Outsmart Waste

Outsmart Waste

The Modern Idea of Garbage and How to Think Our Way Out of It

Book - 2014
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"Garbage doesn't exist in nature--the output of one organism is the useful input of another. So why does garbage exist in the human system? Why did it only become a problem the past century? And most importantly, how can we eliminate it--outsmart the very idea of garbage? Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky says that to outsmart waste first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it. He traces the roots of our current garbage crisis to 20th century technological advances that resulted in historic changes in consuming habits--both the amount of garbage created and its longevity increased dramatically. Szaky argues we can turn this around by changing what we buy, when we buy, why we buy, and what we do with what we've bought. And through innovative recycling and creative "upcycling" (creating new products from discarded objects) we can stop seeing garbage as useless waste and start seeing it as useful waste--a tremendous volume of resources that are simply misunderstood. After reading this mind-expanding book you will never think of garbage the same way again"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., [2014]
ISBN: 9781626560246
Characteristics: ix, 156 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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rosenyny Apr 03, 2014

This should be a required reading for everyone. If we were to adopt a mindfulness about our purchases and manufacturing and what to do with the byproducts we could be generating so much less trash and pollutions and leaving a much smaller carbon footprint on this earth. We need to stop mindlessly living in a disposable culture. So glad there are people like Szaky out there thinking outside the box and really doing something of meaning.


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