Mottainai: A Journey in Search of the Zero Waste Life
Title: Mottainai: A Journey in search of the Zero Waste Life
Author: Virginia Aronson
Publishing Date: September 2019
“Mottainai feels like
Mottainai means waste. Popular with the Japanese for generations,
A kind of modern day fairy tale, MOTTAINAI: A JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF THE ZERO WASTE LIFE is the story of a young man who has everything and feels nothing but frustration. Until he meets an unusual stranger and learns how little we really need—and why living differently is important for each of us, and for the planet.
A typical American Millennial, Greer Grassi stumbles on a grassroots movement to change the world. More interested in material accumulation and boosting his bank account, he puts his lifestyle of comfort on hold after he falls for a charming activist. To woo the girl, he takes a job at her nonprofit organization and embarks on the wacky but required training program in rural
Japan. There, he lives off the grid with a cranky guru who talks trash and drinks too much. Yet,
An ancient Japanese philosophy popularized worldwide by the late African activist Wangari Maathai,
Includes tips for cutting back on waste and helpful resources/references.