Meet the zero-waste pioneers
Four year, one jar waste... Shocked? Keep reading.
They’re so inspirational. They’re fantastic. These names control their lives so much that they can fit their waste into only one jar.
In a world full of such traps, a zero-waste life can be difficult sometimes, but it’s not as impossible as you think. Once you start changing your habits, you’ll understand real challenges are in mind.
That’s why I hope these amazing zero-waste pioneers encourage all of us.
Inspire, learn, and take action.
Bea Johnson, the author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life, has eliminated waste from her life since 2008. His family has also adapted to this lifestyle. They can fit their annual waste into only one-liter jar. So how does she achieve this? It applies five rules for zero-waste life: reject, reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost!
We need to learn to say “no,” Bea Johnson says. If we don’t use a product, we shouldn’t buy it. She also points out the importance of opting for second-hand items or finding ways to reuse them before throwing them away. Apart from this, we should discover ways of recycling. However, if we still have waste, it’s better to rot it.
Her story started after realizing that everything around her was covered with plastic. Now, she no longer uses something unnatural. She says she created one jar of garbage in four years. Shocking? Wow. Her blog, Trash for Trossers, advises how readers can transition to a zero-waste lifestyle. Later, she founded a company that sells nature-friendly products called Package Free Shop.
Her aim is to avoid single-use plastics. So she shared her experience on her blog, Going Zero Waste. Kathryn lives with her husband in a small house in Vallejo, California, prefers fresh foods, and buys in bulk. She also makes products such as cleansers and deodorants herself. She says she saves about $5,000 a year.
On her blog, Rogue Ginger, Erin shares her journey to a zero-waste lifestyle. You’ll find helpful tips and pieces of advice about quitting plastics. Returning to the practices of her grandparents, Erin uses cloth bags for her Sunday shopping. In addition, Erin organizes talks and workshops in different parts of Victoria, Australia. She is working on a children’s book to prepare children for a zero-waste lifestyle. She also says that completely eliminating processed foods from her home and diet improves her health.
She decided to remove plastic from her life after watching Bag It!. Then, she created a minimalist lifestyle, sharing her journey on her blog, Treading My Own. For her, minimalism isn’t about having nothing; it’s about knowing how much is enough. She suggests reusing things, making what you need yourself, avoiding the supermarket, and opting for the sharing economy for a minimalist lifestyle.
Beth is another pioneer of the zero-waste lifestyle, sharing her experiences since 2007 on her blog, My Plastic-Free Life. This simple blog has become a valuable platform containing a comprehensive guide for plastic reduction. Beth also took action against the big companies that manufacture these materials. In 2008, she succeeded in the “Get the Filter” campaign, making Brita filters recyclable. In 2012, he published a book titled Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too.
While not a blogger like the other sisters, Jack is behind the All At Once campaign promoting sustainable food systems and plastic-free initiatives. He is also committed to protecting the seas and supports many environmental organizations and ocean conservation societies.
Suppose zero-waste pioneers have inspired you. In that case, starting today, you can start making changes in your daily life to reduce your ecological footprint. Read our zero-waste life guide and zero-waste grocery shopping to discover what you can do more.
Zero-waste living is about minimizing your waste and making smarter choices in your life. Do the best you can.