The (Almost) Zero Waste Guide | Melanie Mannarino | Book Talk

Available January 26, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The new year brings uncertainty and hope. Honestly, I hope that 2021 is kinder to us and to our environment. This book is part of the beginning of my low waste journey. I’ve known a bit about the zero waste community for a little while (through YouTube and blog posts), but would still consider myself a beginner in this particular subject.

The (Almost) Zero Waste Guide was such a great resource for me – it’s my first low waste ebook that I have ever read and I learned so much! This guide goes so far and reaches to many different areas of a person’s life (from food to clothes to random bits and bobs) and I think at the very least it gives a brief background to a ton of subjects. The intensive source list provides lists of websites/real life resources that one could use to expand their research on the subject. And, it is written in such an ingestible way that, in my opinion, would be a great beginner to even intermediate introduction to the ways in which a single person’s every day decisions effect the environment. I plan to use this for reference, and to re-read certain sections to help inspire me on my low waste journey.

Before I picked up this book, I mainly thought of the individual ways in which I could live more sustainably. This guide showed me – through listing many, many resources – that this journey doesn’t have to be a thing that you start alone – you can get your community involved and use more local based resources. I hope that 2021 brings more climate-centered conversations. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the zero waste movement, I’d highly recommend this book.

The (Almost) Zero Waste Guide hits virtual and actual shelves today! Or, if you’d like to support an independent bookstore near you, I’d recommend using BookShop.

I received an e-arc through NetGalley, my opinions are my own


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