December 11, 2014

Simple Kids = Less Wasteful Kids

During this crazy month of red cups and ribbons, gatherings and gingerbread, nativity and new hope, wreaths and wrapping, nice lists, naughty lists, carols and, at my father's house, copious amounts of 500 calorie egg nog laden with back-of-the-bottom-shelf bourbon, time is better spent with our families and loved ones.

So I'm going to slow down here at Zero Waste Mommy and provide you with some links to some important places - good for becoming familiar with the Zero Waste fight, or maybe just having a little ZW fun.

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Before I read Zero Waste Home, I found this book, Living Simply with Children, at the library and it became my family bible.  It is SO, easy, to get carried away once you have children, whether it be too many educational toys or three-year-old jui-jitsu classes, because it is fueled by unbridled love.  But there are better, and less wasteful, ways to love your littles.

These are some of the lessons I took to heart:

  • Birthday parties don't need to include the entire preschool class
  • Kids will find a way to play without 18 bins of toys
  • Kids can be stewards of the environment, too
  • I'm not signing my child up for any activity until she asks me for it
  • Be wary of commercialization in school
  • Do my kids really need to be walking billboards for Gap? 

Well, I guess it depends if I found it at a thrift store or if it's a hand-me-down.
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December 4, 2014

This week I encourage you to check out Zero Waste Home.

The creator, Bea Johnson, deserves credit for the soft war on waste and was one of my inspirations for taking a critical look at how I buy and subsequently, how I throw.

If you like her website, then you must pick up her book, also called Zero Waste Home, for after the holidays.  You can find a copy through her website or even give your local library shot.  I'm sure she'd appreciate both.


  1. Totally agree with the birthday party rule. Our kids are some of the few who have a friend or two (that's it!) over for cake and ice cream.

    WRT the classes, we learned through hard experience (full fencing kit, anyone?) to not sign them up for crap until they cry. Then, a few weeks in when they want to quit, we tell them to suck it up and complete what they signed up for. I'll tell you one thing. It makes them "critical choosers" and now they really think it through before they ask us to sign them up for something!

    1. Awesome. I wasn't sure what I'd do when it came to the mid-season "I don't wanna go anymore!" whine. I love it.