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Greenify Me

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

Zero Waste Sunscreen: 6 Plastic-Free, Reef Safe Alternatives

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Zero waste sunscreen is a must in the summer months. Unfortunately, most commercial sunscreens come packaged in plastic and have questionable ingredients in them. Speaking of questionable ingredients, did you hear Hawaii recently banned the sale of sunscreens containing chemicals harmful to coral reefs? The bill will go into effect by January 1st, 2021, giving retailers plenty of time to get harmful sunscreens off the shelves. It makes you wonder why these sunscreens are on the market to begin with. Because, lets face it, if they're harmful for other organisms, chances are they're harmful to us as well. The truth is, none of this stuff is properly regulated (the beauty industry can pretty much sell you just about anything, it's that unregulated). That includes sunscreens. It's time we opened our eyes and took control of our personal health again - not to mention the earth's! Follow Hawaii's lead and ditch conventional sunscreen. Instead, opt for zero waste sunscreens that are both plastic free and reef safe. I have 6 amazing zero waste sunscreens lined up for you. Which ever sunscreen you pick, you'll be making an amazing purchase for the environment and your health. Lets save the coral reefs together!

My Zero Waste Skin Care Routine

My zero waste skincare routine is rather simple. I don't like using too many products on my face and body, even if they are natural. That's partially because I'm lazy and partially because skin care can be ridiculously expensive. Though, I must admit some things are worth paying for (and at the very least you can say you tried them out). I'm very finicky about the packaging of my products ever since going zero waste. I do my best to avoid any skin care products packaged in plastic and I have greatly succeeded! Before I went zero waste I couldn't believe the amount of green beauty products (sugar scrubs, facial masks, etc.) I had that were just sitting around gathering dust. Some were in glass, but most were in plastic. Honestly, I gave a huge chunk of my beauty products away because I just wasn't using them and didn't want to waste anything (most were lightly used, if not untouched). I'm glad I minimized my beauty routine because at least now I'm not purchasing things just because they look pretty or sound amazing. I'm purchasing them because A) They come in sustainable packaging B) use natural ingredients and C) I actually need them and thought my purchase through. This has pretty much eliminated the need for outlandish, excessive spending and curbs so much of my waste. Now without further ado, here's my zero waste skin care routine.

How to Store Leftovers without Plastic

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Do you know how to store leftovers without plastic? It's actually pretty easy: You just need the right tools for the job. My fridge is almost completely plastic-free now, thanks to some sustainable alternatives. Before I went zero waste, plastic wrap permeated almost every inch of my fridge. It was downright invasive. But plastic wrap is so bad for both the environment and your health. After all, plastic is a substance known to leach toxins into food. Worse yet, after using plastic wrap for a short duration, you throw it away and it lasts in the environment nearly forever. Plastic wrap is hard to recycle in most areas, and in some it's not recyclable at all. I'm glad our family doesn't buy it anymore: It was also a real money drainer. 

How to Celebrate Plastic Free July

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If you're a zero waster, chances are you've heard of Plastic Free July already. Several times, in fact. It's pretty much all over my Instagram feed right now, and for good reason! It gives people the chance to really make a commitment to going zero waste. Plastic Free July is essentially a campaign that started in 2011 to get people thinking about plastic pollution, and ways to solve it. The goal of Plastic Free July is to avoid disposables the month of July (and hopefully every day afterward). The cool part about this challenge is that you can pick one disposable to avoid (like plastic packaging), the big four (like plastic bags, bottles, straws and coffee cups), or go all out and go completely plastic free. The commitment level is totally up to you, and since the commitment is only a month long, it's a good way to get a taste for the zero waste lifestyle and see if it's for you. The cool part is, by the end of the month, it'll feel so natural and second nature to you (after all, it takes about 21 days to form good habits). 😉 Ready to get started? Head on over to Plastic Free July and make the pledge on what you're going to give up this July. Encourage your friends and family to enter too! They'll soon find out how easy and fun it is to go plastic free, and you can make it a joined effort. Now, without further ado, here's how to celebrate Plastic Free July.