Lauren Singer knows how to live waste free. She always carries a glass bottle with her, reusable bags and says no to food packaging, Erwin Caluya.
ZERO WASTE FOR LAUREN SINGER
Based in New York City, Lauren Singer is doing what most would think is impossible today – leading a life without trash. Her blog has been a hot topic as of late so we just had to get to know her!
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LEAD A TRASH-FREE LIFE AND BE CHIC AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes! And former NYU student Lauren Singer proves it with gusto, documenting her journey on her super successful blog, Trash is for Tossers. Her “Zero Waste” life, in which she also makes her own toothpaste, laundry detergent and the like, has been picked up by news outlets around the world, but most importantly, is inspiring legions of people to re-think their own impact on the environment.
"I began living a Zero Waste life about two years ago. It all started with my decision to stop using plastic and evolved into foregoing trash altogether. It is a lifestyle choice that might sound weird or impossible, or both, and my friends and family were always coming to me with questions about what my day-to-day life was like. Since I think it is better to show someone how you live as opposed to telling them, I started my blog. It is a great way for people to learn about my lifestyle, ask me questions, and get tips on going trash free. On my blog you can find recipes for many of my own products like toothpaste, lotions, and cleaning products. I also write about how I travel, go to concerts, have dinner parties, shop, and live a life like anyone else, just without trash."
WHY DOES THIS MATTER NOW?
Everyone wants to do their part for the planet, but sometimes don’t know where to start. In simple ways, Lauren shows us how we all can reduce the amount of waste we’re producing.
I like to suggest three things for someone looking to produce less waste:
1. Evaluate your trash. This means taking a look at your trash can and understanding what is in there. For me it was food packaging and organic waste. Once you identify the sources of your waste, you can come up with ways to eliminate them. To get rid of food packaging waste I started buying my food in bulk and package free from the farmers market and my local grocery store. Instead of buying, for example, salad greens in a plastic container, I buy a whole head of lettuce. To eliminate food waste I started composting my food scraps.
2. Switch to easy, everyday waste-free alternatives, such as:
• Carrying a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle to use instead of plastic water bottles
• Carrying reusable bags with you for when you go shopping
• Saying no to disposable plastic straws at bars, juice shops, or coffee shops and instead using a glass, stainless steel, or bamboo straw
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM LAUREN THIS YEAR?
She recently started a company funded through Kickstarter. The Simply Co. is a line of organic, vegan cleaning products free of toxic chemicals, petroleum based ingredients, synthetic fragrances, and unnecessary packaging.
"Our first product is a three-ingredient laundry powder that gets your clothes clean without any of the scary and toxic chemicals that you find in many conventional cleaning products. That’s why I started my company – to provide people with cleaning products that are free of toxic chemicals and safe for their homes, bodies, and the environment. I’m so excited to grow my company and show people that you don’t need chemicals to clean."