When it comes trash removal and trash pick up, Americans generate a lot of trash.
The average person generates about 4.4 pounds of garbage per day, 29 pounds total per week, and 1,600 pounds of trash per year. That sounds like a shocking amount but if you think about the amount of trash you take out every week it makes sense.
Now imagine reducing your yearly trash footprint to something that could fit inside a quart-sized jar. Sound impossible? Well one California family did it.
Five years ago Bea Johnson and her husband and two sons were looking for a home closer to the restaurants, shops and school in their coastal California town.
During the year they spent house hunting, the family of four moved into a small apartment, took only the possessions that were absolutely necessary and left the rest in storage.
“After living with just the necessities, we realized that we had much more time to spend with our family when we weren’t spending it caring for a large house and lots of belongings,” says Johnson.
Then, when they did decide on a house, they chose one half the size of their previous home and simplified by selling most of their old stuff.
Around that time, Johnson and her husband began investigating environmental issues. “We read books, watched documentaries, and what we learned worried us and made us sad for our kids’ futures,” she says. “So we decided to do something about it. My husband quit his job to start a sustainability consulting company, and I tackled greening our house.”
It was then that Johnson devised a system to reduce the family’s garbage—she calls it the Zero Waste Home. She started by swapping everything disposable in their home (paper towels, water bottles, grocery bags) for reusables.
Today, she says, her family’s yearly waste can fit in a quart-size jar.
Simplifying and decluttering your life is the mantra Green Clean Junk Removal Services lives by. You don’t need as much stuff as you think you need. And frankly you are better off without a lot of the things you think you need. While most of us won’t be able to reduce our trash footprint to zero, by decluttering and simplifying our lives, we can all lead happier lives and protect the Earth for the next generation.