Zero Waste Shaving: My Experience With a Safety Razor

Friday, December 15, 2017

zero waste shaving

By: Ariana Palmieri

I'm not sure about you, but receiving zero waste gifts gets me super excited. Like, literally I act as if someone gave me $1000+ when I get zero waste gifts. That's probably because, in a way, they are. Zero waste products are built to last after all, and half the time they do wind up saving you money. A huge example of that is when I switched over to reusable cloth pads (on average, that saves me at least $8 a month - which adds up to $3,840 a year). That aside, you can only guess how happy I was when one of my gifts was a safety razor: Now I could finally try out zero waste shaving! Disposable razors add up too: Depending on the brand and type, a pack can cost anywhere from $2 to $10 (or maybe even more!). Not to mention they take a serious toll on the environment once you're done using them (the EPA estimates 2 billion razors are thrown away each year!). Not sure about what your state laws are, but in NYC, disposable razor blades cannot be recycled. In fact, they encourage you to dump disposable razor blades in the trash. Thankfully, I won't be contributing to that waste cycle anymore. From now on, I'll be zero waste shaving! Here's my experience (so far) with a reusable safety razor.

Real Christmas Trees or Fake Ones: Which is More Eco-Friendly?

Friday, December 8, 2017

By: Ariana Palmieri
This time of year, everyone seems to debate over the same thing: Which is more eco-friendly, real Christmas trees or fake ones? Often times, people believe they are making a better choice for the environment by getting a fake tree. They say "I'm saving a tree from being cut down, so isn't that a good thing?" Unfortunately, it's not that simple. There are a variety of factors to consider. In order for a artificial tree to be environmentally friendly, you'd have to use it for several years. To put it shortly, real Christmas trees are more eco-friendly and sustainable. But in order to make sure you make the most earth-friendly choice this holiday season, I crafted a handy guide that gives you all the details you need to know about real trees and fake trees. Here's what you need to know.

The Ultimate Zero Waste Gift Guide

Friday, December 1, 2017

zero waste gift guide

by: Ariana Palmieri
With the holidays upon us, it's so important to shop responsibly. So much waste is produced this time of year. From plastic gifts to wrapping paper, it's literally a zero waster's nightmare. That's why I decided to create the ultimate zero waste gift guide. It will help you come up with great, sustainable gift ideas for everyone on your list. So if you're struggling to find a gift for that special someone, scroll down and see all of the options. I guarantee you'll walk away with at least one or two good ideas.

Review: Plaine Products - Zero Waste Shampoo + Conditioner

Friday, November 24, 2017

Plaine Products Review
By: Ariana Palmieri

Did you know only 10-20% of a plastic bottle can actually be recycled successfully? Even that portion is often downgraded into another lower form of single-use plastic (not exactly zero waste, if you ask me). Due to this downgrading process, all recycling does is delay the inevitable: Plastic's trip to the landfill. There, it will last hundreds or thousands of years. The plastic that does avoid going to the landfill will probably just end up polluting our oceans and waterways (and possibly even end up in your food - no joke!). Suffice it to say, recycling is a good place to start, but a bad place to stop. That's why I'm excited to talk about Plaine Products with you: They're an eco-friendly brand that packages their all-natural shampoo and conditioner in refillable aluminum bottles. That's right: Aluminum bottles (not plastic ones!). This is a pretty big deal, considering aluminum bottles can be recycled over and over again without any quality loss. In fact, recycling aluminum requires less energy than was needed to make the bottles in the first place. Plaine Products also make other products as well (body wash, hand wash, and body lotion), and all of them are natural, vegan, cruelty-free and refillable! I was lucky enough to try out their shampoo and conditioner and I've been using it for a full month. Want to see what I thought? Here's my review.

12 DIY Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Friday, November 10, 2017

mason jar gift ideas

By: Ariana Palmieri

Do you have a birthday or holiday coming up? No matter the occasion, mason jar gifts are my go-to solution. They're super cool because the person receiving the gift gets two gifts: Whatever's inside the mason jar, and the mason jar itself. Unlike wrapping paper, they won't be carelessly tossed out (and create more waste). What could be better (especially for the green-minded)? Here are 12 of my favorite zero waste mason jar gift ideas. These gifts are perfect for any occasion (not just Christmas), so feel free to get inspired!

5 Ways to Have an Eco-Friendly Thanksgiving

Friday, November 3, 2017

eco-friendly thanksgiving

By: Ariana Palmieri

If you love celebrating Thanksgiving, you're not alone. Many Americans do: It's a time where friends and family get to come together, talk, and feast. There's just one problem with this holiday: It takes a huge toll on the environment. Between all the traveling, food, and waste we produce in this one day, it's hardly sustainable. That's why I've devised this simple guide to help you turn this holiday around: Here's 5 ways to have an eco-friendly Thanksgiving! 

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