Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company The Simply Co..
An Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, the amount of trash that she has produced over the past four years can fit inside of a 16 oz mason jar.
Through her blog, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package free, making their own products, and refusing plastic and single use items.
Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, Vogue, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC, and NPR amongst others.
In this interview we talk about her TED Talk which you can see here: https://youtu.be/pF72px2R3Hg
And we also talk about her YouTube videos which are great instructional videos if you want to DIY and use less trash. Trash is for Tossers – YouTube Videos
Her blog, Trash is for Tossers, gives you lots of things to think about as well as alternatives to some of the things you don’t think you can live without.
After talking with Lauren, I took my stainless steel thermos to Dunkin Donuts and asked if I could get a refill instead of using a disposable cup. Not only did they say yes, but they also gave me a discount. I’ve found that every Dunkin Donut’s franchise will give you a discounted price for refilling! I’ve learned that is actually saves money to save trash!
Lauren also told us about her laundry soap company called The Simply Co. About a year into blogging, she noticed a trend. Many of her readers were writing to her saying that they loved the idea of her toxic free and sustainable cleaning products, but they didn’t have the time to make them themselves. They wanted to know what cleaning products they could buy in stores that were as sustainable as the ones they could make at home.
So Lauren searched high and low. She began reading the label of every cleaning product and researching all of their properties, and then she learned a few things that changed her life forever:
There are over 85,000 industrial chemicals out there and a majority of them are not even tested for safety and on top of that cleaning product manufacturers are not legally required to list their ingredients on their packaging.
Lauren knew that was not okay. Consumers, unquestionably, have a right to know what is in the products they are using in their homes and on their bodies, so she decided to do something about it. She quit her job as Sustainability Manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, launched a Kickstarter campaign, and The Simply Co. was born.
Lauren is giving all of my listeners a 10% discount on their orders. Just go to http://www.simplyco.com and in the checkout use the code “greencleaning”. Thanks for all your support. Please feel free to share this coupon with your friends and family. Together we can change the world!