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Recycle/reuse & Waste Reduction - a place to start


{Nature_and_Environment.82.1}: Lillian Brummet {write2right} Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:58:46 CDT (138 lines)

Hello to all on this forum,

I was thrilled to see Utne Magazine's recent coverage of the book I
co-wrote with my husband - Trash Talk. I hope you'll take the time to
read this post which offers a lot of free environmental articles, book
reviews and more...

About the Authors

Between the two of us, we are authors, poets, photographers and book
reviewers - our work has appeared in a variety of publications around
the globe. My poetry book, Towards Understanding - a collection of 120
poems, was released in 2005. The first 5 years of our Column, Trash
Talk, was developed into a book by the same name and released in 2004.
We were honored with an award for "outstanding use of various media in
ongoing outreach work to reduce waste in our environment" by the
Recycling Council of British Columbia. We have also been awarded a
certificate of Appreciation for our volunteer contributions to Seeds
of Diversity.

About Our Website

Authors, Dave and Lillian Brummet, have generously put together an
extensive website ( that has a
growing page of nearly 70 links to waste and resource organizations.
This site provides something for nearly everyone including teachers,
parents, caregivers, frugal individuals and environmental groups.
Enjoy the free service called "Tip-of-the-Month" where visitors can
learn and share reduction and reuse ideas. The Writing Page and the
About Us page will lead to many more articles, press releases,
interviews, interesting book reviews and other information that both
readers and the media would find useful.

About Trash Talk

People are constantly bombarded with negative information about the
environment and our resources. Feeling powerless because we cannot
afford to donate cash or time to a cause, we begin to feel overwhelmed
by the immense environmental problems our world faces. In Trash Talk,
we focus on changing people's mindset to a more open, hopeful and
proactive one. Not by finger-pointing at corporations and governments,
but by starting in our own homes, at our own desks.
*Trash Talk began as a series of articles that focused on ways the
average person can make small changes to do their part for the Earth.
We compiled all the articles and other information that we could not
fit in the limited space of our bi-weekly column into this book. Trash
Talk embarks on frugal and conscious living techniques for the
individual. We focus on the reuse of "waste" materials and reducing
the consumption of resources. Trash talk is written to empower people
to feel more positive about their worth as individuals in a hectic,
expensive, environmentally stressed world. We show how to make a real
and visible difference, while saving money at the same time.
*Trash Talk could be an excellent resource in the classroom for
recycling, environmental and gardening programs. Educators/caregivers
can use the book to teach gardening skills (seed saving, composting,
tree planting) and Vermiculture (worm composting) - the students can
build their own worm bin and learn from the "worm farm". (Did you know
that compost worms (red wigglers) can produce 2,000-9,000 babies
annually?) Craft websites are listed for artistic projects using
"waste" items. The book could be used as a tool for probing young
minds to come up with original reuse ideas or environmental activities
that the group can participate in. 140 resources listed at the back of
the book will lead educators and individuals to new information and
ideas. Trash Talk is at the Grade 10 level of reading, however, in the
hands of a teacher the concepts and projects can easily be implemented
as early as Grade 4.
*Trash Talk has been globally received and locally embraced. Eagle
bulletin (South Africa), Conservation and Recycling Journal
(Netherlands),  Natural Life Magazine (Canada) and Alternatives
Magazine (USA) - are some examples of this global support. Trash Talk
has had some limited coverage in the UK through both online and print
publications including: Warmer Bulletin (July 2004), Scrap Magazine
(March/April 2006). Georgina Bloomfield of the UK branch for Friends
of the Environment has reviewed the book and heartily recommends it.
The most recent exposure in the UK region was in Sept, 2006 with
Heavens Promotions Newsletter.

Recent and Upcoming Published Exposure (going back only 6 months):

- On a Whim E-zine - Feb. 2006 (
- Spirit of Nature (USA) - Feb. 2006
- U-Magazine - Feb/March 2006 (
- Christian Mommies E-zine - Feb. 2006
- Scrap Magazine (UK) - March/April 2006
- Natural Life Magazine (Canada) - March/April 2006 l & May/June 2006
- Conservation and Recycling Journal (Netherlands) - Spring 2006
- Ascent Aspirations - April 2006 (
- Southwest Blend E-zine - April 2006 (
- The Burrow E-newsletter - April 2006 (
- Spirit Quest E-zine - Issue 7 (
- Alternatives Magazine (USA) - March/May 2006
- Inner Change Magazine (online) - June 2006 (http://
- Easy Web Talk E-zine - June 2006 (
- Improve Home Life E-zine - June 2006 (
- Author Reviews E-zine - June 2006 (
- American Chronicle E-zine - June 2006 (http://
- Utne Magazine (USA) - July/August 2006 also online at (http://
- South West Blend Guide 2006 (USA)
- Chaotic Chronicles E-zine - August 2006 (
- Heaven Sent Spiritual E-zine (UK)- Sept 2006 (http://
- Balanced Living Magazine (USA) - Sept/Oct 2006
- Whole Living Journal (USA) - Sept/Oct 2006


Dave & Lillian Brummet

Authors of:

Trash Talk - An Inspirational Guide to Saving Time & Money through
Better Waste & Resource Management ISBN#1-4137-2518-X

Towards Understanding - a collection of 120 poems on society, the
environment & overcoming trauma.  ISBN# 1-4137-9337-1

Members Of:*Seeds Of Diversity Canada *&*The Recycling Council of


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