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Lauren Singer

Co-Founder, Package Free Shop,
Founder, Trash is for Tossers
New York, NY

Lauren Singer popularized the zero waste movement through her blog Trash is for Tossers and is an expert on all things waste. All of the trash that she has produced over the past 5 years fits inside of a 16oz mason jar. She is also Founder and CEO of The Simply Co., an organic, vegan laundry detergent company.

Package Free, a zero waste shop in NYC, offers everything that individuals need to transition to a low waste lifestyle in one place. From toothbrushes to tote bags, we are the solution for those who want to reduce their environmental footprint, but don’t know where to start.

My name is Lauren Singer and I live a Zero Waste lifestyle in New York City.

So how did I get here? I was an Environmental Studies major in College and have always been interested in the environment, but I made the conscious decision to live Zero Waste in 2012 when a fellow Environmental Studies classmate would bring lunch to class every week in a single use plastic bag, a disposable water bottle, and a plastic takeout container. I would sit there and think, we are supposed to be the future of this planet and here we are with our trash, messing it up.

Then I learned about Bea Johnson, a woman in California who was producing little to no garbage, it was this Aha! moment for me. I wanted to lessen my impact, so I started my Zero Waste journey. This is when I really decided that I not only needed to claim to love the environment, but actually live like I love the environment.

Trash is for Tossers is my attempt. It will document my Zero Waste journey and show that leading a Zero Waste lifestyle is simple, cost-effective, timely, fun, & entirely possible for everyone and anyone. If I can do it, anyone can!

How do I define ZERO WASTE? To me, Zero Waste means that I do not produce any garbage. No sending anything to landfill, no throwing anything in a trash can, nothing. However, I do recycle and I do compost.