Rummage

A History of the Things We Have Reused, Recycled and Refused to Let Go
Emily Cockayne

Description

Rummage tells the overlooked story of our throwaway past. Emily Cockayne extracts glittering gems from the rubbish pile of centuries past and introduces us to the visionaries, crooks and everyday do-gooders who have shaped the material world we live in today – like the fancy ladies of the First World War who turned dog hair into yarn, or the Victorian gentlemen selling pianofortes made from papier-mache or the hapless public servants coaxing people into giving up their railings for the greater good.

In this original and fascinating new history, the author illuminates our relationship to our rubbish: from the simple question of how we reuse and recycle things (and which is better), to all the weird and wonderful ways it's been done in the past. She exposes the hidden work (often done by women) that has gone into shaping the world for each future generation, and she shows what lessons can be drawn from the past to address urgent questions of our waste today.

Details

  • Format
    Hardback
  • Pages
    384
  • Size
    215 x 135mm
  • Publisher
    Profile
  • ISBN
    9781781258514
Status
In stock for immediate dispatch
Stock Code
200536
Our Price
$34.99