Family of four, the Leblonds, chart their zero waste journey

The Leblond family of four have made zero waste their lifestyle for the last five years.

The Canada-born Leblonds were driven towards a zero waste living while mum Katelin Leblond was on maternity leave with her second child. She came across a video by zero waste expert and author of Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste, Bea Johnson.

Katelin Leblond bought the book and within days, was already implementing some of Bea Johnson’s recommendations.

Some of the changes Katelin Leblond has made to her lifestyle includes shopping at a produce market that sells unpackaged fruit and vegetables; buying in bulk things like pasta and nuts, spices and oils at stores where she can take her own canning jars, and she also makes things like toothpaste herself.

The family strives to use as little plastic as possible, and no single-use plastic whatsover. And the family manages to fit the garbage they produce each year, which they track annually from one Earth Day to the next, into one large glass jar.

The Leblonds move around a lot, since Katelin Leblond’s husband Kevin is in the Canadian military. Given that, the family’s zero waste choices are made based on what works for them where they are in the world.

Katelin Leblond, who started the PAREdown blog to chart her family’s zero-waste journey, was not always “green” minded. “My life and career didn’t always revolve around sustainability, I used to be a shopaholic, non composting, take-out coffee cup enthusiast,” she wrote on PAREdown.

“However, as I approached my thirties something shifted and after having children I began actively seeking ways to be more sustainable,” she explained. “PAREdown was born out of my desire to do what I can as an individual to reduce my impact on our precious spinning blue planet. For me, it’s about personal accountability and choosing to do what I can today in an effort to have no regrets in the future.”


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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