December 25, 2015

5 Days of Zero Waste with Refinery29!

I coached Refinery29's Lucie Fink on how to go 5 days without producing any trash and SHE KILLED IT!!!! Check out this video below to learn about the tips I gave Lucie to live sans trash :) 

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  1. Really enjoyed this video! I was thinking, would it not be more eco-friendly to skip coffee altogether, especially considering the coffee trade's impact on the environment? Do you feel that tailoring our consumption of non-essentials is an important aspect of a reduce-wasted life, or are enjoying the non-essentials what can bring us a meaningful life?

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    1. Coffee has a lot of benefits as far as maintaining global trade relations as well. Additionally, coffee can be produced sustainably. I only drink Organic, Fair Trade coffee from really reputable sources. I am very conscious of what I put into my body and where it comes from. That being said, quitting coffee, I've tried. I've failed. It is my favorite daily ritual, cutting it out would be altering something that makes me really happy, so for now I'll stick with coffee. Thank you for your comment!

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  2. Where does Lucie live? My options for bulk buying are extremely limited. (Plus, the little that is available is further away than the regular grocery store, raising issues of carbon footprint - but there's a limit as to how much we can do at once.) Also, I can not find biodegradable string or twine. Seriously. It's all plastic. I walk into a hardware store here (Israel), everything is plastic.
    Enjoyed the video.

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    1. We both live in New York City. As far as distance to a grocery store, buying your entire week's worth of food package free would probably equal less of a carbon footprint than the extra fossil fuels required to get there. Also, could you carpool? Is there alternative transportation? As far as the biodegradable twine, I'd say skip it. You don't need it. You could always use 100% cotton string like a butcher's twine, but honestly I'd go twine free if it's not available to you. Try gifting in a reusable bag.

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  3. This may sound super superficial, but your hair is AMAZING in that video! What products do you use?

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    1. Thank you so much! I use an organic vegan bar soap that I buy package free (you can find them in any health food store). I just wash with that and I'll condition with a bulk conditioner maybe once every two weeks.

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  4. Hi Lauren!
    I am in love with all eco things, and i realy want to live this lifestyle..
    but the problem here is that i am a teenager! I do not buy the food, and others, so i can't decide what to buy/don't buy.. and don't clean and i am Guessing my mom won't allow me to do some things (like brushing my teeths with baking soda)
    Do you have any tips for my?

    And by the way you are so pretty and cute !
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  5. שלום מרב! אני ממליצה לך לדבר עם אמא. תשאלי אותה מה בסדר איתה, במה היא מסכימה. Check with your dentist about the baking soda, and tell her if he or she said it's just as good as toothpaste. Also OFFER TO HELP HER to make any change she's willing to make easy for her.
    Also, tell her over and over how much you appreciate all the work she does for the family. Moms love that. :)
    Also, when you go shopping, YOU can bring your own bag, and not take plastic bags - you can do the recycling for your house, if they have it in your town. קחי אחריות. בהצלחה!!!
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  6. Watching this video.... Gave me life.
    With the new year starting it's a perfect time for me to try living with less waste and hopefully, eventually NO waste. I am so inspired. Look forward to some questions I might have within my new journey! Haha yay

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  7. This is awesome! You are an inspiration! :)

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  8. Awesome! It's totally doable and so worth it! Great post and video :) (http://thewanderingnaturalist.wordpress.com)

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  9. Hi Lauren,

    I love what you are doing and are bringing it into practice in my own home. I am constantly looking for ways to bring about a more minimalist affordable lifestyle where I can achieve both my shelter and career goals. I believe you may be able to assist me with this given it appears you are doing well in regards to your career and living abode.

    1. How did you afford to attend a college like NYU? I myself am interested in attending a particular college, but as far as I understand it would put in a large amount of debt. Did you get state assistance or assistance from family? Are you still paying it off or has lifestyle choices helped you pay it off?

    2. How are you able to afford such a beautiful apartment in Brooklyn as a single 23-year-old just out of college? What do you do to make enough income to afford such a space? I aspire to someday only work remotely and have a minimalist space similar to yours.

    Curious to hear your answers and thank you for doing such great work for the community.

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  10. Informative, a great start, and very cute! "Lauren told me she bought all of her clothes secondhand and I copied her." Lol cute! Two things I would offer for improvement 1) Get rid of those icky plastic "reusable" bags - they're made of plastic, too. Get cloth/natural fiber ones that actually biodegrade and wash better! 2) She didn't put any produce into bags, but, just a tip: you don't have to individually bag produce in their own bags ;) I've been bringing al my produce home in one big cloth bag and I never get sick from doing that. Keep up the great work and outreach!!

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  11. What do you do about ketchup, soy sauce, the occasional candy bar or ice cream? Items for home repair (or any repair) that come packaged in with plastic? Ponytail holders? Sink plugs? (I'm just thinking about what I bought in the last few days that would be difficult to find an ecological alternative.) Scotch tape? Packing tape?

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    1. for me, i try to find recycable packaging, and clean them out before recycling. For ketchup, after I use it up, I clean it out and recycle it (Heinz ketchup bottles which are plastic are usually recycable), or I sometimes use it to store pancake mix

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  12. Hi Lauren! Thanks for another inspiring video. I have one question, have you tryied composing your own food waste? I have a friend who does that, cause here in Brazil theres no composed separatrd from trash, they all go to landfills :( so I eant to start composing and reducing mu impact even more. Would like to know if you have tips on that ! Thanks :*

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  13. Absolutely love the way you are living your life! Such an inspiration. Am trying to start the new year using up all that I already have before and then will start purchasing bulk and choosing non packaged items to purchase. I was just wondering, what do you do if you want to bake some muffins and freeze them? How do you store them in the freezer without using plastic?

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  14. So inspiring! I've done the bring-your-own storage containers a few times, but need to make it a habit!

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  15. Thanks for the tip! I have recently decided to stop buying new clothes and I love it! I am documenting it here: https://thatsjustastart.wordpress.com/

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  16. I have tried living with zero waste but have not been so successful so far. Having seen this video I now believe I did not put much effort into it at all. I will try again. Thanks.

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