Zero Waste Living

Disclaimer: please don’t ask me how many times my roomie and I have to take the trash out each week… it’s embarrassing…

Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills or incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.

In honor of this upcoming Saturday being Earth Day, I wanted to introduce y’all to a beautiful, eco-friendly way of living that may look daunting at first but is actually super achievable through the right amount of planning, dedication, and commitment. I first came across this idea of “Zero Waste Living” through an article that I read way back in high school. Being my overachieving, perfectionistic self (at the time…), I set out to transform my life into being as close to “zero waste” as possible. I made my own toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, cleaning supplies, lotions, etc. and bought my food either in bulk (using jars) or from my local farmer’s market. I even bought compostable toothbrushes. Extreme? Perhaps. However, I think that this idealistic way of living can be extremely thought provoking in the way it forces you to really think about how much trash/waste you are producing. Loving the world we live in by treating it (and everyone in it) with respect should be a no-brainer considering how blessed we are to have this gift of life. Even if this “zero waste” lifestyle looks extremely unappealing to you, consider at least listening to Bea Johnson’s (the founder of “Zero Waste Home”) fabulous TED talk and perhaps you’ll be able to incorporate at least a few of these eco-friendly living principles in your daily life.

Bea’s TED Talk:

Bea’s Book:

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If you check out her book, TED talk, or website… let us know what you think! Or comment and give us some ideas on how to celebrate this upcoming Earth Day. Have a fabulous weekend and go catch some rays 🙂

AJS


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