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Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life Paperback – 7 Jan 2016
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Wise and sharply written . . . what ultimately makes her message so compelling is that her stripped back life looks fun as well as worthy. (Ben Hoyle Times)
Johnson is an incredible advocate for her lifestyle . . . refreshingly honest (Metro)
Chic, charming, stylish (Red)
Bea Johnson is a guru of zero-waste living. The book is precise . . . simple yet deep. It doesn't preach. (Sunday Times)
The priestess of waste-free living (The New York Times)
About the Author
A French-born artist with a hugely popular blog on zero waste living, Bea Johnson has appeared on The Today Show, NBC and CBS news, and been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, People and Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) and online publications, including Huffington Post and USA Today.
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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.
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.
Book has a lovely feel to it as well!