A few weeks ago, on the occasion of Earth Day, we had a chat with Bea Johnson from Zerowastehome.com to learn a bit more about a waste free life.
Between two conferences around the world to spread the zero waste movement, Bea was kind enough to give us some insight on how to get started, and with #PlasticFreeJuly coming, we thought you’d love to hear her thoughts and motivations on this matter.
How did your zero waste journey begin?
"What triggered that journey was a moving. Between two places we moved to a small apartment and only lived with the necessities, putting the rest in storage. What we discovered then was that life became way simpler and therefore happier that way.
When you live with less, you realize you have more time to do what’s important to you. And this is what led us to spent time reading books and watching documentaries on environment and waste, and became more aware on our ways of consuming."
What advices would you give to get started?
"The secret of our success, and the best advice I can give is to live a simpler life. You have to become aware of what you are bringing into your home. Unclutter is key! For that, I think, the most important things to keep in mind are the big five R’s:
- Refuse what you do not need.
- Reduce what you do need.
- Reuse by using reusables.
- Recycle what you cannot refuse, reduce, or reuse.
- Rot (compost) the rest.
If you want to start with a big challenge, then the kitchen is definitely the place you should focus on as it produces a lot of waste. Start by refusing non-reusable packaging. Jars are a good alternative for storing and also shopping (you can learn why Bea loves Le Parfait here). You can see exactly the amount of food left in your fridge, cupboards etc."
What are the highlights of a zero waste lifestyle? (Beside you know, taking care of the planet <3)
"We discovered that it’s good for your health! You get rid of toxic ingredients (from processed food to cleaning products). It’s also a big plus for you wallet, as you are only using reusable tools. (Did you know that packaging represent about 15% of the price of an item?)
We also realized that the less things you own, the more time you have! Less cleaning, less maintaining, less shopping, less throwing. Mostly, it’s a life changing experience: you are living by the word BE instead of HAVE!!!"
Now that you have the secret of what to do in order to live a healthier, happier and more ecologic life, what are you waiting for ? ;)
If you want to learn more about everything Bea does to advocate for the Zero Waste cause, we encourage you to check her Facebook page, as she is touring the world to spread the word and might come near you soon!