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!
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 (zerowastenerd.com) 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.
"Weldon is practical in her guidance, and she urges readers to use up their disposables before replacing them with sustainable alternatives."—BookPage
"The book is jam-packed with information in short, easily-digestible paragraphs, and the chapters are accompanied by cute graphics and stylized minimalist photography."—Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger
"...a gorgeously designed book full of ideas on creating less waste, from concocting your own cleaning solutions to composting the proper way."—Ashley Holstrom, BookRiot
"Recommended for anyone looking for everyday suggestions for a simpler and more sustainable life."—Green Teacher
"The tips, strategies, DIY projects and recipes in her beautifully illustrated book are inspirational, mindful and most importantly, realistic."—Madison Magazine