The Scavengers' Manifesto (Google eBook)
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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RISE OF THE HIPPIES
THE BIRTH OF VINTAGE
CONTEMPORARY SCAV STYLE
USED CLOTHING BECOMES FASHIONABLE AROUND THE WORLD
HIGH FASHIONÀ LASCAVENGING
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
THE UGLY MYTH
A WORLD WITHOUT SCAVENGERS WOULDNT BEMUCH OF A WORLD AT ALL
WHAT IS OWNERSHIP?
THERES NOTHING WE WONT EAT
HUNTERS AND GATHERERS
THE MORAL CODIFICATIONOF ANTISCAVENGER BIAS
CASTES AND OUTCASTS
RAGPICKERS AND JUNKMEN
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN
THE CONSUMPTION CYCLE
RESOURCE DEPLETION AND REGENERATION
SCAVENOMICS ECONOMICS + PATIENCE
GETTING SMART ABOUT SCRAP
WHEN CASUAL WAS RADICAL
EDITED AND UNEDITED
THE SCAVENGING SKILL SET
THE MANA OF SCAVENGING
POSSESSIONS OF THE DEAD
IS THIS RELIGION?
BIBLICAL BIAS REDUX
CRUSOE PONDERS PROVIDENCE
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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