2015-02-15)
"Mulder focuses not only on reducing consumption but also on how we can recoup some of the energy and resources that are thrown away. Ingenious ideas like insulating homes with jeans or weaving old fishing nets into carpeting are just a couple ideas that will spark readers’ imaginations. With full-color photos of kids in action and startling but fascinating trivia about how much trash the world’s population produces, this offers a very compelling argument for conservation." (Booklist 2015-04-01)
"The text is written in a conversational style which will appeal to readers. 'Trash Facts' provide additional trivia while colour photographs, perfectly suited to the text, add to the reader’s understanding of the concepts presented...An interesting, thought-provoking book that might inspire some readers to spark some environmental initiatives of their own. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2015-02-13)
"Both a history of trash and a manual of its elimination (or diminution, at least), this nifty book covers a variety of topics...Employing readable language, Mulder chronicles the development of garbage disposal and goes on to castigate our throw-it-away-and-buy-a-new-one way of thinking...Colorful photos record garbage issues around the world and innovative solutions to cope with this mountainous problem...An informative call to action for young greenies." (School Library Journal 2015-04-01)
"I look forward with great anticipation to each new Orca Footprints [title]. They have been beautifully designed, well researched and blessed with terrific writing. This one is no exception...[Mulder] includes personal observations and anecdotes from her travels and from her life in Victoria today to make us cognizant of simple solutions to some of the ways in which we dispose of unwanted and unneeded objects. The 'Trash Facts' are interesting and inspiring. A wealth of impressive color photos, a table of contents, an index and a list of additional books, movies and websites add to the appeal and to the value." (Sal's Fiction Addiction blog 2015-04-22)
"Although the problem is huge, the author writes in a positive and upbeat style and encourages readers to be creative in thinking of solutions. The book is illustrated with many, high quality, colour photographs. There are references to other current resources, including movies and websites, for further study." (Resource Links 2015-04-01)
"[An] important title on how to value our environment." (Coombs Report Summer Reading List for Kids 2015-06-20)
"There is a nice balance of text and vibrant photos; content is a blend of scientific fact with historical and anecdotal vignettes so that adolescents can relate to the issues while contributing to a solution. Mulder presents an array of solutions, along with several examples of innovative projects demonstrating recycling, reusing, and composting. Due to the relevancy of the topic and clear message to modern teens and pre-teens, this is a valuable purchase for most youth collections." (School Library Connection 2015-11-01)
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Mulder divides her book into four main chapters. The first features a brief history of trash and explains how the advent of factories and urbanization contributed to the production of garbage. The second explains the inner workings of a landfill, how methane gas forms and what makes an object "biodegradable." It also exposes the disturbing problem of garbage in lakes, rivers and oceans. The third chapter focuses on groups and organizations striving to make use of food and trash that would otherwise end up in a landfill. Innovative ideas include donating surplus crops to soup kitchens, producing insulated walls from toothbrushes, denim, video cassettes and DVD cases and fashioning orchestra instruments from oilcans, bottlecaps, film reels, water pipes and parts of a meat grinder. Finally, Mulder highlights some government initiatives that combat the problem of trash including banning plastic bags, adopting garbage-less lunch days and promoting meeting places where people can bring broken household items and learn to repair them.
The text's conversational style will appeal to both young adult and grown up readers and additional trivia, coloured photos, an index and a list of related resources all perfectly compliment Mulder's writing. The book's thought-provoking suggestions on how readers and their families can adopt a Zero-Waste lifestyle could certainly inspire youth to spark environmental initiatives of their own.
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Interesting to learn more of the recycling and composting trash.
So many resources around the world with lots of ideas on how to get rid of garbage.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).