The Johnson family from California can show us how to save money by reducing household waste to almost zero. Relax, the lifestyle changes necessary to move towards zero waste are within reach of all of us, the secret is to get there one step at a time.
Only five (5) years ago this suburban household produced a wheelie-bin full of trash weekly, much like every other family. Determined to create less waste, they have made incremental lifestyle changes to the point where the family now produces only a handful of waste each year. That’s a massive reduction, and they share their methods in detail on their blog The Zero Waste Home.
Get Your R’s Right!
Put aside for a minute what you understand about the three R’s of sustainable living. The new mantra goes like this: Refuse-Reduce-Reuse, and Recycle only as a last resort.
The family explains that as well as creating far less waste for landfills to deal with, they spend less money than they did before. They estimate their savings to be 10-15% of their former household expenditure. This is achieved by simply purchasing less, which is made possible by the efficient use of household items.
If you could maintain the same lifestyle, would you consider making some changes to your household operations to save 10-15% on consumables? The good news is that according to the Johnson’s these changes not only save money, they actually improve your lifestyle. They experience less stress and have a happier outlook on life. They enjoy the challenge of creatively finding new ways to produce even less waste and run their household more efficiently.
Please enjoy this video of the Johnson family in action.
I think we can learn a lot from this determined approach and I applaud the efforts of the Johnson family. It takes courage to act against cultural norms, even when we’re advocating for lower impact, lower cost alternatives to the wasteful way most of us live.
How much trash do you produce, and would you be willing to change anything to reduce this and save money?