Recycla recently read an interesting article about a family that produces virtually no trash. They have a blog called The Zero Waste Home and she encourages you to check it out. This family of five almost never takes out the trash because they have virtually none. Here’s how they do it:
Originally, the Johnson family lived in a larger home and owned a lot of stuff. They downsized to smaller digs and less stuff and have never looked back. Food is bought in bulk using their own containers, so there’s no packaging to deal with.They compost food scraps and recycle as much other stuff as possible.
Like the Eco Women, the Johnsons clean with cloth rags instead of paper towels. They do not use cotton balls, tissues, or Q-tips. (Toilet paper comes wrapped in paper, which is compostable or recyclable.) They also make their own cleaning products instead of buying them.
Even the three sons are involved: The kids’ toys are limited to a certain number of bins and if they get something new, they have to donate something old. For birthdays, family members usually give experiences, such as tickets to shows or events.
The Johnsons don’t claim to be perfect Eco Warriors — for example, they fly to France every year to visit family. They do have two cars. And, sometimes, they do have trash to deal with.
Recycla admires the Johnsons’ commitment to living so simply. While she is an avid Eco Warrior herself, she’s not sure she could be quite so committed to the cause. She’s trying, however, and hopes to pare down her family’s possessions in the coming year.
What about you? Could you live with less? Could you produce less trash? Tell the Eco Women what you think.