LIVING A ZERO WASTE LIFE, IN NEW YORK CITY, IN 2015 ... HOW IS IT POSSIBLE?
This woman can fit two years of rubbish into a jam jar!
Her name is Lauren. She’s a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and she doesn't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. She lives what some call a "zero waste" life.
She started making a shift about four years ago, when she was an Environmental Studies major at NYU. In her mind she was super environmental, and everyone thought of her as the sustainability girl, but that doesn’t mean that she was totally doing her share for the earth…
One day she was particularly upset after class and went home to make dinner, but when she opened her refrigerator she frozes. She realized that every item in there was wrapped or packaged, one way or another, in plastic. It was in that moment she made the decision to eliminate all plastic from her life. Quitting plastic meant learning to make all of my packaged products myself.
This included everything from toothpaste to cleaning products, all things she had no clue how to make and had to learn by doing a lot of online research. How did she goes from zero plastic to zero waste?
First, she stopped buying packaged products and began bringing her own bags and jars to fill with bulk products at the supermarket. She stopped buying new clothing, and shopped only secondhand. She continued making all of her own personal care and cleaning products.
Most importantly, she started planning potentially wasteful situations; I began saying "NO" to things like straws in my cocktails at a bars, to plastic or paper bags at stores, and to receipts.
Of course, this transition didn't happen overnight. This process took more than a year and required a lot of effort. Once she accepted that, she allowed herself to change and since then her life has been better every day:
1/ She saves money, thanks to a grocery list, so no impulsive expensive items + Less packaging, means cheaper + discounted price for second hand clothing.
2/ She eats better, because unhealthy choices are really limited. Instead, she eats a lot of organic fruits and vegetables, bulk whole grains and legumes, a lot of seasonal, local food.
3/ She’s happier, thanks to a higher quality of life and even easier way of life, with only one trip to the store to buy all of the ingredients she needs about food, cleaning and beauty products. Moreover, that’s the best way how to live a life that aligns with everything she believes in.
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