Have you ever heard of Lauren Singer? She lives a “Zero Waste” lifestyle and today we would like to tell you about her blog Trash is for Tossers. As she was doing her senior year as an Environmental Studies student at NYU she got particularly upset whatching how one of her classmates would throw away to the garbage a set of plastic recipients everyday after lunch. Until one day she was going to make dinner and suddenly realised that, at some level, she was also that girl: every single product on her fridge was in one way or another packaged in plastic.
So, she made a decision… she was going to stop using plastic. Not easy. Not easy at all. She came to the conclusion that, if she was really going to move away from plastic, she needed to start making her products herself. Which means, she needed to research online for recipies. That’s when she came across another blog called Zero Waste Home written by Bea Johnson, who has be living waste-free with her family since 2008.
“The idea I didn’t have to produce any trash was so empowering and so inspiring” says Lauren during her TEDTalk (video below). That’s how everything started. She made a transition consisting the following steps: 1. She stopped buying packaged-food and started bringing her own bags and jars to the store – she also started visiting the farmers’ market to get fresh fruits and vegetables; 2. She started making her own products (from toothpaste to cleaning line!); 3. She started shopping second hand; 4. She downsized by focussing only on the things that were truly necessary.
Lauren assures that her lifestyle is not hard or difficult at all. Quite the opposite, actually. It entails benefits such as saving money and her eating healthier. But the best thing of all is that for the first time in her life she is living according to her values of respect for the environment and sustainability.
So, the question is… What do we have to do to try to produce less waste? The answer, says Lauren, is simple: look at your trash and understand what it is, take care of small things (like buying a bottle of glass instead one of plastic), and try to learn how to make some of your products yourself so that you can have control on what you are putting on your body.
“I think we as consumers have a right to products that are transparent and aren’t bad for us or the envirnoment,” concludes Lauren.