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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Bea Johnson (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" Zero Waste Home is an amazing story of personal transformation. It compels us to recognize that our heedlessly wasteful ways are not gateways to prosperity and convenience, but barriers to a good life and a healthy planet. Bea Johnson has produced an invaluable resource." (Edward Humes, author of Garbology)

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One of the best books Ive ever read/listened to...

I almost want to listen to it again. Loved the narrator. It starts a tad rough, I wasnt sure I was going to like her. But I enjoyed her full pronunciation of words and clear speech. This book goes beyond others on this topic. The author talks about things that didnt work, the hardships of living zero waste, and the emotions she feels now. I enjoyed the recipes. And above all, the lesson shopping is voting will stay with me for a very long time.

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Fantastic content

Fabulous book. The performance was at times spotty, having odd noises at times and repeated sentences or parts of sentences, but don't let that stop you from reading this extremely practical and perspective-shifting book!

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What did you like best about Zero Waste Home? What did you like least?

I loved all the tips she shared! It was all very helpful and informative and encouraging to get started on my zero waste journey. However, it was difficult to stay focused because I wanted to see the many lists she had. I will buy the physical book so I can have all the recipes and ideas at my fingertips, then pass along to a friend.

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dope AF. do everything in this book

this book was super great hits on a lot of awesome points for how to clean up your consumption patterns so we can save this little planet of ours

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GREAT Ideas/Mediocre Narrator

I was so inspired by this book, and I will definitely be purchasing and E book or physical copy of it. The narrator was a little dull and monotone at times. I grew tired of hearing the way she says “compost” with a short o in the 2nd syllable, but obviously that’s a picky detail on my part. I’m not sure why, but during the last third or fourth of the book, there were some weird editing issues. Still – the message and ideas presented in this book are 100% worth putting up with the slight annoyances.

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Near the end of the book I noticed that the recordinv cut out several times and replayed sections of the book.

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Life-changing and refreshing! Thank you!

I only wish I'd discovered this sooner. I have enjoyed what I've learned and will continue to eliminate the waste in my life and home due. I give Bea Johnson all the praise for her wonderful and bold insight to our future. Thank you!

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Great journey to zero waste with top tips

I related to Bea right away, after moving to the USA from Europe. I to am aghast at the amount of packaging here in the USA. I already say no to single use plastic but this gave even more useful tips on how to take back control on waste and say no to things I do not need. Very inspiring thank you for taking the time to write. I will be telling my friends

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Great book!

This recording needs improvement (it seems unedited) but the content is great! It's informative but doesn't leave you feeling hopeless. Lots of practical tips that I'm already being to implement.

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Excellent and life changing

This book has changed my life, the way I manage my home and waste. The knowledge and experiences shared have launched me forward.

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