You Can Live Without Producing Trash

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One New York woman is making an effort to change the way we think about waste. Over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a 16 oz mason jar.

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Lauren Singer

My name is Lauren Singer and I live a Zero Waste life in NYC. I was an Environmental Studies major in College and have always been interested in the environment, but I made the conscious decision to live sustainably about a year and a half ago. There were two moments that brought me to a trash-free, waste-free lifestyle: The first was my senior year of college when my professor Jeffrey Hollender, of Seventh Generation fame, emphasized the importance living your values and made me think about my own personal environmental impact. The second was when a fellow environmental studies major would bring lunch to class every week in a single use plastic bag, a disposable water bottle, and a plastic takeout container. I would sit there and think, we are supposed to be the future of this planet and here we are with our trash, messing it up.

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