Living and not producing any waste is pretty impressive. A family in the UK set out to demonstrate that they can easily live life and only make a trashcan’s worth of rubbish in a year. Guess what? They did it.
â€œOur vision is for a zero waste UK; a country where we rethink our rubbish and start to view it as a resource rather than a waste product,â€ the Strausses write on their website, MyZeroWaste. â€œOur belief is that a zero waste Britain is possible if more energy, money and care is put into education, innovative product design and recycling facilities.â€
OK, so thatâ€™s the why. But what about the how? How does a three-person household cuts its trash footprint so dramatically while still keeping up a typical British living standard?
The Strausses go into great detail on their website. Step one, obviously: Reduce, for which they recommend everything from buying in bulk to simply removing the kitchen bin (â€œThe out of sight out of mind approach â€¦ â€œ). Step two: Reuse (turning used coffee grounds into snail and slug repellant, taking their own food containers to the butcherâ€™s shop, wrapping gifts with junk mail). Step three: Recycle (even sending their empty crisp packets to a Philippine charity that turns them into wallets, bags and purses).