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.

Worm Composting

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For years I’ve had guilt about tossing out my compostable items.  I was too lazy to take this “gardner’s gold” to feed a friends chickens, local farm or… (what else do you do with compost when you don’t live in a town that collects it?  Please do tell).  A few weeks ago I gave up the word lazy and ordered this worm composting bin from Amazon.  I set it up per the included DVD instructions, laying down one sheet of newspaper and then a combination of moist cork and shredded paper.  I mixed in some dirt and a few composting items then put it in a relatively cool corner outside and waited for my worms (these ones on Amazon) to arrive, which happened today!

When the worms arrived they required a drink (half cup of water into their soil) before putting them into the compost.  I then laid a sheet of wet newspaper on top to seal in the moisture.  They seem healthy and have acclimated quickly into their new environment. I’ll report on the progress, in the meantime, please send me your tips!  If you don’t compost yet, perhaps you’ll consider sharing the journey with me.

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