One New York woman is making an effort to change the way we think about waste. Over the past two years, Lauren Singer has produced only enough trash to fill a 16 oz mason jar.
In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.
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Executive Producer: Laura Ling
Producer: Paige Keipper (Hansen)
Cinematographers: Matthew Piniol, Spencer Snider
Editor: Lee Mould
I am nowhere near zero waste but I want to start using the market to bulk buy food without packaging.
My family and I use reusable bags, recycled toilet paper.
I am guilty to admit that my mum and I been using bamboo toothbrushes and that yesterday, my mum bought me an electric one (because the bristles did not last long). I used the electrical one today but I will probably go back to using my bamboo toothbrush as my teeth did not feel cleaner after using the electrical one. However, buying most of my clothes second hand probably helps as well as being a vegan. When I start University, I am not going to throw away my flashcards and notes. I am going to give them away to someone who is starting their A levels.
This person tries hard,
Sadly the west actually dose not process the material.
They ship it to Asia
You don't even want to know what happens with that
But your recycling is in the Pacific, or burned in the open.
Not much gets processed because of wish recycling and fantasy of being good
I watched this video in my class the day that there was tampons and pads that said help your self in the girls bathroom so there was already drama but then when it said feminine’s products and she was holding tampons the boys were like “waaaaaaaaaaaaa” and I was like omg 😯
I don't know in the U.S or other country... but in Indonesia is not really hard to buy a food groceries without plastic but what really hard is to buy a home cleansing product such as ditergent, shampoo, carbolic (fir mop the floor) etc.. because that product always pack in a plastic.. and me myself have to buy it every month
This is inspiring! But let's remember you don't have to go to this extreme to make an impact. Next time you take out the trash, just make a mental note of some of your biggest sources of trash and try to recycle, compost, or reduce them. If everyone just did a small, painless improvement, we'd make a huge difference. My family of 4 generates one small kitchen bag of trash per week. THAT level is not hard to achieve.
It is amazing that you have managed this, but, no, it's not really fun and where does one find the time to make all their own products? There is no bulk market and no convenient compost near me in my neighborhood even though I live in one of the outer boroughs of New York City. I already spend large chunks of time prepping my own food for the week after having combed through the local groceries trying to find the food I can eat packaged in something other than plastic. Until the huge companies join in on this zero waste effort, we are struggling to make a difference in every tiny way we can.
I call bullshit on this - no middle class woman in good condition with good hair and make up and new clothes can live this way and claim waste that small in two years. It's bullshit. I believe its good to try to reduce waste but her carbon miles to run around to all those stores where she gets thing filled into her bottles are contributing to waste too. Donating old clothes to charity may contribute to waste. She needs to live in the forest and grow here own food, keep sheep and spin wool to make her own clothes, slaughter farm animals and not travel further than she can walk to not create waste. That t-shirt she is wearing has many carbon miles and factory waste associated with it. This is self righteous bullshit.
We have started the process in Bharat (India) also.
This is indeed a great start. I have developed a report which will give you an idea how the Zero Waste Village is developed. Pls email me to get a copy @ [email protected] or [email protected]
Director of 10 Billion Trees Plantation Program
Satso Abundance Initiative (CRS initiative of SEOPPL, Singapore)
(Our CRS vision: Beautiful, Abundant and Strong Bharat,
Our CRS missions: 10 Billion Trees Plantation Program and Landscape Bharat Movement)
I think supporting a deoderant business like Smidcht who has deoderant in glass jars that they take back for recycling is much better than each person buying the ingredients to make it themselves. We should support the companies that are doing right. They can buy all ingredients in bulk so it ends up as less waste over all.
Take away the smart phones, TVs from your lifestyle and minimal-marketing exposure will automatically reduce significant amount of unnecessary buying we do on a daily basis... of-course some malls and many brands will shut down because they were never needed in this environment...
What about Bea Johnson? Didn't she inspire Lauren Singer to go zero waste?? Thought Bea was the mother of Zero waste.
Great Channel by the way!!! Really like it that you spread awareness to the public relating to Waste and Saving the Environment!
Love the content! Yet I feel we should stray from the phrase "Saving The Planet", since the planet will be here for long after we're gone. It is rather about sustaining the planet for continued habitation of our human species.
Recycling ♻ is counter intuitive. Please spread this, I'll tell you why.
Problem plastic in ocean, gets removed the recycled again plastic gets back into the ocean and removed once again.
Solution. Stop producing material that does not degrade and is readily available to the average home.
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