I Haven't Made Any Trash In 2 Years. Here's What My Life Is Like
My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. I know what you are thinking. I didn't always live what some call a "zero waste" life. But I started making a shift about three years ago, when I was an Environmental Studies major at NYU, protesting against big oil, and president of a club that hosted weekly talks on environmental topics. Wrong. In one of my classes, there was another student who always brought a plastic bag containing a plastic clamshell full of food, a plastic water bottle, plastic cutlery, and a bag of chips. One day I was particularly upset after class and went home to make dinner and try to forget about it, but when I opened my refrigerator I froze. This was the first time in my life that I felt like I was able to look at myself and say, "YOU HYPOCRITE." Quitting plastic meant learning to make all of my packaged products myself. How did I go from zero plastic to zero waste? 1. 2. 3.
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