If Trash Could Talk
If Trash Could Talk is a book of poems, stories, and musings written and published by Jacquelyn A. Ottman. The book is critical of overconsumption and subsequent waste in New York City. It was published in May 2018 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Contents[edit | edit source]
The sixty entries in If Trash Could Talk were created over the course of Ottman’s life, and are a reflection of her personal experiences and insights. Each poem, story, and musing has a unique subject, but all bring attention to the flaws in consumer culture. Readers will discover new ways to use things up, use stuff longer, pass stuff along, and pass things up altogether in the name of reducing waste. 
“By starting to talk about what we all can do to save a little this, spare a little that, readers will take the first meaningful steps towards making real changes in consumption culture that can eventually help everyone live a whole lot better.” – Jacquelyn Ottman 
Reception[edit | edit source]
What readers say about If Trash Could Talk:
"Jacquie makes poetry fun. It was great hearing the stories of a like-minded person, and I learned so many things too!" "I'm energized and full of new ideas to create community and cut down on waste through sharing." "In these times when backward-looking people now hold power, to make policy around what Jacquelyn has to say takes on great importance. Shes tells us that we can do something. That we can make a difference. That we can be the powers that be. Few understandings are more important.”
Public readings of If Trash Could Talk are used as a tool to gather like-minded New Yorkers to share their own experiences with trash in a creative manner. 
Other Publications by Jacquelyn Ottman[edit | edit source]
The New Rules of Green Marketing: Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Branding (Berrett-Koehler, 2011, 256 pages) 
How to Make Credible Green Marketing Claims: What Marketers Need to Know about the Updated FTC Green Guides co-author with David Mallen (AdAge, 2013, 48 pages) 
Moving Sustainability Forward: A Road Map for Consumer Marketers (Green Paper, 19 pages) 
Avoiding Green Marketing Myopia co-author with Edwin R. Stafford and Cathy Hartman (Heldref Publications, 2006, 17 pages) 
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