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What Life Is Like Once You Stop Producing Trash

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Photo: “King of the Trash Hill” by Alan Levine / CC BY 2.0
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On That Come-to-Jesus Moment

Many zero-waste people discovered the movement through two of the most famous zero-waste bloggers out there: Bea Johnson and Lauren Singer. Others saw something they couldn’t unsee.

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On Community and Culture

One zero waster may be an island, but a community of zero wasters is a powerful change-making machine. Whether it’s fighting for more representation in the world of sustainability or simply acting as an example by bringing a reusable container into a restaurant for your leftovers, the movement depends on people not just reducing their own waste, but looking outward, too.

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On Food

Eating as a zero-waste aficionado requires getting real friendly with your local bulk food seller and making sure you always have some sort of steel tin/glass jar/reusable tote rattling around in your bag. Meal prep is a plus, but not a requirement.

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On Simplicity

While not running to Target or ordering off Amazon Prime every time you need a household item might seem panic-inducing, zero wasters say their lifestyles are surprisingly hassle-free. When buying things wrapped in plastic is no longer an option, the world suddenly looks a lot less complicated.

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On Why They Keep Going

Let’s not be coy: Sometimes it would be easier to order your entire life off Amazon Prime, packaging and emissions be damned. Sometimes it would be easier to buy dish soap in a plastic bottle from the nearest Target instead of trekking to the one store in town that sells it in bulk. So why stick with it?

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Author of LADY KILLERS: DEADLY WOMEN THROUGHOUT HISTORY. Host of a true crime podcast: criminalbroads.com.

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