Zero Waste Home

Zero Waste Home

The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your Life by Reducing your Waste

Book - 2013
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Scribner,, [2013]
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781451697681
Characteristics: ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 03, 2018

This book was helpful in showing the small and numerous ways to reduce your waste, though it often felt like it was more about minimalism than environmentalism. However, it is a good start for someone interested in improving their lifestyle in either direction.

May 15, 2018

This book is an analysis of the wasteful North American lifestyle. It looks at both reducing the amount of waste we generate and at simplifying our lives – the two go hand-in-hand.

It is an interesting read. For someone who has never considered how wastefully most of us live, it will be an eye-opener. For those of us who are aware and already trying to live more responsibly, it is an inspiration to do more. Johnson’s lifestyle is extreme – her family of four generates about one quart of actual garbage a year. This would seem to be an unreachable goal for most of us but reducing our consumption and resulting waste by perhaps 30% to 50% should be achievable. Some of her suggestions seem unnecessary – e.g. she describes how to make your own makeup from bulk products without questioning why we need makeup in the first place. However, many of the suggestions require only a willingness to improve and a little preparation and planning. An attractive side benefit of this lifestyle is a substantial financial saving.

The book covers waste of all types, large and small, from staples to packaging to disposable single-use products to useless gifts to junk mail.

There is an appropriate emphasis on the fact that recycling is a last resort; first we should refuse, reduce and reuse, in that sequence. Only if these first three options are not feasible should we recycle and rot (compost).

The book is well written and easy to read.

4 Stars.

Jan 27, 2018

Very informative, and full of fun solutions to lessen the waste in your life from kitchen to bathroom, to wardrobe and work space. Almost all grounds are covered. But what this book is lacking is pictures and/or diagrams, that I think would really help in driving the points home.

Aug 23, 2017

Great practical guide for going zero waste! Bea walks you through her home and day-to-day routine to give specific examples of how her family reduced their waste to less than a jar of trash per year.

Mar 08, 2017

Loved it! Bea does a great job explaining her reasons behind going Zero Waste. She gives clear steps for how to transition to Zero Waste - complete with recipes for foods and other household products. This book was not only informational, but also a joy to read. Bea's humor shines through and I found myself laughing out loud quite often!

Nov 26, 2016

A fantastic read outlined for quick review and transitioning to a zero-waste lifestyle in areas of your home/life. This book is one you will pick up again and again to help transition to this lifestyle. Note: One step at a time and practice for 21 days to build habit.

Nov 01, 2016

Absolutely excellent and inspiring!

Jan 31, 2016

Bea Johnson is an inspiration to all of us who strive to live a sustainable lifestyle. While her suggestions/ideas can be extreme, it is from the perspective of that who has done it all. For us, aspiring zero-waster, we can all glean an idea or two from this book. I certainly have incorporated things from this book to my household -- every little things help!

May 21, 2015

Related articles: University of Tennessee, Office of Sustainability, . . . . and . . . . EcoWatch ,

susienor May 17, 2015

I wonder how someone who clearly used a computer to write her book dares to call it “Zero Waste Home”! I am sure she does not have/use a car or even a bicycle! And her shoes have no rubber or plastic—but, again, the poor cows… (Happy "Earth Day," which, coincidentally, is also Vladimir Lenin's birthday.)

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