Have you ever wondered how you can simplify your home while simultaneously saving the world? A small exaggeration, but this month's article, Zero-Waste Home in Sunset Magazine is truly an inspiration.
The Johnson's have a serious no-clutter policy. After reading this article I looked around my home and felt a little dizzy. I realized how much stuff you can accumulate but how little you really need.
For the New Year I've decided to take steps toward decreasing my family's waste. I have a new found appreciation for some of the things we have been doing, such as composting. I really like our composter which is compact, yet sufficient and has a charcoal filter to eliminate odors. Many municipalities now accept kitchen scraps along with green waste or you can have your own compost or worm bin to fertilize your garden. We also use only cloth napkins for meals and cotton rags for spills. I thought we were doing pretty well, until I read about some of Bea Johnson's daily practices. I'm now motivated to take things a step further and follow some of Bea's advice.
For instance, she gives some easy advice like eliminating q-tips and cotton balls and more advanced proposals for taking glass jars with you to the grocery store to fill up directly from the bulk bins. Read more about her zero-waste lifetyle by reading the entire article Sunset Magazine | Zero-Waste Home and by visiting her blog: Zero Waste Home. Living a little more simply is a great way to start the New Year.
Thanks Jess, great article!
Check it out: Sunset Magazine | Zero-Waste Home.
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