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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. Subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/c/seekerstories?sub_confirmation=1 Join the Seeker community! Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeekerNetwork Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seeker-Network/872690716088418?ref=hl Instagram: http://instagram.com/seekernetwork Tumblr: http://seekernetwork.tumblr.com Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100537624873180533713/about Take the #ZeroWaste Challenge with us Tuesday, April 14th to go one day without producing trash. Tweet us @seekernetwork with #ZeroWaste and we'll donate $1 to Keep America Beautiful. More details here: http://skr.cm/ZWchall Executive Producer: Laura Ling Producer: Paige Keipper (Hansen) Cinematographers: Matthew Piniol, Spencer Snider Editor: Lee Mould
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Robyn's Great Finds (4 days ago)
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.
TarrantBot 2020 (6 days ago)
I use my recycling bin for trash cuz fuck you thats why.
Quatschknödel :D (11 days ago)
I like how she tries to convince people just by living her life as an good example.
Bhuban Pathak (11 days ago)
She is great
Jacobi William (21 days ago)
You can tell she's staying true to her values. Look at her arms, she doesn't even bother to shave.
Sam Labo (22 days ago)
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
Chloe Rogers (23 days ago)
What does she wipe with?
Duggy Dugg (24 days ago)
if she can reduce waste to a fraction of a percent, why can't the rest of us and businesses.. auto repair shops throw away tons of oil bottles
Duggy Dugg (24 days ago)
Why this irritating music?
Shane Jones (25 days ago)
Somebody mentioned about not agreeing with her? How could you not agree with anything she does? She is hoping to save the earth. And doing a lot to help that. What’s not to like?
Anthropos Anthropos (25 days ago)
Baking soda is TERRIBLE for your teeth
Proud American (25 days ago)
What happens when something breaks
Nathanael McCooeye (26 days ago)
What about Kleenex and toilet paper is my question. Serious question :)
Squiddy BoB (27 days ago)
Motivation for 2019!!!
Isabella Greene (29 days ago)
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 😯
Your tooth paste doesn't have fluoride
nano gamer (1 month ago)
Im zero waste and its so popular and easy olso that saved me a 2 milion dolor
Baby Gaby Art (1 month ago)
What you do when you buy pills?
Rosie Brown (1 month ago)
*"You can actually live without producing trash, you know."* I wish I could tell that to Justin Bieber.
Paige Kane (1 month ago)
How does she bring ice cream home?
João Coelho (1 month ago)
hana djajasasmita (1 month ago)
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
BBMute (1 month ago)
you cant produce trash if you are one
Vanessness (1 month ago)
What does she use to snipe her butt?
Tuxedo Cat (1 month ago)
Girl? What did she do with her menstrual pad or tampon trash? I’m not believing this.
Vidhya Nair (1 month ago)
shes uses a menstrual cup
Jade Damboise Rail (1 month ago)
Unfortunately I need sensitive tooth, tooth paste or I'd make my own tooth paste.
Otakool666 Fujoshi (1 month ago)
Man, I feel so bad now... Even if it's just a girl showing her lifestyle, I feel like a monster!
Diys Y (1 month ago)
If everyone did this and put in effort the world would last as longer and be good for our future Children’s
WhoAreYou? (1 month ago)
Toilet paper??
Esra Umed (1 month ago)
Amazing, Amazing well done❤❤❤
SophStroodleOwO 17 (2 months ago)
She's really cute idk if it's just me
NothingHeard (2 months ago)
Gift wrap? why?
Jenn (2 months ago)
Your toothpaste needs fluoride. It's science. Go look it up in a real journal.
Σριlερτιc (2 months ago)
No it doesn’t if anything flouride kills you more the it helps you. It’s a bad substance she uses the right stuff
SeattleDan R (2 months ago)
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.
Lavender Anyango (2 months ago)
The only thing that's not wrapped up in plastic in our super market is fresh bread
Worldwide Remix (2 months ago)
switched off when I heard the vocal fry
cookie charvi (2 months ago)
Nice thought
Bowo Saputra (2 months ago)
i love her
khan elias (2 months ago)
Appreciated great approach .. I am trying the same way from last few years but she is amazing ....hats off playing her role to save the planet earth....😎😎😎
Siddharth Netam (2 months ago)
This girl is as beautiful as her idea
Ru M Or (2 months ago)
Gift wrap ? Why ? Another level shit !!
Ny Dog (2 months ago)
I tried, and I'm reporting: it is impossible to live without producing some waste per everyday. Trust me)
djmove2 (2 months ago)
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.
keith mcneil (3 months ago)
Irina K. (3 months ago)
I have no bulk shops nearby... I have, but they are sooooo expensive that it´s impossible to feed a 5 member family with them.
Daniel Hall (3 months ago)
If she was morbidly obese and had purple and blue hair, I wonder how different the comment section would be
Ayati Dobhal (3 months ago)
Instead of doing so much to make toothpaste just chew charcoal
Cheyenne Lynn (3 months ago)
Answer to gift wrapping, Furoshiki.
Achyuta Krishna (3 months ago)
great story. God bless zero waste girl. Less garbage, saving earth, saving nature. it's eveyone's duty.
nerets asabad (4 months ago)
she is pretty
Yoonare Mairabu (4 months ago)
so inspirative!
Realism (4 months ago)
please marry me. please please please
GSODA Buildings (4 months ago)
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.
Lidia Do (4 months ago)
She says she doesn't have any garbage can but where do you throw away stuff like banana peels? And what if you want to buy pasta or something already done like ravioli?
veipunii lana (4 months ago)
In India if you can throw your plastic to a dustbin it will be very good and they will be call environmentalist
moed al garny (4 months ago)
I need her in my life
Monica Leyva (4 months ago)
👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 👏🏼 "gift wrap" "why?" 🤗🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
nerets asabad (4 months ago)
she is pretty!!!!
Corey Evan (4 months ago)
I’m not a leftist, but I like the basic idea. My one question is... how much money can this save?💰
sm7ma (5 months ago)
What an amazing person!
castlevaniax1 (5 months ago)
You can also poop and let it dry till it becomes dust then mix it with boiling water and drink it like coffee :),you can try not me ;)
Hans Bauer (5 months ago)
When you make everything out of wood the rain forest will die like a pig on the street.
Amy E (5 months ago)
Uh, thought down here in the comments someone would've mentioned white privilege and affluence making this task easier. Guess I'm that asshole.
We have started the process in Bharat (India) also. Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x39UqWo7dy4 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] Vivek Vyas 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)
Fluffo wuf (5 months ago)
Wow, I want to do this!
Listhin Cristi Jhuny (6 months ago)
great :)
Selena Lamothe (6 months ago)
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.
Benjamin Balija (6 months ago)
I am happy to see a teenager(?) care about our world. I wished more people here in Austria lived like her.
sulagna sarker (6 months ago)
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v n (6 months ago)
Beauty body and beauty life style
Gaurav Patel (6 months ago)
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...
Charlotte Boulan (6 months ago)
compostable tooth brush, is Nylon really compostable?
Richelle Tan (7 months ago)
Smart idea
Violette Wellington (7 months ago)
Wonderful person. The rest of the world should follow this example but unfortunately lazy people don’t care. Hopefully soon states will force people to recycle or get fined
Dicklosivna (7 months ago)
she's hot.
Amit Maurya (7 months ago)
Beauty is making beauty!
criskeller (7 months ago)
That's awesome! Thank you for getting some of us started on living trash free :)
Aleena Shafaat (7 months ago)
My Frugal Raggy Life (7 months ago)
Is there an affliction in USA that affects young womens throats ?? They all sound like a creaky old door - not attracive at all and not natural either.
Mutant Strawberry (7 months ago)
Who else hates the sound of people brushing their teeth? Oh its just me
Kevin Ricardo (7 months ago)
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!
Mateus Barbosa (7 months ago)
Zero waste and expensive clothing.
Yasmin dm (5 months ago)
nope she buys all her clothes second hand and from thrift stores
Hauke Hennemann (7 months ago)
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.
Ali Shour (7 months ago)
U are sick
dianilu (8 months ago)
CUTCO shout out!! i see the stainless steel spatula @2:10 hehe
ra s. (8 months ago)
American way of life is very wasteful.
ra s. (8 months ago)
American way of life is very wasteful.
Michael Russell (8 months ago)
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.
beer bottles are recyclable
Petar Petrov (8 months ago)
I appreciate what she does so much, like she seems to have grown a lot and stuff, but the thing that literally won me was that she didn’t parade with her achievement AT ALL. She deserves an award.
Klassic Joke (9 months ago)
She produced trash before she made this video.
Faeez Parkar (9 months ago)
That's really incredible, the whole year trash in just a jar
Lacthu Hoang (9 months ago)
So inspiring
abrilata (9 months ago)
I can't with the menstrual caps
Akshaj Ajay (9 months ago)
What if she breaks a glass jar will that be waste ?
Eser Karaceper (9 months ago)
what about toilet paper ?
AT George (9 months ago)
Proud of You. Heart Salute
Nallah B (10 months ago)
I love this a lot
saurabh ** (10 months ago)
She is my sole mate.... great work..😍😻👍
My Frugal Raggy Life (7 months ago)
'soul' mate
ADITYA CHOUKSEY (10 months ago)
I want to marry her

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