Lessons From Life Below: Waste-less Way of Life

This week on Life Below Zero, the winter season is nearing its end but the pressures for survival are as strong as ever. Even with warmer days ahead, there is much work to be done for the coming months. When hunting and gathering are crucial methods for survival, the key to year-round success is putting everything to use and everyone to work.

In Wiseman, Erik and Martha Salitan build a smokehouse to prepare their leftover meat and add better flavor to the food. They use materials from around the camp grounds to construct the frame and finish off the final touches by taking antlers from the moose they plan to eat and using them as door handles.


In the wild, it’s important to not only make the most use out of your supplies and materials but to also make the most out of whatever support system you may have. For Chip and Agnes Hailstone, they rely on teamwork for an efficient hunt. In Kiwalik they are on the prowl for caribou when Agnes lets go of her handlebars and crashes into the tundra, flying into the face of danger.

Living in the Arctic is no easy task. As seasons change, new obstacles arise. However by making the most of their tools, hunt, and support system, these fearless Alaskans have found that waste-less ways are key to life.

Tell us! What inspires you about the way these folks put nothing to waste? What do you do to make the most out of the things you use? We’d love to hear from you. 

Check out this clip and see how Erik and Martha get the most bang for their buck:

Don’t miss the next episode of Life Below Zero: Bent and Broken, tonight at 9/8c and be sure to come back for next week’s Lesson from Life Below.