After I read “Zero Waste Home” by Bea Johnson, my main takeaway was that new, eco-friendly habits are only helpful if they’re sustainable. I wanted to immediately make a hundred changes to the way I shopped, cooked, dressed and cleaned, but I knew that such an overhaul would be too disruptive for my family and my budget. We’re doing things differently a little at a time, and so far, it looks like our reduced reliance on plastic is building good long-term habits. The massive scale of the global waste problem can make our individual efforts seem so trivial, but don’t get discouraged. We can all work together to make a difference.