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Greenify Me

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

3 Reasons to Reduce Food Waste

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Have you ever opened your fridge to find the strawberries you bought two weeks ago molding in the back? Sadly, most Americans can relate: 40 percent of food in America goes to waste. There's a number of reasons for this, like improper storage or meal planning, but I won't talk about that too much today. My main point of discussion today is...why should we care? Sure, food waste isn't a nice or pleasant thing, but why is it so important? Isn't the main goal to reduce single use disposable waste? Well, yes and no. As a zero waster, you start out focusing on reducing your consumption of disposables, but you quickly realize there's so much more to zero waste than just refusing plastic straws. It's important to look at waste from all angles, if we really want to call ourselves zero wasters. That's why today's post focuses on three reasons to reduce food waste: I want to show you why reducing food waste is so important and broaden your horizons a bit.

5 Zero Waste Alternatives to Plastic Wrap

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Looking for some zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap? Can't say I blame you: Plastic wrap is such a huge money drainer and terrible for the environment. Plus, it's super annoying. Way before I went zero waste, I always hated plastic wrap. It never cooperated with me when I went to rip a piece off. I always ended up using more than I cared for because it would stick together. Ugh. I'm so glad there are zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap. In fact, there are so many options to choose from it can get a little overwhelming. That's why I decided I'd show you guys my favorite plastic wrap alternatives so you can decide for yourself which is right for you. There's no right or wrong necessarily, it's just a matter of your own personal preference. That said, it's imperative you make the switch away from plastic wrap - if not for the sake of the planet, then for your own health. Plastic leeches into everything it touches: Is that really something you want sitting on your food? Worse yet, plastic wrap tends to be made from PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride), which contains a number of toxic chemicals that releases into the surrounding environment. Doesn't exactly sound appetizing, does it? Instead, give one of these zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap a try. You won't regret it!

The Ultimate Guide to Composting in an Apartment

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As a fellow apartment dweller, I get it: You want to start composting in your apartment but don't have a lot of space. That hasn't stopped me though! When I first went zero waste, one of the very first things I did was compost. I took an old Chinese food container and stuffed my food scraps into it, then put it in the back of my fridge. It totally worked too! But then I noticed my mom adding some of her food scraps to it and it became very evident we needed a better solution. Now, I use a compost pail which has been one of the best investments ever. But more on that later. I guess what I'm really trying to say is, you have more options than you may think in regards to composting in an apartment. In this blog post, I'll cover four of my favorite ways to compost indoors, and why you should start right now. Without further ado, here's the ultimate guide to composting in an apartment!

Zero Waste Easter: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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What's my favorite zero waste Easter tradition? Making naturally dyed Easter eggs! It's a tradition my mom and I have held for about three years now, and it only gets better with practice. When I was a little girl, we used to use those kits that were full of plastic and fake food dyes, but we stopped when I became a teenager, too cool to color eggs anymore. Ironically, just a few years ago we picked it back up again, but now we use a much better method that doesn't harm the planet. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how detrimental plastic is to the environment, but food dyes are another topic entirely. They pollute our waterways whenever we toss them down the drain. I'm happy we no longer use them in our home. Instead, we use plant dyes. My mom and I always look forward to making these amazing multi-colored eggs using plants every year. I love using plants as dyes because it's so impressive to see them in action. You would never guess red cabbage could make such an intense blue color, or that yellow onions make orange dye. Truly, nature is so wondrous and has so much to teach us.