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[Zero Waste Family]
[Bea Johnson:] Source: LYBIO.NET
I’m Bea Johnson. I’m 36 and I strive to live a zero waste lifestyle. Zero waste means reduce first, reuse second and recycle last. What drives me and my husband is our kid’s future. It all started really about five years ago. Our house was 3,000 square feet back then. We decided to downsize and our current house is a 1,400 square feet.
As part of the process of moving and downsizing we had to make choices. I’m Scott Johnson. I’m 47 and I’m Bea’s husband. Bea was doing a lot of the research. She was figuring out what would it take to live in a zero waste lifestyle. And before I knew it, it was happening to us.
Once you start de-cluttering your new home it kind of becomes addicting. You want to keep doing it. I actually find that my creativity is being fed by finding alternatives for zero waste. In our previous home we’d fill a huge can of trash once a week. This is how much trash we’ve collected in four months. My husband was really worried at first that zero waste was going to be too expensive, but I was about to show him that zero waste is actually a great thing for your wallet.
By focusing on bulk shopping or the farmers’ market we’re actually cutting expenses out of our daily budget on the order of 10% to 15%.
We buy the conditioner and shampoo in bulk. We bring our bottles to refill. These are cleaning products. This is a homemade cleaner that we made just with vinegar and castile soap. And we use microfiber cloths to clean everything. We use compostable toothbrushes. And we make our own toothpowder. And instead of cotton balls, we use reusable cotton pads. We buy milk in a reusable bottle. And store veggies in laundry mesh bags instead of plastic bags. I realize I could push it yet a little further by just also bringing my own jars to the store. I bring one jar for meat, one for fish, one for cheese and one for deli.
We take the old foods scraps from the kitchen, any of the fruits and vegetables and put them into this compost. It’s basically a compost that uses red worms to process and decompose all the old food scraps.
[Bea Johnson:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
I’ve seen groups of people trying to do zero waste. In our case, we got attached to doing it. And we could not picture going back to the way we used to live. We feel so much better and so much happier that I just wish everyone could feel this way. I don’t remember the last time I took out the trash.
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