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101 Ways to Go Zero Waste Paperback – April 2, 2019
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I have recently decided to go Zero Waste after learning that only 9% of plastics produced worldwide since the 50s have ever been recycled, and the rest goes to landfill. Really, the only things that can be recycled with ease are steel, aluminium, and glass--and even then, you have to make sure everything is clean. Additionally, microplastics are now so ubiquitous that they have been found in rain and in the glaciers of the Alps. Plastics are also known to contain parabens and Bisephenol A (BPA) which disrupt the endocrine (hormonal) system in humans and can cause cancer. I decided the easiest way to improve my physical health (and mental health, because constantly contemplating all of my waste was giving me anxiety) as well as help the planet was to strive toward zero-waste living.
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+ This book is exceptionally accessible for anyone who is beginning or in the midst of their journey to zero waste. It is divided up into 101 tips, which typically are only a paragraph or two long, so the information is very "bite-sized." I've managed to read almost half of the book in a couple of hours.
+ Kellogg does an amazing job at letting you know how to reduce your waste production without necessarily going out and investing in fancy zero-waste products; she describes zero-waste living as akin to depression-era living when people had to reduce and reuse almost everything because there were limited resources. The beginning of the book toutes the benefits of minimalism, of being comfortable with what you have and not feeling the need to buy more. (Indeed, it is the belief of myself and many other eco-conscious individuals that capitalism and mindless consumerism are the driving forces behind the climate crisis we are seeing today.)
+ Kellogg offers lots of helpful advice on living sustainably and where/what you can buy if you want to remove certain items from your life. At no point does it ever seem like she is "talking down" to the reader or shaming them for their lack of waste-awareness (she constantly brings up her past wastefulness before she became a zero-waste individual) and this is one of the key selling points of the book, in my opinion.
+ For people who are creative and want to make their own zero-waste beauty products, Kellogg provides recipes for natural and zero-waste versions of deodorant, shampoo, dry shampoo, and moisturiser, to name a few.
- One downside to this book is its lack of resources/bibliography. Kellogg provides lots of fascinating facts (some of which I already personally knew), but she does not cite her sources, which will promote scepticism amongst more cynical readers.
- Another downside is that Ms. Kellogg is speaking from a place of privilege; going zero-waste can be more expensive than buying things in packaging (she makes the argument that it's not), which I have found to be true i.e. refilling laundry detergent, shampoo, etc. at some of the zero-waste stores in Toronto. I can afford this now: 3 years ago? Not at all.
I have an extreme chemical and environmental sensitivity which means I have to be intensely careful about exposing myself to anything. New products are problematic because of the chemicals and synthetic materials used to create most them. They will off-gas some of the toxic elements into the air, which makes me very ill.
However, when I received my copy of 101 Ways to go Zero Waste, it had almost zero toxic smell or chemical off-gassing! It's such a treat to be able to read a new book the same day it arrives!
I also really applaud Kathryn Kellogg for putting in the work to use environmentally friendly materials. We need to be printing most-if not all new books this way!
I like how she has organized the information (again, accessible) and I suppose the only complaint I have is that the whole book feels rather simple. Which is good for making lifestyle changes I guess, but feels like information I could collect on a blog or website. Still, it’s all in one place and easy to read.