The Scavengers' Manifesto

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Penguin, Mar 19, 2009 - Nature - 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  - 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

Contents

INTRODUCTION
vii
FREE YOUR MIN The Philosophy of Scavenging
1
IN THE EGINNING The Evolution of Scavenging
26
THE OLDEST PROFESSION The Rise and Fall of a Prejudice
51
SCAVENOMICS Nothing Is Garbage Anymore
80
FOUND STYLE The Aesthetics of Scavenging
111
FINDING YOURSELF What Kind of Scavenger Are You?
150
LAND OF THE FREE Living Thriftily
191
THE ACCIDENTAL TAOIST The Spirituality of Scavenging
208
THE SCAVENGER CODE OF ETHICS The Twelve Commandments of Scavenging
242
EPILOGUE
271
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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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