What if you could live without making trash? These days it seems impossible, but it is doable; Lauren Singer is a Zero Waste girl in New York who proves that it can be done! These days it seems about impossible, but if we look back in the past and see that on the frontier settlers made enough trash annually to fill a coffee can. Some people are trying to bring that trend back; a grocery store in Berlin seeks to change they way we shop for groceries by creating a Zero Waste environment. If there is anything you should come away with it’s to see that it is possible to live a Zero Waste life.
Lauren Singer has a mason jar and in it three years worth of the trash that she has produced. Three years of trash in one mason jar, could you imagine doing that? Her first decision was to stop using plastic because these days just about everything comes in plastic. Then she learned to make her own cleaning products, deodorant, toothpaste, and other items. After that it was composting organic waste and buying things second hand. See the video below for her TED Talk on living a Zero Waste life.
Packaging waste is new in the terms of human produced waste. One hundred and fifty years ago a settler on the frontier made a coffee cans worth of waste in a year. Now we make hundreds of pounds of trash in a single years time. So, what made that change? Plastics and other packaging material for one, also not composting organic waste, or recycling. But people who live the Zero Waste life strive to use less, compost, and recycle.
Some people are even trying to change the way we shop. A German grocery store was started after raising funds through crowdfunding to show the industry that it is possible. Original Unverpackt is the name of the store and they sell everything in gravity containers and unpackaged fruits and vegetables. A shopper brings in their own containers and fill them with as much as they need. If a shopper doesn’t have containers the store sells them. Check out the video below.
Hopefully this will inspire you to look at your trash and how much you produce in any given day. If you consider a Zero Waste life think about how much it would change things for the better. It may not be easy at first but as the videos have shown, it can be done. Be mindful of your mark on the world and leave behind something greater than your trash.Have a nice weekend!