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Greenify Me

A girl's quest to live on the greener side.

How to Filter Water Without Plastic

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Want to filter water without plastic? Rest assured, it can be done. In fact, one of the first things I ever did, when going zero waste, was filter water without plastic. You see, I really wanted a stainless steel water bottle, but they don't come with built-in filters. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the smoothest, purest drinking water, so filtering my water was essential for me. After doing a little research, I stumbled upon a zero waste water filter I could get behind: Charcoal sticks! It may sound odd at first, but did you know most filters, Brita pitchers included, rely on activated charcoal to filter water? So using charcoal sticks to purify your drinking water really isn't that big of a leap. Plus, using a charcoal water filter will help you avoid tons of plastic - plastic water bottles, plastic pitchers, and even plastic faucet filters. Here's how to filter water without plastic, and why you should to begin with.

Zero Waste Mother's Day Gifts: 3 DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Looking to have a zero waste Mother's Day? If you're anything like me, you sometimes wait until the last second to buy or DIY a gift. But that doesn't mean it has to be wasteful, or any less from the heart! To me, the best type of gift is the one you give while thinking about the other person. What will they like? What will they appreciate most? Personally, I know from previous holidays my mom loves my DIYs, so I can't go wrong making her something. If your mom is the same way, then you're in luck. Today I'm sharing three zero waste Mother's Day gifts you can whip up last minute. Not only are they really fun, easy DIYs, but they will definitely communicate your love for your mom. These are also great gifts to hand out to aunts or grandmothers as well. Especially since you can just double the ingredients to make a bigger batch. All of the ingredients I used to make these gifts I already had on hand in my home, so it was completely zero waste and budget friendly. You'll probably have most of the ingredients needed in your home already to make these, but if you don't, get creative and find a substitute! For example, lets say you don't have dried rose petals - that's okay. Omit them or use something in place of it, like lavender buds, dried hibiscus petals or dried calendula petals. The possibilities are endless. Without further ado, here are three zero waste mother's day gifts you can whip up last minute.

Zero Waste Deodorant: 6 Plastic-Free, Sustainable Alternatives

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Zero waste deodorant is a must, especially in warm weather. I mean, who wants to be all stinky, right? Unfortunately, most commercial brands of deodorant come packaged in plastic and have questionable ingredients in them. Most people are familiar with the fact aluminum lurks in a lot of antiperspirants nowadays. Aluminum exposure is linked to Alzheimer's disease and interferes with estrogen levels. Worse yet, when your body cannot process estrogen properly, there's a higher risk to develop breast and prostate cancer. Is that really something you want to put on your armpits? Along with aluminum, conventional deodorants are made with a host of other nasty ingredients like parabens, steareths and artificial colors. Does any of that sound good to you? Nope, didn't think so. It's time we ditch conventional deodorants and opt for zero waste deodorants that are both plastic-free and all natural. I have 6 amazing deodorants lined up for you. Which ever deodorant you pick, you'll wind up making a better choice for the environment and your health.

Zero Waste Laundry Detergent: DIY Liquefying Lavender Gel

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I've made zero waste laundry detergent before, but in powder form. I really love that recipe, but I've been wanting to broaden my horizons and expand a bit, try new things. Thus, this DIY liquefying lavender gel was born! One batch of this gel can make 3 and a half jars full of liquid detergent, if not more. And it works like a charm on your clothes. Not only did it clean my clothes, but it also made them smell like a lavender field. Who wouldn't want that? You can use this in your washing machine, or use it to hand wash your items. It's HE and standard safe, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Here's how to make this unique zero waste laundry detergent.