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Earth Action Week: Zero waste family


Staff writers
March 22, 2013 — Recent statistics show that Canadian households are producing more waste than in any other developed country. Find out how one family is taking the zero waste approach.


The Williamson family avoids buying anything with packaging, including food
The Williamson family avoids buying anything with packaging, including food

The average Canadian household throws out 1900 kg, that's nearly two tonnes of waste each year. 

One Ontario family has taken a different approach and is committed to living a zero waste lifestyle.

"In three words, it's reduce, reuse and recycle and it's definitely in that order," says zero waste advocate Shawn Williamson. "We don't create a lot of waste because we don't buy a lot of stuff we don't use. Or we don't buy stuff that's just going to immediately end up as waste." 

Take packaging for instance. The Williamson family avoids buying anything with packaging, including food. If they don't grow it, they buy it in bulk.

"75% of the mass of all of our waste is actually treated here at our house, it's actually compost. So, the food is basically going out into our composter in our backyard and it gets spread on our gardens and grass," says Williamson. 

The family also recently installed a shower that takes 80% less energy and water than most and for their basement renovation, they used re-purposed items such as drywall.

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