Once upon a time there was a man and woman who married and began their zero waste life together and they lived happily ever after.
If only life was that simple, right? We all find ourselves living in a complicated, polluted world. After five years of marriage and living a “normal,” consumption based life, we found ourselves enduring allergies of all kinds. I can’t recall how many steroids and allergy medications that we were prescribed at the time. It was an absurd number. Here I was in my mid-20s and I was using special prescription shampoos, creams, drops, ointments and oral pills for various inflammation symptoms that I was experiencing at the time. Fed up I decided to start researching possible causes on my own. At the time I didn’t anticipate that the symptoms could have been consumption related but felt empowered to make changes.
We decided to embark on a month long experiment – a simple eating project. We would eat only organic food made at home with minimally processed (and therefore minimally packaged) ingredients. The verdict? At the end of the month, we were no longer in need of the majority of our prescriptions. My inflammation had decreased all over my body and my husband’s allergy symptoms had all but disappeared. We were sold! More research ensued and thus began a decade of lifestyle changes. That was 2004.
Thirteen years and three children later, here we are. What I thought would be virtually impossible has been a joy to experience. One small change at a time. Everyday I continue to learn as life changes. I look forward to sharing some of our experiments and experiences with you from the past and present. Perhaps I can inspire a small change that improves your quality of life. That is my hope.
My name is Jenny Erickson. I am the mother of three beautiful children. Together with my husband we are attempting to live a non-disposable life in a disposable world in the Ozark Mountains of northern rural Arkansas.