Funny Solutions to Sustainability – ‘Can You Live Without Rubbish?’

by Freddie Bruhin-Price

Continuing the theme of amazing feats in sustainable living which began with Michael Buck’s £150 “Hobbit House,” we move across the Atlantic to Brooklyn, where 23-year-old Lauren Singer has just celebrated two years of waste-free living. Recording her achievement on her blog entitled Trash is For Tossers, Lauren has successfully lived without producing waste for two years, and is able to fit two years worth of rubbish in a single jar.

A former Environmental Studies student at New York University, Lauren described in an interview to AOL that after being encouraged to “Live her values” by her tutors, she felt compelled to chang her lifestyle for the better. She heard about “The Zero Waste Home,” a family who pioneered the “no trash” lifestyle. Mother Bea Johnson has remarked “Since embarking on the Zero Waste lifestyle, our lives have changed for the better: We feel happier and lead more meaningful lives, based on experiences instead of stuff. My goal is to share its incredible health, financial and time saving benefits!”

Inspired by this example, Lauren thought “if a family of four in California can do it, why can’t I, a single woman, do it too?” And it would appear than she can. To avoid producing any rubbish, Lauren makes almost all of her own household products, including shampoos and toothpastes. Her toothpaste recipe is remarkably simple: coconut oil, baking soda and peppermint oil. She only uses recyclable and bio-degradable products, such as bamboo toothbrushes from website which can be composted. On her blog, Lauren discusses her solutions for sustainable living and promotes products such as these toothbrushes to try and educate people about their lifestyles.

Lauren believes the best thing about sustainable living is that you don’t have to change yourself
“You don’t have to be a stereotype of anything to live a sustainable lifestyle. My style is the same. My taste is the same. I enjoy the same things. I just don’t make trash.” After ending a spell working as Sustainability Director at the Department of Agriculture in New York she has now launched The Simply Co, which since October 2014 has brought her homemade products to a wider market in an effort to promote sustainable living.

“Even just by living my values, it’s making a difference and inspiring them to make changes. I have friends who started shopping bulk or going to farmers markets or carry mason jars around,” she said. “But I never asked them to do that.” “It is possible to not produce trash. It’s definitely possible to produce less trash.”

To hear more about Lauren’s lifestyle, visit her recently launched Youtube channel here

Read more about Lauren’s “Zero Trash” existence at

Read more about the “Zero Waste Home” at


2 thoughts on “Funny Solutions to Sustainability – ‘Can You Live Without Rubbish?’

  1. Hello Lauren: I will definitely look up your information and company. Every week I am surprised at how much waste one person can produce — and I’d like to stop doing that. Thanks for pioneering this and providing guidance to others. I’m new to blogging but I have one (out of three) posts that addresses the issue of sustainability which you might like. It is called Like A Ripe Pear… and is at Jesus For The Serious Spiritual Seeker. All best wishes for your continued success with zero waste! ND (Nancy Dobson)


    1. Hi Nancy,

      We seem to have a crossed wire: this article was written about Lauren’s sterling work by Futures. However Lauren’s blog is here and I’m sure she will be more than happy to read your articles and discuss the zero waste lifestyle with you, as we are! Thanks, Freddie Bruhin-Price


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