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Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

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In this fun, pop culture exploration, two ecological entrepreneurs examine the materials we use in our daily lives, show how they impact the environment, and provide project ideas—from recycling to upcycling and more—to lessen our impact and protect our world.

Jam-packed with information, more than 200 photographs and illustrations, and approximately twenty DIY projects, th
ebook, 224 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Harper Design
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It's pretty, it's shiny, it's entirely useless if you're looking for tangible ways to reduce your trash output, carbon footprint, or plastic usage (as I am). The key to this book is, perhaps, in the title; it is, after all, a "Family Guide" and therefore must presumably be attractive to every member of said family, including the children. And it is a beautifully bound, formatted, and illustrated book. It's just not all that ... helpful in ditching trash. Instead, it offers up handy tips of how t ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of good information in this book. I read it because I am trying to cut down on the amount of waste I personally put into the world. I'm not so into the "make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle" aspect of the book because it reminds me of the many, many abandoned recycled crafts of my childhood. I found this a useful read for getting a handle on the issues with so many of the non-renewable materials on the market today. ...more
Jun 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: recommended-tcpl
Kindle Daily Deal mention - sounded interesting
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This book contains an easy-to-understand history of human use of a variety of materials, how advances in technology in each area pushed humanity from our hunter-gatherer days to where we are now. The main content of the chapters is insightful, concise, and explains our current world of one-time-use, synthetic, non-biodegradable everything. For that, I would have liked to give this book five stars. I learned a ton about the production of paper, rubber, plastic, and agriculture. I was inspired by ...more
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was good in some ways and bad in some ways.
I picked it up because I wanted to get some real ideas for upcycling... you know... without making everything into a tote bag or a plant holder. It wasn't that - tote bags - 2 - check, plant holder, check.
What it was, was a source of information about all the consumable products that we use and that end up in the garbage at the end of a short or a longer life as a product. It was good at that... until I had to narrow my eyes about how if we ate or
Christine Kenney
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Based on the title, I was worried this would have political overtones. It turned out to be a general survey of how materials (glass, plastic, rubber, wood, etc.) are harvested and turned into commercial goods. It seems to be geared more towards the grade schooler with some adult supervision-- lots of pictures, not all of them topically relevant; lots of diy craft projects, but very few seemed to be utilitarian things you would craft repeatedly (wallets, coin purses, bird feeders, etc.)
Katrina Clohessy
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Comprehensive overview of the waste stream and how to divert trash from it through extensive recycling. Also explains the history of certain materials and whether they're eco-friendly in the long run. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
Great info. Bad design. Paragraphs were interrupted for pages for the craft or timeline. Lots of inserts in odd places and a few photos had questionable captions (like 2). It is a very informative book if you get past the graphic design layout that went for cool spreads over naturally flowing text.
Jan 27, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too small, can't read

Maybe a great book if you read it on an iMac 5K screen.
Otherwise it's too small on an iPad or any Kindle.

No possibility to zoom in and out.

Bad ebook. Possibility a great content.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very informative.
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: upcyclers, greens, garbologists
Shelves: sustainability
"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself." --W.B.

p. 99 "Four things you didn't know paper could be made of"

"The finest clothing made is a person's own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this." --M.T.

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads." --H
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book but it certainly doesn't live up to it's claim of being a "family guide to a zero-waste lifestyle". (Bea Johnson's "Zero Waste Home" is a fantastic guide.)

It's mostly information about how different materials are produced/grown and had lots of interesting ideas. It would probably make a great beginners guide and one that children would enjoy.

There are a handful of DIY projects throughout but most are made with trash that can't be recycled, so I'm not sure if you are supposed
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Even though I feel as if I know a lot about "garbage" and its effect on the earth, this again reminded me of the necessity of everyone to make Minimal waste. I recycle and compost but the book made me more aware of the need for curtailing my waste. Rags over paper towels, reusable containers over plastic wrap, foil and zip lock bags.
What I did not like were the projects. Maybe you are the kind that likes oranges cut in half and used for candle holders, and some people can carry that off. But t
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific book--especially for teachers, parents who want to educate the next generation about the problem of garbage. There are tons of terrific upcycling instructions for various projects, timelines about each waste stream--organic, plastic, glass, paper, metal, wood, textiles--and a fairly global history of these resources humans use. Lots of wonderful factoids and photographs and an interesting read!
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
nonfiction; info about garbage and recycling with a few salvage projects (more info than projects)
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