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  • (upbeat music)

  • - You ready to spend the day with us?

  • Let's go, come on!

  • Hey everyone, it's Sustainability Week here at Bazaar.

  • I'm Lauren Singer, and I'm going to show you

  • how I go through my entire day, breakfast, lunch and dinner,

  • without creating any trash, any waste, or use any plastic.

  • I'm going to walk you through my routine,

  • starting with breakfast, which I don't eat,

  • and haven't eaten since I was, probably, an infant.

  • I think a lot of people think that eating breakfast

  • is super important, the most important meal of the day,

  • bla, bla, bla, but for me,

  • I believe it's more about listening

  • to your body and what works for you.

  • And what works for me, is just having a nice cup of coffee,

  • and taking my day slowly,

  • and then going into lunch and dinner later.

  • I make my coffee in a French press.

  • I do it because, one, I drink a lot of coffee,

  • and we can fit a lot of coffee in here,

  • but two, because I buy bulk grounds and I put them in here,

  • and after I'm done with my coffee I compost them

  • in my freezer, bring them to the farmer's market.

  • So it's a really amazing, waste-free way,

  • to enjoy what is the most important moment of my day,

  • besides cuddling with my dog, Rose.

  • After I finish my coffee, we are going to head out

  • and go and buy some food for the day,

  • so I'll show you what I bring when I go grocery shopping.

  • So I've been living a zero-waste lifestyle

  • for eight years now, and the one thing that I've really

  • learned is it comes down to being prepared,

  • and being prepared helps to prevent

  • all of the circumstantial trash and waste

  • that can enter your day at any given point.

  • When it comes to buying food, I like to be prepared

  • with things like silicon bags for produce.

  • Mesh bags as well, for things like bread and vegetables,

  • and then I always like to bring a second bag with me

  • that's expandable, in case I decide to buy something extra.

  • I don't wanna have to get a paper bag

  • or another type of carrying device,

  • so this really helps prevent all types of waste

  • that I can encounter when I'm shopping for food.

  • I'm gonna throw all of this in my tote bag

  • and head out to get some ingredients, let's go.

  • (upbeat music)

  • We're here at Marlow & Daughters,

  • it's one of my favorite places to go

  • in between farmer's market trips

  • or to grab bread or something

  • that I need to supplement in one of my meals.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Okay, just got back from the market,

  • and I'll show you what I got.

  • And as you can see, totally plastic free,

  • so it's doable, possible, easy, it happened.

  • Usually when I make lunch I try to keep it as healthy

  • as possible, but make enough of it

  • so that it can get me through the day.

  • Very often I'm so busy that I forget to eat,

  • and I like to be really kind to myself

  • and have enough ingredients, or food made, on hand,

  • so that when I am in a situation where I'm rushing,

  • that I'm not grabbing something that's packaged.

  • I'm eating something that's really good for me,

  • healthy real food.

  • Even though I'm not always the best to my body,

  • I can treat it well when I can.

  • So we'll just do a big salad of different cut up vegetables

  • and call it a day.

  • Some would call it a panzanella,

  • but I just call it a big-ass salad, with bread.

  • I think something that I see a lot

  • is people buying pre-washed greens, instead of a whole

  • head of lettuce, or prepackaged cut vegetables

  • instead of cutting them themselves.

  • It takes, basically, zero time,

  • and often you can get non-cut items for less money.

  • So you save money and you save waste.

  • For me, composting is really easy.

  • When I'm cooking I just take any scraps that I would have,

  • and I put them in a big bowl.

  • When I'm done preparing whatever I'm preparing,

  • I take everything and put it in another bowl made of metal

  • that's flexible in my freezer.

  • And then every Saturday, I take that out and put it

  • in a paper bag that I find in the recycling room,

  • and I bring it to the farmer's market to compost.

  • And I freeze my compost so that it doesn't start

  • breaking down or smelling in the refrigerator or my counter.

  • You can really compost anything

  • that comes from something that grows.

  • You can compost anything from paper, leaves,

  • dead house plants, rest in peace, any kind of scraps

  • or peels, meat.

  • But you have to just check with your local municipal

  • composting program to see what they accept and don't accept.

  • But anything that comes from something that's alive

  • can be returned back to the Earth, that's the beauty

  • of our ecosystem.

  • I don't really think there was anything

  • that was super hard for me with going zero waste.

  • Honestly, one of the biggest things that I realized

  • was that I couldn't buy my way out of plastic.

  • I couldn't walk into a pharmacy or grocery store

  • and just buy everything

  • that was in my daily routine without it.

  • That's why I started Package Free Shop,

  • was to make it easy for people to have access

  • to the tools that help you reduce waste every single day.

  • The only thing that I'll buy online

  • is maybe secondhand clothing.

  • I don't think you ever really have to buy

  • any new clothing anymore.

  • And then I'll just make sure that I ask the seller online

  • to ship it totally plastic free

  • and they never have a problem with it.

  • Rose likes to cook too.

  • She feels really left out if she's not involved

  • in the process.

  • Let's make a quick dressing to put on the salad,

  • and then we'll pack up the food and head out.

  • We're gonna do some

  • kind of measuring measuring, some capers.

  • (pepper grinder crunches)

  • It's not bad, you know.

  • (spoon clunks)

  • Mozzarella cheese, some herbs.

  • Let's get the bread.

  • So I love bread, but I don't buy packaged bread

  • or bread with preservatives,

  • so I usually end up buying baguettes.

  • But as a person living alone, sometimes I won't make

  • it through a whole baguette, and it gets stale or hard.

  • And a really great way to make sure

  • you're not composting bread every week

  • is to let it dry out, put it in the oven,

  • make it into croutons and it's great for a salad like this,

  • like a panzanella.

  • Also you can run bread under some water,

  • put it back in the oven and make it work again.

  • You could also take stale bread, put it in a food processor

  • with some garlic and herbs, and it's a great breadcrumb.

  • So, the most common question that I get is,

  • "I wanna do something

  • "and I don't know where to start."

  • That's very much why I started my blog,

  • "Trash is for Tossers".

  • I mean, that's almost eight years ago.

  • It was to give people who wanna have a positive

  • environmental impact really simple, practical steps

  • to reduce their waste that don't have to cost anything,

  • or don't cost much at all, but have a big impact.

  • So, I would say, if you wanna reduce your waste,

  • I like to say, just start somewhere.

  • Every positive change is positive,

  • so if you do something as simple as say no

  • to a plastic straw, you're still having a positive impact,

  • so reward yourself for everything choice that you make

  • that benefits the environment.

  • So about to get lunch ready to go.

  • I'm putting them in my favorite containers,

  • they're stainless steel, we sell them at Package Free.

  • They're totally airtight, which means you can put things

  • like soup or salad dressings in them.

  • It just makes it really easy to bring lunch.

  • So I'll just dump my dressing in one.

  • And then we'll pack my lunch for the day in this.

  • Because I wait so long to eat usually,

  • I like to pack, almost more food than I think I'll need,

  • so I don't end up making food purchasing decisions

  • that could result in waste.

  • We're all packed up, ready to go,

  • and I will see you guys for dinner.

  • (bright music)

  • Usually when I make dinner, it's something really quick

  • because I'm usually running between work

  • or coming from something, and I have a child,

  • who is very high maintenance, and I'm usually number 45

  • on my list of things to do and people to take care of.

  • So I like to make things that are really easy,

  • fast, simple, with ingredients that are fresh

  • but easy to prepare.

  • I'm going to make tacos, which is one of my favorite

  • things to make.

  • I usually keep flour in my house,

  • because it's a super-versatile ingredient.

  • I like to make fresh pasta and also tortillas.

  • It sounds really intense and hard,

  • but it's actually super fast and simple.

  • It's cheap, it's a really good hangover solution.

  • So I usually make tortillas if I'm feeling hungover

  • and don't wanna go out and get food.

  • So, tacos it is tonight.

  • So there are a bunch of different ways to make tortillas,

  • there's flour, there's corn.

  • This is as simple as it gets.

  • It's literally just two cups of,

  • I use organic all-purpose flour,

  • but you can use different types of flour,

  • and/or gluten-free flour if you're gluten-free.

  • 3/4 of a cup of water.

  • Three tablespoons of olive oil and about a teaspoon of salt,

  • but I like kind of saltier tortillas,

  • so I add a little bit extra.

  • I just blend all the ingredients in a bowl,

  • and I'll add a little bit of water at the end,

  • and let it sit for 10 minutes so the gluten develops

  • in the flour.

  • And then I just roll it out, and it's really, really,

  • as easy as it could possibly get.

  • After 10 minutes it gets a lot stretchier than it would be

  • when you first make it.

  • The main reason I make tortillas from scratch,

  • one, because I'm usually ravenous and need something

  • really quick, and they're just super fast.

  • But two, because they all come packaged

  • in single-use plastic

  • which isn't recyclable really anywhere.

  • 'Cause I like to ask myself the question,

  • is the benefit of having this thing

  • worth the trash that it will create?

  • Tortillas, definitely not, especially because

  • they're so easy to make.

  • So that's why I do it myself.

  • So you just need a little ball of dough.

  • And then just roll it out.

  • It's like, there's no perfection here,

  • especially when you're cooking for yourself.

  • The cool thing about making these

  • is that you can freeze them

  • and reheat them, and have taco shells, or tortillas

  • without having to have the plastic.

  • And then you can have it be like a grab-and-go thing.

  • Now time to cook tortillas.

  • Really simple, they look like this.

  • This is a really ugly one, not round,

  • but we still love it.

  • And just throw it on a super hot cast iron pan.

  • No oil or anything like that,

  • but it has to be really, really, really hot.

  • And then you have to watch it.

  • It kind of bubbles a little bit.

  • I'm gonna finish up making these tortillas,

  • and then we'll go onto all the good shit

  • that goes inside of