Lauren Singer hasn't thrown anything in the trash for four years. By opting for goods that are recyclable, reusable, or compostable, the New Yorker has sworn off landfill altogether. Now, she wants you to do the same.
Singer, along with friend and fellow zero-waste devotee Daniel Silverstein, will open the first zero-waste lifestyle store in NYC (and possibly the entire country), next month. The pop-up shop, Package Free, will live in Williamsburg from May 1 to July, stocking eco-friendly alternatives to any single-use item you can think of: reusable tote bags, compostable toothbrushes, refillable dental floss, natural beauty products in bulk, even skateboards made from ocean plastic. It takes the zero-waste grocery store concept that's gaining popularity in Europe a step further by tackling all the other stuff that we buy that's needlessly wrapped in plastic.