No-Waste Family: Eco-Friendly or Hoarders?

no waste familyIn case you didn't get enough Earth Day/Week news, the TODAY Show featured a California family that has gone extreme green. The Johnsons are an adorable family of four that don't create or throw away waste. I know what you're thinking: Twisty ties are taking over their home. As well as: Why do these people have to make me feel guilty about my carbon footprint that could be smaller, but dammit, I recycle!

Surprisingly, the steps Bea and Scott Johnson take are quite simple, yet create a dramatic result.

Shopping in bulk and at the farmers' market means you bring your own bags. Skipping over packaged foods is not only eco-friendly, but healthy. Packaged foods usually mean processed, and we all know that kind of "food" doesn't do anyone any favors. Instead of paper towels, the family uses microfiber cloths, and handkerchiefs instead of Kleenex. They do, however, draw the line at toilet paper. Thank goodness.

The family composts its food for fertilizer and, of course, recycle anything that can be recycled. Instead of holding on to their trash, they simply don't accumulate it, and only allow a minimum amount of possessions. What happens is not only a complete lack of trash in their home, but the Johnsons are saving money as well. Impressive.

As I sit here going through my fourth box of Kleenex in a week (allergies!!!), I can't even come close to imagining myself making the sacrifices this family has. But it has inspired me to remember all of my reusable grocery bags the next time I head to the market. As well as hit up the bulk section the next time I want some lentils or roasted almonds.

What changes could you make to live in a more eco-friendly way?


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sunny... sunnybunny5us

It can be done and it doesn't have to be messy. We recycle everything,burn some stuff, and do the compost thing. We haven't had trash collection in over 10 yrs and we do haul off what we can't get rid of like 2 or 3 times a year about one 55 gal contractors bag full each time. We don't have more garbage, we have less really.

sstepph sstepph


JHanc968 JHanc968

We are recycling more and we just started using cloth napkins.

Nicho... NicholasMama608

We don't use paper towels or napkins.  I have cloth "paper" towels and cloth napkins.  I do use kleenex, and TP.  ;)

count... country50gal

We use bandanas for napkins. We wash and reuse alluminum foil.  We have chickens so they get all thekitchen scraps. We reclycle all glass, cans and paper.  Sometimes we forget the cloth shopping bags, but then we use the platic bags for other putting the kitty potty gifts in when cleaning the potty box.  We line small tash cans with those plastic bags too.  We use twisty light bulbs and keep furnace as low as we can without being too cold.  I am sure we could do even more.

asil asil

 tnice!  as a family of 5 (one in diapers) we toss out only about 1 plastic shopping bag of trash per week, everything else is recycled, composted or burned... love it!

sodapple sodapple

i could definetely recycle more.

deadp... deadpplrmyhero

I could recycle more and be less wasteful but I try to be good

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