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This girl has produced less trash in two years than most do in one day

Ian CrosslandMar 16, 2015, 10:08:34 PM

Imagine, city living where you don't produce waste.  Lauren Singer imagined it, and over the last two years has produced only a mason jar of waste (with the exception of of condoms and feminine hygiene products).

As an environmental studies major at NYU, Lauren was aghast when, day after day, another student in her class would bring in plastic cups, plates and forks and throw them away.  One day, after being particularly annoyed, she went home and opened her refrigerator to realize she, too, had plastic packaging problems.  Pretty much everything she had in her refrigerator was in plastic containers.  She WAS that girl.

At that moment, she made a decision.  She would no longer produce waste.

She began a transition that included stocking food and drinks in reusable mason jars and getting her stuff from the bulk section of a local market.

After a successful Kickstarter, she was able to quit her job and focus fully on her company, The Simply Co., where she is currently producing and distributing her own laundry powder.


Spend a day with Lauren, shopping and cooking; and take a peek at what's inside her jar of waste.


Lauren explains how to make your own toothpaste