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

Zero Waste Produce Wash

Zero Waste Produce Wash

Zero waste produce wash doesn't have to be complicated to make. I've seen a lot of DIY produce wash recipes online that leave me scratching my head. There are so many elaborate recipes out there that require several ingredients. But who wants to spend time making a long, drawn out produce wash when they could just use one ingredient and be done with it? Today, I'm going to show you exactly how I wash my produce. I only use one ingredient and it works like a charm. Now, if you purchase your food pesticide free and organic, you don't necessarily have to use anything but water to wash your produce off. However, this produce wash is so simple that you may want to use it just to air on the safe side. I do recommend washing produce that files under the Dirty Dozen list. I'll explain which produce items fall under that category in a moment. Without further ado, here's how to make zero waste produce wash.

Zero Waste Dry Shampoo

Zero Waste Dry Shampoo

Zero waste dry shampoo is so easy to make. It's also fantastic for giving your hair some much needed life between washes. I don't wash my hair every day, I do it every other day. I tend to have oily hair, so even the day after washing it, it can start to grease up. Zero waste dry shampoo is my secret weapon for keeping grease at bay. I just sprinkle some dry shampoo onto my roots and spread it into my hair. It does a good job of giving my hair some volume, and getting rid of grease. 

Zero Waste Perfume: 6 DIY Roll On Scents

zero waste perfume

Zero waste perfume is so easy to make and smells absolutely amazing. I used to really love conventional perfume, but even before I went zero waste, I noticed it would always irritate my nose or make my throat feel scratchy. That's because conventional perfume utilizes fragrance, or "parfum", a term on the product label that represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals. Most of these scent chemicals are synthetic, and Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 75 percent of products that list fragrance contain the hormone disrupting chemical, phthalates. Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, have been linked to so many health problems, such as breast and liver cancers, reproductive malformation, diabetes, and reduced sperm count. Is that really what we want to be spraying onto our skin, let alone in the air? I don't think so. Not to mention, anything with fragrance in it can trigger intense allergic reactions, even triggering migraines and asthma. I think it's safe to say we should all avoid synthetic fragrances as much as possible. 

Zero Waste Floss: 4 Plastic-free, Sustainable Alternatives

zero waste floss

Ever heard of zero waste floss? Yes, it exists! When I first went zero waste, I was determined to get rid of every single piece of plastic in my life (which I now realize is idealistic and unrealistic). So when I realized floss was made of plastic, I got really excited because it gave me a good excuse not to floss anymore. I've always hated flossing! But when I found out there were plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to conventional floss...well, I didn't have an excuse anymore. Plus, my mom's a dental assistant, so there's no way I'm getting away with no flossing under her roof. 🤣  Needless to say, plastic-free, zero waste floss solved both these issues flawlessly. My mom's happy, and now I'm happy (well, sort of - at least in terms of avoiding needless plastic). In all seriousness though, it's estimated 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased per year in America alone! Plus, it takes up to 1000 years to decompose, and during that time, it can wreck havoc on the environment by seeping toxins into our earth. Here are four zero waste floss brands worth checking out. Lets ditch plastic floss together!