Have you ever thought about how much trash you produce in a day? How about a year? The average person generates 4.3 pounds of waste per day; that’s 1,569 pounds per year. Not a great feeling, huh? That harrowing statistic is what inspired New Yorker Lauren Singer to lead a truly zero-waste lifestyle. Singer produces so little waste that she can fit all of her trash from the past two years in a 16 oz. mason jar and now she’s trying to teach the rest of the world how to do the same.
One Month of Trash
Her zero-waste journey was first born after her Environmental Studies college professor Jeffrey Hollender (the founder of Seventh Generation) stressed the importance of “living your values” and how every little thing we do affects our environment. Singer watched her fellow classmates bring lunches in plastic bags and drink out of plastic water bottles, and was so angered by the hypocrisy that she decided to take matters into her own hands. She learned about a family in California who called themselves the Zero Waste Home, and thus vowed to encourage others to live a zero-waste lifestyle from that moment on.
Lauren Singer has now taken her mission to the masses via her blog Trash is for Tossers where she provides a step-by-step guide for living off the grid. She encourages us all to swap out common household items for more eco-friendly alternatives and provides real-life products so that we can easily make the change, such as biodegradable toothbrushes, replaceable straight razors and unwrapped bulk soap. She even offers recipes for making your own toothpaste, body lotion, drain cleaner, and foods commonly wrapped in plastic.