The zero-waste family
Posted on March, 17th 2014.
Bea Johnson, a mother whose motto is “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot,” teaches us that reducing waste can save time and money.Bea Johnson is not just any mother. Well-versed as she was in the American way of life, this Frenchwoman living in the United States decided to change her habits to drastically reduce waste. The annual waste now produced by the Johnsons, a family of four, now fits into a one-liter container.
The Johnsons embarked on their adventure in 2008. Bea started a blog where she shares her experiences and advice, has published several books and gives lectures. She never fails to remind readers of her motto: “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot.” It is essential to do so in that order: 1) Refuse what we don’t need 2) Reduce what we do need 3) Reuse what we consume 4) Recycle what but can’t reuse 5) Rot (compost) the rest.
At the heart of the “zero waste” philosophy is not recycling but decluttering. If you don’t consume it, you don’t have to throw it away. Bea Johnson forms part of the minimalist movement that advocates a less-is-more approach in our society of over-consumption.
Bea is clear that her efforts have helped cut her spending and reduced time spent on things that are not important – an accomplishment she describes with pride in her book.
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