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Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen

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Lauren is an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz. mason jar. Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog, Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company, The Simply Co. Through her blog, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package-free, making their own products and refusing plastic and single-use items. Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC and NPR, among others. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx
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Eqoualizer (17 hours ago)
Yep idd she is beautiful both outside and inside , but its a fact that she got obsessed and instead of therapy she is trying to contaminate the rest of the planet... i Prefer the plastic than that :P
Farhan Gazi (19 hours ago)
Very nice
Aryan Pandey (1 day ago)
daamn she ! i gotta follow her on insta
Mikki (2 days ago)
Zero waste shouldn't be a lifestyle, it should be a way of life.
Irma Kartika (2 days ago)
thankyou so much sister
Isa Nosa (3 days ago)
She is so beautiful and Smart too...
Alla Simakova (3 days ago)
Thats inspiring and making difference❤❤❤
Nathan Baarsoe (3 days ago)
Am I the only person who thought at 0:15 "Are there tampon's in there or is she recycling those".
Tahmeed Mazumder (4 days ago)
I know the talk like the back of my hand im just here to look at her. she is toooo damn pretty.
Arzu Mammadova (4 days ago)
I will try for my kids
Maggie Schumann (4 days ago)
I don’t understand how making your own lotion reduces packaging and plastic. You have to buy all the ingredients in packaging?
ruben howe (5 days ago)
We control you ,how much you have,how much you pay,control you till you die.
Harvey PlantHarvester (6 days ago)
So she only eats out of her own garden and boycotts all meat, dairy and eggs? Didn't hear her mention the "v" word (vegan)
dakrazor (6 days ago)
i need her to talk to me all day
michelhouelpdesque (6 days ago)
On the flight over to do your Ted talk, did you eat or drink nothing? Or did they pour the gin straight into your mouth, teppanyaki'd your meal right onto your tray from whence you ate it with your hands?
Hanna W (11 days ago)
I realized there are some things that wont fit into that jar. Medication. I am on SSRIs to survive. I consume about one package a month. At least downsize and do what you can. 💚
Harvey PlantHarvester (6 days ago)
Sorry your doctor convinced you need SSRIs to "survive." Find another doctor who understands plant-based nutrition and the immune system to wean you off of those and fix the underlying cause. They do immense damage to the brain the longer you take them that will be hard to reverse.
Louis Gonzalez (11 days ago)
No condoms
gab faucher (11 days ago)
people dont realize that doing one little thing a day can make a huge difference. an example being that at school, i sort everyones recycle, and take their compost, put in a container and bring it to my compost box. in the long run these actions make an impact.
gab faucher (11 days ago)
you will do such great things and make such great changes, im inspired by you
Polina A (12 days ago)
That's really inspiring!
Sk Khadari Be (12 days ago)
😁😀😀😀😀😁😁i am my own boss then nd I make my own all
Marilyn Born (12 days ago)
Just found your site. Thank you !!
A.j Khan (12 days ago)
Inspiring and thank you
Jaouen Viougea (12 days ago)
I'll stop plastic for you lauren
Just don't have kids so no damage will be done. Peace
Dhoom Tube (12 days ago)
Such a energetic and enthusiastic way to share ummhha
Francoise Loffler (13 days ago)
Thank you very interesting...I will try to reach her goal!
Anton Chigurh (13 days ago)
She shouldn’t be able to define terms we all agree on. 0:47
Ana Mar (14 days ago)
Instead of bowing down to Beyoncé now down to her. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Michalina Johnson (14 days ago)
Is it just me or does she sound like she's gonna cry any second?
josski32 (14 days ago)
genuine question, how would you make products yourself without buying ingredients for them? wouldn't the ingredients come in packaging?
Hello, I'm a Duck (11 days ago)
Baking soda is usually in paper, oil are often in glass, both are easily recycled. But for some stuff I haven't found good sources.
Princent Tandiaz (15 days ago)
how's the three years oil ?
Abigail Ray (15 days ago)
I wish i could help but i am 13 and live in a fam of 4 i'm only 13 so i cant really do anything till i grow up and move out. :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(
Abigail Ray (14 days ago)
+SofiaTheVlogger your right thank you so much for the help i will go tell them now!
SofiaTheVlogger (14 days ago)
You could encourage your parents to use reusable bags, go thrift shopping for clothes, not use single packaged items:)
Jose Marrero (16 days ago)
Thank you so much for your insight on on environmental issues I love the way you talk thank you so much you're great insight
Oussama Sethoum (16 days ago)
I liked the idea, this could change the world for better, i hope everyone watched this video do the same ^^ We are 2.2 Million, we can save 17.6 Million from our best friends .
Jeffrey Tan (16 days ago)
i support and understand about zero waste concept . but today world economy will collapse if everyone turn to zero waste . this world economy is basic on human greed and being wasteful one good example will be Macdonald just having 1 meal with Macdonald and see how much waste u produce and imagine how many meals Macdonald sell in a day worldwide
nikki (17 days ago)
ok but how does she floss?
Haley F. (16 days ago)
they have silk floss!
Just Some Aussie (18 days ago)
She has really nice hair
Vishal Goswami (19 days ago)
Really very inspiring and heart touching video
Rekha Gunathilake (19 days ago)
Love this!! 😍 She is so inspiring. I am working to lower my own footprint 👣🌍♻️
Carmyna (21 days ago)
Her expressions remind me of the girl from clueless
Bianca Witermark (2 days ago)
Carmyna same lol
Dương Lê (21 days ago)
I’m a life size waste on this planet
123 456 (21 days ago)
Why? Most pointless thing ever.
Trevis Schiffer (22 days ago)
Buy Refurbished and recycled stuff
corey cj (22 days ago)
She glowed seriously, she looks so happy and so passionate about thing she was talking. Its somehow so empowering. I’m seriously trying this.
kamilla redamar (22 days ago)
gorgeous and wise :)
IamAiellaX (23 days ago)
Thanks. This really helps! ❤
fonzie (23 days ago)
De wereld is aan`t versimpelen,ik zie het somber in niet zo zeer om het warmer worden,maar dan toch wel heel erg om dit soort klotenprogamas!!
fonzie (23 days ago)
Mihin suuntaan minä oksentaisin!!
Navya Singh (23 days ago)
this video has inspired me so much
Alan Tan (23 days ago)
Just reducing waste is not the solution. The long term solution is developing a recyclable material technology which all food containers, expendable and clothing can be produced in. That way when the contents are consumed, the 'material' (which is not PE) can be recycled 100% for the next product.
Lukas Mastik (23 days ago)
Yeah, try to say this in India and 3rd world countries. That is where we should start
rice (24 days ago)
What about pads and tampons
Mia Gianna (22 days ago)
rice she probably uses reusable cloth pads or a menstrual cup
Alternative Reality (24 days ago)
You are a true inspiration!
Soul Fashion (24 days ago)
lovely sharing
Julie (25 days ago)
if only the plastic packaging that was meant to be recycled was ACTUALLY recycled
Julie (10 days ago)
+haley storm ughh :( yea i've heard that. the only thing i'm kinda managing to do is to not use plastic water bottles (which seem to be the most ridiculous use of plastic right now for me) but still they should be recycled! reuse, recycle, reduce!
haley storm (10 days ago)
Julie Kang Even if you recycle your plastics, there is a limit to how many times you can recycle them. For instance, plastic water bottles can only be recycled once or twice before going to the landfill. That is why plastic is not zero waste! :)
Ellen Gunn (25 days ago)
This literally gave me shivers - I could 100% feel your passion through my laptop screen! Amazing - well worth a watch / share xxxo
ruth monico (28 days ago)
ruth monico (28 days ago)
How lovely it is.... I am so happy 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
Enrique Dittrich (28 days ago)
I just wonder how much time do you have for joy if you have to do everything yourself... That sounds inspiring but too much effort added to your work if you have a real one... I don't think the best way to deal with waste is becoming self sufficient, we are interdependent not independent... If we agree and cooperate to become a zero waste society it would work, but I don't think you can keep like this alone forever... Thanks for your advice but I don't buy it
EVANCOOL (29 days ago)
3:59 - The same could be said for most if not all protestors.
Muckan (29 days ago)
Shame there's over 7 billion people who don't do what you do. Good effort tho', but a complete waste of time.
vaiserious (1 month ago)
Let me see you living zero waste life when u get a baby. Lets make it a bit harder, perhaps ur man leaves u and u have a job. Explain how youd go about it.
Joe Gaffney (1 month ago)
What about the packaging of the products used to replace the ones bought? For example baking soda comes in a plastic tub in the UK...
charcol ebony (1 month ago)
What a beautiful woman in this dying planet !!
Zrr - (7 days ago)
+Shaun Whitehead stop stating your useless facts because 100 million years of absence of life would mean dying.
Shaun Whitehead (7 days ago)
Never said we did just stating the facts mate
Zrr - (7 days ago)
+Shaun Whitehead why would we want that to happen?
Shaun Whitehead (7 days ago)
The planet is not dying lol even if we nuke the world we go most plants and animals will go but 50 to 100 millions years later and it will be a new world totally different to the one we see, look into the history of the planet it's happened many times
Zrr - (11 days ago)
Amen Sandhu why
Ash sttarlightts (1 month ago)
Shops need to sell without plastic
julia (1 month ago)
:guiltily watches while downing a bag of chips:
jack riot (1 month ago)
genuine question here: does she use an usual toilet and toilet paper?
Monica Crawford (1 month ago)
I’ve always liked her but I think she needs to realize that her lifestyle is not attainable for MOST people. She lives in NYC where there’s so many shops, you can walk/ take public transit, she has no partner, no children, no pets. Not everyone has that lifestyle. No shame to anyone I just think she needs to be more realistic.
B M (1 month ago)
peculiar indeed
Faris Productions (1 month ago)
Muhammad Kod (1 month ago)
same dude
Rachel Durston (1 month ago)
Lauren, you are admirable. I have a couple of questions... Are you able to buy all the ingredients for your homemade beauty products in bulk? Also, what do you do when you travel somewhere in which the tap water is not recommended for drinking? Do you bring a filter?
Bella Crafts (17 days ago)
On her youtube channel and blog she uses alot of coconut oil. That comes in a jar. Jars can then be cleaned and you can take them and put your bulk products like tea leaves or nuts or coffe grounds in them. She also uses alot of baking soda, which can come in fully cardbaord packaging, and can be fully recycled. For your second question, there are certain bottles that have filters, but i dont know if she uses them 💜
sasya yadav (1 month ago)
Luis Matthew Gonzalez (1 month ago)
I have a crush on her.
Brielle G. (1 month ago)
Her homemade shampoo must work really well cause her hair is sooo nice and healthy looking.
Laura Hanlon (1 month ago)
I guessYou don’t exhale
Malcolm Price (1 month ago)
Just watched 60 minutes Australia about the recycling lie. Most of Australia's plastic waste is being shipped to Malaysia illegally to be processed in illegal facilities. The impact on the environment is devastating. It is time we took responsibility for our waste. It is not being recycled effectively. Most of it is going to landfill, being burnt or worse it's ending up disposed off illegally in our oceans, rivers or dumped elsewhere. We've got to stop wasting resources and make better use of them including using plastics responsibly. This was a great talk with step by step life style changes. I believe we can all make the small changes that can make a big difference. Thank you for pointing us in a better direction.
Luiza Sheina (1 month ago)
But wouldn’t the baking soda come with some sort of waste too like the packaging? Because surely some ingredients she used couldn’t have all been organic and not come in plastic
jhoon ac (1 month ago)
Gokul krishna (1 month ago)
U r beautiful 😍😍😍😍
Gianna DiGiacomo (1 month ago)
I’m in love with her honestly
Danny Boy (1 month ago)
I'm sorry, but I think that in order to live this lifestyle you have to a. have access to fresh foods, and b, have direct access to generally anything locally made. I definitely couldn't live this way. All the food here has to be imported. Same with all products (Including the products used to make your own product). You can't even grow your own food here because we have bad soil and the climate is too dry. Even so, I try to grow zucchini, tomatoes, squash and most my herbs. No, it isn't cost efficient to do that here, and I think it's a bit naive to say that as a global community, we should all aim to achieve this. All this to say, I really respect her and what she was able to achieve. I hope that in the future, we are able to create a more sustainable way for us all to live. 💕
Claudia Neuman (24 days ago)
Danny Boy maybe just try to make small swaps or something and be maybe more aware of what u r buying and just try to be less wasteful if possible
stefano laguzzi (1 month ago)
Karma Karma (1 month ago)
So what's her Instagram handle?
Karma Karma (1 month ago)
vinmama (1 month ago)
I want to know what’s in the jar, you could make an art college out of it.
vinmama (1 month ago)
Luận Vương Thiên (1 month ago)
Sub die !!!
RafinatorLp (1 month ago)
Been constantly looking to her amazing hair, wow!
Eunice Ndungu (1 month ago)
the privilege.
Aby George (1 month ago)
Simply wow!
Nguyen pham (1 month ago)
I am really impressed with you. Because right now I start to live a zero watse lifestyle. However I live in suburban site, developing country, there are many impediments but when I follow this style I see that nothing is impossible. It’s totally depend on us, what we want and how we feel when we participate in this 09 lifestyle.
Zaiba Alladin (1 month ago)
Lauren truly inspired by you!
Anton Puntok (1 month ago)
На мой взор такие виде должны быть в топе..
egyptian licorice (1 month ago)
She is so beautiful and delivered such a great message. I hope to go zero waste one day
orang desa (1 month ago)
smart and beautiful
sonoungrande100 (1 month ago)
no condoms for you, huh?
well she is going to make some with food
Alexandra Ledesman (1 month ago)
But don't the ingredients to make your own products also come in plastic?
Syed Rahwar (1 month ago)
Nathalie Cinn (1 month ago)
This is so cool!!
Nathalie Cinn (1 month ago)
But why does it sound like she is about to cry sometimes????
maria n (1 month ago)
i wanna know how old she is

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