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The zero-waste home

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Living room; Zero-waste home
Thomas J. Story

Living room

The living room has only what they need: a sofa, a video player, blankets, and pillows.

What’s missing?

  • A single-use couch: The sectional couch here expands to a queen bed; pieces separate for extra seats; and a mirror-top tray turns seating into a table. To buy something similar, Google “adjustable sectional sofa.”
  • Books: All come from the library.
  • Photos, art: Memories get stale when photos are displayed for too long, Béa says. To keep the past fresh, albums come out yearly around the holidays. As for art, she hasn’t found anything she likes and can afford, although Béa sees the living wall as an ever-changing art piece.

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