You may have noticed that I have been dipping my toes in the zero waste movement. I am not sure how far I am going to go with this, but for now I am happy with every zero waste switch I make. Since my interest in decreasing my trash is rapidly growing, I decided to read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson, the woman who put zero waste on the map.
Zero Waste Home starts off with the story of how Bea got to be zero waste. She used to own a huge house and more than enough stuff to fill it. She produced several bags of garbage each week and didn’t think twice about the environmental impact of it all. Then, when she moved to a smaller place, she was forced to temporarily live with less. That made her realize that less stuff meant having more time to spend with her family. This inspired her on a path towards minimalism and snowballed into rethinking her entire lifestyle and environmental impact, which eventually led to extreme trash reduction.
The book is all encompassing, covering every room in the house, the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, workspace and the kids room. It also covers grocery shopping, travel, housekeeping, pets, wellness and holidays. She applies five R’s to all these areas in order to create less waste. The first R is refusing what you don’t need (and thus keeping unwanted stuff and trash out of the house), then reducing what you don’t need (ridding your life of clutter), reusing the things you cannot refuse or reduce, then recycling and then, as a last resource, rotting (composting).
The book is full of tips and tricks, handy recipes and basically gives you all the knowledge you need to embark on this lifestyle. Minimalism and zero waste are completely inseparable here. It is a well written book that is a quick-read. Very interesting, thought-provoking and motivating. Every time I read a passage, it made me reevaluate how I am currently doing things. If you are interested in the topic, Zero Waste Home is definitely worth looking into.