Bea Johnson has been shattering preconceptions attached to a lifestyle of environmental consciousness through her Zero Waste lifestyle. She regularly opens her home to educational tours and the media, and she has appeared in segments on the Today show, NBC and CBS news, Global TV BC (Canada), and a mini Yahoo! documentary. Bea and her family have also been featured in print publications, including People, Sunset, the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as The Huffington Post, MSNBC, USA TODAY, Mother Nature Network, among others. They live in Mill Valley, California.
"Bea Johnson's book has allowed me to get even closer to Zero Waste than I was before I picked it up. Read it today. It will transform the way you view waste."--Ed Begley, Jr. "Waste not, want not isn't about penny pinching. It's about gratitude and loving our lives. Bea Johnson doesn't just teach us to save the planet. She teaches us to save ourselves."--Colin Beavan, author of No Impact Man "If you want inspiration and practical information... [Zero Waste Home] is powerful."--Natural Child World magazine "Clear, authentic, knowledgeable, helpful and a great read. Zero Waste Home will make a difference."--Paul Hawken, author of Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution "Zero Waste Home is an amazing story of personal transformation. It compels us to recognize that our heedlessly wasteful ways are not gateways to prosperity and convenience, but barriers to a good life and a healthy planet. Bea Johnson has produced an invaluable resource."--Edward Humes, author of Garbology
While the concept of producing less or no waste is great, how can individual consumers reach this goal? Johnson's first book takes the reader by the hand and explains her approach to achieving a zero-waste household. Organized by general topic, tips and guides help readers make their way through the five Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, and rot. While this lifestyle seems a bit much, the advice is still sound. Recipes for goods including homemade condiments and cleaning supplies are included, along with a list of resources. VERDICT The concept of zero waste is gaining momentum and will find local interest. Johnson presents her case clearly and provides lots of good advice that readers can pick and choose from. This book is similar in tone to another recent title, Zero Waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst, though less chatty. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.