But how could we do this individually? And could it be done easily without leaving out much of what we love and modern conveniences? Lauren Singer's story will give you an idea of how she lives and what she does to avoid producing waste. His story is not what you would expect.
She begins her story like this: “My name is Lauren. I am 23 years old, I live in NYC and I do not produce garbage. It is true. There is no garbage can, no waste. Any. I know what you're thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a liar. Or it is not real. But I can assure you that I am neither of those things. Well, except that I'm real. But I didn't always live a life that you might call 'zero waste'.
Lauren's inspiration started three years ago, when I was studying Environmental Studies at New York University. She was passionately protesting Big Oil and wanted to do what she could to help make a positive impact on the environment. Although at first you might think that she is probably a “hippie” or a “tree hugger” who doesn't live a normal life, when you pay attention to her story you not only find that this is not the case, but - given your experience - we could all be doing the same. It would just require a little discipline and a change in habits.
His passion for the environment was greatly challenged one day when he noticed, when opening his refrigerator, that almost all the products in it were wrapped or stored in some type of disposable container. There she was, the "green" girl being, as she calls herself, "a hypocrite" because she was choosing to live her life in a way that was neither green nor sustainable. So decided to eliminate plastic from his life.
And now she has decided to share her experience on how she went from being an average consumer to eliminating garbage from her life. Use this for inspiration and see if you can start doing the same. She summarizes here many details of what she did. See if you can implement this in your life, I myself will start making a plan to have a lower environmental impact as well.
Your journey to zero waste
"How did I go from zero plastic to zero waste?"
First, I stopped buying packaged goods and started bringing my own bags and jars to fill with bulk products at the grocery store. I stopped buying new clothes and started buying only second hand things. I continued to do my own personal care and learned how to prepare my cleaning and beauty products. I significantly reduced my possessions by selling, donating or giving away the superfluous things in my life such as all but one of my six identical spatulas, 10 pairs of jeans that I hadn't worn since high school, and a trillion decorative items that had no meaning to me at all.
Most importantly, I started planning potential wasteful situations. I started saying "NO" to things like light bulbs in my cocktails in bars, to plastic or paper bags in stores, and to receipts. Of course, this transition did not happen suddenly one day. This process took over a year and required a lot of effort. The hardest part was looking hard at myself - a major in environmental studies, the shining beacon of sustainability - and realizing that I did not live in a way that corresponded to my values.
I realized that although I sincerely cared about many things, I was not embodying my philosophies. Once I accepted that, I allowed myself to change, and since then my life has been better every day. Here are some ways my life has improved since I was a junk-free person:
1. I save money
Now I make a shopping list when I go to the supermarket, which means being prepared and not impulsively grabbing expensive items. Further, buying food in bulk means not paying for packaging. When it comes to my wardrobe, I don't buy new clothes; I shop at thrift stores, so I get my clothes at a heavily discounted price.
2. I eat better
Since I buy non-packaged food, my unhealthy food options are really limited. Instead, I eat lots of organic fruits and vegetables, bulk whole grains, and legumesAs well as plenty of local food in season, given that farmers markets offer amazing non-packaged produce.
3. I am happier
Before adopting my trash-free lifestyle, I found myself running to the supermarket before it closed because I had not shopped properly, ordering food at home because he had no food, always going to the pharmacy to buy this scrub or that cream and constantly cleaning because he had too much stuff.
Now, a typical week in my life involves a trip to the supermarket to buy all the ingredients I need. This journey is not just for food, but cleaning and beauty products as well, given that all the things I use now can be made with simple, everyday ingredients. Not only is it easier and stress-free, it's also healthier No toxic chemicals!.
I never anticipated that actively choosing not to produce waste would increase my quality of life. I just thought it would mean not having to take out the trash. But what was initially a lifestyle decision turned into a Trash is for Tossers blog that became the catalyst that led me to talk to interesting people. , of similar interests and make friends.
Now Lauren has decided to quit her great job obtained after graduation as a Sustainability Manager for the New York Department of Environmental Protection, to start his own zero waste company, The Simply Co., where it makes and sells products that it has learned to produce over these two years. "I didn't start living this lifestyle to make a statement - I started living this way because living a zero waste life is, for me, the best way I know how to live that aligns with everything I believe in."
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