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on 25 July 2013
I started reading this book and firmly believed I had found another worthy addition to my collection BUT as I read on the book began to irritate me beyond reason and long consideration after I had finished it has led me to the 2* review category.

There are some good ideas in this book - but nothing really new that hasn't been touched upon in other books and it is worth a look at if the topic interests you,but several things "pushed my buttons" and spoilt the integrity and credibility of her message. Things such as:

- If the author's basic premise is to cut waste to preserve resources, why does she still use a clothes dryer?
- Is it not wasteful to switch on the oven and then turn it off to raise a pizza base?
- How does getting rid of clothes just because you're "bored" with them help reduce waste?
- As others have commented - it is very much targeted at the US market: you try going and getting a quarter of boiled ham at Tesco and getting them to put it in your glass jar!
- One of the most satisfying lines in "Getting a life" by Blix and Heitmiller was that they promised not to tell you how to use your dryer lint. Guess what?......
-If we are simplifying life to save time (another premise) - why would you spend it trying to set fire to almonds to make eye makeup?

Each section ends with a "recap" of the main points (some of which weren't actually part of that chapter anyway and bear no relation to it - they're just shoehorned in). This part is written in a very didactic way that felt like it should have been a Powerpoint presentation!

Overall not impressed - but I've saved the best 'til last: the book is covered is some kind of rubberised / plasticised material which is really creepy to the touch. Ugh!
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