Suzuki's Green Guide

By David R. Boyd; David Suzuki | Go to book overview

5
Less Stuff:
The Zero Waste Challenge

one word to you, to
you and your children:
stay together,
learn the flowers,
go light.

GARY SNYDER

Shopping and watching television are replacing baseball and hockey as the national pastimes of the U.S. and Canada. On a daily basis, the average American spends more time shopping than participating in religious and spiritual activities, or sports and recreation. Watching television takes up more time than housework, education, sports, exercise, raising children, volunteering, cooking, and cleaning combined. Canadians spend a similar amount of time shopping but watch less tele vision. Commercials on TV and in other media relentlessly tell us to buy, buy, buy.

Everything we buy has a hidden history of environmental impacts, beginning in places as disparate as forests, fields, oceans, laboratories, and open pit mines. Many finished products bear little relationship to their initial raw state or area

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgements ix
  • 1 - Help Wanted- Join the Sustainability Revolution 1
  • 2 - Home Smart Home 24
  • 3 - Food for Thought- Eating a Planet-Friendly Diet 52
  • 4 - Travelling Light 81
  • 5 - Less Stuff- The Zero Waste Challenge 106
  • 6 - Citizen Green 128
  • 7 - Smaller Footprint, Bigger Smile 157
  • Appendix- Background on the Global Environmental Crisis 168
  • Resources 178
  • Index 191
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