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Zero Waste Living, The 80/20 Way: The Busy Person’s Guide To A Lighter Footprint (Volume 4) Paperback – Oct. 30 2020
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Empowering the busy individual to do the easy things that have a real impact on the climate and waste crises.
Many of us feel powerless to solve the looming climate and waste crises. We have too much on our plates, and may think these problems are better solved by governments and businesses. This book unlocks the potential in each "too busy" individual to be a crucial part of the solution. Stephanie Miller combines her career focused on climate change with her own research and personal experience to show how a few, relatively easy lifestyle changes can create significant positive impact. Using the simplicity of the 80/20 rule, she shows us those things (the 20%) that we can do to make the biggest (80%) difference in reversing the climate and waste crises.
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- Publisher : Changemakers Books (Oct. 30 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1789047390
- ISBN-13 : 978-1789047394
- Item weight : 120 g
- Dimensions : 14.15 x 0.71 x 21.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #727,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I really like about this book, however, is the author's tone.
I feel as if she's sitting with me in my kitchen, both of us drinking a cup of tea or coffee (from a recyclable container of course) and she is encouraging me in the friendliest possible way to make some easy changes to eliminate waste. I have taken one thing from the book so far, and that is to buy reusable vegan food wraps. They sell the beeswax kind, but I'd rather leave the bees out of it for now, they have enough to worry about. I wrap pieces of fruit, cheese, and other foods; cover storage containers with them, and then wash them in hot water. I can't remember when a piece of plastic wrap last snuck out of my pantry. Yes, there's more I can do, and I will do, because the book encourages and inspires. I think this is an especially good read for people skeptical about how much their contribution toward conservation can make or feel the effort is just too exhausting. My only wish is that there was more information about laundry and zero waste. I have read about making my own detergent (sounds messy and vaguely disgusting) and use alpaca balls in my dryer to avoid fabric softener. They do a job the elastic of my husband's underwear, but they have no odor and pound the softness into the clothing without any added chemicals.
Thanks, Stephanie, for this valuable addition to the literature on making the world a better place, one washcloth, compost heap, milk delivery, dry cleaner bag, and thrift store at a time.
What is most important though is that she does not become a do-all-this-or-the-world-will-end zealot. Instead, she shows us that we can all be (approaching) Zero-Waste heroes by doing a little more, but not quitting your job or even your hobbies to do nothing but hunt for compost worms and beeswax clingwrap. Need to keep that pandemic La Croix habit going? Ok. Can't always avoid a plastic bag? Fine - but collect them and once a month take them to somewhere (a local grocery store) that accepts them.
The book has many practical steps and resources - a quick read and a little thought and you've already made some changes. And here's the best part. IT FEELS GOOD. This crazy climate-crisis journey we are on will require a planetary effort to right the ship. Most of it is not for individual action, but each us doing a little more to use less, pollute less waste less will have a big impact. This book can help you on the path.
Special note: As a long-time vegetarian, I was very pleased that the author says we can skip the chapter on eating less meat!
In this book, Stephanie Miller provides small steps that are easy to implement but will make difference to reduce carbon prints of households. She groupes action steps under three categories which are 1- focus on food 2- purge plastic 3-recycle right. She provides easy-to-understand figures and facts in each chapter and provides relevant action steps to minimize waste. She also provides additional resources for readers who might be interested in learning more on these matters.
It is a very-well written and to-the-point book that I finished reading in one night. I really liked that the author explained how she herself followed these steps. It provided me with solid base to move forward. Very good choice, especially if you are a novice waste warrior like me.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 12, 2022