A life without waste

Zero Waste lifestyle expert Bea Johnson to speak at WWU

Grand prize winner of The Green Awards, Bea Johnson is scheduled to present at the weekly Walla Walla University chapel program, CommUnity, on Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. in the University Church. Johnson is the author of Zero Waste Home, the story of how Johnson and her family simplified their lives to reduce their waste output. Since 2008, Johnson and her family have been dedicated to living a zero waste lifestyle; they generate a mere quart size jar of waste per year.

Through her blog and with her book, which has been translated into 12 languages, Johnson has launched a global movement and continues to inspire a growing community to live simply and to take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. She addresses misconceptions about this lifestyle, demonstrating that zero waste can not only be “stylish” but can also lead to significant health benefits and time and money savings. As grand prize winner of The Green Awards, an award given for innovation in the field of sustainability, Johnson has been featured on numerous TV shows and in publications around the world, including The Today Show, BBC Breakfast, and TEDx Talks.

“Since adopting the Zero Waste lifestyle in 2008, my life and that of my family have changed for the better. We not only feel happier, but we also lead more meaningful lives based on experiences instead of stuff,” say Johnson. Johnson, a native of France, lives with her family in Mill Valley, Calif.

CommUnity is held at the University Church, which is located at 212 S.W. Fourth St., College Place. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the WWU CommUnity program, visit the CommUnity webpage.

Posted February 24, 2017

Bea Johnson is grand prize winner of the Green Awards and author of Zero Waste Home (Photo by Zona Photo)