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Inspired by Bea Johnson

If you haven’t heard of Bea Johnson and her zero waste home then you’re in for a treat. Bea is a huge inspiration to me. Her family is the same size as mine and she is very successful at being zero waste. It`s people like her that keep me trying to reduce my waste. I first read about her in an article from Sunset Magazine http://www.sunset.com/home/natural-home/zero-waste-home-0111-00418000069984/ . The comments (680 at last count) were so incredible. People either loved what she was doing or thought she was ruining her kids lives. She hasn’t let the negative feedback get her down or affect her journey though.  Bea promotes Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (and only in that order). That makes sense to me. Here is Bea’s website – http://zerowastehome.blogspot.ca/. It’s worth a visit for a little inspiration!


“In the past, it was possible to destroy a village, a town, a region, even a country. Now it is the whole planet that has come under threat. This fact should compel everyone to face a basic moral consideration; from now on, it is only through a conscious choice and then deliberate policy that humanity will survive.”

Pope John Paul II


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


6 thoughts on “Inspired by Bea Johnson

  1. I love Bea too!

    Posted by Susan | April 4, 2012, 9:47 am
  2. I saw Bea Johnson and her family on the view originally and that is how I ended up trying out this Zero Waste lifestyle. She was completely right that once you get into it, you can never go back! She is definately an inspiration!

    Posted by Hailey McGunigal (@ZeroWasteGrL) | April 4, 2012, 9:50 am
  3. She and her family are so inspiring. Her home is beautiful too. I don’t think she is depriving her kids at all, kids are very quick to get excited about doing the right thing for the planet so I’m sure it wasn’t too difficult to convince them. My oldest is getting pretty excited about taking our food scraps to the local drop off spot for composting – kids have the power to surprise us with their passion for doing good. 🙂

    Posted by Erin | April 4, 2012, 12:03 pm
  4. I just discovered her, too. Such an inspiration!

    Posted by Kandice Bridges | April 4, 2012, 5:02 pm
  5. I follow her blog too – I try to make small changes, and it’s nice to see the images of her home in action.

    Posted by sonrie | April 4, 2012, 7:10 pm

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