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I've always been interested in ways of being less wasteful and helping the environment, but I've never really done enough or made a real effort to get started. This book collects everything together into quite a comprehensive guide to how you can reduce waste and become more environmentally conscious. It's full of a lot of good information that really helps you to get started or go a bit deeper on your journey.
However, as others have mentioned, there are provisos. For a start, Bea is a bit of a yummy mummy character with a lot of time on her hands. She doesn't work, so she clearly has time to char almonds to make eyeliner, craft things out of felt and make her own jam. Obviously most of us with 9-5 jobs do not. That's not to say you can't implement some of the ideas though - just probably not many of us are going to switch to moss for toilet paper, cocoa for blush and vinegar for conditioner. She does seem to take things to rather an extreme: maximising right turns to save fuel (!), making all her own 'makeup' from arrowroot powder and suchlike, and making a fuss about the tiny bit of paper on the back of a stamp. This doesn't really resonate with most people. We could all make a huge difference just by buying veg loose at the market, switching paper towels for cloths and avoiding bottled water or takeaway coffee, for example. Bea's 110% approach is a bit off-putting to some.
That said, Bea gives us a lot of information on how to be zero waste in a way that isn't smelly and tree-hugging. You don't have to wear sandals or tie flowers in your hair if you don't want to. I think everyone should read it, and if you only implement around 1/3 of her tips you'll already be doing a great job. Many of them are not practical if you have a job or don't live next to an organic farmer's market. However a lot of them are very very effective, and if people start improving their habits just a bit, she will have done an amazing job. Thanks Bea.
This book does raise some very valid points and make you stop and think about where you could be doing more. However, it is very American so some of the suggestions don't apply here. At times, I did learn new things and pick up new tips but on the whole if you were born in the 60's or before, raised by parents who were still digging for victory then you are going to find this a bit 'preaching to the converted' as you have probably been doing much of it for most of your life. Did I really need a book to tell me that if I stop accepting leaflets, till receipts etc then I can reduce the waste coming into my home? I've been tipping the advertising flyers out of my magazine in the shop for years.
woman making a damn good career out of her fake 'being environmental. she has dozens of suggestions along the lines of, replacing all your bedding with plain white so you can have less as all interchageable. what she doesnt get is the primary importance of using less. by buying all new white bedding she is adding plenty to the consumer overload. using what you've got, mending if it gets a hole, dyeing and later, turning in to other things is the way to use less. in so many household items she has her new way of doing, which means getting new stuff and foing something?? with the old. just so she can write about it in the book. superficial and fake .
She's got some very stupid ideas, like making her own make up which is awful and nothing like the stuff she is replacing. this book was a good firelighter though, so i didn't have to send it to landfill.
a career greenie. go live poor, on the land and learn about real environmentalism!
It’s really got me thinking about my lifestyle and how we consume so much we don’t need fab tips and I’m really glad I now own this book as I will definitely be referring back to it lots. My son loved the pretzel receipe.
Bea Johnson is the queen of zero waste and this book is very helpful! Once read you can lend it to someone. I like to have it on the side table so when guest come they might have a look inside and adapt some of her ideas and changes Book has a lovely feel to it as well!
Interesting and practical advice for a family wishing to minimise their impact on the environment. She comes across as very normal, not at all “out there” and offers realistic advice and is honest about not everything being possible. If everyone shared this book and lived by its principles the environment would be better for it.
This book I feel needs to be taught in schools across the world ..especially business schools : ) Johnson covers every aspect of becoming as zero waste (as you feel comfortable with) & gives great tips and advice. Written without being too preachy or judgmental I think she has put together a great reference book for anyone trying to fight against the pollution of our home.
Did enjoy reading this and got ideas to use in my household / life... she writes really well and i howled at some of her stories and related to them. But i did start to get board towards the end of the book.