We Tried The Zero Waste Lifestyle For A Week 🗑️♻️

Michelle Khare
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After your many requests, I finally decided to do try to make zero trash for a week with my friend Sky. It was TOUGH but REWARDING! Who saw our final results? :O
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We Tried The Zero Waste Lifestyle For A Week 🗑️




16-Apr, 2018

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Michelle Khare
Michelle Khare 3 oy oldin
SOOO excited to finally release this highly requested video!!! What did y'all think??? What should we try next?? :D
Eva Rim
Eva Rim 13 kun oldin
I really like your videos and I thought that you can try minimalism for a week <3
Gen Allen
Gen Allen Oy oldin
Michelle Khare I hope you keep this up in some ways and will update us on what things you are still doing.
Breanna Farmer
Michelle Khare you should try only eating green foods for a month/week💚
K80j96 J
K80j96 J 2 oy oldin
hey Michelle , those plastic containers for like kale,lettuce,and spinach , instead of thowing it out wash and rinse it out and reuse it for leftovers
Agnese Perri
Agnese Perri 2 oy oldin
well done! great to see a big influencer bringing zero waste into the spotlight!
rainielle gestienne Diaz
I suggest for you to continue this challenge please!!!
Michaela Berry
Michaela Berry Kun oldin
In the UK some supermarkets have started to sell 'wonky' veg for cheaper (1kg of carrots for 35p instead of 60p)
Laura S.
Laura S. 2 kun oldin
You probably know this by now too but you can compost that paper towel Michelle :)
Laura S.
Laura S. 2 kun oldin
Pretty sure it's the average american that produces 4.6 lbs of trash per day, not the average human. That being said I'm soooo excited that zero waste is going mainstream :)
Amber De Ruiter
Amber De Ruiter 2 kun oldin
I don’t think I could ever do this to this level. I could and want to do composting and the reusable container but the are some thing that use trash that I just can’t see myself giving up.
Allison Etzler
Allison Etzler 3 kun oldin
The problem is that where are we gonna put out trash? I mean like if we don’t even recycle most of our recycling than where are we going to put our trash.
Jessica Lewis
Jessica Lewis 3 kun oldin
I've been changing little things when I think about it. I started with reusable shopping bags because I hated carrying 20 bags when I could carry 2 or 3 reusable ones. I switched to cloth pads a few years ago because the disposable ones gave me rashes. I bought some flour sack towels for the kitchen because I was sick of using so many paper towels and napkins. I'm pregnant and plan on cloth diapering since I'm already doing lots of laundry from all the cloth products I use. I just feel like it's not as convenient as everyone thinks it is. I'm not by any means zero waste, but you don't have to go at it 100% to make a difference.
emma 4 kun oldin
8:45 what are those people behind sky doing lol
EvelineUK 4 kun oldin
Really enjoyed this video as it was very realistic. Like you said, if we all made little changes it all adds up. So strange though for a shop that sells reusable produce bags to not have them... by the produce! I'm sure a lot more people would buy and use them if they knew about them.
Anh Le
Anh Le 8 kun oldin
I recommend bringing your own reusable to go box btw. In many countries, to-go boxes are unheard of so bringing your own reusable container isn’t that strange. At my university, they also offer reusable to go boxes rather than regular to go boxes and our regular to go boxes are paper (compostable)
Anh Le
Anh Le 8 kun oldin
Starbucks sells reusable plastic cups that give you a discount whenever you use it (available at certain Starbucks). Starbucks is trying to reduce waste by selling these and providing an incentive so that’s pretty good :)
bridget 9 kun oldin
muslin bags
Christopher Gumm
Christopher Gumm 9 kun oldin
Don’t get mad at a worker for not knowing how to zero a scale. He might be new, and that’s a great opportunity for you to explain why you’re trying to reduce your overall waste. Think about the ripple effect, your story and kindness may actually cause him to consider reducing his waste too. Otherwise, great video! Honest and open to change.
Alyssa Clark
Alyssa Clark 9 kun oldin
So, good job for most of the challenge. But question, did you use cloth as toilet paper?
Javiera Uchida
Javiera Uchida 10 kun oldin
OMG you did great!! We all start somewhere and its better knowing we did something than nothing at all
leo leon
leo leon 10 kun oldin
Thank you girls, I learn a lot!
Luna Mac
Luna Mac 10 kun oldin
Try it for the rest of your life.
Corrie S
Corrie S 10 kun oldin
For cleaning, remember to never use vinegar on natural stone (granite) or wood. It will damage your counter top and tables. The other environmental killer is microfiber cloths and clothing. Avoid at all cost. They release micro particles of plastic into the water that can't be filtered out and thus goes directly into the ocean. I honestly think microfiber and all plastic based fabrics like fleece should be banned. Question: why couldn't they get fruit without the reusable fruit bags? Just put it in a linen or cotton shopping bag. The weight will be minimal when checking out.
Books4LitSouls 11 kun oldin
Show much it cost to buy those items
Millie 11 kun oldin
i love these videos!!
Millie 11 kun oldin
I've never understood why people use bags for fruit and veggies, unless it lots of loose small items- just put it in the trolley/shopping cart together.
Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson 11 kun oldin
Great video btw 😄 you're heart and mind are going on the right track.
Jenny Johnson
Jenny Johnson 11 kun oldin
I'm curious how all UZvidrs have such white, perfect teeth? 🤔🤔🤔🤔 how much is spent on dental.
Ria L
Ria L 12 kun oldin
How did you not know that Starbucks accepts travel mugs? They sell them and you get 10 cents off for using your own! This is not a criticism. It is just eye opening that there are people who don't know that this is possible!
Pemelope 12 kun oldin
Instead of jars, you should use cotton bags. Or just record the weight of the jar and write it on a tag on the jar.
ojiojioji 13 kun oldin
5:31 if you watch other people's vid, they weigh the jar first, then fill it, then weigh it again write the weighs with permanent markers or anything else after those things, substract. DONE:(
Helen Maclachlan
Helen Maclachlan 13 kun oldin
You should do next is go bra less for a week.
Black Panther
Black Panther 13 kun oldin
wonder if they recycled the toilet paper they used. :) and i would recommend buying the Japanese toilet seat to reduce the toilet paper use. www.amazon.com/TOTO-SW2034-01-Electronic-Elongated/dp/B00UCIOWRM/ref=sr_1_5?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1530911482&sr=1-5&keywords=japanese+toilet
Nicolediy 15 kun oldin
Love this video
uk7769 16 kun oldin
So now that recycling has been exposed for the costly corrupt scam and failure that it is, we are going to double down on a new 'feel good' delusion: 'zero waste' programs which will cost the taxpayers even more than the failed recycling programs. Astounding how gullible ignorant people can delude themselves so badly, so they can make themselves feel good, as they continue to destroy Earth, eyes glued to their iPhones, running about distracted driving their giant SUV's. 'Zero waste' only humans could come up with such a farce.
JMS JMS 16 kun oldin
Ohhhh shut uuuup! Do you NEED those earrings, those sunglasses, need to drive that car? Just stop with all this. Yes we should all be responsible and mindful but my gosh, with all the prissy "we are so privileged" talk and being depressed because you can't find a reusable fruit bag.
Vivi R.
Vivi R. 17 kun oldin
Did you continue to use any of the practices you adopted for the challenge?
Isabela 17 kun oldin
You could have also sewn your own produce bag with like an old t-shirt and it would have reused the old tee, therefore avoiding fabric waste! AND the packaging from the new bags!!!
yourbrownhoe 19 kun oldin
We need some ziploc space bags for trash tbh
Carlos León
Carlos León 19 kun oldin
Like anything else if you practice it enough you can change what you do. Definitely learned a lot from your video, great message, thank you for it! New fan/ subscriber hope you can support my channel the same, saludos!
Heidi 19 kun oldin
Wait are you aloud to wipe yourself?
Kirstin Kuchler
Kirstin Kuchler 20 kun oldin
In Cape Town South Africa they can only use 13 gallons of water a day. You should try that.
Rita maria
Rita maria 20 kun oldin
Kirsten Choumont
Kirsten Choumont 20 kun oldin
Not too sure if someone else mentioned making laundry detergent but it's super simple, loads of recipies online that are all very similar, a couple hours of work get you months of detergent and the ingredients come in boxes/paper packaging. I have been making my own detergent for the past few years and people are surprised when I tell them and comment that they were under the impression that homemade detergent won't work as well as commercial and they never would have guessed that I make my own. I just reuse a plastic laundry detergent bottle from when I did purchase commercially made, although any container will work
Umit Zeytincioglu
Umit Zeytincioglu 21 kun oldin
Hey girls, I'm so impressed that you took a challenge like this. the world needs people to be curious and at least try because of that's how change happens. I started my plastic-free journey slowly two weeks ago. I go to 3 different stores if I need to to get different things without plastic packaging. Good for you :)
Dakota Mathews
Dakota Mathews 22 kun oldin
In my city they are closing the composting plant because it smells too much so they are now diverting it to the landfill I also realized that as a 2 person household I make 4-6 bags of trash a day but I don't think I could possibly throw out less
Mahalliah Nicolas
Mahalliah Nicolas 22 kun oldin
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Ari Cricks
Ari Cricks 23 kun oldin
With the jars when you buy nuts and grains and stuff, you have to measure the weight of the jar alone as though it were the food, then the jar and the food together. Then they can subtract it at the register.
Naomi Joy
Naomi Joy 23 kun oldin
Who else makes her remind you of Natalie’s outlet
Jovana T
Jovana T 23 kun oldin
y’all weird in America don’t you have that recycle stations things at yours grocery stores? here in Sweden we recycle them at our stores and get money per. bottle
Anna 26 kun oldin
Great video! BUT everyone, remember, there is usually not a huge need to buy a bunch of stuff so that you can lessen your waste. You probably have a lot of glass jars from let’s say bought olives or juices, or existing plastic bags or fabric bags. Ask your parents or grandparents. I swear they will have lots of stuff. Look up stores or facebook groups where you can sell, switch, loan or give away items that you no longer need. The whole point is to cut out the production phase in the chain. No production means less things that may end up in landfills, and less energy extraction from our planet. Everything doesn’t have to look like an instagram photo. Do it for the planet, not for follows.
Unknown Material
Unknown Material 26 kun oldin
Recycle the plastic?
Mistah Unknown
Mistah Unknown 29 kun oldin
This video is the second video I saw on Zero Waste. I just heard about it like 20 minutes ago. I'm a Vegan and I think the Zero Waste lifestyle is a beautiful to consider adapting, though it looks like a pain in the butt.
Mistah Unknown
Mistah Unknown 29 kun oldin
How dare you call me a "party people"! This offends me as a vegan transgender hipster Native-American-Indo-Chinese hybrid alien agnostic-atheist German engineer who vapes fairtrade organic decaffeinated compressed and hydrated extra-protein soy breast milk on the regular and does Kama Sutra naked crossfit yoga 8 days a week. I'm also a nonbinary trigender genderqueer male feminist and identify myself as a pastafarian pansexual genderfluid Apache helicopter dog of mega multi alpha beta gamma delta omega combo god of hyper death who's in a polygamous polyamorous relationship to the chihuahua which helped me cross the border of Mexico because it hates Donald Trump. My dog also walks me to the park and doggy styles me, if you find that weird you're an ignorant arrogant homophobic gender-assuming globaphobic bloodthirsty gun-loving cisgender pansexual bestial sexist racist incestuous white-previlege misogynistic biased objectified raped privileged Nazi-Communist slave owner terrorist lesbian.
LunaMoon Oy oldin
El's Eco Tips
El's Eco Tips Oy oldin
I just started my youtube channel about how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle while still having fun with beauty and fashion. Hoping to start living more of a zero-waste lifestyle as well :) This was really cool.
Vanessa Larivière
Everyone should watch this video!
Orange Blossom
Great video! I’m not sure if it bothers cashiers, but I often don’t use a bag at all for my produce. I try to organize it on the conveyor belt at checkout. This wouldn’t work for items like bulk spinach, though.
Meredydd Cooper
here are some suggestions to augment your zero waste quest: you can make your own laundry detergent or purchase it as a bulk item at your holistic grocers. also you can make or purchase beeswax imbued cloth food wraps. not only are they reusable, but you can keep them in your bag to wrap a sandwich. although they are questionable, microfiber cloths are great for cleaning items in your home. if you ever wanted to knit or crochet, you can make dish/washcloths, non-scratching scrubbies for pots/pans, and market or veggie bags. It's a great way to use cotton string or tulle from your fabric store and they work really well!
Blossomness Studios
Imagine the world has been alive for a year, we have been here for the evening of new years eve, and we have destroyed everything. In 20 years it is estimated that there will be more trash than fish in out oceans.
Grace !
Grace ! Oy oldin
Why is Sky so familiar to me
Grace !
Grace ! Oy oldin
nvm shes from buzzfeed
Natasha Pandya
Instead of Mason Jars, use cloth bags. You can DIY them and fill them up. The weight is very negligible when buying in bulk.
bextannya Oy oldin
Hi Michelle! Have you maintained this lifestyle after the challenge, or parts of it? If so, which things have you continued to do?
Rachel Tanner
Rachel Tanner Oy oldin
Since doing this challenge have you guys kept up any of the zero waste habits?? Would be really great to hear that it has made a long lasting impact on your life now!!
Asia Portis
Asia Portis Oy oldin
Is she in buzzfeed?
such a great video! Great job for all your realizations!
Renee Berard
Renee Berard Oy oldin
Valeria B Peralta
Who here is zero waste EVERYDAY!🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️
DIYs,fashion And more!!!!
Hi, I’m mikayla I’m ten and everyday you inspire me to be awesome and a good person
Robyn Gray
Robyn Gray Oy oldin
Love what your doing here! I’m a keen zero waster too! I’d love if anyone can check out my latest video about it!💘
Momo Freeman
Momo Freeman Oy oldin
in my experience people at the farmers market will let you use your own container so they can reuse the packaging
dill pickel man dylan
Damn girl I subscribed you EARNED it
Tessa Milne
Tessa Milne Oy oldin
You dont really need to get reusable produce bags either, i know its annoying for a cashier (cause i have been one for like 4 years) but cant you just put your fruit and veges on checkout loose? eliminates all waste. because even produce bags will wear out and take energy to make?
Callia Oy oldin
We live in an age of convenience, people want fast and simple. *Littering is literally the act of impatience (or laziness) to hold onto trash until one finds a trash can!* I bought reusable liners and hankettes for a small step to less waste, it seems pricy because it's take a long time to "pay for itself," but I had to remove that from the equation. The hankettes are meant to replace facial tissues; I've been using them to wrap my breakfast muffin or a sandwich in place of plastic wrap.
Blair Oy oldin
Sweet baby angels, just don't put your produce in a bag.... I throw mine in the cart bare.
Regan Donahue
Regan Donahue Oy oldin
How do you go to the bath room
The Minimalist Ninja
Such a great video! I loved that you showed as many aspects of it as you could :)
Genesis A.C.
Genesis A.C. Oy oldin
how did you find that "fair/marketplace/convention" for zero waste enthusiast? I live in So Cal but cant seem to find anything besides online shopping?
Boo Taper
Boo Taper Oy oldin
I love how the reusable produce bags were packaged 😂
Mira 123abc
Mira 123abc Oy oldin
Did anyone else see the people in the back?? 08:41
Rosemary Williams
This was awesome! I think you should keep in mind that in a system like capitalism, there are no ethical consumables, and in order to live, we have to consume. I think if our systems began shifting, where more consumables were environmentally friendly, of course people would switch to doing it, because people want to protect the Earth, but it's important to be nice to ourselves when we can't perfectly live in a waste free lifestyle because all of our consumable options (things that we need to live) do not come in a waste free form. I personally live in Japan, and while I use reusable fabric bags for shopping, and other things like that, even fresh produce here, (and I live in the countryside/farming town), comes wrapped in plastic. I'd love to do more to reduce waste, but I think it's important to keep in mind that the individual won't make as much of a difference as a group/cultural change of how things should be done can. Think about how the grocery store didn't have reusable produce bags on hand, and basically everything systemically was working against your goal for this week, it wasn't for lack of effort or trying, it's the system being flawed in my opinion.
Here the farmers market is every saturday, maybe I should consider buying from there instead of the grocery store. It might make shopping a bit easier.
Negin Sarrami
Negin Sarrami Oy oldin
wow this video makes me so emotional. thanks for doing this as an influential person
Helen Slater
Helen Slater Oy oldin
Are you going to continue with this or was it just for the one week challenge?
Lynea Baudino
Lynea Baudino Oy oldin
Contact the Ecology Center to make reducing your waste 110% easier. (510) 548-2220 x233 or helpdesk@ecologycenter.org
Valeria B Peralta
Please keep being zero if not then low waste, it’s really important to care for our earth and environment and the more people who take a part in this movement the better❤️❤️
Valeria B Peralta
It’s really not that hard to be zero waste, it’s kinda uncomfortable at first but it doesn’t affect your life that much,
Valeria B Peralta
You don’t really need reusable produce bags, they are helpful but not necessary, the store does not require you take take your produce in a bag
Cat Jenks
Cat Jenks Oy oldin
Michelle, I dare you to go one step further and start using a menstrual cup - it's a cheaper way in the long run, and the cups last up to TEN YEARS! Go look at the cups @ putacupinit.com to figure out which ones best for you! Also, another way to make less waste is to use a "safety razor", which is a stainless steel razor with changeable blades. Look them up in the men's department.
I loved this
Katarína Nahálková
in scandiavian countries you have to pay ´´pant´´ for plastic bottles and cans and when you bring them back you will get your money back, i think that pant should be literaly on everything
Sarahlenea Oy oldin
Reusable produce bags are really the best option to go shopping (much lighter and practical than glass jars). About the lipstick recipe: coconut oil liquefies when the temperature is too high and beet juice doesn't dissolve and mix properly in oil. For the texture and color, you have to add a little amount of (melted) bee or vegetable wax and of an iron oxyde (like CI 77491 for a red color). Whisk it properly and wait for it to cool down. About recycling: first, recycling still has a significant impact on the environment (even though it's way better than extracting and wasting more an more raw materials) ; then, only some plastics are recycled (most facilities only recycle plastic bottles and throw away all the plastic that is too light, too thin, etc.). And only transparent plastic bottles can produce a good quality material that will be transformed into new bottles. There are very few recycling options for opaque plastic. And you can only recycle plastic a couple of times... Recycling aluminium and glass is less problematic (and absolutely necessary if you throw them away).
Lindsay Kryszak
You're supposed to weigh your jars before you go to the store and write the tare weight on it. Also, use rags to clean up spills- not paper towels.
Reign Tomandao
As a 10th Grader I’ve been slowly buying all these reusable things but I’ve been struggling to fully integrate this lifestyle into my house because not everyone in my family are willing 😩😩 One step at a time I guessss
Madelyn Matthews
You can buy reusable paper towels on amazon :) they’re super neat and all u do is wash them once used and then u can use them again!
Elisa Biehler
Elisa Biehler Oy oldin
i really like these kinds of videos from you! May i ask about toilet paper?
Enyleca7 Oy oldin
Wow. You guys don't have compost service in your neighborhoods that also pick up trash?
Kiya M.
Kiya M. Oy oldin
Did anyone else see the people in the back waving at the camera at 8:48? haha
Ava Whitman
Ava Whitman Oy oldin
napkins are compostable
Ary Bella
Ary Bella Oy oldin
So so nice!! I love that you showed how it is to go waste free!
nicky orengo
nicky orengo Oy oldin
Im doing a project on waste management in the U.S. I would greatly appreciate it if you take 2 minutes to answer a survey i created. Help a sister out. If you dont want to do he survey, at least like this so that other people can. Thanks :) docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3UYQgONuQ5SOrA5W8q_1-ivkRlfNCaLmg7OQ2yjOQgsBxMw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Melpaca Oy oldin
I reuse the packaging Form the mail stuff, I just put the new adresssticker over the old one
Yvonne Tang
Yvonne Tang Oy oldin
I just love love love that you tried this lifestyle! I've been slowly adapting the zero waste lifestyle but it seriously is not easy. It was so much more easier to go vegan for me. Your video was also so informative and motiveates me to do better :)
Nadya Bens
Nadya Bens Oy oldin
I didn't know that supermarket and grocery don't Accepet those fruit and vegetables because of the shape 😐 that totaly wrong and bad 😯 and sad