This Woman Has Filled Just 1 Jar With Trash In 3 Years. Here's How She Does It.

Something we should all consider.

If you went through your trash, what would you find?

On a daily basis, we mindlessly throw out everything from leftover food to paper towels, napkins, plasticware, and more.

But is it all really necessary?


Refinery29's new video, "5 Days of Zero Trash," part of Lucie Fink's series "Try Living With Lucie," features a slew of tips and tricks to living a trash-free, eco-friendly lifestyle. 

At the start of the video, Fink meets with Lauren Singer — a "no-trash guru" and blogger at Trash is for Tossers. She has plenty of eye-opening advice for viewers.

Singer herself has managed to fill up one mason jar's worth of trash over the course of three years — an impressive feat anyone can work up to.

First, Singer says we must get to know our trash: "Take a look at your garbage and see what you're throwing away. You have to know your garbage, understand your garbage," she explains.

Once you know what you need to change, make some simple life choices and swap trash for "zero-waste essentials." These include: glass jars, reusable silverware, reusable napkins, and a reusable tote bag. 

Then, use these essentials daily to reduce your paper trail — i.e. having a barista fill up your glass jar with your coffee order, using reusable jars for organic liquid and bulk products at the grocery store, and bringing silverware to work rather than wasting plastic forks and spoons.

Fink even engages in conversations with those around her, including her bartender, to explain her project and inform them, too. 

"What I'm learning is that we're all moving so quickly, and we're just throwing away so much trash. I think we just have to all freeze for a moment and acknowledge the waste that we as individuals are putting out there," Fink says.

By the end of the video, Fink has successfully lived five days with zero trash — and it wasn't so bad after all.

And the more people living with less trash, the healthier our planet can be.

Be sure to watch the full video below to learn how you can live with zero trash:


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