||"Ecosystems require balance to survive, and when that balance is compromised, disaster can befall the whole system. To keep a balance in our global ecosystem, we need to use resources efficiently, equitably, and sustainably. In both nature and economics, we observe that when a healthy distribution of resources is achieved, systems can not only function but flourish. The United States recycles roughly 34% of its waste. Other countries recycle at least twice this amount, but we've been stuck at this level for two decades. Individuals are a key part in making the recycling system work because we provide a supply of materials and a demand for new recycled products. But many of us don't know what happens after those items leave our homes. We're confused by inconsistent rules of what we can and can't recycle. Our confusion has huge consequences and is a reason why our recycling is stuck. Throughout Reduce, Reuse, and Reimagine, Beth Porter provides answers to clear up that confusion and shares great resources about recycling, explaining its complexity, guiding individual action, and contextualizing its history. This book explains how we arrived at this state of dysfunction and provides the steps we need to employ to strengthen our recycling system. Nature knows how to rcycle itself, decomposing waste back into the soil to continue the circle of growth. We should follow its lead." -- from book jacket.