Make Garbage Great: The Terracycle Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Tom Szaky (Author) Albe Zakes (Author)


In this fun, pop culture exploration, two ecological entrepreneurs examine the materials we use in our daily lives, show how they impact the environment, and provide project ideas--from recycling to upcycling and more--to lessen our impact and protect our world.

Jam-packed with information, more than 200 photographs and illustrations, and approximately twenty DIY projects, this engaging, graphic volume shows us how we all can cut down, reuse, and repurpose the garbage we produce. With its easy hands-on design, Make Garbage Great contains information, little known facts, compelling graphics, and colorful illustrations and photos on a variety of common household waste-stream materials: Plastics, Glass and Ceramics, Paper, Wood, Textiles, Metal, Rubber, and Organics.

Tom Szaky, the founder of the award-winning nonprofit, environmental company TerraCycle, introduces each and explains what he's learned about it in his personal life and with TerraCycle. He and Albe Zakes then provide a graphic historical timeline of each material's use in commercial goods--from how it's manufactured to what happens when it's throw out--an analysis of its impact on the environment now and tomorrow; suggestions for DIY projects to save it from the trash bin, and lists of helpful resources. They also include sidebars and definitions, fun and quirky facts, lists of reuse ideas, quotes, and illuminating interviews that add depth and insight.

All of us have a responsibility to protect our environment. Informative and inspirational, Make Garbage Great shows us how to be creative custodians today--and for the rest of our lives.

Product Details

Harper Design
Publish Date
July 07, 2015
8.03 X 0.74 X 9.12 inches | 2.25 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Szaky is the CEO of TerraCycle and the author of Outsmart Waste. LIST OF ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Attila Turos, Christine "Christie" Todd Whitman, Jean-Marc Boursier, Scott Cassel, Stephen Sikra, Ron Gonen, Michael Manna, Chris Daly, Lisa McTigue Pierce, Tony Dunnage, Koann Skrzyniarz, Rapheal Bemporad, Liz Schroeter Courtney, Virginie Helias, Lisa Jennings

Albe Zakes is the Global Vice President of Marketing & Communications for TerraCycle. Albe was integral in transforming TerraCycle from a small startup into a successful and highly visible recycling innovator that runs pre- and post-consumer packaging reclamation programs for major manufacturers such as Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, L'Oreal, 3M, Kimberly-Clark, Proctor & Gamble, and Newell Rubbermaid. PR News named Albe one of its Rising Stars of PR in 2012 and Social Media MVP in 2014; he received Cause Marketing Forum's Golden Halo Award in 2013. Albe also manages, stars in, and produces TerraCycle's Pivot TV show, Human Resources. He writes and edits the company's blogs and columns for major publications including the New York Times Magazine, TreeHugger, Sustainable Brands, and Huffington Post.