Six Weeks to Zero Waste: A simple plan for life

Six Weeks to Zero Waste: A simple plan for life

by Kate Arnell


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We are in the midst of a worldwide waste epidemic, where the average person throws away their own body weight in garbage every seven weeks.

We all know the importance of reducing our environmental footprint, but the prospect of going green can seem daunting. Six Weeks to Zero Waste is both an accessible and aspirational program to eliminate waste - and it goes beyond plastic. In this book, UK TV presenter turned eco blogger, Kate Arnell, will help you on your path to waste-free living, with the principles of the 5 Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot).

From cutting down on food waste and decluttering to making homemade health and beauty products, you'll soon be on your way to a zero-waste lifestyle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781856754118
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 629,468
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kate Arnell is a British television presenter, eco blogger, YouTuber and writer. She has previously hosted shows on MTV, TMF and CBBC , and currently presents BBC America's YouTube channel, Anglophenia. Kate has been featured in the Daily Mail, The Independent and Glamour, on Radio 1 Life Hacks, and worked with brands including Ikea and People


After four years of living a zero waste lifestyle, Kate launched her YouTube channel and blog ECO BOOST, which boasts over 41,000 followers and over 1.5m views. She's also a proud ambassador for the Soil Association. Alongside her eco work, Kate has also written and part-illustrated her own children's books.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 10

The Rs of Zero Waste 14

Rule One: Refuse 15

Rule Two: Reduce 16

Rule Three: Reuse 18

Rule Four: Repair 20

Rule Five: Recycle 21

Rule Six: Rot 23

Rule Seven: Respond 24

How to Use This Book 25

The Benefits 28

Benefit One: Saving Money 28

Benefit Two: Improved Health 29

Benefit Three: Reduced Food Waste 31

Benefit Four: More Quality Time 32

Benefit Five: Learning New Skills 33

Benefit Six: Living In Alignment With Your Values 34

Myth Busting 35

Myth One: You Cannot Eat Meat 35

Myth Two: You Must Be a Minimalist 36

Myth Three: Everything You Own is Second-Hand 37

Myth Four: Your Life Must Be One Big Compromise 38

Myth Five: You Become a Mule 39

Chapter 1 A Six-Week Plan 40

Week 1 Simple Tasks, Bins & Refusing 42

Task One: Do the Simple Things First 43

Task Two: Bin System 50

Task Three: Refusing 55

Task Four: Research 59

Week 2 Assemble a Zero-Waste Kit 63

Task One: The Kit 64

Task Two: Get Out There 73

Week 3 The Bathroom & Personal Care 82

Task One: Tackle the Bathroom 83

Task Two: Simplify Your Beauty Routine 91

Week 4 Cleaning & Geeking 96

Task One: Cleaning 97

Task Two: Geek Out 112

Week 5 Declutter! 115

Task One: Decluttering 116

Week 6 Start Composting & Do Something! 124

Task One: Start Composting 125

Task Two: Do Something! 132

Chapter 2 Zero Waste in Action 144

The Zero-Waste Wardrobe 146

Rule One: Buy Less! 147

Rule Two: Choose Well 148

Rule Three: Make It Last 151

Zero Waste at Work 153

Eating Out Without Waste 157

Family & Friends 160

Events & Celebrations 163

Travel 169

Babies & Kids 175

Pets 180

Chapter 3 Useful Recipes 184

In the Kitchen 186

Cleaning 198

Beauty Products 206

A Final Note 212

Resources 214

Index 218

References 222

Acknowledgements 223

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