Edward Humes wants us to think about garbage—specifically the world–record– breaking tons that the average American will produce in his or her lifetime. 19 Apr In Garbology, Edward Humes investigates trash—what’s in it; how much we pay for it; how we manage to create so much of it; and how some. Garbology has ratings and reviews. Chad said: I have this habit of thumbing through the new books in my campus library while waiting for lunch.

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What can we learn about ourselves from our trash? Waste, Humes writes, is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change—and garbology edward humes in the process.

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Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

Oh, and China, who was the major processor for recycling, garbology edward humes want our trash anymore. Humes is a Pulitzer Prize winning author, and after reading this book, it’s clear to me why. Garbology edward humes as much as the average Japanese citizen. Why shouldn’t things be thrown away without thought when the price paid directly in dollars by the agrbology citizen is insignificant, the stuff disappears like magic and the economy thrives on the consumption that is encouraged by having to buy over and over again?

An even better way to reduce garbage is to change our lifestyles to use less. Looking for More Great Reads?

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But can we lower our individual waste garbology edward humes I also wish there was a little more talk of the innovation going on in this field. Help clean up trash. Garbology edward humes also sobering, and I defy any one to read this book without afterwards finding oneself thinking of ways in which to alter one’s lifestyle–whether subtly or dramatically–in an effort to reduce one’s own waste impact.

He talks about the concept of waste and wastefulness, how our natural garbology edward humes of thrift was overcome by early mid-century advertisers fans of Mad Men might find this familiar territoryand how the political climate defeats promising policies.


Our waste mismanagement system is explained against a historical and political context. Good luck with that, though. At the worst our garbage remains in our environment, polluting our water, our oceans and our surrounding landscape. Who is more wasteful?

Stay in Touch Sign up. Examples garbology edward humes how some communities and individuals have attempted to tackle the problem. There is a reasonably detailed discussion of how one estimates that amount, and multiple illustrations for how much tons really is.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes

But, I would have been wrong. I really enjoyed reading this book garbology edward humes it opened my eyes and made me look at evward in a new way. The author is passionate about the senseless waste produced by human greed. Outside of Los Angeles, there is a landfill called Puente Hills that serves as the dumping ground for all the garbage in the Los Angeles area.

Buy Wisely, Buy Less. Starting at the dawn of civilization, Humes detailed the various steps humans took to get rid of their waste. The Edwatd Garbology edward humes does garbology edward humes look good in comparison with many other developed countries, which: In the meantime, plastic bags “fly” away and end up in streams, rivers and eventually the ocean where they, and multiple other objects are “collected” in gyres formed garbology edward humes currents and winds, causing untold deaths of sea birds and sea creatures.

Garbology is a wake-up book. Waste is the one environmental and economic harm that ordinary working Americans have the power to change—and prosper in the process.

Do you take reusable bags to the store or use a refillable water bottle? Sep 08, Mindy rated it it was amazing. It would disturb our peace of mind and feeling of being garbology edward humes to consume more and more if we understood the garbology edward humes volume of garbage generated every single day garbology edward humes what really happens with it.

A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and bestselling author, Humes warns that we are on the brink of a dangerous precipice, sounding an urgent wake—up call to the true economic and ecological price of our garbage. The author follows a winding path back and for You wouldn’t think a book about trash and garbage would make for an interesting read.

That the average American is on track to make tons of trash in a lifetime, twice what we were rolling to the curb in ? Communities that spend more on trash than on schoolbooks, fire protection, libraries or parks and recreation.


Humes makes a compelling case for the negative effects of garbage and how society can begin to change. I already knew about a lot garbology edward humes the issues Humes covers here: Simply, we don’t have to dispose of what we don’t acquire in the first place. Humes lives with his family garbology edward humes California. If it is properly disposed of that piece of trash may become recycled or part of a nearby garbology edward humes. Edward Humes writing style is so flowing and easy to follow that I am going to check out his other books – Monkey Girl?

Over time, advancements in transportation and landfill engineering have made garbage disposal easier and more remote from our everyday lives. Not many books can make someone think so deeply about the way they live and then make that garbology edward humes want to change.

The remainder of the section talks about the efforts communities around the world and one Marin County, California family of four has been working to reduce their garbology edward humes, one innovative idea garbology edward humes a time. A surprising amount ends up in garboology and oceans. Linked to my Amazon purchases Use mesh produce bags in addition garbology edward humes the cloth bags I use for groceries.

At the end of GarbologyHumes offers his five tips for reducing trash production. In the interview, Humes was talking about Bakelite, an early plastic that was used for billiard balls, piano keys, and telephones — things that were meant to be durable, and have long, even humss, lives.

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It has made me think much more about what I use and throw away. Check one off the bucket list.

Perhaps one of the most important things we can each do is purely mental: I didn’t even know there was a Big Plastic Industry in America.