Author of Trash Is for Tossers and founder of The Simply Co.
Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog Trash is for Tossers and founder of the organic cleaning product company The Simply Co. 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. 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.
Singer’s work has been profiled by New York Magazine, The Guardian, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Mashable, Fox Business, BBC, and NPR, amongst others.
Zero Waste: Reducing Our Impact for Health, Savings, and the Environment
As an environmental studies major at NYU, Lauren Singer saw too many people and companies—even ‘environmentally conscious’ companies—creating an abundance of trash. So, to live a life more in line with her values, she adopted a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle—consuming less, creating her own low-impact products, and reusing as much as possible. Now, she can fit all of her refuse from the past 4 years into a 16 oz mason jar.
In this lively keynote, Singer explains her (surprisingly) manageable journey to living a zero waste lifestyle. With her blog Trash Is for Tossers, and through her organic/vegan company The Simply Co., she’s given millions of people from all walks of life feasible steps to lessen their personal waste impact—and lead cleaner, healthier, and more economical lives in the process. But Singer’s talks on sustainability aren’t just for individuals; they’re also ideal for businesses, schools, and other organizations looking to reduce waste and clean up their acts: key insights into big-picture, large-scale initiatives. “We’re all going to make an impact,” Singer argues, “but it’s up to us what kind of impact we make.”Audiences will leave her keynotes with a renewed sense of purpose, and a few excellent guidelines for changing the way they live, work, and play.
On Entrepreneurship: Following Your Passions and Creating a Cleaner World
A few concerning facts: today, there are over 85,000 industrial chemicals in the products we drink, ingest, wear, and apply. The majority are not tested for safety before being released. In the U.S., cleaning product manufacturers are not legally required to disclose the ingredients of their products on the packaging. Feeling that we have a right to transparency, and a right to safe consumer items, Lauren Singer quit her job as Sustainability Manager at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection to launch her company, The Simply Co., which creates organic, vegan cleaning products that are safe for the home, the body, and the environment. And in this inspiring keynote, she describes her experiences as a young, female entrepreneur trying to make a difference. She describes how her blog became a touchstone for other people motivated by similar concerns, and the outpouring of support she’s received around the world. And she gives other helpful pointers for other young, driven women (and men) interested in living ethically, pursuing their passions, and the growing business of sustainability.
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