The zero-waste home
On trash day in Mill Valley, California, the Johnson home has no garbage. Nothing. There is a hefty compost bin and a teeny recycling bin—one that Béa Johnson is embarrassed exists at all. “So much recycling
really goes to waste, so you need to try to reduce that too.” Garbage, though, is something that happens rarely in this modern,
minimalistically decorated house. That’s by day-to-day intention—to live simpler and lighter on the planet. Their quest started
three years ago when Béa and husband Scott downsized from a 3,000-square-foot home to their current 1,400 square feet.
More: Peek inside the zero-waste home and see Béa Johnson's answers to reader questions