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Towards Zero Waste - resources and links

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Following is a collection of online articles, books, resources, products and services which I have found helpful in writing Towards Zero Waste. They have also helped me move towards zero waste and lower my own environmental impact. This is a tiny selection of the vast range available. The following is arranged by categories that roughly follow the chapter titles in the book. Because everything in our lives and in the world around us is so interconnected, it's tricky to categorise everything in clean categories, so please excuse any seeming anomalies.

Note that not all of the links below are recommendations, since many were used as articles for the book, and I don't always agree with every author or research finding. I've left them all in, so use your discernment about which ones you take to heart in your zero waste endeavours.

Zero Waste Solutions, Room by Room


  • Hobday Richard - The Healing Sun - Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century (2000) Findhorn Press, Scotland.
  • Pirog RS and A Benjamin - Calculating Food Miles for a Multiple Ingredient Food Product, 2005, Iowa State University Digital Repository, USA.


  • Chevalier G, ST Sinatra, JL Oschman, K Sokal and P Sokal (2012) Earthing: Health Implications of Reconnecting the Human Body to the Earth's Surface Electrons. J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 291541.
  • Nagel R - Cure tooth decay naturally, 2005, Golden Child Publishing. Ca, USA.


The living room

Lighting and heating

Furnishings and appliances


Parties, Festivals, Ceremonies

  • Compacta - Cardboard Coffins (your final chance to show off your environmental credentials!) England

Gardens, sheds, pets

  • Whitefield Patrick - The Earth Care Manual: a permaculture handbook for Britain and other temperate climates, (2004) Permanent Publications
  • Whitefield Patrick - Permaculture in a nutshell, (2000) Permanent Publications, Hampshire, UK
  • Whitefield Patrick How to make a forest garden, 2002 Permanent Publications, Hampshire, UK
  • Seymour John - The Complete Book of Self Sufficiency, 1997, Dorling Kindersley, London, UK.


  • Hall K and R Nicholls - The Green Building Bible, 2008 Llandysul, Green Buildling Press, Carmarthenshire, UK.
  • Halliday S. - Sustainable Construction, 2nd edition, 2019, Routledge, Oxon, UK.
  • Hall, Keith - The Green Building Bible (2nd edition) - essential information to help you make your home and buildings less harmful to the environment, the community and your family , 2005, Green Building Press, Llandysul, UK.
  • Hart, Naoise Paul - Green Pages - your guide to sustainable construction and development. , 2006, Sustainable Developments, Tuam, Co. Galway

Travel and Transport

Travel and accommodation options

At the office

  • Klee Paper - eco-friendly stationary and everything else for the sustainable office.

Is recycling all it's cracked up to be?

  • TM Mata and CAV Costa, LCA: Comparison Between Recycle and Reuse of Glass Beer Bottles, Int J LCA 6 (5) 307 - 319 (2001)


  • Whitefield, Patrick - The Earth Care Manual - A Permaculture handbook for Britain and other temperate climates. (Permanent Publications, Hampshire, UK. 2004)
  • Seymour, John - The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency - the classic guide for realists and dreamers 2003, Dorling Kindersley, London.
  • Larkom, Joy - Grow your own vegetables, 2002, Frances Lincoln Limited, London.
  • Ó Céirín K and C - Wild and Free - Cooking from Nature, 1978, O'Brien Press, Dublin
  • Pears, Pauline (Editor-in-chief) - Henry Doubleday Research Association Encyclopaedia of Organic Gardening - the complete guide to natural and chemical-free gardening, 2001, Dorling Kindersley, London
  • Philips, Roger - Wild Food - a unique photographic guide to finding, cooking and eating wild plants, mushrooms and seaweed, 1983, Pan Books, London
  • Fern, Ken - Plants for a Future - Edible and useful plants for a healthier world, 1997, Permanent Publications, Hampshire, England
  • Brown Envelope Seeds - Suppliers of Irish organic vegetable seeds. Excellent gardening information on their website - what to sow when, etc. Ireland
  • Irish Seed Savers Association - NGO dedicated to saving traditional varieties of fruit and vegetable seed.

Composting in Detail

Zero Waste Culture

  • [look up landfill, incineration etc statistics in Irl, UK, EU]
  • Morgan J and P Mitchell - Employment and the circular economy - Job creation in a more resource efficient Britain, 2015, WRAP, Oxon and Green Alliance, London, UK.
  • Adverts.ie - Extensive listings of second hand things for sale, or wanted. Ireland
  • Udeajah RA - Ecological Impact of Paper Production: A Case for the Abolition of Print Media, 2013, Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Vol 2, No.13 pp139-148.

Government Policy and Legislation

Money and the Economy

  • Boyle, Mark - The Moneyless Man: A Year of Freeconomic Living, 2010, Oneworld Publications
  • Boyle, Mark - The Way Home: Tales from a life without technology, 2019, Oneworld Publications

Education and Media

Society and Community

  • Union of Concerned Scientists (2012) Heads they win, tails we lose - how corporations corrupt science at the public's expense. USC, Cambridge, MA, USA. Perceptions Matter: The Common Cause UK Values Survey.

Some of the Challenges

  • IPCC (2007). IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Cited in Greenhouse Gases, CO2, CO2e and Carbon: What do all these terms mean? Aug 2012. Ecometrica. Brander M and Davis G.
  • Hann S, C Sherrington, O Jamieson, M Hickman, P Kershaw, A Bapasola and G Cole (2018) Investigating options for reducing releases in the aquatic environment of microplastics emitted by (but not intentionally added in) products - Final report. Eunomia, Bristol, UK.

Creating Change

  • Seymour, John & Girardet, Herbert - Blueprint for a Green Planet - How you can take practical action today to fight pollution, 1990, Dorling Kindersley, London
  • Woods, Caoimhín & Philips, Davie - Sustainable Ireland-'s Source Book 2000 - Ireland-'s social, environmental and holistic directory, 1999, United Spirit Publications, Dublin

Voluntary Simplicity & Minimalism

  • Whitmire, Catherine - Plain Living - a Quaker path to simplicity 2001, Sorin Books, NI, USA
  • Breen Pierce, Linda - Choosing Simplicity - real people finding peace and fulfilment in a complex world. 2002, Gallagher Press, CA, USA
  • Bull, Andy - Downshifting - practical advice on how to get out of the fast lane and find freedom, 1998, Thorsons, London
  • Callenbach, E - Living Cheaply with Style - Live Better and Spend Less, 2000, Ronin Publishing, Ca., USA
  • Elgin, Duane - Voluntary Simplicity - towards a way of life that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich, 1993, William Morrow and Company, NY, USA.
  • Johnson, Bea - Zero Waste Home - the ultimate guide to simplifying your life by reducing your waste, 2013, Schribner
    Also https://zerowastehome.com/
  • Lane, John - Timeless Simplicity - creative living in a consumer society, 2001, Green Books, Devon. 2001
  • Longacre, Doris Janzen - Living More With Less, 1980, Herald Press, PA, USA
  • Luhrs, J - The Simple Living Guide - a sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living, 2007, Broadway Books, New York
  • Ryan, Anne B. - Balancing your Life - a practical guide to work, time, money and happiness, 2002, Liffey Press, Dublin

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