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The Conscious Builder Show with Casey Grey

May 17, 2019

Bea and her family generate a quart size jar of waste per year. With her passion and positive outlook, Bea launched a global movement and has become the spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle. She inspires a growing community to live simply and take a stance against needless waste with the application of the 5R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. She shatters misconceptions, proving that waste-free living can not only be "stylish", but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. She regularly speaks at universities and corporate events and opens her home to educational tours and the media.  She is a French native who currently lives in California. 

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to hear an inspiring story of a modern, urban family who switched from “having all the things” to “having all the experiences.” It’s also great for anyone looking to learn about the big and small steps they can take to reduce their waste – in all its forms! In Zero Waste Home, Bea Johnson shares the story of how she simplified her life by reducing her waste.

Episode Timeline

  • 2:30 what does it mean to be waste free
  • 6:30 finding a new home -  and a new lifestyle
  • 11:00  how a friends dinner gift inspired her to start her blog  
  • 19:00 what does shopping look like
  • 24:00 mass consumerism - how do we adapt
  • 35:30 starting with baby steps 
  • 42:30 one lesson to take

Episode Links


  • Book The Zero Waste Home 

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"A life based on experiences instead of things
based on being instead of having"
--Bea Johnson 

"Today my wardrobe is comprised of 15 pieces….. my 15 pieces has allowed me to create 50 different looks"

​--Bea Johnson