I was recently invited to join a network of zero waste bloggers and I must say I was honored. It’s so exciting to connect with other people who are on the same mission! Check out these blogs about zero waste, homesteading, and other similar ventures:
Grunish, out of Oregon (This is the blogger who invited me to join the network. Thank you, Inge, and sorry… I couldn’t figure out how to add an umlaut over the “u” in Grunish!)
Zany Green Quest, out of California
Zero Waste Familie, out of Germany (but if you don’t speak German, good luck reading this one!)
Whistle Pig Hollow, out of Tennessee
My Zero Waste, out of the UK
A Dream Lived Greener, out of Canada
Zero Waste Girl, out of Washington DC
Mixed Media Musings, out of California
Zero Waste Blog, out of Germany
The Homesteading Hippy, out of Indiana
Striving for Zero Waste, out of California
Simply Zero, out of Germany (again, written in German)
My blog: Near-O Waste, out of California
And last but not least, the blogger whose story on NPR inspired me to start my own lifestyle change and blog: Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers, out of New York.
Which reminds me, I still haven’t said how I got where I am today… 2014 was coming to an end. I was flipping through a National Geographic long after my boys (husband included) had fallen asleep. There was an article about the human footprint with a picture of a family standing in front of their own personal mountain of garbage. That got me thinking: Let’s save our packaging for a year and see how much trash we make. Wouldn’t that be a meaningful visual for our kids? The next day I proposed the idea at breakfast and they seemed to be on board, but later that day I heard a story on NPR that changed my idea to: Better yet, let’s try not to make any trash in the first place! Once the idea of “Near-O Waste” got into my head, there was no stopping me! When my mom suggested that I start a blog, I thought it would be too much work (after all, I had just stopped making phonics puppets), but when my best friend suggested it, I was convinced. Kids always listen to their friends over their parents, right?
Thank you, NPR, for doing a story on Lauren Singer.
Thank you, Rebecca, for inspiring me to start a blog, for reading my posts religiously, and for your interest and support.
And thank you, Mom, for coming up with the spelling “near-o”, for making so many lifestyle changes right along with me, for being my number one fan, and for raising me with so many examples of creating from scratch and from the heart.