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Family vs. Garbage

 

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Jeanie admits she's put her "foot in my mouth" many times when she's encountered wasteful situations, like the school event where plastic cups were used. "I said, 'What are we doing here?!'" When she saw the expression on the event organizer's face, she says, she realized "I was being rude, and I needed to learn to tone it down."

Although she insists she's not interested in becoming an activist or "changing the world," she'd like to see one issue in particular addressed: the use of disposable foam dishes for public school lunches. But for the most part, the family tries to focus inside their own home. "Either people think we're totally nuts," she says, "or they think it's great, but they say it seems like a lot of work." Brian insists that "once you get into a routine, it actually saves time--and we spend a lot less time at Target."

Upstairs in the Wilsons' home, Jeanie points out her homemade cleaning products, made of castile soap, baking soda, and vinegar. An attempt to make her own lipstick out of beet powder was an "epic fail," but her blush is a homemade concoction of cocoa powder and cinnamon. She opens the cupboard below the sink and pulls out a bucket filled with human hair that's headed to the compost bin. She senses some hesitation from me. "What? Do you think it's weird?" she asks.

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