I like to suggest three things for someone looking to produce less waste:
1. Evaluate your trash. This means taking a look at your trash can and understanding what is in there. For me it was food packaging and organic waste. Once you identify the sources of your waste, you can come up with ways to eliminate them. To get rid of food packaging waste I started buying my food in bulk and package free from the farmers market and my local grocery store. Instead of buying, for example, salad greens in a plastic container, I buy a whole head of lettuce. To eliminate food waste I started composting my food scraps.
2. Switch to easy, everyday waste-free alternatives, such as:
• Carrying a reusable stainless steel or glass water bottle to use instead of plastic water bottles
• Carrying reusable bags with you for when you go shopping
• Saying no to disposable plastic straws at bars, juice shops, or coffee shops and instead using a glass, stainless steel, or bamboo straw
WHAT ELSE CAN WE EXPECT FROM LAUREN THIS YEAR?
She recently started a company funded through Kickstarter. The Simply Co. is a line of organic, vegan cleaning products free of toxic chemicals, petroleum based ingredients, synthetic fragrances, and unnecessary packaging.
"Our first product is a three-ingredient laundry powder that gets your clothes clean without any of the scary and toxic chemicals that you find in many conventional cleaning products. That’s why I started my company – to provide people with cleaning products that are free of toxic chemicals and safe for their homes, bodies, and the environment. I’m so excited to grow my company and show people that you don’t need chemicals to clean."
You can check out Lauren’s Zero Waste journey on her blog, Trash is for Tossers, and you also follower her on Twitter and Instagram!