One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions among my friends this year is to live a greener life. Many of us already recycle what we can and a few of us even have composting bins out back. But despite our good intentions, none of us will come close to living as green as the Strauss family of Longhope, Gloucestershire in the U.K.
This family of three has taken recycling to new heights, managing to discard just one garbage can full of trash in an entire year!
Their efforts to reduce their waste began after reading about the damage plastic bags have on marine life. What started out as a vow to never use plastic bags again grew into a mission to reduce their waste as much as possible.
In order to avoid contributing to the landfill, the Strauss family employs numerous strategies. They not only bring their own reusable bags to the grocery store, they bring their own containers to the butcher and deli counter. They had their names removed from junk-mail address lists, buy only what they need and grow much of their own food.
In addition, the family heats their home with a wood-burner and powers much of it with solar energy.
In 2009, their efforts resulted in a trash output of less than 2 ounces a week. And for 2010, they are upping the ante and aiming for a zero trash count.
Looking for tips on how your own family can live greener in 2010? Check out the Strauss family website, MyZeroWaste. Here they chronicle their own efforts and offer tips and resources for others who want to help make the world a cleaner place.