Bea's motto is:
Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot
(and only in that order)
She says: "The zero in "zero waste" makes it sound scary and hard to achieve.
It is actually not as hard as it seems, and it is as simple as following these Five R's, in order:
- 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."
After I browsed through her blog and read and read for a long time I understood that she was completely right and at least I must start to follow her footsteps even if it will be a long way to go only half as far as she did. A really big problem is that Bea is a minimalist and I think I'm just the opposite cause I like lavish decorations and I own a lot of crockery and a lot of clothes. But I want to find a way to produce as little waste as possible by not changing my personality completely what I think wouldn't work anyhow.
First I want to show you some pictures of Bea's minimalistic home which looks quite different from mine but makes a really deep impression on me and inspires me a lot.
Bea is right. There's not many things we really need and we'd have much more time for interesting activities and experiences if we would only focus on the few things we do need.
She even wrote a book about her Zero Waste Home.
And she also said: "All of this might seem like a lot of work, but if you start small, one step at a time, you'll be hooked to Zero Waste. One small resolution to yourself such as: "I will not bring another plastic bag into this house"... will bring on another and before you know it, you'll ready to move on to another room."
Have a sunny Sunday!
PS: What do you think about a Zero Waste Home? Let me know!