Trash revolution Breaking the waste cycle

Erica Fyvie, 1973-

Book - 2018

"All the stuff that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this book explores those stages in detail, including lots of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle waste along the way. Children will gain new insight into the routine decisions they make about thei...r own consuming and trashing or recycling practices. For example: How long does it take for a cotton T-shirt to decompose in a landfill? Can a bike helmet be made from recyclable materials? Which is better for the Earth, wrapping a sandwich in aluminum foil or plastic? By learning to use critical thinking skills to make informed choices, children will feel empowered by the important, constructive role they can play in the future health of the planet. Author Erica Fyvie has found a way to use everyday objects to speak directly to children's curiosity and their desire to make a difference. With infographics, short subsections, sidebars and charts, the information presented is engaging and accessible. Playful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin help make complex subjects easier to understand, while keeping the tone friendly. From energy to climate, innovations to sustainability, this all-encompassing look at a timely topic is the perfect go-to resource for elementary science and social studies classrooms. Includes a glossary, resources, bibliography and index. "--

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Published
Toronto, Ontario : Kids Can Press [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
64 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 62-63) and index.
ISBN
9781771380782
1771380780
Main Author
Erica Fyvie, 1973- (author)
Other Authors
Bill Slavin (illustrator)
  • Introduction
  • Water
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Metals
  • Electronics
  • Waste in space
  • Zero-waste future.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The waste cycle might not seem like a high-interest subject, but when connected with the things kids carry in their backpacks, it becomes more intriguing. A reusable water bottle leads to explanations of the water cycle, fresh-water treatment, waste-water treatment, and novel inventions currently helping in places with water shortages. Similarly, a lunch box leads to topics such as the sources of various foods, their carbon and water footprints, and the environmental problems created by food waste. Other chapters discuss clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics, and (looking beyond the backpack metaphor) the particular challenges of the International Space Station. The final chapter considers the possibility of a "zero-waste future." Every page offers detailed information, brightened by Slavin's ink drawings with digitally added color washes. Energetic and cartoonlike, these pictures illustrate concepts and processes described in the text, while reflecting its upbeat tone. Offering good reasons for reducing, reusing, and recycling, this book sketches an overall picture of the waste cycle, fills it with densely packed facts, and connects it with readers' lives. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

When it comes to waste, everyone has the chance to reduce their carbon footprint, suggests Fyvie in her children's debut. In a chart- and infographic-filled presentation, chapters focus on waste in the consumption of water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, and electronics. Fyvie describes how clothing is produced, the implications of "fast fashion" trends and "slow decomposition," and how readers can avoid contributing to wasteful producing, buying, and selling practices. Charts labeled "Supply & Demand" break down the reasons that people desire particular products, how they acquire them, and waste solutions. In the case of electronics, Fyvie urges readers to resist upgrading prematurely and instead keep electronics for longer, recycle batteries, and donate old models to charity. Sprinkled throughout are facts that may lead readers to think twice about their habits: "Scientists estimate that juice boxes will take 350 years to fully break down." Slavin illustrates in lively pen-and-ink art, featuring cartoonlike characters implementing workable solutions to combat waste, which Fyvie encourages readers to embrace themselves. Ages 8–12. (Apr.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 3–6—Using the contents of an average kid's backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics. Thorough yet never dull or heavy handed, the text offers information about the life cycle of common and necessary materials and the many stages each goes through before it is consumed or discarded. There is emphasis on the need to reduce waste and many facts and statistics are offered to support the notion that the amount of garbage produced on Earth is no longer sustainable. Innovative ideas currently being offered to combat waste, such as edible or compostable spoons, using zoo poop for energy, and cell phones to prevent deforestation in rainforests are discussed. Information such as the time required to decompose running shoes (1,000 years) and T-shirts (six months) will give students a clearer idea of the necessity for repurposing goods or of doing away with the acquisition of unnecessary stuff. A final chapter discussing waste in space moves the problem from Earth into the stratosphere. Amusing and instructive illustrations, charts, and sidebars add interest as well as details pertaining to the waste cycle and will inspire readers to become more educated consumers involved in a zero-waste future. VERDICT Endlessly informative and eminently readable, this book is an invaluable resource for students interested in the creation of goods and the resulting waste cycle.—Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

All the “stuff” that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this book explores those stages in detail, including lots of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle waste along the way. Children will gain new insight into the routine decisions they make about their own consuming and trashing or recycling practices. For example: How long does it take for a cotton T-shirt to decompose in a landfill? Can a bike helmet be made from recyclable materials? Which is better for the Earth, wrapping a sandwich in aluminum foil or plastic? By learning to use critical thinking skills to make informed choices, children will feel empowered by the important, constructive role they can play in the future health of the planet.

Author Erica Fyvie has found a way to use everyday objects to speak directly to children's curiosity and their desire to make a difference. With infographics, short subsections, sidebars and charts, the information presented is engaging and accessible. Playful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin help make complex subjects easier to understand, while keeping the tone friendly. From energy to climate, innovations to sustainability, this all-encompassing look at a timely topic is the perfect go-to resource for elementary science and social studies classrooms. Includes a glossary, resources, bibliography and index.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Think you know all about how your stuff impacts the environment? Think again!Where did all our “stuff” come from? And where does it go when we're done with it? Kids find out by tracking the life cycles of typical items in a school backpack --- water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals and electronics. Though they all end as waste, there are lots of decisions to be made along the way. And kids will see that there's an important, constructive role they can play by making choices that are good for them --- and for the planet!A cotton T-shirt. A plastic water bottle. A cell phone. Kids will never look at their stuff the same way again!