I’m sure you’ve heard by now that there is a family in California that does not have to put the trash can out once a week for garbage pickup. They don’t produce any trash.
Yes, that’s what I said, they don’t produce any trash, or, their trash is so minimal that it’s shocking. The family I’m talking about is the Johnson family and they live in Mill Valley, California. They are not freaks, nor do they deprive themselves of the pleasures in life. They have just re-adjusted their thinking and way of living to produce zero waste.
Evolution of Zero Waste Living
These parents and their two boys didn’t wake up one day to a zero waste lifestyle. They grew into it. It all starts in the mind and then small actions one at a time. In reading a little more about the Johnson family, they eliminate a lot of their waste at the store. If you don’t bring it in the house, you wont’ have to throw it away later.
From reusable shopping bags, to bringing jars to weigh and purchase items like sugar, flour and even meats, they don’t bring home excess packaging which would normally be thrown in the trash.
They make their own laundry detergent (which isn’t hard to do), compost and grow much of their own fruits and vegetables. Even their occasional glass of wine is poured from a refillable wine bottle (yes, there are wineries that host events where they are able to refill their wine bottles).
To find out more about the Johnsons, check out an article about them on Sunset.com. The article gives an overview of the family. However, if you want to read more of the day to day trials and challenges to zero waste living, read the Johnsons’ own blog, The Zero Waste Home.
The Johnsons have given me much food for thought and ideas to implement. No, I’m not aiming for zero waste, but I am aiming to significantly reduce our waste.