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How to Live Zero Waste

Wondering what it really takes to live a Zero Waste lifestyle? According to Mill Valley resident and Zero Waste expert, Bea Johnson, it starts with a “5 ‘Rs’ Philosophy”: “Refuse” what you do not need, “reduce,” “reuse” or “recycle” what you can’t refuse, and “rot,” or compost, organic products.

Since adopting the Zero Waste lifestyle in 2008, Johnson’s become a blogger, author, speaker and all-around expert on Zero Waste.

We first wrote about her in 2014 when she was featured in this Sunset Magazine article.

Recently, Johnson was featured on Time.com video segment called, “How to Live Zero Waste” which you can find online here.

You’ll find more information about Johnson and living a Zero Waste lifestyle on her blog, Zero Waste Home. And you can order a copy of her book of the same name from Amazon (but consider the Kindle version to save paper!).

To read more about Zero Waste in Marin and some of the simple things you can do to reduce the amount of waste you produce, visit our Zero Waste page.