Several years ago, we covered the story of Lauren Singer, a woman who had not produced any trash in two years, and it left our audience shocked and amazed. Many wondered how it was possible, and many others were inspired to begin reducing their own trash production.
Lauren’s story is truly inspiring, especially in this day and age, when convenience tends to trump any concern for the environment. But mass consumption comes at a cost, one we are slowly waking up to. When you look at our environment — the overflowing landfills, the floating plastic islands, even the rising temperatures — it’s clear we have all, if inadvertently, contributed to this garbage epidemic. But it’s important to know that it’s never too late to make a change; to dismiss something as too far gone is nothing more than an excuse to get out of taking any responsibility for our actions.
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What Can We Take Away From This
There’s no quick fix for the kind of change we need right now. We must all undergo a massive reevaluation of our lifestyle — how we eat, how we shop, what we do for fun, how we spend our money, what products we choose to buy — because it’s about voting with our dollars and not settling for anything less than the best for the planet and ourselves. But here’s the good news: We CAN do it. We created this problem, and it’s us who must fix it.
Don’t forget, if you keep buying those wasteful products, the ones packed in so much plastic you could assemble a life jacket out of it, then manufacturers will keep producing them. Not all companies are bad, but let’s just assume that all corporations care first and foremost about profit; with this in mind, you can’t wait for them to make a shift. You yourself must make a change and start buying products with less packaging, or at least recyclable packaging, so they’re forced to change with you.
If you keep spending, they’ll keep making. You know what would happen if everybody decided to go waste-free and only buy products in bulk? Those massive corporations would be out of business in as little as two weeks — ponder that for a second. As consumers, we sometimes forget how much power we really have. If a percentage of people choose less wasteful products, companies will inevitably notice a decrease in sales and begin to consider why their former customers are no longer supporting their products, and they’ll begin work toward accessing this new market.
As you witnessed in the video above, there are many easy things we can all do to reduce our impact on the environment. As stated, every American produces 4.5 pounds of trash every single day — an astronomical number, and all for what? Convenience, and lack of awareness. Out of sight, out of mind, right? What can you begin to do in your life right now? What steps can you take to work toward reducing your waste production?
Buy in bulk, skip the straws at restaurants, bring your own reusable coffee cup, use reusable bags for produce, up-cycle boxes for electronics into something useful, bring reusable containers for any takeout, buy secondhand, make your own cleaners and personal care products (double win here for yourself and the environment if using non-toxic, biodegradable products) — do any of these sound like things you can do? At the very least, being more mindful of how, where, and on what we choose to spend our money and being vocal about this to our friends can and will make a difference!
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To learn more about this lifestyle and some of Lauren’s tips, see her website for more information: www.trashisfortossers.com/.
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