At the February 12th All School Meeting, students were challenged to be more aware of trash in their lives. Green Team member Isabel Ruffin '16 introduced sustainability blogger Lauren Singer who spoke to the student body about how to live a zero-waste life.
Singer started by explaining that zero-waste means that she does not produce any garbage. "No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing," said Singer. She did go on to explain that recycling and composting do play an important role in her lifestyle.
Singer's mission to have zero-waste lifestyle began when she was an Environmental Studies major in college. She always had a strong interest in the environment. She made the conscious decision to move towards a sustainable lifestyle, and she hasn’t sent any trash to a landfill since 2012.
During her research on living waste free, Singer learned about a family in California that called themselves the "Zero Waste Home." They were producing little to no garbage and it was an “Aha” moment for her. “I wanted to lessen my impact, so I started my zero-waste journey,” says Singer. “This is when I really decided that I not only needed to claim to love the environment, but actually live like I love the environment.”
Singer began her blog, Trash is for Tossers, and has used it to document her zero-waste journey. Her goal is to educate people that leading a zero waste lifestyle can be simple, cost-effective, timely, fun and, most importantly, possible for everyone. “If I can do it, anyone can!” she said.
About a year into blogging, Singer noticed a trend. Many of her readers were writing to say that they loved the idea of her toxic free and sustainable cleaning products, but they didn’t have the time to make them themselves. They wanted to know what cleaning products they could buy in stores that were as sustainable as the ones they could make at home. She quit her job as sustainability manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and founded sustainable cleaning product company, The Simply Co.
You can read more about Lauren Singer and zero-waste living on her blog: Trash is for TossersStudent Life