- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (7 Jan. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141981768
- ISBN-13: 978-0141981765
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 75 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.
The book is based on a family whose adults begin to explore less household waste from their home. By necessity this implies restricting purchases or changing practice of choosing produce. Luckily it seems the family are quite wealthy Americans and are in a situation to source local produce and use non waste receptacles for most aspects of life. It may in itself alienate readers who are in the first throes of using a proper grocery bag and not a 2p job. Lugging kilner jars to shops I found hysterical, why not a paper bag...my gran used these and they were laid in a drawer for re-use time over!
It's a fair book but one that I found tad grating when spending chunks of text on let's say... nettle tea and foraging , make up type stuff.
I'd like to have seen more linking to current thinking on mindfulness and the minimalist life choices that have been expounded for centuries in other cultures.
Overall a good and well intended book that shows the reality of waste in the majority of today's western society. For that I applaud you! And more importantly I have spiked my thinking on purchases and storage.
Book has a lovely feel to it as well!
Bea Johnson simplify the term Zero Waste and gives room to everyone use as it's possible in the place that we live. Also, Bea Johnson talks about the things that worked out and the ones that in the long run aren't so manageable in a family home.
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