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Zero Waste Kids Hands-On Projects and Activities to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2022-02-15
  • Publisher: Quarry Books

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Inspired by internationally acclaimed environmental activist, humanitarian, and adventurer Rob Greenfield, Zero Waste Kids features fun and easy illustrated projects and activities that will help your family reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, at school, and in your community.

While most kids probably aren’t going to grow all their own food for a year like Rob has, Zero Waste Kids features fun and practical projects for growing some of your own food, with advice and encouragement for why doing so is important. And, instead of wearing all their trash for a week like Rob did, with Zero Waste Kids, they’ll learn how to audit their trash, to really understand how much waste they’re personally contributing to the earth’s landfills.

Zero Waste Kids helps children to understand the world they live in and inspire them to start living in a more sustainable way. Of all the environmental problems we face, “trash” is one that is easiest to understand because it is very visual, whereas many other problems are more abstract. Zero-waste isn’t the solution to the world’s problems, but a very good place to start.

Zero-Waste projects include:

  • Conduct a household trash audit to discover who throws away what and why.
  • Swap disposable shopping bags and lunch boxes for reusable, zero-waste options.
  • Compost your food scraps and grow your own food.
  • Make natural-dye play dough, leaf prints, and more.
Zero Waste Kids is every kid’s go-to guide for making a difference.

This book is printed on FSC-certified paper using soy inks. And, leading by example, Rob is donating all of his proceeds from the book to environmental nonprofit organizations. 

Activities contributed by April Hepokoski, Zion Lights, Heidi Rose, Alyssa Binns Gunderson, and Michelle Cassar.

Author Biography

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, environmental activist, humanitarian, and dude making a difference. He is dedicated to leading the way to a more sustainable and just world.
All of Rob’s extreme adventures and activism campaigns are meant to bring attention to important environmental and social issues and to inspire positive change. Through his life he aims to inspire others to make simple, small changes in their lives that will grow into great change within them and within society.
Rob’s adventures and his life have caught the attention of the world and he has been featured on thousands of media outlets including the BBC, CBS This Morning, Discovery Channel, USA Today, LA Times, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and TEDx.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Crafts
Make Your Own Recycled Paper at Home
Make Natural Playdough
Create Napkins Out of T-Shirts
Make a Nature Buddy
Make Your Own Cloth Wrap Using Furoshiki
Make a Papier-Mâché Piñata
Make Zero Waste Confetti
Make Paper Seed Cards
Make Your Own 3-D Tree with Fruit Peel Decorations
Make a Bag—and Use It for Anything
Chapter 2: Food
Make Your Own Granola Bars at Home
Make Wax Food Wraps
Pack a Zero Waste Lunch
Go Zero Waste Grocery Shopping
Chapter 3: Gardening & Composting
Make a Windowsill Garden
Grow Your Own Sprouts
Make a Raised Garden with Repurposed Materials
Build Your Own Compost Bin
Build a Bee Hotel
Build a Bird House for Your Garden
Make Your Own Seed Balls
Chapter 4: Nature
Sit and Observe Activity
Make Pressed Flowers
Make a Bird’s Nest
Build A Shelter/Home in Nature
Go “Plogging” and Pick Up Litter
Plant a Community Fruit Tree
Chapter 5: Zero Waste Activities
Conduct a Trash Audit
Create a Zero Waste Home
Trash Sorting Exercise
Make a Reusable Zero Waste Travel Kit
Declutter and Donate
Have a Zero Waste Party
Chapter 6: Activism and Making a Difference in Your Community
Reuse School Supplies Project
Food Waste Fiasco
Create Signs to Make Recycling and Composting Simple
There is No Away: Hold on to Your Trash for a Week
Garbage Art Project
Have a Clothing Swap
50 Changes
About the Author
About the Contributors


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