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The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less [Format Kindle]

Amy Korst

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So What Exactly Does “Trash Free” Mean?

     Trash-free living means different things to different people, as you’ll see throughout this book. For some families, a trash-less life might mean moving from filling a giant, 64-gallon garbage can a week to filling a 32-gallon garbage can once a month. To others, it might mean a small grocery sack of garbage a week. To still others, going trash free means sending absolutely nothing to the landfill at all.
     I fall into this last category. For the year of our Green Garbage Project, Adam and I tried to make absolutely no garbage. We came awfully close to our goal—by the end of the year, all our trash fit inside a regular shoebox. Surprisingly, we found that once we had a system in place for purchasing goods and recycling packaging, trash-free living became second nature.
     So, whether you’re interested in moderate or extreme trash reduction, whether you want to simply pare down your army of trash cans or try to produce zero garbage in a year, I can show you how to do it.
 
Benefits of a Trash-free Life

Although the obvious benefits of producing no garbage are environmental, they don’t stop there. In addition to reducing your impact on the planet, here are some other benefits of your new zero-waste lifestyle:
 
Your life just got a whole lot simpler: We all wish we had a little more time in the day. Trash-free living helps streamline many areas of your life, from grocery shopping to cleaning the house. You’ll learn to repurpose everyday products like baking soda and lemon juice to do double duty, in the kitchen and in the cleaning bucket. You’ll spend less time at the store and more time at home with family and friends.
 
You will spend less money and be happier with your purchases: When I started paying attention to my purchases, I realized I was buying a lot of things I wanted but didn’t need. Going trash-free means becoming much more conscientious about your purchases. You’ll deliberately buy items that can serve dual purposes, and you’ll look for durable goods that last a long time before breaking.
 
You will support local businesses: Shopping locally benefits the environment, because goods are not trucked all over the country for consumption. Equally important is the impact you can have on your local community when you support family-owned establishments instead of big corporations. Studies show that “three times as much money stays in the local economy when you buy goods and services from locally owned businesses instead of large chain stores,” according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
 
You will eat healthier: And if you pair that with some good exercise, you’ll lose weight and feel better. Cutting out garbage means eating more whole foods that don’t come overpackaged in plastic. You’ll shop the periphery of the grocery store and frequent local farmers’ markets, buying good-for-you foods like fruits and veggies and locally sourced meat, dairy, and eggs.
 
You’ll be doing your part to preserve the planet for future generations: It’s no secret the earth is in trouble. Landfills are overflowing, our water systems are becoming polluted, animal species are becoming endangered and going extinct at an alarming rate, and we are finding toxic chemicals in our food and beauty products. This book will show you how trash is connected to each of these environmental problems and more. Every time you choose sustainable over throwaway, you’re doing your part to eliminate these problems.
 
Your efforts will help beautify natural areas and decrease littering: Have you ever been hiking in the wilderness or making a sandcastle at the beach, only to have a piece of garbage flutter across your path? Seen someone toss a cigarette butt out the car window? The less garbage we make collectively, the less litter there will be to spoil nature’s beauty.
 
You will reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals and artificial colors and sweeteners: A garbage-free life means you’ll choose healthier options than the prepackaged, processed foods that line the grocery store shelves. We know food-like substances like Pop-Tarts and Cheetos aren’t good for us—avoiding the garbage is just one more reason to look for healthier alternatives.
 
You’ll become more self-sufficient: One of the most enjoyable parts of a garbage-free life is learning some skills our culture has all but forgotten. Pretty much anything store-bought can be made at home, if you have the time and interest. This book includes simple recipes for everyday products like English muffins and all-purpose cleaning spray as well as advanced recipes for ricotta cheese and bagels, among others.

     For these reasons and more, people across the country—and around the world—are already living trash free. All of us are devoted to the lifestyle because we’ve found it to be easy and rewarding. As with any new experience, Adam and I encountered some pitfalls along the way, but we have learned from our mistakes and are here to offer our stories to help you transition into this wonderful lifestyle more easily.
     One thing you’ll discover is that living trash free has its regional variations and challenges, because each part of the country has different programs established for recycling, composting, and bulk food shopping. You’ll discover, too, that each family circumstance presents its own set of unique challenges when working toward a trash-free lifestyle. This book gives you strategies for finding and using the systems established in your area. Whatever your particular circumstances or challenges are, you will find that adopting a zero-waste lifestyle is doable—and infinitely rewarding.

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The Zero-Waste Lifestyle walks you through the process of reducing your
trash in every room of the house as well as in other areas of your life,
from family vacations to the kids’ trick-or-treat bags. This is an invaluable
book filled with practical, easy-to-implement tips for every lifestyle.”
–Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

The Zero-Waste Lifestyle is a treasure trove of tips about how you can easily
reduce your impact on the earth by reducing your waste. Thank goodness
for this intelligent and important book—Korst shows us that we really can
make a difference by making simple changes in our day-to-day lives.”
–Sophie Uliano, New York Times best-selling author of Gorgeously Green

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Zero-waste life style 14 janvier 2013
Par M. B. review - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
As a New Year's resolution to reduce and simplify my life, I picked up Amy Korst's "The Zero-Waste LifeStyle" book. It is about a couple who decided to challenge themselves to live as close to garbage free as possible for one year. Parts of it were funny and some of the chapters had you commiserating with the author and the pitfalls that they faced. I really liked the format at the end of each chapter for "Meet your Goal: Reduce and Reuse". It is broken down into 3 catagories: Easy, Moderate and Advanced. You can take this lifestyle as far as you are comforatable without any guilt, but I bet you will want to go further than you first thought when you see how much garbage you once produced and how little is filling up your garbage can(s) when you start implementing some of these changes. It's really fun! I liked the on-the-go kit idea for your car and office to help you alleviate the paper plate and styrofoam cups at the office party or while you are traveling. There were solutions for reducing the amount of trash during holidays and vacations, but my very absolute favorite part of the book was the last chapter titled: "Extended Producer Responsibility". This chapter alone is worth the price of the book! I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exactly What I Was Looking For 21 janvier 2013
Par DawnK - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I have been looking into reducing the amount of waste we generate in our home for some time and this book was very helpful. I have not yet finished the entire book but so far it was been great. It gives suggestions for the person just starting to look into living a zero waste lifestyle and suggestions for those ready to go all the way. Order it as an ebook and save a tree:)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Some Useful Ideas 23 octobre 2013
Par Seaotter - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
While I agree with the reviewer who contends that the author's whole focus is eliminating waste and so gave it a four instead of a five star review, there were a number of doable ideas, that I will be practicing. For example, reducing, reusing and recycling everything possible. Using cut up rags instead of paper towels, cloth napkins instead of paper, taking mesh bags to bring my produce home in and recycling instead of throwing my junk mail and shredded paper in the landfill. While already living a simple lifestyle, I read this book to rid my my home of even more garbage.

I started to simplify my lifestyle because I abhor clutter and also because of health issues (allergies and a a bad back-lifting issues). I so enjoy a clutter free, right sized, healthy home that is easy on the environment. I am not minimalist but rather want a right sized home, one that isn't too large but has enough room to move around in comfortably. I also do not wish to create zero waste but rather to reduce it as much as possible. I will continue to eat pastured meat. How we treat our animals and the rest of nature will come back to either bless or curse us. We need to value our Creator's most wonderful gift to us by our respectful treatment of it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative Book that is Inspiring 6 mars 2013
Par Heather Finch - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
My husband and I are interested in living a life that is in harmony with nature, thus producing less trash that goes to landfills. This book gives real and practical tips on how to minimize waste. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reducing landfill waste.
Only downside was my husband and I tried one of the Herbal Homemade Toothpaste recipes and it didn't turn out at all. Was too runny and not a useful toothpaste.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helpful, detailed and yet not preachy 28 mars 2014
Par Rob Slaven - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
As usual I received this book free in exchange for a review. This time it was via LibraryThing. Despite that considerable kindness I give my candid thoughts below.

When I won this book I was thrilled because having a lower-footprint lifestyle has been a goal of my own for quite a while. After reading Korst's book I feel that I'm much better equipped to do that.

Generally in a review I try to pull out positives and negatives about a book but in this case I don't really have any negatives. The book is intricately detailed and at the same time completely practical. It describes in detail how to deal with everything you may encounter from dirty looks from shoppers to multi-layered potato chip bags. It's exhaustive and yet accessible.

So if you want to pursue this lifestyle or if you just want to make less of an impact, this book is a great starting place. It does come down fairly firmly on the extreme end of environmentalism but it's not preachy about it. The author realizes that not every circumstance allows one to go all the way to 'zero' but will instead help you go in the right direction even if you don't end up at perfect.
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