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An Almost Zero Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More

An Almost Zero Waste Life: Learning How to Embrace Less to Live More

by Megean Weldon


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Author Megean Weldon, aka The Zero Waste Nerd, gently guides you on an attainable, inspirational, mindful, and completely realistic journey to a sustainable living lifestyle.

Find tips, strategies, recipes, and DIY projects for reducing waste in this approachable, beautifully designed and illustrated guide.

What is zero waste living? Although the practice has been around for generations out of necessity, it is making a comeback as concerns grow about the fate of our environment. To put it simply: it is attempting to send no waste to landfills. Although you may have read or heard about “zero waste,” “sustainable,” or “green” living, the concept can sometimes seem too complicated, the author’s tone a bit self-righteous, or riddled with advice geared for people with 5 acres of land in the country with dreams of raising livestock and homesteading. This is not that book.

Can a “regular” person do this? Absolutely! Zero waste isn’t necessarily about zero, but more about changing or altering the way we see the world around us, how we consume, and how we think about waste. It’s about making better choices when we can, and working to reduce our overall impact by reducing the amount of packaging and single-use plastics we bring into our life.

Focusing on the positive, An Almost Zero Waste Life presents simple ways to reduce waste in every aspect of your life:

  • Cleaning: Recipes for natural cleaners and how to ditch paper towels for good.
  • Meal plans: Weekly menus and recipes for zero waste meals that use bulk pantry staples.
  • Shopping: How to shop zero waste at big chain stores and ways to reduce food packaging.
  • Bathroom: Sustainable beauty routine.
  • Recycling: Ingenious ways to repurpose old clothing and how to recycle small metals, like razor blades.
  • Compost: The basics of composting.
  • And much more!

An Almost Zero Waste Life will change the way you see the world around you, how you consume, and how you think about waste for a healthier planet and happier you.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631066580
Publisher: Rock Point
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 699,536
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Megean Weldon is a Midwestern girl who calls Kansas City her home. Since 2015, Megean has set forth on a journey to create zero waste. Known as The Zero Waste Nerd, she has re-evaluated her life to send nearly no trash to the landfill. She started her blog Zero Waste Nerd ( to show her progress of eliminating waste from day one. The transition made her more connected to food, it saved her a lot of money, and it made her healthier. She invites readers to join in on this journey.

Table of Contents

30 Days Zero Waste Challenge: Readers will first start with a 30-day challenge to jump start their sustainable lifestyle. Topics include: rethinking your morning coffee routine; investing in bulk bins; buying reusable utensils; reducing food waste; creating homemade toiletries; compositing basics; making homemade cleaning supplies; repairing and mending clothing; and recycling basics.

On the Go: When traveling, moving from a house, hiking, or even packing, sustainable tips cover researching tips on which hotels uphold environmental standards and are eco-friendly.

DIY: Teaches fun-and-easy projects on building compost bins; making homemade dry shampoo; recycling crayons; cleaning materials; and building a pine cone bird feeder.

Shopping: Includes how to shop zero waste at big chains, like Wal-Mart, and ways to reduce food packaging [if readers do not have access to bulk shopping].

Kitchen: Covers how to pack a zero-waste lunchbox; ways to reduce food waste; alternatives to trash bags; how to use produce scraps; and useful ideas for plastic storage containers.

Bathroom: Teaches ways to floss zero waste; a nightly, sustainable beauty routine; and a zero-waste shower routine.

Cleaning: Recipes for a pine-scented all-purpose cleaner; ditching paper towels for good; and a zero-waste cleaning guide will be given.

Baby/Kids: Includes recipes for some toddler-friendly breakfast cookies and zero waste alternatives to tissues.

Holidays: Get ready to celebrate the Holidays by trading a Black Friday in for Blue Friday and zero waste stocking stuffer and Easter basket ideas.

Recipes: Features vegan coconut-curried vegetables; homemade pumpkin puree; and zero-waste strawberry jam.

Zero Waste Meal Plans: Weekly menus and plans for around $50 are included that, of course, are zero waste, using zero-waste bulk pantry staples.

Gardening/Compost: Gives tips on where to find heirloom seeds; seasonal produce; basics on composting; and how to build a compost bin.

Pets: Will give zero-waste ways to remove pet hair and how to overcome obstacles to pet waste.

Recycling: Teaches genius ways to re-purpose old clothing and how to recycle metal bottle caps, razor blades, and other small metals.

Resources: Will give global contact information on purchasing in bulk and other eco-friendly shops and websites.

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