To celebrate Earth Day, we're highlighting a woman who's brought her passion for the environment to life with a seriously impressive green feat—her family of four produces almost no garbage. Katelin and fellow zero-waster Tara Smith-Arnsdorf are blogging about their trash-free journey over at PAREdown. Here's a glimpse into her story:
I was first exposed to a zero-waste lifestyle in January 2014, with a YouTube clip of a woman who—along with her family—produces less than a quart-size jar of trash annually.
Back then I would have described myself as environmentally conscious—I "cared" about what my family and I were doing to the planet. I write cared in quotation marks simply because that's all I was doing: caring. I wasn't acting. I felt paralyzed by the enormity of the problem, so my attitude was one of overwhelmed hopelessness. I was only one person, so how could my actions ever actually contribute to any sort of solution?
Zero-waste living became the practical answer I was searching for.