Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste WorldTrash Talk

By author: Michelle Mulder
ISBN: 9781459806924
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: April 01, 2015
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95
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Humans have always generated garbage, whether it’s a chewed-on bone or a broken cell phone. Our landfills are overflowing, but with some creative thinking, stuff we once threw away can become a collection of valuable resources just waiting to be harvested. Trash Talk digs deep into the history of garbage, from Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and uncovers some of the many innovative ways people all over the world are dealing with waste.

Awards and Reviews

2017 - Red Cedar Information Book
2016 - CLA Book of the Year for Children Award nominee
2016 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award nominee
2015 - Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award - Young Adult Notable Book
2015 - Blue Spruce nominee
2015 - AAAS/Subaru SB&F prize for Excellence in Science Books finalist

School Library Connection, November 1, 2015
"There is a nice balance of text and vibrant photos; content is a blend of scientific fact with historical and anecdotal vignettes so that adolescents can relate to the issues while contributing to a solution. Mulder presents an array of solutions, along with several examples of innovative projects demonstrating recycling, reusing, and composting. Due to the relevancy of the topic and clear message to modern teens and pre-teens, this is a valuable purchase for most youth collections."

Coombs Report Summer Reading List for Kids, June 20, 2015
"[An] important title on how to value our environment."

School Library Journal, April 1, 2015
"[T]his nifty book covers a variety of topics, from the trash pits (think archaic sanitary landfills) of the ancient Minoans to the gross filth of New York City in 1850...Mulder chronicles the development of garbage disposal and goes on to castigate our throw-it-away-and-buy-a-new-one way of thinking...Colorful photos record garbage issues around the world and innovative solutions to cope with this mountainous problem...An informative call to action for young greenies."

Resource Links, April 1, 2015
"Although the problem is huge, the author writes in a positive and upbeat style and encourages readers to be creative in thinking of solutions."

Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2015
"Mulder tells the garbage story in clean and engrossing prose...[she] provides all sorts of alternatives to incineration, landfills and ocean dumping...Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action." Read full review.

Booklist, April 1, 2015
"Mulder focuses not only on reducing consumption but also on how we can recoup some of the energy and resources that are thrown away. Ingenious ideas like insulating homes with jeans or weaving old fishing nets into carpeting are just a couple ideas that will spark readers’ imaginations. With full-color photos of kids in action and startling but fascinating trivia about how much trash the world’s population produces, this offers a very compelling argument for conservation."

CM Magazine, February 13, 2015
"The text is written in a conversational style which will appeal to readers. 'Trash Facts' provide additional trivia while colour photographs, perfectly suited to the text, add to the reader’s understanding of the concepts presented...An interesting, thought-provoking book that might inspire some readers to spark some environmental initiatives of their own. Highly Recommended."

Sal's Fiction Addiction blog, April 22, 2015
"I look forward with great anticipation to each new Orca Footprints [title]. They have been beautifully designed, well researched and blessed with terrific writing. This one is no exception...[Mulder] includes personal observations and anecdotes from her travels and from her life in Victoria today to make us cognizant of simple solutions to some of the ways in which we dispose of unwanted and unneeded objects. The 'Trash Facts' are interesting and inspiring. A wealth of impressive color photos, a table of contents, an index and a list of additional books, movies and websites add to the appeal and to the value." Read full review.