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The zero-waste home

See how a family manages to produce only two handfuls of trash per year

Bathroom; Zero-waste home
Thomas J. Story


One medicine cabinet in the bathroom holds toiletries for the entire family.

What’s missing?

  • Makeup case: Béa uses only four beauty products: face powder, eye cream, mascara, and eyeliner.
  • Trash can: The family uses no Q-tips, cotton balls, or tissue (handkerchiefs sub in here). Toilet paper rolls come wrapped in paper, not plastic.
Try it

  • To eliminate packaging, Béa mixes her own multi-purpose cleaner: 11/2 tsp. castile soap, 3 tsp. white vinegar, and 4 cups water.
  • The family orders their compostable toothbrushes from an Australian company (


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