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Zero Waste Home

The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste
Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Self Development, How-To
4.5 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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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.

©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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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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Lost Me When She Became Specific

I liked the beginning, when philosophy was in action, but I was not interested in the specifics, i.e. all the small ways one can be waste-free (which others may find intriguing). Maybe later, I'll dwell on the philosophical for now.

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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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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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Very informative and inspiring!

The author's journey is very inspiring and it felt great to connect with her story because I have been embracing a zero waste lifestyle for years in an area that isn't quite there yet, so it was nice hearing that I'm not the only one bringing my own to-go container to restaurants, or composting my organic food waste and keeping a separate "food waste" container in my kitchen! Thank you Bea Johnson!

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Laughable yet life changing

Some of the suggestions made me roll my eyes or laugh out loud at their absurdity. But a funny thing happened by the end of the book. Many of her waste saving ideas began to feel like they made perfect sense and required minimal effort. I started by remembering to bring one of my dozen or so reusable tote bags to the grocery store. Next thing you know, I've purchased a second hand sewing machine and I'm making reusable toilet paper, panty liners and cloth sandwich bags.

Note: I've downloaded two audiobooks a month since 2013 and this one, hands down, wins the prize for sloppiest editing. Ignore it the best you can and don't let it distract from the excellent content.

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Great tips

This book does have great tips by a family who first hand made the transition, but the author who is also the narrator seems pretty neurotic. It was pretty hard to get through, as well as being able to jot down some of the helpful and useful tips offered. She spoke quickly throughout the entire book and showed no enthusiasm, everything was chopped and sized up. They even bring you useless information by their perception of how to manage life socially by the means of zero waste. There was more opinion and judgement based information then tips and strategies to become zero based. Overall after reading the book it made me personally feel as though I rather avoid the concept all together which I can tell was not at all her motive. If you are one who can sit and cipher through the sound of mania then this book is worth your time because you will find some useful information along the way. My apology to the author for being honest and blunt in nature, I really wish you could have had someone proofread your book and present the material in a way to coax one along rather than to jam down into their throat. It’s a shame the planet needs your expertise, and you need to relate to the world again in a calmer subtle understanding way. Talk about how much you love the outcome of your choice rather than be distasteful with your disgust, because who wouldn’t agree with your disgust?! Your job is to guide others to make the changes

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