Bea Johnson is a Franco-American author, speaker and minimalist known for initiating the movement of waste-free living in the 21st century.
She is renowned for pioneering the trash jar, a pint-sized container she uses to fit her family’s yearly garbage, and for developing The 5Rs of Zero Waste, a method she published in Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying your Life by Reducing your Waste (Scribner, 2013). The book has been translated to 28 languages and has remained #1 Bestseller on Amazon in its category since publication.
She has been widely featured in the global media and has accomplished close to 400 talks in seventy countries and six continents, including two dozen international speaking tours in English, French, and Spanish, three TED talks, and addresses at Google, Amazon, Starbucks, the European Parliament, NATO and the United Nations.
Her work has inspired millions of people to adopt zero waste lifestyles, open unpackaged shops, conceive reusable products, and launch organizations, but also large corporations to offer alternatives to single-use.
She is a Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards and the founder of Bulk Finder, a web-based app which points to thousands of bulk locations worldwide. She currently lives in a 188 sq.ft trailer, travelling full time across the US and Canada with her husband, her chihuahua and her famous 15-piece wardrobe.
To facilitate your transition to a zero waste lifestyle. You can:
- See what a day in the life of a zero waster looks like
- Read Bea’s book
- Use her starter guide of 100 tips
- Find Bea’s product recommendations in the store
- Find, add and rate bulk locations near you and throughout the world using her Bulk Finder
- Watch Bea’s feature on Netflix
For tips and insights on her waste-free lifestyle, visit her Instagram and Facebook page (@zerowastehome), or sit back, relax, and watch the video below.
The compacted trash, generated by the Johnson household from 2011 to 2019
2019 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2018 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2017 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2016 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2015 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2014 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2013 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2012 Johnson Household Trash Tally
2011 Johnson Household Trash Tally
”My sole purpose here isn't to sell you a book or more stuff, but a lifestyle. -Bea Johnson