My 2018 Top Four Books on Zero Waste

In 2018 I read 18 books. Out of these 18 books, four books stand out from the rest in the topic of reducing waste. These four books didn’t only help me reduce my waste, but I also changed my mindset when it comes to consuming new products. I now realize that my personal trash starts with the item I decide to consume/purchase. 


Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing your Waste by Bea Johnson

This is an excellent how-to book, Bea Johnson and her family produce about a  jar of trash a year, and in her book, she teaches how to bring and maintain the zero waste concept to your life in a simple and achievable way. In her book, she shares how reducing her consumption improved her lifestyle, and trying some of the stuff she has included in her book has been an experience on its own. Bea would help you make this journey fun and inviting.

“refuse what you do not need; reduce what you do need; reuse what you consume; recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse; and rot (compost) the rest.” -Bea Johnson


Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too by Beth Terry

This book is the amazing memoirs of a former plastic user. Though she also teaches very practical ways to reduce plastic waste, she goes a step further towards inspiring you to do more than just focus on your own personal trash bin and try to improve the community you are already a part of.


Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade by Adam Minter

This book is more focused on how trash impacts the global economy. Though it does not teach clever, and easy to follow steps on how to reduce the trash in your household, it is an eye-opener. It shows how trash is more than just what we no longer need and discard into the trash bin. It shows that what we discard has a real estate and business value.

“Placing a box or a can or a bottle in a recycling bin doesn’t mean you’ve recycled anything, and it doesn’t make you a better, greener person: it just means you’ve outsourced your problem.” – Adam Minter


Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes

This was actually the first book I read that had anything to do with trash. This is the perfect book for nerds out there. Is full of statistics and numbers, enough for you to grind it into your brain that we have a trash problem as individuals, as a nation, and even globally.

I personally want to thank these four amazing writers, I hope I can inspire someone in the same way you have inspired me to do something where I am, and with what I have.

Today’s Featured Photographer: Hitoshi Suzuki

5 thoughts on “My 2018 Top Four Books on Zero Waste

  1. Love that Adam Minter quote. Although I’m not happy with simply putting thing to recycle and always looking for simple way to reduce the plastic in my life I had never thought about it that way and its so true!!!


    1. I agree, I am personally changing my relationship with my recycle bin, when I started this journey it was about reducing the volume of trash I was consuming, but now I am also focusing on reducing the volume that goes towards the recycling bin. Every desicion makes a difference.

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      1. I’m still at the reducing the volume of trash stage. Particularly trying to stop using single use plastics. Which at times seems impossible. How can I buy chicken or Fish without it coming in plastic or styrofoam trays and covered in cling wrap? Its just not possible, at least not where I live…


      2. I have the same problem, especially with slide cheese and turkey. Bea Johnson has a peculiar way to purchase her meats and cheese which I will be trying out soon. Check out minute 2 of this video, where she shows how she purchases these goods.

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