Zero Waste Lifestyle: Two Years Worth Of Trash That Fit Into A Mason Jar.

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Okay, it’s time to talk. We have a serious problem, a problem with waste.

On whole, the American population only represents five percent of the world’s population, yet as a nation we generate about 30 percent of the world’s garbage. Now I’m not placing blame on any one individual, we are all in this together. On average, every person in the U.S. creates one million pounds of materials per person a year. To break this down a little, that is enough garbage to fill 63,000 garbage trucks everyday. All that trash doesn’t just disappear, there are over 1,908 landfills in the U.S. and we’ve all heard the stories about trash island.

I know these figures seem impossible, but think about how much waste you produce on a regular day. Disposable water bottles, coffee cups, napkins, all the packaging you throw out, the list goes on and on because we live in a very disposable society. But sitting back and accepting this trash problem is hardly the answer, in fact, with a few adjustments living a zero waste lifestyle is very possible.

Living a zero waste lifestyle involves a little forethought and a lot of inspiration. Bea Johnson, the famed Zero Waste Home blogger and zero waste guru outlines simple steps everyone can adopt to limit their trash legacy. If everyone in America adopted only a few of these habits, we could save thousands of tons of trash from landfills, improve air and water quality, and even save some money in the process.

In an effort to cut back on waste, she made some small changes in her life. Enough to fit two years of trash into a jar. 

In an effort to cut back on waste, she made some small changes in her life. Enough to fit two years of trash into a jar. (via Seeker Network)

Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My name is Lauren. I'm a 23-year-old girl living in NYC and I don't make trash. For real. No garbage bin, no landfill. Nada. 

I know what you are thinking. This girl must be a total hippie. Or a liar. Or she's not real. But I assure you, I am none of those things. Well, except for real.

I didn't always live what some call a "zero waste" life.

But I started making a shift about three years ago, when I was an Environmental Studies major at NYU, protesting against big oil, and president of a club that hosted weekly talks on environmental topics. In my mind I was super environmental, or as my grandma called me, a real "treehugger." Everyone thought of me as the sustainability girl, so that meant that I was totally doing my share for the earth, right?


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