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a Practical Guide

I think most people assume I was “born green.” The truth is that before 2006, while I did favor organic food and I did recycle … that was about it. I knew about climate change and was concerned about it—but it wasn’t until I became a mother that I felt a deep sense of urgency. Fueled by that maternal, protective instinct to leave my children with a healthy planet to call home long after I’m gone— we’ve slowly (and clumsily, at times) embraced a zero-waste lifestyle—and we’re figuring it out as we go.

A Family's Journey to Zero Waste

We’re a family of five living zero-waste, plant-based, & mindfully minimal so that both our kids and our planet can enjoy a beautiful, thriving future. We focus on current environmental issues, share tips & ideas, and offer helpful information about sustainable products. Enjoy the reading!

Compost 101 Class

Did you know that when you throw your food scraps in the trashcan, the food never composts at the city dump?  Instead it creates methane gas which is a huge contributor to our climate crisis.  What this online class and schedule a call with James to get all your questions answered!

Date: On Demand

Get Started going zero waste

Zero Waste

Our family’s zero waste journey began in 2016 and today we produce almost no waste and live a more...

Plant-Based Vegan Blog

Plant-Based, Vegan

We eat mostly plant-based and vegan; because it’s better for our health (and we love animals).

Zero Waste Gardening

Gardening

Anyone who has a garden or space is sure to know about the positive benefits of spending time outdoors.

Minimalism

Minimalism

The philosophy of minimalism is to own less and live intentionally—it’s a simple concept that begins with...

Film - Zero Time To Waste

Zero Time to Waste – The Film

We created this film and handbook in hopes of making the shift to zero waste feel less overwhelming. We’ve collected tips, recipes, life hacks, and brands that have helped us along the way— and are excited to now share them with you. We hope you’ll join this ever-growing Zero-Waste Family that’s building a conscious shift towards sustainability—because the truth is there’s no time to waste.

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Driving to Sedona this day and the view ain’t bad.





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One happy costumer @bellaearth at the up rooted kitchen @agritopiafarm their plant-based food is out of this world.





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Starting our morning with an interview with @arizonadailymix in the beautiful community garden @agritopiafarm





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Finally made to @agritopiafarm just in time for a beautiful sunset and the best vegan pizza. Tomorrow we have an early live TV interview and at 5pm we’re showing our film and share information about our urban homestead.





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Campervan meal #1. Kale cesar salad with spicy roasted chickpeas is by far one of my favorite salads that taste so good on a hot day like we’re having here in Arizona.





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Too my delight, my dill is flowering so I will freeze them because they are my secret ingredient in my pickles and I will use them later this season when I make pickles 😁





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Celebrate Earth Day with us and see our film @zerotimetowastefilm live via zoom and for free , hosted by @swedishschoolsd for this fundraiser and afterward we will share about our journey towards a sustainable lifestyle with a Q & A. This event is in English. Link to learn more and how to register is in my bio.





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First apples and the kids are so excited 😁





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Come join us @agritopiafarm Farm Night this Wednesday, April 14th during their Farm Night from 5pm - 8pm. ⁠
We will be there to demonstrate the best ways to compost. You can catch a glimpse of our film "Zero Time To Waste" @zerotimetowastefilm inside Final Assembly (located in the large @barnoneaz building). ⁠
We will be sharing tips from our new book and look forward to discussing ways to help you turn your backyard into your own Urban Homestead. ⁠
Join @zero.waste.family and your favorite local vendors for April Farm Night!





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I’m our home, all old t-shirts that we cannot donate or give away we make rags from that we use for cleaning, we make makeup remover wipes out of and homemade disinfectant wipes.





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This year our garden is filled with beautiful wildlife like bees, a whole hummingbird family, alligator lizards, raccoons, butterflies and lots of birds. They all help our garden pollination and pest control and are great learning opportunities for our kid.





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Harvesting carrots and making carrot gnocchi to free is on the agenda this morning.





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