Since adopting the Zero Waste lifestyle, my life and that of my family has completely changed, for the better. We not only feel happier, we lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff.
Today, my goal is to shatter pre-conceptions associated with the Zero Waste lifestyle and share what we have discovered about its incredible health, financial and time saving benefits. 

Zero Waste Home Book is out!



My book, Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Wasteis out and I couldn't be more ecstatic about its release! 

This book is a personal achievement; a dream that I would have never thought possible - when I came to America at the age of 18, my English skills were so poor that I couldn't even order a hamburger at a restaurant! But the reason behind this book - spreading the word about Zero Waste is what will bring me the most lasting contentment. I am honored to be messenger of the Zero Waste lifestyle.  It has done wonders for our family, providing us financial stability, health improvements and efficiency, and resulting in a richer, healthier and happier life. And I can only imagine what it would do for a society if all its people embraced it as a whole - yes, I dream big;). How grateful our planet, our health, our budget, and our children would be! 

Imagine if we all de-cluttered our homes, and donated and shared those items that sit unused in our closets: Strains on our natural resources would be relieved and the secondhand market boosted (Imagine the great selection at your local thrift store!); Cleaning our homes would be a breeze and we'd have more time to spend with our loved ones.

Imagine if we all took steps to fight junk mail instead of just throwing it into the recycling bin: Marketers would choose other means of advertisement; Forests would grow, our tax dollars could be spent on education, and our time used doing something important.

Imagine if we all realized that shopping is voting and thought hard before buying: Products that are harmful to our health and the environment would disappear. And if we all avoided buying plastics, our oil dependence would subside (gas prices would drop) and so would the wars and conflicts to obtain it. We would not have to research its adverse effects on our health or dwell on the "plastic soup" that floats in our oceans, but focus our energy on fixing the problems that we have created.

Imagine if we all stopped sending our hard-earned money to landfills (which is ultimately what we do when we discard of disposables), if we all embraced the reusable alternatives proposed in my book and eliminated disposable trash liners, paper towels, paper napkins, flatware, plates, foil, wax paper, food wrap, food storage bags, toothpicks, razors, feminine products, band aids, tissue paper, gift wrap, sponges, wipes, staples, markers, etc. (to name a few)We could spend our dollar on experiences instead. We could focus on living rather than discarding.

Just imagine if we all aimed at Being rather than Having! 

Maybe I am a dreamer, I dream of a peaceful and a brighter future for my children. Or maybe I am a believer. I believe in the power of community and I believe in the power of individual action. Or maybe I am a clairvoyant. I can see the key to a better world in your hand, I can see the Zero Waste community waiting for you to join, I can see YOU transforming your life.

And it starts here, today!

Note: If you're local... I have donated my copy to the Mill Valley Library for your enjoyment;)

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  1. Beautifully expressed Bea! I have my copy!

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  2. Jo in London4/09/2013

    I'm right behind you Bea. I ploughed through my copy over the Easter break and am all fired up to take things to the next level in our household.
    I thought you'd be pleased to know that The School of Life will be serving wine in glass on the night of your talk. I asked!
    Jo

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    1. Yeah, I am so glad! You saved me the phone call! Am looking forward to it!

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  3. This is such a great post! I think I'm going to put it on my wall just so I am always reminded of it. I look forward to getting my copy!

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    1. Great idea! printed on scratch paper of course :)

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  4. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Congratulations Bea!

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  5. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Can't wait to read it!

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  6. WOOO!!! Preach on sister! What an exciting accomplishment. I can't wait to read my copy from the library. Which is a great Zero Waste option for getting a copy. ;) I share your vision for the future and I'm slowly converting those around me.

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  7. I bought my copy today! I already know it's going to be great! Thank you for all that you do!!!

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    1. No, thank YOU for being open to change!

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  8. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Congrats Bea!

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  9. Just bought it via Kindle!

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  10. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Je viens tout juste de le commander!
    J'ai beaucoup trop hâte de le recevoir!
    Merci! :)

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  11. Bea--thank you for your inspiration and congratulations on your awesome journey and this great milestone. Your blog has seriously changed my life for the better. As you mentioned above, we have less financial strain, are healthier, have more time for each other and are world happier! I did a little dance this morning when I saw your book had been released and was finally available on my Kindle ( I had pre-ordered back in March). Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    1. And I am doing a little dance for your life improvements!

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  12. Ann Louise4/09/2013

    Congratulations, Béa! I downloaded the electronic version of your book this morning and am looking forward to begin reading it tonight!

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  13. Claudine4/09/2013

    congratulations!

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  14. Stacie4/09/2013

    Bea - I have closely followed your blog for about 1.5 yrs now and have only made 1 comment. I have probably read every post along with the comments at least once and more than likely all of them twice. I feel like I just take, take, take w/o giving anything back to the ZWH site....and I guess, that IS what I do! But I wanted to take these few minutes today to let you know that your 'How To's' have changed my life tremendously. Ever since I can remember, it was physically and mentally painful for me to see things go to waste. However I came to accept that I was the "weird" one and adopted the mainstream wasteful lifestyle. So when I discovered your blog and it's community, I felt completely at home and completely supported to follow my instincts that waste is not necessary and a ZW lifestyle is possible. Your ZWH showed me exactly what to do and I found the implementation of these systems/tips so easy and even better, SO MUCH FUN!!!!!! I pre-ordered your book and now just waiting for it to arrive. So to Bea and your family, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for opening your doors and hearts for all to see and share!!! Life is good :)

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    1. Wow Stacie, thank you so much for sharing!

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  15. Congratulations! You're so inspiring, Bea.

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  16. Just ordered your book. I'm glad you dream big -- just reading your post above makes me happy, calm and relieved that I'm not alone in my desire to prevent waste.

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  17. Anonymous4/09/2013

    congrats Bea, cant wait to read it, I posted zero waste rules/tips all over my walls in my computer room. its a great remimder and i am working hard towards a zero waste lifestyle. its been a rough road but i continue everyday.

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  18. Congratulations :) I have placed a request for your book at my library.

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  19. I'll await my library getting a copy. Worried it might take a while here in Australia

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  20. This is so exciting! I can't imagine how you must feel :) Congratulations! PS, maybe you'll eventually share ideas on zero waste book writing from this experience?

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  21. Congratulations! I'm really excited about this; my copy is downloading to my Kindle account as we speak.

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  22. maggie4/09/2013

    soooo looking foward to the book signing in corte madera! - i'll be bringing the kiddos, too. after all, it's never too early to embrace zero waste.
    :-D

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    1. The earlier the better!
      My kids will be there too;)
      Looking forward to meeting you!

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  23. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Thanks Bea! I cannot wait to learn more in your book. you are dreamer and believer... I love it!

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  24. I am looking forward to reading your book, my biggest goal is to have a zero waste home, every day of the year. I enjoyed your thoughts today.

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  25. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Hi, I discovered your blog a couple of months ago and read all the way back to the beginning. You, unlike other things ive heard of, actually made me feel it was possible, not just some "project" a writer was doing for a book. (though now I want to get those project books that exist and read them for more inspiration.)

    I'm just a baby at reducing waste, I have discovered. (I thought I was doing a decent, if not great, job at being "green"). going to buy food now I look at things differently. I was always against packaging that couldn't be recycled, but I am motivated to do a lot better than that.

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    1. Looking at things differently is, as we call it in our house, "seeing the matrix" -ref to The Matrix movie;). Once you see it, you can't ignore it... Welcome to The Matrix, Anon;)

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  26. Alisonlee4/09/2013

    Yay! I just got notification that Amazon has sent my order.

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  27. Ordered a copy which will be given to our library so more people can read about your success and be inspired. This is another way to be a zero waste home.

    Buy a book and donate it to your library. Literally thousands will read the book rather than just one person.

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  28. Anonymous4/09/2013

    Acheté! J'espère de tout mon coeur que ça va faire un carton et que les gens s'y mettront.
    Comptes-tu faire une traduction française? (I bet the old 18-year-old you would never have imagined such a question, eh? ;-))

    Bravo pour ton parcours et pour ta générosité.

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    1. Le livre sort en Francais en Septembre mais ce n'est pas moi qui le traduit!- je n'ai pas le temps de le faire et mon Francais (a l'ecrit et a l'oral) n'est plus a la hauteur de mon Anglais... C'est le comble! ;)

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  29. Bea - I am so encouraged by your enthusium - I downloaded your book via Kindle & look forward to reading and learning from you. Thank you so much!

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    1. Il y aura une traduction en septembre, apparemment. Peut-être intéressant d'attendre pour les lecteurs français (même s'ils lisent l'anglais) parce qu'il sera adapté (adresses etc.)...?
      Je pense que je vais patienter (faute de le traduire/adapter moi-même), ce que j'aurais adoré !

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    2. Il sera en effet adapte...

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  30. Anonymous4/10/2013

    I remember holding my first book and just smelling it and seeing my name... it's a wonderful feeling. Congrats!

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  31. What a beautiful post Bea! I can't wait to purchase & read my kindle edition :-)

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  32. Felicitations! I have been reading your blog since the NYTimes article and that was the beginning of so many wonderful changes in my life. My husband and I are so much happier and healthier and, because our spending has been whittled away over the past 2 years, within the next few months we're both able to go down to part-time, so we have more time to spend doing the things we love; just living. It's not an exagerration to say that you've changed my life. Thank you.

    I am not wild about having to buy the paperback new (I'm out of practice buying new books :) but after I read it and pass it on to my mother, I'll make sure the library gets it and lobby for it to be displayed!

    Congrats, Bea!

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    1. Jesriel: Thank you so much for your testimony! What you describe is what I hope for the world (and my readers) to discover about Zero Waste: It does not deprive as one would expect but it does just the opposite: improves one's life in all aspects.

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  33. Congratulations on your book release! I purchased my (electronic) copy yesterday, and I'm enjoying it! You are right about the junk mail... For the past week or so, I've been actively trying to reduce the volume of junk mail. It takes a LOT of work! I know it will be worth it, though... Thanks again for your inspiration!

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    1. It is so worth it! It has reduced our recycling dramatically overtime (we only get one piece of unwanted mail once week/every other week now) and it saves a lot of time not having to transfer it daily from one place to another... whether it'd (from the mailbox) to a desk, trash, recycling, kitchen counter etc...

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  35. Bea, I am an enthusiastic reader of your blog and have devoured your writings. Your teaching have encouraged me to do many many changes around my home. I *almost* purchased the ecopy of your book to read on my computer but took a chance to see if it was available at the library in my hometown of Portland OR. I was thrilled to see that there are already 38 holds on it! Your reach is fantastic and I am so thrilled for you. I feel that I should buy the book to support your work, but decided that instead I would use your amazon store to purchase some things through my job that there is no getting around. I am an assistant in a high tech company and if I have to order post-its for the VPs, then at least you will get a little chunk of money. I have implemented ZW in my personal life and at work, so it feels funny to use a zerowaste astore to buy pens and tissues, but I'm not likely to win the battle at work, so it is a compromise.
    All this to say: Right on Sister! Go girl! And all that jazz.
    Cheers!

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  36. Just noticed that my public library bought 2 copies of the ZWH book!! I'll read it there first - but still hoping I receive a personal copy as a gift for my birthday in a couple weeks. (I've been hinting...)

    Soooo excited to finally read the book. I am a long time reader of the ZWH blog. Beá is my hero! I live in a 1600sf house with my family of six and a large German Shepherd dog. We've struggled make everything fit in this tiny home for years. Finally we began evaluating our priorities and removing all that did not match up. It's a long, slow process. Still working on several trouble spot, but we are making progress.

    Thank you Beá!

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  37. You're an inspiration. Thank you so much!

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  38. Hi Bea! Just ordered my copy! Thanks!

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  39. Well said Bea!! Good Luck!

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  40. I have been reading your (digital) book and I love it.
    Thank you for your inspiriation!
    love Iris (The Netherlands)

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  41. Anonymous4/11/2013

    Dear Bea, Recently I (a Dutch reader) found your blog. I admire your Zero Waste lifestyle, you inspire me so much. This morning I ordered your book and some stainless steel scrubbies. My first steps to a ZW Home! Anja

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  42. Chevanne4/11/2013

    Congrats! I've only gotten to read samples so far, but one part I did get to read was a relief: zero waste was very much a process of slowly letting go and did not happen overnight. Sometimes I get impatient that it's not happening fast enough, but change, of course, takes time. Can't wait to read the rest. And the Bulk app is out as well! I'm adding locations to it already. :-)

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    1. Thanks for your input Chevanne. As you know, I have always enjoyed your comments on the blog.
      And thanks for using the app!
      It's available on iPhone, soon to be released on Android -it's a long long process!

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    2. Chevanne4/13/2013

      I appreciate it. Many thanks. It feels for me like an exciting time and not just because it's Earth Month and everyone is talking about the environment. My hope is that your message helps people make changes for good. I thought about sending in an article about it when you had guest posters, but zero waste, for me is different from "going green". I feel like "green" is too subject to marketing and getting people on a retail bandwagon, even if the intentions are good. There is no product for zero waste. The merchandise is fulfilling experiences. A beautiful day is better spent having a ZW picnic at the local arboretum (last week) than stuck in a crowded mall (today, mistakenly).

      And for the app, I'm trying to find a lot of local places that may not have bulk containers, but sell loose breads or accept containers at their delis and marketplaces. I'm in the phase of trying to find providers for what I need and I've been pleasantly surprised at what's available in a 10-mile radius. I can get tuna salad at a local fish market made with real tuna! No cans! Now, to redeem myself, I'll curl up and read my electronic copy of your book. :-)

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  43. I have your book on my Kindle and am really enjoying it. Thanks for all of the food for thought!

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  44. So where is the bulk locator app?

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    1. It's already on iPhone. I have not announced it yet, because the Android version is right around the corner. I hope for this week...

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    2. It doesn't come up on my iPhone in the app store or on your web site.
      Am I looking in the wrong place?

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    3. Found it! You have to type in "bulk locator" not just bulk.

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    4. It works with just "Bulk". It's the first one on the list.

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  45. Sara Chiles4/11/2013

    Just bought your book! Can't wait to read it and then share with my friends and family.

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  46. Anonymous4/12/2013

    I am planning on buying a copy of your book so I can share it with others. I found that the Seattle Public Library has eight copies on order and already a waiting list of 21 people. Yay!

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  47. Anonymous4/12/2013

    I've been following you since the Sunset article. Love your lifestyle and you are such an inspiration. I'm excited to finally get my book. (I know I should have gotten the kindle version but it'll be an indulgence to hold the book and flip through the pages.) Please come to Southern California for a book signing and talk!! (Vroman's in Pasadena please - hint, hint!)

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    1. ;)
      Unfortunately, because of the very nature of ZW, it would be counter-productive for me to do a book tour just to sign books (think of the carbon footprint of a signature!). But I will be hitting spots where family and friends take me... France, England and the Pacific Northwest (maybe) this summer.

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  48. Anonymous4/14/2013

    Amazing. Will make the effort to change things and work toward a "Zero Waste" lifestyle. Passed the book on to a niece....she is 26 and already over all this "stuff, more more society" that we live in. Thank you for all your efforts. Cheers!

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  49. Bea,
    I ordered your book and got it at a perfect time, my kids were sick and so I sat with them and read most of it over the past few days. It's lovely, and though I've been reading your blog for a couple of years, it is a great addition and inspiration. There are many things that you show us that aren't even sacrifices, just ways we are not used to. I'm taking steps. Also, I'm talking to my kids about it, and though it is very hard for them (refusing though most important, I think is most difficult), they get it and in concept love it. One thing I wanted to mention about the book... there is a point at which you talk about having over the counter medication on hand and how people give an "aha, this is where there IS waste in your home," I believe that many people may sound as if they are trying to find something you are doing wrong, when they are really just fascinated and curious. It is true that I don't think that I will adopt all that you do (and some is impractical living in a more rural area with a more varying temperature), but I am still fascinated by it all and want to know the smallest details. That is what I love about the book, the details (and I want to sit down and write a list of questions that you haven't answered too). Quick question... I bought a hard copy of the book, and when I'm ready to pass it on, what is the best way to keep the bits of information I want to keep (recipes, etc.)? Scan it? Thanks and congrats! Katie

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  50. Bonjour Béa,

    Savez-vous si une publication en France est prévue ?
    Bien que ne pouvant pas faire du "zéro-déchet" comme vous du jour au lendemain, je souhaite utiliser certaines de vos astuces pour avoir moins de déchets.
    Je vous remercie :)

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    1. Oui, elle est prevue pour le mois de Septembre aux editions Les Arenes.

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    2. Merci beaucoup pour votre réponse. J'attends donc septembre :)

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  51. I read your book this weekend. I love it!

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  52. Anonymous4/15/2013

    I pre-ordered you book and have been too busy to read it. I was at a conference when it came out and have only just been able to pick it up to read. I did refuse a lot of the things at the conference due to your impact. I asked the the company and my badge to email information if I wanted to learn more. I refused the free pens, bags, papers, and more. While I am not that far into my zerowaste journey, but I have started making little changes.

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  53. i just checked this out of my library!!

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  54. I just received an email notice that your book is ready for me to pick up from the library. I will be the first person to check it out! Mmmm...new book smell...

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  55. Count me in as someone whose eyes were opened due to the book. I picked it up yesterday and have already read it in its entirety. I do small things (already composting most things mentioned in the book) and have about half the garbage of anyone else on my street, but this has really had me thinking outside the box.

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  56. just bought my copy, bea! i've been an avid reader of your blog and can't wait to read your book. couldn't wait for my copy at the library :) my husband and i just bought our first house-- at 1134 square feet, we think it will be just the right size for us and our growing family, and we're right around the corner from a co-op market in boston that sells lots of bulk wares. your book will be a great inspiration for us to outfit our new home to be as zero waste as possible. best wishes on the sales of your book-- i've already put out the word to my circles about it!!

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  57. Here's a silly question~ which is less wasty of me? :) To get the Kindle version for my iPad, or to get a copy from Amazon, which I can then trade on Paperback Swap when I am done? I am thinking the former. Go Bea!

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  58. I was very excited to get my copy in the mail last week! I am graduating college and getting married, all in the next 5 weeks, and I'm looking forward to using the practices in your book as we set up our first home.

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  59. Anonymous4/26/2013

    I just bought a bread at the bakery with a mesh bag. The woman working at the store thought it was really clever of me. It wasn't 'weird' at all! Thank you Bea, because you introduced me to all this.

    greetings from Berlin

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  60. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Bea I love your book! Great job! I've been reading it on holiday and it has opened my eyes to the great recycling and trash reducing efforts they have here... Most places will gladly give you real plates, silverware, mugs if you ask. I haven't had a problem refilling my mug or water bottle. I feel so light & free because we each travel only with a school size back pack. When you travel light, what do your do about shampoo? Do you bring your own? I do wish I brought a few more bandanas with us to purchase say waste free sandwiches on location to take hiking... We've been buying fresh fish caught by locals & supporting locals back yard gardens buying package free fresh produce. Thanks for the inspiration! -Diana

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    1. When we travel, we bring the body bar that I mention in the book and that we use for as a body wash, shampoo, and shaving cream.
      We also bring along on of the cloth bags (from the shopping kit) to wrap sandwiches, or purchase loose food that we might buy during our travels.

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  61. Love the book! Got the library to order to for me and I was the first one to read.. great information in addition to your website. In the camping section, you didn't meantion anything about "Leave No Trace" which is a camping practice which basically returns the area you camp to the pristine condition it was before you were there. If you haven't heard of it, it think you would like it... Just letting you know! http://lnt.org/

    I'm really trying to zero waste my life.. but it is a little bit harder when dealing with relatives. My mother comes to visit and brings with her 5 rolls of paper towels (because she knows I don't have any) and throws them in my trash can! Ahh.. Maybe with time.

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  62. Tout d'abord, quelques excuses : si j'arrive plus ou moins à mobiliser mes quelques souvenirs des cours d'anglais reçus pour lire ce blog, je ne suis malheureusement pas aussi à l'aise pour écrire ! Mais, puisque nous sommes originaires du même coin, je ne doute pas que la lecture sera aisée...

    Je découvre ce blog depuis peu et le parcours peu à peu au gré de mon temps libre. Je tenais à exprimer toute mon admiration : pour cette adaptation (qui m'aurait semblé si difficile !) en premier lieu, pour le chemin pris et parcouru ensuite vers le "zerowhaste" style de vie et pour ce livre enfin. Bravo du fond du coeur et merci pour l'exemple !

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