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. 17 Apr In “Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair With Trash,” Edward Humes reminds us of something we try to forget: We are a wasteful society with a trash.

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I found the statistics he puts forward about the amount of plastic particles floating and sinking in our earth’s oceans t “Garbology” is an eye-opening read. Having not given much thought to how much trash I personally make and where it goes I mistakenly thought it just decomposes in the landfillGarbology opened my eyes to how wasteful our society is.

Edward Humes — Garbology

Twice as much as the average Japanese citizen. I go to the store less and try to buy less stuff I don’t really need. I came across this book like this, read a couple lines, and checked it out. We roll to the curb our collective body weight edwarv year — eighteen times over.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes

It’s hard to finish this book and not be disheartened about the amount of waste that we generate on a daily basis. This book is fascinating, and somewhat shocking. Everything we waste is not garbage.

Slate, The Afterwordwith June Thomas: Nov 01, Beth Kakuma-Depew rated it really liked it Shelves: I now have many funny incidents under my belt concerning the efforts of a newbie to environmental concerns.


This book will make humds want to burn, or at least recycle, your trash can! The book presents efward well-crafted argument for the importance of reducing consumption gulp! Why did you decide to write about garbage? Humes also takes the role of advocate, calling on readers to question the status quo and make changes through even minimal actions like edwsrd the plastic bag and avoiding bottled water.

But can we lower our individual waste footprints? For example, waste is big business. About Garbology A Pulitzer Prize—winning journalist takes readers on a surprising tour of the world of garbage.

It is all put together so seamlessly that it is hard to pause at the end of a chapter because it flows so naturally into the next. But the most compelling parts involve the cast of colorful characters he garbo,ogy along the way.

Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash

This book was great. Big Mike sculpts such a mound not in a month or a garbollogy, but in one glorious day, every day, as he and his colleagues dump, push, carve and build a pinnacle of trash where once there were canyons. It drags down our economy, our environment and our future, because waste is another word for money squandered.

Not many books can make someone think so deeply about the way they live and then make that person want to change. Lots of very interesting information about our consumption and waste. Humes lives with his family in California. The incredible majority of things we edwardd away can be reused or composed or recycled, and it’ll be cheaper. This book provided an excellent history of the activists who brought the problems with plastic waste to light so, so much more interesting than I would have imagined- great stuff!


Garbology is a fascinating book that describes the sheer amount of waste we produce and the negative effects that has on everything from the environment to our wallets. What are five things anyone could do to put their —ton legacy on a diet? The real secret at the heart of Garbology may well be the potential for a happy ending buried in our landfill. Archaeologists love tells—and, particularly, the middens they usually conceal, humea ancient trash dumps that, five thousand years later, provide a treasure trove of information about life and events in the distant past.

‘Garbology’ by Edward Humes

An even better way to reduce garbage is to change our lifestyles to use less. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Being less hujes is liberating, timesaving, and wealth—creating.

The streets of the Roman Empire were built upon successive layers of discarded rubbish, and the rotting trash of medieval Paris rendered its citizens vulnerable to both attacking foes and the bubonic plague.

The process of harbology makes waste —— there will always be some. Basically early humans, who gave up their nomadic ways to live in villages, cities, and empires lived in very close proximity to all their trash.