Cover image for Trash revolution : breaking the waste cycle / written by Erica Fyvie ; illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Trash revolution : breaking the waste cycle / written by Erica Fyvie ; illustrated by Bill Slavin.
Publication Information:
Toronto, Ontario : Kids Can Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
64 pages : colour illustrations ; 29 cm
Covers the entire life cycle of manufactured goods from how they are sourced, made, used and become trash and/or are recycled into new materials.
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363.728 FYV Book Junior Collection

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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.

Author Notes

Erica Fyvie has worked as an academic editor and writer, and has written for magazines and blogs. Breaking the Waste Cycle is her first book for children. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Bill Slavin is an award-winning children's book illustrator with over 50 books to his credit. His works include Stanley's Party and The Bear on the Bed He lives in Millbrook, Ontario.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

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 PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.