As an Earth911 staffer, I’m all too familiar with the commonly-referenced (but nonetheless shocking) statistic that every American produces 4.5 pounds of trash each day. Like most greenies, I try to do my part to reduce waste, but I often wonder if there is more I could do to cut back.
While pondering my eco-impact, my thoughts wandered to the Johnson family – who, through a number of simple lifestyle changes, managed to go entirely zero-waste. Our coverage of the family, published last year, features a photo of matriarch Béa Johnson holding a wine glass that contained the family’s trash for 7 months. I couldn’t help wondering, “Could I do this?”
So, with plenty of encouragement from my coworkers, I embarked on a Seven-Day Trash Fast Challenge to see just how much waste I could save and how small my trash can could truly be. As expected, there were plenty of complications along the way and a number of zero-waste lessons to be learned. Follow along in the process as I try to produce the least amount of waste possible for one week, and pick up a few tips to add to your own low-waste repertoire.