My Plastic-free Life - Topic: Zero Waste Home - inspiring! Simple:Press Version 5.7.2 MotherLodeBeth on Zero Waste Home - inspiring! Personal Success Stories Since we were kids we have always lived in a small home (400 sq ft right now). We rely on small vintage appliances that have no plastic, don't have a tv, don't buy much at the grocery store so avoid plastic there. Use pencils and fountain pens which we have owned since teenagers. Use cloth diapers, buy tooth powder in metal containers, and don't buy sodas or water. 100% natural fiber clothes which I sew using an old treadle machine, and we wear no plastic Birkenstocks which we get resoled/corked, and LLBean non plastic parts boots.  Toys are non plastic vintage or hand made wood ones.

Bought some plain white nice gauze material and made my own vegetable/fruit bags which I take to the farmers market so I don't use plastic bags.   LLBean has great washable canvas shopping bags and I use them when shopping and toss in the washer weekly before shopping, so they are clean. Make all meals at home unless we eat out and then it's a small eatery that uses non plastic plates, glasses, real silverware and smaller servings so no need to bring leftovers home.

You can get wood handle toothbrushes at most natural food stores and Amazon.   We use wide mouth 1/2 pint glass Mason jars with reusable lids for soup, salad work lunches, and have glass Snapple bottles we saved three years ago with metal cap that we wash and reuse for water or homemade ice tea. 
Only thing I see in our place that has plastic is the DELL computer,cordless land line phone, switch plate and outlet covers, kayak and ski equipment.....and alas the Dr Bronner liquid soaps. At least we can buy them in gallon jugs. Would LOVE to find a place to buy refillable Dr Bronner soaps.
Wed, 01 Aug 2012 16:30:09 -0700
Amy on Zero Waste Home - inspiring! Personal Success Stories Yes, I have found great inspiration, advice, suggestions, etc. from both Bea and Beth.  I am grateful there are others out there that can be so focused on their goal and then create a forum like this to support the rest of us!  Having long been attempting to make changes in my families lifestyle habits, I have made huge strides in the last year since I have been following both the B's!  Thanks!

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 11:28:53 -0800
MTNgirl on Zero Waste Home - inspiring! Personal Success Stories I agree, I find Bea and Beth both very inspiring as well! 

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 12:13:46 -0800
Eve Stavros on Zero Waste Home - inspiring! Personal Success Stories While not 100% plastic-free, Bea Johnson's (nearly) Zero Waste Home is inspirational!  She certainly has embraced a lifestyle of wholesomeness, healthy food packaging & preparation, and an almost spartan simplicity.  Her blog on .  And, recently the whole family was on The View - hopefully a good way to reach millions more with this message.

I know I'm inspired to use less, do more, do better, and educate others ... thanks to people like Bea, and of course Beth!!!

Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:35:19 -0800