environment | June 16, 2016

Trash Is for Tossers: Introducing New Speaker Lauren Singer

In the past four years, Lauren Singer has fit all her garbage into a 16 oz mason jar. No, there’s no magic at work here: Singer lives what she calls a Zero Waste lifestyle—she shops package free, makes her own cleaning products, toothpaste, and deodorant, composts, and (as a last resort) recycles, all in the heart of New York City. Through her blog Trash is for Tossers, with her organic and vegan cleaning company The Simply Co., and in purposeful talks, Singer imparts her message to individuals and corporations alike: waste-free living makes sense—not just for the environment, but for your health, and your pocketbook.


As a senior in Environmental Studies at NYU, Singer came across a contradiction in her life. How could she claim to be passionate about the environment, yet produce so much garbage? Shouldn’t she be practicing what she preached? Embarking on a Zero Waste lifestyle wasn’t easy, Singer admits, but it started with baby steps—like eliminating plastic, buying in bulk, and shopping with reusable bags. And financially, it paid dividends—up to 30 percent of a product’s price can be in the packaging. 


Why I live a zero waste life | Lauren Singer | TEDxTeen


Singer’s talks also reveal deeper issues of consumerism. Do we really need everything we buy? Do material objects lead to fulfillment, or are they just clutter? If we consider our purchases before we make them, thinks Singer, we’ll save money and time while reducing our trash. And as with her organic cleaning venture The Simply Co., she champions transparency, safety, and sustainability—an upstanding model for any young entrepreneur. But the larger point of her keynotes is this: everyone makes an impact, whether positive or negative, and each of us has the ability to effect change, to make a difference, and to be a part of something larger than ourselves.  


Singer’s blog Trash is for Tossers is a piece-by-piece manifesto on living a post-trash lifestyle. Each post contains simple, feasible advice that anyone can implement to shrink their ecological footprint, but her philosophy doesn’t limit itself to individuals—Singer’s talks are ideal for corporations, schools, or any institution looking to operate more efficiently. And her work is quickly gaining a following: she’s been profiled by New York MagazineThe Guardian,Business InsiderThe Huffington PostMashable, Fox Business, the BBC, NPR, and more. With climate change and other global environmental concerns on the rise, speakers like Singer remind us that change, however small, is well within our power.  


To hire environment speaker Lauren Singer for a keynote, contact The Lavin Agency, her exclusive speakers bureau.