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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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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Unicornstripes 25 November, 2016 - 16:34

I think that I paid attention in some way as to how much waste me and my family create, because we recycle almost everything that you can. But Lauren's tip about not using plastic bags and start using cotton bags instead is really good. I think Lauren's lifestyle is exceptionally good for the environment and that it can inspire many to start thinking about how we can be less destructive towards the environment.

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MELISSA20366 29 December, 2016 - 20:07

I think it's really useful and I will try and reduce my trash because it will help me and my family

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