Make Garbage Great

Make Garbage Great

The TerraCycle Family Guide to A Zero-waste Lifestyle

Book - 2015
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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, this engaging, graphic volume shows us how we all can cut down, reuse, and repurpose the garbage we produce. With its easy hands-on design, Garbage Is Great contains information, little known facts, compelling graphics, and colorful illustrations and photos on a variety of common household waste-stream materials: Plastics, Glass and Ceramics, Paper, Wood, Textiles, Metal, Rubber, and Organics. Tom Szaky, the founder of the award-winning nonprofit, environmental company TerraCycle, introduces each and explains what he's learned about it in his personal life and with TerraCycle. He and Albe Zakes then provide a graphic historical timeline of each material's use in commercial goods--from how it's manufactured to what happens when it's throw out--an analysis of its impact on the environment now and tomorrow; suggestions for DIY projects to save it from the trash bin, and lists of helpful resources. They also include sidebars and definitions, fun and quirky facts, lists of reuse ideas, quotes, and illuminating interviews that add depth and insight"
Publisher: [New York] :, HarperDesign, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062348852
Branch Call Number: 628.4458 SZ
Characteristics: 224 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Zakes, Albe


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Oct 02, 2017

Nothing useful in here. (And if you drink that much wine in a year for the corkboard, garbage is not your main problem!)

This is about 2/3 text about the history of paper, plastic, and metal.

The projects are nearly all kitschy and "decorative," not practical or functional. In every single case, you have to go out to buy more eco-unfriendly items to complete them. And own a glue gun! I don't know where to start with that particular item, but you should really be a little more worried about nuclear power plants creating the electricity to make your glue gun function than you do that poor scrap of paper that could have gone into the blue bin before you coated it with melted glue. Not to mention that glue is a plastic!

So you began with X garbage that you needed to throw into the recycling bin. Do these projects, and you'll end up with X+Y garbage you may or may not be able to throw there, and will certainly want to throw there soon.

Even the few practical ideas were of limited applicability. An office desk set of well-washed food or pop cans covered with paper isn't a bad idea, but a family of four won't need an office desk set every week, and a typical family makes creates at least that much trash. An Altoids survival kit isn't a terrible idea to tuck in your car and backpack, but again, if you buy Altoids once a're simply not going to be in dire survival situations that often!

I was hoping for a truly practical guide. This is just a silly craft book that made me roll my eyes. The recycling bin makes far more sense.

Sep 18, 2015

This is a beautifully made book. I found it very informative, and enjoyed the suggested projects.

Jul 31, 2015

Once again, here's another new book that focuses on recycling, conservation, and zero-waste; yet it it printed on very thick paper and with front and back covers that are made from extremely thick pressed cardboard. I thoroughly checked the covers, appendix, and intro pages of book, but nowhere did I find any indication that recycled paper had been used, so to me, either the author or the publishers did not demonstrate a true commitment to conserving our precious natural resources. Plus, there was very little information in the book that I found to be either useful or informative.


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