(ZERO) WASTE HOME
INSPIRED BY THE KIDS Kristina Madsen, a Norwegian ex pat, and her partner Alex live in London with their children, Magnus, four and Mali, two. The children were the driving force behind their mission to become conscious consumers, their need to change. Having predominantly eco friendly and sustainably made wooden toys was the family’s first step in saving the planet from plastic. Now they’re ready to take a greater leap.
“We need a bigger bin!” I text Alex, shortly after we moved in to our first home. Here we were, apparently responsible adults with two children, accumulating enough waste to fill our rubbish and recycling bins to bursting point before collection day. Doing our weekly shop online, thoughts of the plastic packaging and its recyclability far from our minds. We never purchased that bigger bin. Instead, we realised that something had to change and embarked on a journey to become conscious consumers, finding ways to drastically reduce our
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"We started questioning everything. Why were our bins so ful? what impact did our lifestyle have on the environment?"
household waste. We started by questioning everything. Why were our bins so full, and what impact did our lifestyle have on the environment?
Changes happened quickly. We started by cutting out the purchase of bottled drinks when we were out. Instead each of us carry stainless steel Klean Kanteen bottles. Alex got a travel mug for work; just through that small change he saved 500 disposable cups from landfill last year.
SHOCKWAVES We got addicted. Every time we threw something away we’d ask ourselves how we could replace it with something more sustainable, and if no option was available, could we do without?
Online we received daily reminders of the damage we’d done to the planet. From seahorses holding onto a cotton bud in the currents of Australia, a turtle with a straw poking out of its nose, whales with more plastic in their stomachs than food, washed up on shore. Sir David Attenborough and his Blue Planet series had sent shockwaves through us all.
Slowly but surely we eradicated plastic from our bathroom. Bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo cotton buds, shampoo and soap bars and a glass bottle filled with apple cider vinegar stood proudly where their plastic
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