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Bea Johnson wears makeup. She lives in one of the richest counties in the country. And while raising two children, she's determined to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
Four years ago, the Johnson family downsized their home and decided to simplify their life by reducing the amount of things they owned. According to this video from NBC News, Bea is now wearing a pair of shorts and two skirts. The family fills cloth sacks with grains and products, has created a significant composting system and manufactures its own cleaning products. Bea even offers reduction tips on her blog, The Zero Waste Home, encouraging readers to buy in bulk and start a junk mail war. The family's accumulated waste for this year fits in a small metal box. This is a far cry from the more than 2kg of waste that each American produces per day.
But this family has found a balance, a way to maintain the lifestyle they enjoy, while drastically reducing waste. Bea's husband, Scott Johnson, was initially skeptical of the project, confessing, "I was scared I was eating a lot of granola or something like that all the time." Instead, the family has focused on reducing the number of items in their home, without cutting out the things that really make them happy.
For Bea, this means that the makeup sticks, even though she uses homemade substitutes. When asked why she doesn't reject makeup, Bea responds, "If I did, then it would be miserable, and is life worth living when you are miserable?"
Not everyone supports the Johnsons' zero-waste lifestyle, and Bea has received messages from a fair number of "enemies," accusing her of being too extreme in her attempts to reduce waste. But for Bea, her actions make sense and her motivation is quite simple, as she explains: "I am doing it for the future of my children."
LOOK at how this family lives in a home without waste: