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Make Garbage Great Book Review

Last week I had the opportunity to read Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle and now I’m inspired. Yesterday I talked about 5 ways that I am working to love the earth and today I’m sharing about the book and offering you the chance to WIN!


Make Garbage Great Book Review

This weekend my son and I took a huge load of plastic bottles, boxes and newspapers to our local recycle box. It didn’t take us more than 30 minutes to do this small act but can make a huge difference in our world. Did you know that plastics can take thousands of year to break down in a landfill? Did you know that there are over 24 billion newspapers produced in the US every year?

Make Garbage Great is full of little nuggets like this that get you to thinking about our use of resources. When we use plastic forks for 30 minutes because it’s easy and convenient, are we contributing to a problem in our world? The book can take as much time to read as you want to devote to it. I sat down and read it in one night because I was intrigued by the research and ideas in the book. I was motivated and challenged to reduce the trash I create with practical ways to have a smaller impact on my environment.

There are projects sprinkled all throughout the book to spark your creativity. Can you turn a mint can into a survival kit? How about creating a tote bag out of drink pouches? Can you create a bird feeder out of those used plastic spoons and a water bottle? This weekend I turned my favorite candy wrappers into a tote bag. Once you start thinking about waste and garbage from a new perspective, the possibilities are endless!

About the book

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

book inside

You can read all about TerraCycle and their collection brigades here.

Here’s a challenge for you: What can you create with trash? I want to see your creation!

What easy ways do you try to be kind to the environment? Are you working to reduce your impact on the resources we have? I’d love to hear!

WIN Make Garbage Great Book

Enter to WIN a copy of Make Garbage Great. US winner only; Giveaway ends 8/31/15.

Hobbies on a Budget received a copy of the book from Harper Collins for the purpose of the review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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  1. We use paper bags to make wrapping paper, we use plastic milk cartons to make scoops for dog food and we make collages with pictures from old magazines.

  2. I like recycling plastic bags by making a rope with them and then knitting a bag from it. The bags are so sturdy and durable.

  3. One way we like to recycle here is to make our own ice and we use empty orange juice cartons, which have been cleaned well and then add water then when we need ice for our cooler we open the carton and walla we have ice can be crushed or left in large cube, works well with our cooler.

  4. We recycle several items – egg cartons, paper towel and TP cardboard rolls, pallets. The egg cartons are great to give to my neighbor who sells eggs. Paper towel and TP rolls are great for making mazes for marble rolling races and pallets are great for many DIY projects.

  5. This is great!! I my favorite way to recycle is upcycling anything and everything! I love DIY projects and turn a lot of wood scraps into some pretty neat stuff. I’m a DIY junkie, never look at it as a garbage junkie — but if the shoe fits 🙂

  6. I always recycle glass jars and bottles. I either reuse them in the kitchen or use them for storage or flower vases.

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