For the sake of our children, species, and world, we should all pursue Zero Waste. It is the ethical thing to do. We have been given a beautiful world and it is up to us to take care of it. Otherwise mother nature will have her revenge eventually and our kids will suffer: Global Warming, Pollution, Disease, Famine, and War. Oil will run out plus it causes global warming -- best to leave fossil fuels in the ground. Plastics (also from oil) are killing our oceans...
The best Zero Waste books I've read (please borrow from your library or get electronic editions):
No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
Plastic Free by Beth Terry
Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle: Live Well by Throwing Away Less by Amy Korst
Detrash Your Life in 90 Days: Your Complete Guide to the Art of Zero Waste Living by Katie Patrick
My favorite Zero Waste websites and blogs:
http://zerogarbagechallenge.info/ - Rose - Charlottesville, Virginia.
http://noimpactman.typepad.com/ - Colin Beavan - New York, New York.
https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ - Love Food, Hate Waste, a UK site to help reduce food waste.
https://sunnyvale.ca.gov/property/recycling/default.htm - City of Sunnyvale recycling and reuse. Especially their "How to Get Rid of Anything" database.
http://FreecycleForever.org - Learn how to freecycle worldwide turning trash into treasure.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/FreecycleSunnyvale/info - Sunnyvale California's local freecycling group in my home town
You can read about my own journey and discoveries on the way to Zero Waste at http://ecopractice.blogspot.com. I don't post that often because most everything is so well covered by the above sources :-)
Zero Waste is a goal and a journey. Don't worry about perfection, just do the best that you can and keep working at it.
Thanks for reading and taking care of each other and our planet!