Lauren Singer, recent recipient of the EcoJoes Eco-Hero award, has made it a goal to be as close to zero-waste as possible. After two years, she only had one jar’s worth of trash. Wowsers!
She says she got 80% of the way there just by composting and buying in bulk; she brings her own jars or tote bags when buying in bulk.
Lauren also has these three steps to help you become zero-waste:
Step 1: Know Your Trash
Paw through your garbage immediately (this very second) and see what you throw out. You might be surprised. I know I was!
Step 2: Use Reusable Items
Forget disposable stuff like plastic bags and styrofoam containers, and go with durable cloth tote bags and jars.
Step 3: Make Your Own Products
From toothpaste to deodorant, if you make your own, you can store it in a reusable container, thus eliminating waste, AND saving money at the same time. Hot diggity dang!
Speaking of making your own toothpaste, here’s a simple recipe for homemade toothpaste:
- 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- ~ 20 drops peppermint oil
Plop a drop of that on your compostable bamboo toothbrush, and start scrubbing. You’ll know you’re done when you taste blood.
Anyhoo, enough chit-chat! Here’s a moving picture featuring the zero-waste lady herself, Lauren Singer.
If you want a more in-depth look at this eco-hero, check out this here video: