Meet our fixing hero: Lauren Singer - founder of Trash is for Tossers
“I decided that I not only needed to claim to love the environment, but actually live like I love the environment.” - Lauren Singer
Five years of waste-free living
Since 2012, Lauren has run Trash is for Tossers, a blog where she documents the story of her Zero Waste lifestyle. The blog features snappy videos where she shares easy, actionable methods to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Lauren is a huge advocate of DIY and repair (we love her), and often demonstrates how people can fix and improve their things to get more value from them and avoid throwing them away.
Speaking at TedX, she highlighted some alarming statistics. Among them, the average American produces 4.4 pounds of trash every day. Over the course of a year that is the equivalent to eight times the body weight of an average person.
Lauren’s manifesto: To me, Zero Waste means that I do not produce any garbage. No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing. However, I do recycle and I do compost.
The journey to zero waste
When Lauren was taking her Environmental Studies at NYU, she discovered a family in California that lived in a zero waste home. Yep, that’s right. A family that did not generate any garbage at all. Inspired, Lauren decided to embark on her own journey and explore the possibility of living a waste-free life. She recorded and shared the process to raise awareness.
Understanding the product lifecycle of the things we all buy helped empower Lauren to change and almost eliminate trash from her life. She buys packaging-free food, makes her own beauty products, and composts to avoid any organic food waste. Lauren has now managed to reduce her trash by 90%.
Using a profile to empower change
Lauren continues to inspire others to reduce their global waste and live more sustainably. She's become a powerful voice in the fight against our modern throwaway culture, raising awareness on the amount of stuff that gets sent to landfill every year.
She also partners with eco-brands and initiatives such as Package Free Shop and Zero Waste Daniel across her Social Media.