Meet Shannon, A Zero-Waster in the ‘Burbs
My name is Shannon, and I’m venturing on a zero-waste journey with my family of five in the American suburban south.
I’m a full-time secondary English teacher, mother to three little monsters, and wife to a lovely Italian hunk. I was raised in San Diego, California, moved to the south for college, and stayed here to raise our family.
These little monsters are one of the reasons I transitioned our family to zero-waste and plastic-free living. After reading a few books, watching a few documentaries, and thinking about our own consumption habits, I knew that the best thing I could ever do for my family was to decrease our footprint on the earth.
I’m not perfect. We can’t fit our sum of waste into a mason jar. We still recycle more than I wish we did. We still trash or recycle an obscene amount of daycare art projects and drawings. But we are making considerable dents into our total amount of produced waste.
To make our situation more complex, we are a house divided on the transition to zero-waste and plastic-free. My husband, as lovely as he is, hasn’t been as enthusiastic about the changes I’ve made in our home as I had hoped. It’s ironic, really. He was the one who wanted to replace our plastic Tupperware containers with glass years before I knew about the dangers of plastic. Anyway, I’ve made A LOT of zero-waste switches in the first five months, and he’s a trooper for tolerating (and, sometimes, supporting) my tendencies to make drastic changes.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep chugging along, one step at a time to a more sustainable life.
I hope this blog provides inspiration, tips, and insight on the diverse and creative ways we can reduce our waste, live more slowly, and embrace all that life has to offer. If you like what you see and read, please share it on your social media sites or email it to a friend. The more we spread the word about zero-waste, the more willing society will be to change it’s over-consumption, wasteful, mindless ways.
Remember, be part of the solution, not part of the problem.