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Could You Go Trash-Free for 24 Hours?

The year was 2012. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth had been released six years prior, raising awareness around climate change; “Gangnam Style” was taking over the U.S.; and Lauren Singer was on the precipice of receiving her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Inspired by Bea Johnson, another zero-waste pioneer, Singer embarked on a journey to live a zero-waste life. Since then, she’s gained notoriety for producing a single Mason jar of trash for several years running and has dedicated her career to finding sustainable and biodegradable alternatives to common single-use items. In 2017, she opened Package Free Shop to amplify her impact. Here, the young environmental activist–turned–entrepreneur takes us through a typical day in her life, and the tactics she...

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