Lauren Singer lives in New York City and is the creator of the popular blog, Trash is for Tossers. She is also the founder of The Simply Co., a company that offers natural laundry detergent. Lauren lives a Zero Waste lifestyle, meaning she does not produce any garbage. Instead, she is all about making her own toothpaste, buying fresh vegetables from the farmers market, and shopping with reusable bags.
It all started when Lauren was a student at New York University. Lauren noticed that one of her fellow Environmental Studies classmates would carry her lunch in a plastic bag, eat out of a plastic container, use plastic utensils, and drink out of a plastic water bottle. Her classmate would throw away all that plastic and where does it end up? A landfill or the ocean. However, Lauren realized that she herself was guilty of producing garbage; her refrigerator contained all sorts of food items wrapped in plastic.
It was then that Lauren decided to make some changes in her life. She started to show her passion for the environment through her day-to-day actions, from brushing with a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush to buying food items in bulk and storing them in mason jars. She hasn’t sent anything to a landfill since 2012. The little trash she has can fit in a 16oz mason jar that she has in her apartment. Yes, everything from the past few years can fit into a small mason jar! Her apartment therefore lacks an actual trashcan because, well, she doesn’t need one!
Transitioning to a Zero Waste lifestyle wasn’t something that simply happened overnight though. Lauren evaluated her trash and how to replace items she bought on a regular basis with more sustainable and natural options.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Lauren about her Zero Waste lifestyle and all the positive things that have stemmed from it.
The idea of living Zero Waste is intimidating to a lot of people. Did you find that the initial transition was difficult or were you so excited that it just came naturally?
A lot of people think that one day everything changed but it was a really slow, gradual process. I did one thing at a time so it was really simple because I wasn’t changing everything about my life all at once.
Do you remember the first change you made?
I think one of the first things that I did was make my own toothpaste. I also stopped using plastic water bottles and started using a reusable water bottle and reusable bags.