Waste Not by Erin Rhoads
Anyone looking for ways to to reduce their waste across multiple areas of their life and home.
In a nutshell:
Author Rhoads provides tips, suggestions, examples, and recipes for ways we can make more things ourselves and rely less on single-use items.
Why I chose it:
I was at an exhibition about food growth, distribution, and waste, and they were selling this book.
This book is great for its genre. It’s not oblivious to the benefits of plastic (the section on medicine is basically ‘plastic saves lives’); it just wants to give you a whole lot of tools that you can use to reduce plastic’s presence in your life.
The book is broken up into a few sections: tools, tips, and tricks. The Tips section is broken into areas: kitchen and food, cleaning and care, beauty and body, entertaining and events, and little people and furry friends. It also provides suggestions for how to waste less when traveling.
Right now I find myself hyper focused specifically on food waste. We are relying primarily on grocery delivery because our local shops are so small that its hard to keep the appropriate social distance. We’re a small household (two humans, two animals), so some of the produce boxes mean we end up with a couple of items that go bad before we can eat them because we haven’t been great about learning how to preserve / freeze / use up items. I think this book will be helpful in that way in the near term,; as we start to shift our lives to whatever the new normal is, I’ll be able to incorporate more of the tips into other areas of my life.
Keep it / Pass to a Friend / Donate it / Toss it: