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Greenify Me

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

Zero Waste Beet Pickles: No Canning, Roasting or Waste

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Zero waste beet pickles taste just as good, if not better, than store-bought pickled beets. They're also ridiculously easy to make. All you need is some vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to taste and you're good to go. Pickling is also a great way to reduce food waste, especially when you have an over-abundance of food. Too many beets? Pickle them. Too many carrots? Pickles to the rescue. Too many cucumbers? You get the drill. The method I use to make these zero waste pickles is called refrigerator pickles, and they do not involve canning. Unfortunately, I don't have the time or equipment to can, so refrigerator pickles are the next best thing. Refrigerator pickles are an easy way to preserve vegetables but not the same as canning, which requires sterilizing the jars and much more processing. All that's required of refrigerator pickles is that you keep them in the fridge: No heat or sterilization required. It's much more do-able, especially when you're a busy body like me. 

Zero Waste Tea: How to Avoid Plastic Tea Bags

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Confession time: I've never been a coffee drinker. I don't prefer the taste (though I do admit I like the smell when my dad brews it). However, I am an avid tea drinker. I have a nice cup of green tea every morning to get my mojo going. There are three ways to get zero waste tea: Grow it yourself (I'm currently growing mint), buy it in bulk (I do that for raspberry leaf, chamomile and hibiscus tea), and/or buy it in sustainable, compostable packaging (Yogi tea for the win!). I clearly do a mix of all three. My reason? Most tea bags are made from plastic. It's a sad truth for someone like me. This means any tea bags that are made from plastic will not biodegrade at all - though the tea leaves inside the bag will. Plastic tea bags are also bad for your health: When placed in hot water for your tea, the plastic leaches harmful, toxic chemicals straight into your drink. Yuck, no thanks. If you're like me (and want to keep plastic as far away from your tea as possible) you're in luck. Here's how to avoid plastic tea bags and brew a nice cup of zero waste tea.

Zero Waste School Year: Sustainable Supplies + Waste-Free Ways to Improve Your School

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Ready to have a zero waste school year? I haven't been in school since 2016, but I can honestly say I miss the excitement that comes with buying new school supplies. That said, I'd do things a little differently now, thanks to zero waste living. To make your life easier, I've compiled a list of all the zero waste school supplies you'll need to thrive this year, all in one place. Plus, I've included several waste-free ways to get involved with your school and make a real difference (at the bottom of the post). After all, why stop at school supplies, right? Zero waste is about so much more than just getting new, plastic-free things. It's about changing your lifestyle, making a difference, and getting involved.

Zero Waste Beginners Guide: 20 Tips to Get Started

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A lot of people ask me "how did you go zero waste?" The answer is: Research. Tons and tons of research. I read articles, blogs, books, watched videos, documentaries. I was like a sponge, soaking it all up. Then, I applied that research and started making more conscious, educated choices. Yes, I bought a few new items (like my reusable water bottle, travel mug, etc.) but it was more of a mindset change than anything else. Zero waste living isn't so much about what you buy: It's about how you live, and what you do with the items you buy/already have. For example, you could already have a reusable water bottle, but it doesn't mean anything if it sits in your cupboard all day long, not being used. Zero waste is about developing a relationship with your items, learning to cherish them and purchasing with end of life in mind. If you're new to the zero waste lifestyle, all of this can be quite overwhelming. That's why I've created this zero waste beginners guide: It's everything you could want to know about the zero waste lifestyle rolled into one. Here I'll explain exactly what zero waste living is, along with 20 actionable tips to get started. Are you ready to dive in and start making a difference?