Outsmart waste : the modern idea of garbage and how to think our way out of it /

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Author / Creator:Szaky, Tom.
Imprint:San Francisco : Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014.
Description:1 online resource
Series:A BK currents book
BK currents book.
Subject:Refuse and refuse disposal.
Waste minimization.
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
NATURE -- Environmental Conservation & Protection.
HOUSE & HOME -- Sustainable Living.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Environmental -- Waste Management.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Infrastructure.
Recycling (Waste, etc.)
Refuse and refuse disposal.
Waste minimization.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11210367
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Print version record.
Summary:"Garbage doesn't exist in nature--the output of one organism is the useful input of another. So why does garbage exist in the human system? Why did it only become a problem the past century? And most importantly, how can we eliminate it--outsmart the very idea of garbage? Eco-entrepreneur Tom Szaky says that to outsmart waste first we have to understand it, then change how we create it, and finally rethink what we do with it. He traces the roots of our current garbage crisis to 20th century technological advances that resulted in historic changes in consuming habits--both the amount of garbage created and its longevity increased dramatically. Szaky argues we can turn this around by changing what we buy, when we buy, why we buy, and what we do with what we've bought. And through innovative recycling and creative "upcycling" (creating new products from discarded objects) we can stop seeing garbage as useless waste and start seeing it as useful waste--a tremendous volume of resources that are simply misunderstood. After reading this mind-expanding book you will never think of garbage the same way again"--
Other form:Print version: Szaky, Tom. Outsmart waste 9781626560246
Table of Contents:
  • Chapter 1. Where the modern idea of garbage originated
  • chapter 2. The role of the individual purchase
  • chapter 3. Our primary global solution to waste : bury it
  • chapter 4. The energy inherent in our waste
  • chapter 5. The hierarchy of waste
  • chapter 6. The art of upcycling
  • chapter 7. The science of recycling
  • chapter 8. The critical element of separation
  • chapter 9. The economics of outsmarting waste.