How much garbage do you generate in a day more or less than the average 4.5 pounds a human produces every day (that adds up to about 1,000 pounds a year for each of us)? Well, on the WAY less than average side is a family in Mill Valley, California, that creates about two handfuls of garbage a year - for the whole family!!!!!! The Johnsons – all four of them - are taking the whole reducing their carbon footprint thing to new heights. They even consider recycling a bit of a last resort, because Bea Johnson says even recycling uses energy and creates some pollution.
The family buys in bulk - they bring their own cloth bags to transport things home -and they refill reusable containers. They make their own condiments, and use things like vinegar and baking soda to make their own cleaning supplies. As an added bonus, it turns out, being eco-friendly also saves a lot of money, something more and more families are figuring out.
So, what can you do?