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June 19, 2019

Why I Live a Zero Waste Life - Lauren Singer

What does it mean to live a "zero waste life" exactly? On a day to day basis, do we truly realize how wasteful we are?  Just think about grabbing a piece of gum. What do you do when you are done enjoying the piece of gum?  Naturally you spit the gum in a garbage, the grass, or out the window.  This small concept of wasteful behavior is what Lauren Singer discusses in her TEDxTeen talk.

" boyfriend at the time was brushing his teeth with baking soda, and I thought gross...I could never do that..."  -Lauren Singer, TEDxTeen talk

Lauren discusses her journey as an environmental studies student, a life-realization that lead her to a large change, a zero-waste life.  Lauren has been transitioning and living a zero-waste lifestyle for the past three years (this video dates May 27.2015). She talks about what she noticed about her life prior to the lifestyle, the research she conducted in order to execute this change, and the products she used to make the switch.  In making her transition Lauren looked at her trash and looked for solutions and alternatives to eliminate waste generation. From DIY tricks to reusing unusual products in order to take care of her products, Lauren tries it all.

"Lauren is an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz. mason jar."   -as stated from TED talk

To learn more about how to live a zero-waste life like  Lauren Singer, watch this 13:30 minute video below

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