Zero Waste Home Part Two and a Giveaway!

In yesterday’s post we got to know about how Bea Johnson, of Zero Waste Home, transitioned into her Zero Waste lifestyle.  Today I asked Bea, “What are the five steps you recommend somebody to start with?”  She tells us about the 5R’s so that we can implement the principals in to our own lives and enjoy the benefits that simple, conscious living has to offer.

*Be sure to check out the book give away at the bottom of the post!

Zero Waste Home jacket

By Bea Johnson

What we do to generate only a one liter jar’s full of trash per year is no secret. We found that following a set of 5R’s IN ORDER was the key to eliminating waste. So, we:

1-     Refuse what we do not need (for ex. single use plastics, junkmail and freebies)

2-     Reduce what we do need (furnishings, clothes),

3-     Reuse by buying secondhand and swapping disposables for reusables (that includes shopping with reusables such as cloth bags, jars and bottles),

4-     Recycle what we cannot refuse, reduce or reuse

5-     Rot (compost) the rest (fruit peels, lint,hair, floor sweepings etc). 

The most important thing one can do to stop waste and clutter from entering their home is to simply say no! Think before accepting something that is handed out to you. Turn down flyers, freebies, party favors, business cards, single use plastics (such as plastic bags), and fight junk mail. Accepting these things not only creates a demand to make more, they are a waste of resources and once they are brought into our home, they add to the clutter and require effort to dispose of them later. Refusing is the first rule to living a Zero Waste, simple lifestyle. Give it a try: you’ll be amazed how much stuff you’ll be able to stop from coming in.

*Five winners will be chosen at random on October 21 to receive a copy of Zero Waste Home. To enter to win, leave a comment below and tell us if Zero Waste Home is something you’d like to try in your own home, or leave a Zero Waste tip for us to all try.  Good luck!

For more tips from Bea Johnson, check out her website, Instagram and Facebook.

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113 responses

  1. After having our first child this year, I find we have much more waste than before it was just the two of us. I think we could use this book and put it to amazing use in our day to day. Either way can’t wait to get my hands on a copy and dive right in!

  2. I would love to read the book so I can get more tips about zero waste lifestyle. A small house with 5 children, do I need to say more? Not everything is suitable for us, but I am trying to find my own way in the matter.
    And sinds I live in Belgium, a French copy is also OK ; )!

  3. I would love to try this book! I’ve been considering taking a minimalist approach to my home and life and I think this would be helpful.

  4. If only more people would understand the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Each year over twenty people are killed by this odourless, colourless gas leaking from faulty
    central heating systems and many hundreds more suffer health problems caused by it.

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