Don’t Be Trashy by Tara McKenna is an educational guide on how to effectively reduce our waste consumption. Tara McKenna is the founder of The Zero Waste Collective, which is a globally recognized brand that promotes living with less waste and more joy. Don’t Be Trashy offers a ton of information on how to ditch single-use plastics, fast fashion, invest in more sustainable options that won’t break the bank, and more.
Lifestyle changes are all about taking baby steps rather than running a marathon, which is why Don’t Be Trashy is a book you will be referring to again and again. It’s not meant to be consumed all at once, but rather taken at our own pace. McKenna starts off the book by allowing us to define our own version of low-waste living. This can mean a number of things to different people, but ultimately she encourages us to do what fits within the context of our lifestyle, circumstances, and budget. I loved this introduction because it doesn’t add pressure on what low-waste living is supposed to look like. Once we begin to understand the basics of low-waste living, we can start to take action. The first step is decluttering and moving on to conscious consumption. After that we can move on to our kitchen, bathrooms, closets, and so on.
Although McKenna is the founder of The Zero Waste Collective, she confesses that it doesn’t mean she’s perfect or that she hasn’t made mistakes. This statement was truly comforting because we often focus too much on being “perfect” in our sustainable journey. Sometimes the idea of being perfect is what hinders us from our growth. McKenna states that it all comes down to doing our best for the planet. I highly recommend this book to those who are interested in low-waste living, as well as for those who are well-acquainted but want more tips. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for this advanced reading copy (eARC) in exchange for my honest review. Don’t Be Trashy is now available for purchase on Amazon. For more book reviews, visit my tag here. You can also find me on Goodreads.
Don’t Be Trashy by Tara McKenna