Couple Generates Only 1 Bag of Trash in 2008!

Couple Generates Only 1 Bag of Trash in 2008!

Kyle Freeman
May 6, 2009

We live in a three-family household and come trash/recycling day, our curb is pretty crowded with bags and bins. We've often thought that if Boston charged for trash pick-up we'd all be a lot more mindful about how much trash we generate. So we were amazed to learn of an otherwise "normal" (in their words) New Zealand couple who embarked on a trash-free challenge for 2008...

Well, in actuality they challenged themselves to limit their yearly trash quota to one bag. And they did it!! To cap off their successful adventure, they hosted a party of 100 people and generated only 1 piece of plastic wrap from that huge celebration!

To read more about this commendable experience, which we learned about on Treehugger, and to draw inspiration for possibly reducing your own trash stream, check out the couple's website here. They are in the process of updating their site and blog so it might be worth checking back later as well. The couple also cites The Story of Stuff, a great twenty minute video about the impact of consumption, as one of their inspirations.

Do you make any concerted efforts to reduce your trash load? Any tips?

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