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While studying environmental science at New York University, it bothered him to see how his classmates always used plastic in their daily lives, and how it always ended up in the trash can. One day she realized that she, although indirectly, also made plastic part of her life.
For this reason, he became interested in the different ways to reduce his footprint on the planet, and in his search he found information about Bea Johnson and her family.
And so she discovered the Zero Waste Life philosophy and came to the following conclusion: if a family of 4 could live without generating garbage, she, who was only 1 person, how could she not. Like her, this philosophy is spreading around the world, at eco-inventions we also talk about Merren Tait from New Zealand, who has also managed to reduce her plastic waste to zero.
The first step was to get hold of cloth bags and stop buying packaged food. Buy all your food in bulk, thus avoiding all the packaging that includes products of all kinds today.
He began to get rid of everything he did not use, he stopped buying new clothes to switch to second-hand clothes.
It also manufactures its own cleaning and cosmetic products.
He lives in New York, he does not have his own car and he goes to many places on foot, when he cannot, he uses public transport. A very important point since transport is one of the great pollutants in our world.
He regularly visits the local markets since there you can find many locally produced products that do not use as many packaging as those sold in large shopping centers.
Buy everything you can second-hand, thus avoiding that products that have not yet finished their useful life end up in the trash, it also prevents a new product from being manufactured.
It repairs everything it can repair, from your shoes or clothes to any appliance you have at home, in this way it extends its useful life and avoids generating more garbage.
The organic waste, including toilet paper, takes it once a week to a place where it is transformed into compost and when its clothes, sheets or different fabrics are very worn, it takes them to a place where they are recycled.
Lauren highlights among other benefits that she saves a lot of money, has better health and is much happier. He has founded a company called The Simply Co., which specializes in producing sustainable detergent. At the moment it manufactures toxic-free powder detergent.
She buys foods that are really easy to regrow at home, from the leftovers that are left. Here are 18 vegetables and herbs that you buy once and can grow back forever.
She recommends two steps to get to Zero Waste. They must be repeated periodically as the path to zero waste is endless. Always strive to downsize, find better alternatives, and educate yourself.
1. Assess: The first step is to take a look at your daily life and ask yourself the following questions:
- How much garbage am I currently producing and what kind?
- Why am I interested in reducing my environmental impact? Is it for the environment, is it to reduce toxins in my life, is it to reduce my clutter, is it because I am totally broke and want to save money? You really have to understand their motivations.
- What do I really use on a daily basis (what is in my daily routine) and what do I not use and need? This can help determine what you can donate and reduce.
- What products should I use to get more sustainable alternatives? Eg: changing plastic tupperware for glass or mason jars.
- The Most Important: How much and what do I really need to be happy?
2. Transition: start reducing its size and properly dispose of unnecessary things:
- Take a reusable bag and a bottle of water with you everywhere.
- Ditch the plastic. Tupperware and plastic bags are toxic.
- Use sustainable and durable products. Such as organic cotton, stainless steel, wood and glass.
- Be creative. Find out what you can use in different ways. Organic cotton napkins can also be used as a drying rack, to store leafy greens in the fridge, or to take lunch to work. This is just an example.
- Reduce to the minimum. Ask yourself, what do I not need? What do I wear every day? What did I buy last year that still has the labels on it? Whatever it is, it most likely has value of some kind. Donate or sell what you don't use.
- Think Organic, think local, create Sustainable and buy in bulk.
Learn more on Lauren's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgjw6tZNyjR_8zIFDsIPpww/videos