And he came very close to it - in 2009, Rachelle, Richard and their 9-year-old daughter, Verona, managed to produce only one trash can in a year.
The event required a lot of effort and reasoning, but in no way meant sacrificing his quality of life. The British family recycles almost everything, plants a large part of what they eat, use the remains as fertilizer and what they buy they buy from local producers, which reduces the number of packaging. When this is not the case, all three bring their own reusable containers.
Rachelle explains that she persuaded her husband when he read about the problems caused by plastic to marine life. At that point, the couple dramatically reduced their plastic consumption and then began recycling and using rechargeable batteries and solar panels to generate power.
They are both known as Mr. and Mrs. Green (Mr. and Mrs. Green) and he has created a site where they share their experience and give some advice on how to make the planet a cleaner place. My Zero Waste is already a reference in the world of recycling.
The bucket of waste produced by the family from Longhope, England, during the 52 weeks of 2009 contained some broken toys, razors, pens or other objects that could not be given another useful life. The biggest advice they give? Think carefully before buying, choose products with less packaging and packaging, avoid food waste and recycle as much as possible.