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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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Not so modest living.

Great ideas, but too much opinion which dragged on. I felt like she was telling me how to live my life through a lot of it. She also said a 4000 sq ft house was modest, so much privilege is assumed.

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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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Poor audiobook quality

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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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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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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Great way to learn!

I’ve been on this journey for a couple years and am still learning! I love to hear others finding solutions to problems and I learned a significant amount from this book. Great read! Well... Great listen. 😂

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This will def be a book that I read again &/or refer to!

Anyone who is looking for ideas on how to reduce their carbon footprint- this book is for you! If you need motivation on cleaning out your house &/or living a more minimalist life- this book is for you!
There were a few times that the audiobook kept in reading mistakes but it didn’t really bother me any or interfere with the understanding or enjoyment of the read.

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Good Stop Gap Arts at the Home Level

Stop gap until mass production (which advanced societies need, given the ever-increasing need for specialization as we broaden and deepen our survival prospects in a harsh and deadly universe) is zero waste, which will relegate the knowledge in this book to the 'arts' - not necessary, but optional, yet arts that should be more widely known, since they will apply again in the Microcosm Age.

Lacking is higher life guidance (for example, assume you achieve zero waste, then what? Dance around the Maypole?). See the Philosophy of Broader Survival for that higher life guidance.

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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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Important skill to learn to avoid climate change

Excellent book and suggestions. Try to slowly acquire one skill at a time at your own pace. The world would be a better place for it.