Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Zero Waste Home

I recently came across a most inspiring book called "Zero Waste Home - The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing your Waste" by Bea Johnson from my local library.

In the book Bea shares what her family of four has done to reduce their waste to just one quart of garbage per year.  Quite impressive !  The book starts off with her sharing her journey to a zero waste lifestyle.  In the process of changing their lifestyle they simplified their lives, cut their annual spending by 40% and are healthier than ever.  Each chapter dives into detail on various aspects of the home - kitchen and grocery shopping; bathroom, toiletries and wellness; bedroom and wardrobe; housekeeping/maintenance; work space and junk mail; kids and school; holidays and gifts; out and about, etc.   There are lots of tips and easy ideas for sustainable living for even the busiest of people.  Once you get started on the easy stuff expand to the harder tips.  There is something for everyone one in this book and is all about finding the balance that works for you.   Once these ideas become habit the rest will come easier.

There are many things in the book that we are already doing, but the book has inspired me to do a lot more.  It gave me lots to think about and got me off my chair and have acted on a few of the ideas already, which will share in future posts.

We live in a busy, stressful, consumable world; a world full of plastic, and a world which is becoming less healthy and unsustainable.  There are few people who can say they would like less stress in their lives.

If we all took a few of these tips and ideas that Bea shares, we would be in a better, healthier and more sustainable place.

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