Four people, 1 year, 1 quart of garbage

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .


If you’re on a mission to waste less, you may discover you are buying and using less. This is the best example of how I understand the expression “less is more.”
I made it through two years on one bulk package of paper towels in part because I reuse them when all I’ve wiped up is water or another inoffensive liquid. I hang ‘em to dry on the back of a music stand in the kitchen.
The waste-less lifestyle is gratifying and it becomes fun, almost like a sport, the more thoroughly you do it.
But I am a slacker and wastrel compared to the family featured in an article in the Mother Nature Network. That family includes Bea Johnson, who writes a blog and has written a book titled, “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste.”
On her blog, she writes: "Since embarking on the Zero Waste lifestyle, my life and that of my family has completely changed... for the better. We not only feel happier, we lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff, and action instead of inaction."
The family started by moving from a 3,000 square foot house to a 1,500 square foot house. In doing so, they had to slough a lot of stuff, presumably to second hand stores so it would not be wasted.
Then they discovered that having less freed them up. And they report to MNN that they are responsible for only one quart of garbage in a year.
One quart in a year? I see four people in the photo, three of them of the male persuasion. Plus there’s a dog. However little the dog, its waste has to top a quart a year... unless they have a doggie compost bin.
It's inspiring and yes, I want to find out more.
Bea? Want to weigh in?

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