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On my journey to less waste May 3, 2011

Filed under: Greener lifestyle — Michelle @ 2:13 pm

Over the last month, I’ve been reading articles and watching news clips about Bea Johnson – the woman who lives a Zero Waste lifestyle with her husband, 2 sons, and a (small) dog. How does a family of 4 + a dog create no waste? Really, nothing at all? Imagine not rolling out any trash on trash day. Not recycling anything, because there is nothing to recycle. Here is a link to a video about the Johnsons and their Zero Waste life.

I think what they are doing are amazing, just like I think the No Impact Man is amazing, but I just don’t see myself capable of doing “it all”. I see myself (and my family by extension) on a journey to living a greener life. Taking it step by step, doing one more thing (or doing one thing less) to nourish the earth.

In the last month, I’ve switched to reusable produce bags from ChicoBag, and I’m waiting for our NatureMill composter to arrive. Next on my list: trying recipes for homemade toothpaste / tooth powder, and buying microfiber cloths to use instead of paper towels. Now, how to get rid of all the paper my kids bring home from school?


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