Liz Taylor here! I started this blog to share my personal journey and tips to living a simpler life while producing as little waste as possible.

Currently, I live in Santa Monica with my husband Jesse, our son Bennett, and our two cats Lani & Kona.

Jesse and I just recently moved back to California after spending almost 5 years in Maryland. During our time on the East Coast, we completed grad school, tied the knot, started new jobs, and started a family.

The East Coast is also where I started this new, low waste lifestyle. Before I even heard of the term ‘zero waste’, I thought of myself as somewhat environmentally conscious. I recycled, bought “green” products, brought my reusable coffee mug to Starbucks, etc. However, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I could do so much more.

Sometime during grad school, I read about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and how young, innovative people planned on cleaning it up. This inspired me greatly and I started researching more about the issue and happened upon the Zero Waste movement and lifestyle.

Let me just say I was obsessed! I dove in headfirst, as I normally do with new things, and honestly wore myself out. I spent money buying zero waste alternatives (disregarding the Zero Waste mindset altogether) and would get discouraged over every mistake I made, over every piece of trash I threw away. Because I didn't take the time to ease into this new way of living, I almost entirely gave up.

Here I am a few years later and still finding ways to reduce my waste and impact on the earth. I try not to label myself as zero waste too much because I find it a bit misleading. But I can appreciate where the term comes from and the goal it sets for everyone.

The most important lesson I've learned so far is that no matter how little I progress, it’s still progress, and still a step ahead of where I was before. This is what I hope to emulate here and I hope to inspire even a few more people to make progress in their efforts to reduce their waste, live minimally, and live more intentionally.

Please always feel free to reach out to me in a comment or in this contact form.

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