What Life Is Like Once You Stop Producing Trash

Photo: “King of the Trash Hill” by Alan Levine / CC BY 2.0

The first time I heard about the concept of “zero waste” — a movement and lifestyle wherein one attempts to produce as little waste as possible in order to, excuse my French, save us all from dying in a fiery hellscape — I was blown away. I had never thought of my life in terms of how much trash I produced, but once I saw my household as a sort of machine — one with input and output that I control — I…