The Scavengers' Manifesto (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 19, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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Destined to become the bible for a bold new subculture of eco-minded people who are creating a lifestyle out of recycling, reusing, and repurposing rather than buying new.

An exciting new movement is afoot that brings together environmentalists, anticonsumerists, do-it-yourselfers, bargain-hunters, and treasure-seekers of all stripes. You can see it in the enormous popularity of many websites: millions of Americans are breaking free from the want-get-discard cycle by which we are currently producing approximately 245 million tons of waste every day (that's 4.5 pounds per person, per day!).

In The Scavengers' Manifesto, Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson invite readers to discover one of the most gratifying (and inexpensive) ways there is to go green. Whether it's refurbishing a discarded wooden door into a dining-room table; finding a bicycle on freecycle.org; or giving a neighbor who just had a baby that cute never-used teddy bear your child didn't bond with, in this book Rufus and Lawson chart the history of scavenging and the world-changing environmental and spiritual implications of "Scavenomics," and offer readers a framework for adopting scavenging as a philosophy and a way of life.


  

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User Review  - thatotter - LibraryThing

Almost completely content-free--when the authors weren't patting themselves on the back about how great it is to be a scavenger, they were writing a weak history of scavenging that reminded me of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Natalie - Goodreads

I love Anneli Rufus' books. She skillfully approaches any subject she writes about, uncovering the truths that everybody knows, but rarely speaks about. The best I like about Rufus' style is her ... Read full review

Contents

DONT LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD
FINDING AS IDENTITY
MANY TYPES OF SCAVENGERONE SHARED MINDSET
DEFERRED CONSUMPTION
WASTE NOT WANT NOT
SWEET SACRIFICE
WHAT DO WE NEED?
EVERY DAY IS INDEPENDENCE DAY
RISE OF THE HIPPIES
SWINGING LONDON
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGE
PUNK FASHION
CONTEMPORARY SCAV STYLE
USED CLOTHING BECOMES FASHIONABLE AROUND THE WORLD
GREEN STYLE
HIGH FASHIONÀ LASCAVENGING

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
SELFLOATHING
THEREALDARWINIAN REVOLUTION
THE UGLY MYTH
FOOD WEBS
A WORLD WITHOUT SCAVENGERS WOULDNT BEMUCH OF A WORLD AT ALL
PARASITES
WHAT IS OWNERSHIP?
AGGRESSIVE SCAVENGING
PARASITOIDS
THERES NOTHING WE WONT EAT
HUNTERS AND GATHERERS
THE MORAL CODIFICATIONOF ANTISCAVENGER BIAS
CASTES AND OUTCASTS
GLEANING
UNBUILDING EMPIRES
RAGPICKERS AND JUNKMEN
SCAVENGING HYSTERIA
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
THEACTUALOLDEST PROFESSION
ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN
THE CONSUMPTION CYCLE
OPTING OUT
RESOURCE DEPLETION AND REGENERATION
SMART RECYCLING
PROTORECYCLING
TRASHHAPPY
SCAVENOMICS ECONOMICS + PATIENCE
MOTIVATIONS
GETTING SMART ABOUT SCRAP
DUMPING DUMPS
SCAVENGEES
WHEN CASUAL WAS RADICAL
FOUND ART
EDITED AND UNEDITED
RETAIL SCAVENGERS
URBAN SCAVENGERS
SOCIAL SCAVENGERS
SPECIALTY SCAVENGERS
THE SCAVENGING SKILL SET
ETERNAL VIGILANCE
CURIOSITY
TOLERANCE
BRAVERY
TOPSYTURVY AESTHETICS
BE SCAVENGING
WE SURRENDER
THE MANA OF SCAVENGING
POSSESSIONS OF THE DEAD
MAKING CONNECTIONS
IS THIS RELIGION?
BIBLICAL BIAS REDUX
SWEET CHARITY
CRUSOE PONDERS PROVIDENCE
WORLD RELIGIONS
1 DO NOT STEAL
2 DO NOT HARM THE ENVIRONMENT
3 LIVE COMFORTABLY DONT DENY YOURSELFNECESSITIES JUST TO PROVE YOUR SCAVENGING CREDENTIALS
4 DONT BECOME A NUISANCE TO YOURSOURCES OR YOUR NEIGHBORS
5 DONT REMOVE HISTORICAL OR ARCHAEOLOGICAL ARTIFACTS FROM AREASWHERE THEY ARE PROTECTED
6 MAKE AN EFFORT TO RETURN LOST THINGS OFGREAT VALUE IF THE OWNER CAN BE FOUND
7 DONT EAT GROSS THINGS
8 DONT BRAG OR BROWBEAT OTHERSSCAVENGING IS NOT FOR EVERYBODY
9 DONT POACH THINGSFROM OTHER SCAVENGERS
11 DONT BE A MOOCHER
12 DONT BRING SHAME ONTO SCAVENGERSAND SCAVENGING
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About the author (2009)

Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of four nonfiction books including The Scavengers' Manifesto and Party of One: A Loner's Manifesto. An award-winning journalist and poet, she has written for dozens of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and Salon. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of four nonfiction books including The Scavengers' Manifesto and Party of One: A Loner's Manifesto. An award-winning journalist and poet, she has written for dozens of publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and Salon. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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