How much rubbish do you throw away each day? Lauren Singer studied environmental science and decided to change her lifestyle to try and produce less waste. She's now known as 'Zero Waste Girl'!

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Do you think about how much waste you and your family create? What do you think about Lauren's lifestyle? 

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onefromdenmark 22 June, 2017 - 12:12

I think that Laurens lifestyle is good for the environment. I have not paid so much attention about it before i saw this video. I think it could bee difficult to produce so little garbage with a family on 8 (:

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Koszykarka13 28 February, 2017 - 15:20

I think that Lauren's lifestyle is amazing. She is a person who we should admire. I'm vey impressed, becouse my family probably produces 15 times this much in a day then she produced within 2 years.
I think that everybody should try Lauren's methods for at least a week. This method can help reduce the production of waste in the world.

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Space15 9 February, 2017 - 12:24

I think, that Lauren's lifestyle is really great. She produces as little rubbish as she can and I think it is rather difficult to do this, especially for me, because I don't like meet or vegetables. So I usually eat some prepared products from the supermarket and always have a lot of rubbish like plastic bags or tins. Likely, my family is not so fastidious. Of course, I understand, that isn't good for the environmental and try to minimize all this garbage. After watching the video, I realize, that people should really begin to think about this problem, otherwise the humanity will soon poison our planet.

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Helen09 22 December, 2016 - 12:58

I think Lauren is very awesome. The waste she created in two years just a little jar. I and my family can't do like her because the waste we make in a day is much more than her. Although we have make much wastes, we also have to recycle the things that can reuse. I think that we can learn some methods from Lauren of how to treats the waste. It can reduce many waste

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Leraket 21 December, 2016 - 14:00

I think that I and my family waste don't veru much ,but we can be create zero waste in our home and in the street because when each other create zero waste we creat the clean streets,parks.houses and our air will be cleaner and we will live better.I think about Lauren's lifestyle that she is make our streets,her home zero waste because she doesn't use plastic things, sponges,plastic cookware,cotton balls,drier sheets,paper towels and she use only organic things because she cares about our planet,streets,air and our cities!!!

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Batman351 4 December, 2016 - 20:19

I usually don't think about how much waste me and my family create, but sometimes I do. But after watching this video and seeing how Lauren lives will definitely make me think about it more often and I might perhaps even change my lifestyle and try to recycle more and just try to produce as minimal thrash as possible. Me and my family are already recycling quite a bit, for example we separate the thrash as good as we can, we donate clothes that are too small or that we don't wear anymore etc.

Lauren's lifestyle is incredible! Really impressive how she produced one jar of rubbish in two years! More people should try to be as Lauren and hopefully she has inspired loads of people with her lifestyle.

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AllForMusic 4 December, 2016 - 15:33

In some ways I´ve always paid attention to how much waste i create myself, but I dont think that I´m aware of how much me and my family create together and now that I am, it´s going to bother me because I haven´t changed our ways handeling this sooner. But I think that we are better than the most, because we do recycle out trash most of the time but the problem is that we don´t pay attention to how much trash we have and how much we trow away.

I really do think that Lauren´s lifestyle is admirable and that she could be a really good role model for the rest of us. If she can do it, we can too! I think that we all should see the world and environment like she does because everyone aren´t aware of how much we affect the world by throwing that much trash. If we could understand the importance of this problem we could work better to change the way it is right now!

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TheWayOfKings 2 December, 2016 - 19:52

Personally I have never thought about the waste I produce and as a vegan it really does bother me. I am vegan because i am against animal cruelty and many other reasons, but I am also a vegan too help save the planet one day from the green house gases. So knowing that all this time I was a vegan and I could not even reduce my trash a little is hard. As a conclusion I have a lot of respect for Laurel and her lifestyle. :)

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DlanodKcud 2 December, 2016 - 19:25

Well, to think about how much waste me and my family create isn't the first thing I'm thinking of. Like the most, we do recycle pretty much, especially when it comes to newspaper, cardboards and glas. Either myself or my family really think about how much trash that we create, at least not when we are buying new stuff apart from plastic bags. We try as much as possible to bring old plastic bags to the supermarket instead of buying new ones. That's not only because of the environmental things plastic bags cause, it's just don't necessary and you will sooner or later get a surplus.

It is of course good to think about the environment and how we can make it better, but I still do not think is here we should start. I would obviously not take damage if more people act like Lauren, but I do not really see how it can give us any effective consequences. I am not saying it is a bad thing to do, I just question if this is the right way to begin. For me it sounds like she has a pretty gratifying life, and as long as she thinks so, I think it is good!

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Inow_D 2 December, 2016 - 18:50

I don't usually give much thoughts about how much waste my family and I throw away. Now that I think about it I realize that we kind of live in a throw-away society and that we really should try to make a change. I guess my family and I could reduce some plastic packages and stuff like that. I almost every time I go shopping choose a plastic bag instead of cotton, like Lauren mentioned in the video. I really admire Lauren for pursuing a challenge like that. I think it's amazing how she managed to only fill ONE jar of garbage that she could not reduce. That I believe is true superpowers!

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Eleonora123 2 December, 2016 - 13:48

I do not often think about how much waste me and my family create. Even though most of us know how important our enviorment is, and how bad all the waste is, we all seem to get caught up in a system where we don't think about it that much. We're used to this lifestyle. Even if I try to think about it, it's kind of hard to process and really understand. People like Lauren really are the ones who save our planet. If everyone would think like her we wouldn't have an enviormental problm this big. I think that we all should live up to our values like her. It is hard to do it because it is a change to a lifestyle that we, as said, are used to. But in the end of the day this is part of the solution to a problem that we have to solve. We need to do things like this to save our planet.

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Doggi 2 December, 2016 - 13:37

If i would say yes i would sound like a hypocrite because honestly i don't know how much we waste. I like the fact that we recycle but that doesn't make everything better because not using for example plastic is better than recycling. I do however know that we do waste a lot and I wont try to hide that. But we aren't wasting in ridiculous amounts. But my father has high morals when it comes to wasting stuff. He likes things more when its a old working thing more than a new thing. He doesn't believe in the use and throwaway lifestyle. He believe more in "one mans trash is another mans treasure".

But Lauren really did turn a new leaf and changed her lifestyle into something really good. I was very chocked about the numbers a normal person wasted and what she wasted. However that isn't a lifestyle i would like. It is to strict and much thinking about what you do. I would like that most of the things that's being sold should go over to being recycled, organic etc. Living like she does, double checking every product she buys, is not a lifestyle i would like. Also her lifestyle is more expensive than a normal since organic and ecologic stuff is more expensive to buy. She may save money on plastic but for example her toothpaste, i can't believe that her solution would be any more cheaper than normal toothpaste.

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AberloursAngie 2 December, 2016 - 13:12

I think it´s strong and admirable by Lauren to almost not have any waste at all. It´s good to recycle and to think twice before just throwing things away. But I think she exaggerates it a bit. For example, with her toothpaste. It´s awesome that she´s able to live as she does and that she only has that little jar with trash after two years! I have like, two times as much trash every day...
But it wouldn´t have been good if everyone lived like her. It takes a lot of nature to decompose things and it takes a long time. If everyone would make their gardens into a compost and dump all their food waste and garbage there the result would be eutrophication and nothing would be able to grow.
So, I think it´s awesome that she is capable of being zero-waste and it´s certainly an intresting lifestyle. But I personally wouldn´t be able to live like her. I already recycle and we have a compost at my family´s garden plot. I´m satisfied with my lifestyle and Lauren is satisfied with hers. I think it´s perfect.

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Ollen 1 December, 2016 - 18:18

I really like the idea of trying to live without producing any waste. I think Lauren’s life style is visionary, because she is managing to live a life producing almost no waste at all. I mean, it is not the vision of producing no waste that is so fantastic – because I think that a lot of have the same vision but can not manage to live like it – the thing is: Lauren can. And that is what makes her lifestyle such a big source of inspiration for many people, because some times one person have to come first and show others where to go.

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llamayess 1 December, 2016 - 16:26

I do not really think about how much waste my family is creating. We use plastic bags on some days and on other days we use reusable bags, it depends on when we are grocery shopping. We do recycle quite a bit actually, we always recycle soda bottles, cartons, paper and newspaper. We also separate some of our trash. And we donate the clothes that are too small for us, or if we do not use them. I think we are kind of good at not creating too much waste, but we can get a lot better at it.

I think it is great that she is trying to create as little waste as possible! One jar of waste in two years, that is incredible! She is really making a difference and inspiring other people to think about how much waste they are actually creating. Lauren's tips on how to create less waste are actually very good, and we should all try to create as little waste as possible to make the world a better place!

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pemaem 1 December, 2016 - 14:59

I actually don't think much about how me and my family are recycling. But when I think about it now it I realize that we do recycle and sort our waste almost all the time. For an example, we always saves the glass jars that we get when we buy food in it. And when we buy our food we don't buy a plastic bag every single time we go shopping, we use cotton bags instead.
I think that Lauren's lifestyle is a good example of how it can be done in the best way. But I also think that it's a little bit too much for everyone to manage. I believe that everyone just buys recyclable products and always sorts their waste our world will become a healthier planet.

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tsab01 30 November, 2016 - 21:44

I do think about it sometimes but it's really scary to reflect on how much waste and emission just one person can cause. I think Lauren's lifestyle is optimal in the society we live in today, it is definitely better than mine. If a lot of people started to live like that it would make a big difference. I feel like it would be a lot of effort for most people to change all the habits that make us comfortable, but little things like using organic articles and buying things package-free is absolutely worth trying out. It is after all the world's future that we are talking about and that should be important to everyone.

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RandomNice 30 November, 2016 - 18:57

In some ways. I suppose that i've given it a thought times to times but i've never dove that deep to recycling. I do the basic recycling, sorting and so on, but i haven't concerned myself more then that, which is sad. Lauren's lifestyle to me is really impressive. I'm utterly amazed about the amount of recycling and hope that i could do the same in the future. I'm expecting the question "Why not now?" and the answer is that i'm not sure how to do it, but i will probably research some and do the easier things. In the future i hope that the environment adapts to the need of our world and uses Lauren's tips.

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Denker 30 November, 2016 - 17:36

I have thought about it a few times. Like when it is discussed in school or when someone elsewhere talk about it. I haven't thought that much about how much waste I and my family create. My family tries to reduce waste. We use cotton bags instead of plastic ones just like Lauren does.
I think Lauren's lifestyle is fantastic. Just that she has one jar of rubbish for 2 years. That is incredible! And if one is able to do it, that can make others believe that they can do it too. So this can be the first step of making more people thinking on the environment and start to do something about it.

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minnalito 30 November, 2016 - 16:27

No I have actually never thought about it. The fact that me and my family throw away way to much trash hasn't crossed my mind until this video, so it was very interesting to me. I have also never heard about someone like Lauren who manage to squeeze in all their 2 year trash into one little can. I would though want to live like Lauren, it doesn't really seem that hard if you plan everything in the beginning, and then I just think it will come naturally. That is typically how it is when you make a change in your lifestyle. It is very important that more people do like Lauren since we today trow away way to much trash. So everyone should at least consider making a few changes in their lifestyle. As I mentioned earlier, all habits or lifestyles are difficult to change, so it may take some time before it comes naturally.

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Ica_sillen 30 November, 2016 - 15:56

Although her lifestyle seems to be motivated by a conscern for the environment I believe that its real purpose is to further satisfy her self-centered narcissism, by gaining the attention of her fellow urbanites by affirming her edginess because of her supposed interest in environmentalism. I don't think about the waste my kin creates, and from the information I obtain by my daily experience I must say that I can't notice any significant overconsumption.

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superwoman123 30 November, 2016 - 13:10

When I watched the clip the first thing I was thinking about was how much trash my family throw away every day. I´m amazed how Lauren has the energy and motivation to do what she does every day. I wish my family had that time, because it seems like a very good contribution for the environment.

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Owl2 30 November, 2016 - 12:36

In our family we are very bad at recycling and after I watched this video I feel a little guilty. I think it is amazing that Lauren managed to fit all her rubbish in a mason jar, I haven't tried it but I don't think I would manage.

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01bel04 30 November, 2016 - 12:28

My family and I try to produce less waste than we currently do, but we do not go as far as Lauren does in this video, as that would be way too much work for a family like us. It is however very impressive how little waste Lauren is producing, although that lifestyle would be a bit too much for me really.

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anna39 30 November, 2016 - 07:58

I have actually never thought about how much garbage you are really throwing away. I think Lauren's lifestyle is amazing. It would be great if all of us could live like her but I don't think everybody has the time or the energy for it.

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Sara_1234 30 November, 2016 - 07:57

No, I actually do not think much about how much waste we create, though I probably should more often.
It is incredible that Lauren has managed to reduce her waste for two years into a small jar, she is really doing something good for the environment and all of us should take inspiration and try to live like her. We are to comfortable in our lives and we really need to start taking action to stop the global warming.

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glittersoup 29 November, 2016 - 11:48

It is incredible how much waste we create by doing such usual actions such as buying groceries and bottles of water. This video as truly made me realize that we do a lot more harm to the nature than what we actually believe we do. But, I'm glad that almost all my waste gets recycled, which is good. Thinking green can really have an impact on our planet, and thinking green is not that hard either. It's just about being practical and reusing as much as possible and being organic. Therefore, I admire Lauren for choosing this lifestyle and having a positive impact on our planet and inspiring us to do the same.

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goodbyejohn 29 November, 2016 - 10:39

I have never actually gotten as deep into thinking about the amount of waste my family produces until I watched this video. I suppose it may have crossed my mind one or two times but it's not something I ever thought I would be able to change. Until now, as I now know different solutions to the problem.
The lifestyle Lauren has is something I aspire to have one day and from now on I will try to reach that point. Because not only is it healthier for the environment but also yourself as you'll know where everything is coming from and use less artificial products.

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Wimme 28 November, 2016 - 19:18

I admire Lauren for how she decided to actually do something about her lifestyle to help the environment instead of just preaching the need of a change. Most people just talk about us needing to change our lifestyles, but they're too comfortable in their luxurious and wasteful lives to actually change. I don't blame them though, if I would look at my own waste it would probably be a mountain as big as the average person's. But if you're going to preach a change I believe you should at least live by it yourself. I often think about my effect on the planet and the waste my family and I leave behind. We recycle and leave old clothes and shoes to charity for other people to use again.

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okbacon 28 November, 2016 - 18:30

I have almost never thought about how much plastics and garbage me and my family create until now. This video really made me reflect on how much waste I create, and I will try to create less in the future by making smarter choices.

I think Lauren´s lifestyle is very good and I would like to give her a lot of credit for what she is doing to help the environment.

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