Since Earth Day last April, Katelin Leblond and Tara Smith-Arnsdorf of Victoria have motivated themselves and their respective families to reduce waste—by having a very, very small garbage can.
Leblond and her family fit the trash they produce into a 1.5-litre roasted red pepper jar, and Smith-Arnsdorf and her family use a similar-sized mason jar.
This is all the garbage the Leblond family has created since Earth Day. The waste is stored in an old roasted red pepper jar. (Katelin Leblond)
Leblond said initially it was a challenge, but she has learned to just take one step at a time in cutting down on waste.
"Initially I was trying to de-clutter, I was trying to figure out everything I could be making ... and it was very overwhelming at first," she said.
"It doesn't feel like more work now, it's actually less work because we just consume less, and we don;t have to go to the drugstore, we don't have to go to the big box stores, we don't have to buy all that stuff that we were buying before."
The friends, who hope to not have to empty their garbage for an entire year, have created a website to share their journey.