The Scavengers' Manifesto

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Penguin, 2009 - Nature - 289 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; 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  - tigermel - LibraryThing

The Scavenger's Manifesto by Anneli Rufus and Kristan Lawson is part history, part philosophy, part screed and a smidge of how to. I picked it up for the how to part and unfortunately that isn't the ... Read full review


FREE YOUR MIN The Philosophy of Scavenging
IN THE EGINNING The Evolution of Scavenging
THE OLDEST PROFESSION The Rise and Fall of a Prejudice
SCAVENOMICS Nothing Is Garbage Anymore
FOUND STYLE The Aesthetics of Scavenging
FINDING YOURSELF What Kind of Scavenger Are You?
LAND OF THE FREE Living Thriftily
THE ACCIDENTAL TAOIST The Spirituality of Scavenging
THE SCAVENGER CODE OF ETHICS The Twelve Commandments of Scavenging

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About the author (2009)

Anneli Rufus is the critically acclaimed author of three nonfiction books, including Stuck: Why We CanÂ't (or WonÂ't) Move On and Party of One: The LonersÂ' Manifesto. An award-winning journalist, she has written for numerous publications including the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kristan Lawson is the award-winning author of Darwin and Evolution for Kids, as well as several other critically acclaimed nonfiction books. He has also worked as a stringer for AP and UPI, and has had travel and feature articles published in many newspapers and magazines nationwide, including The Boston Globe and The Denver Post.

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