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Greenify Me

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

How to Freeze Food Without Plastic (Using Glass Jars)

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By: Ariana Palmieri

When you think of frozen foods, you probably think of those plastic bags containing mixed vegetables (that probably aren't even in season) and plastic covered meats you stuff in the freezer. Let me start off by saying that my freezer (at the moment) does have these items in them. I live with my folks, and I can't necessarily control what they buy (though I do make plastic-free suggestions where appropriate). Still, I've noticed a shift: My mom is starting to feel more and more comfortable with the idea of freezing food without plastic. On Sundays when she makes her delicious pasta sauce, she always reaches for a mason jar first to store the leftover sauce, then freezes it. I'm proud of her for that. She's done that with more than just sauce too: Soup, broth, chopped vegetables. All because I taught her how to freeze food without plastic. And honestly, it's really not that hard.

Zero Waste Makeup Remover: DIY Oil Cleanser

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By: Ariana Palmieri

Removing your makeup doesn't have to be wasteful. I like to keep things simple at night, so I use a DIY oil cleanser and an organic facial cloth to do the job. I store the cleanser in a little upcycled glass dropper bottle, making it the perfect zero waste makeup remover. Just a few drops of this stuff works wonders and practically melts my makeup off with minimal effort. When I'm done rubbing it in to my skin, I just rinse it off with some water and wipe it off using my facial cloth. Easy, simple and effective. The best part is making this makeup remover didn't cost me a thing: I used oils I already had in my pantry. 

Zero Waste Easter Ideas

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By: Ariana Palmieri

Out of all the (religious) holidays, Easter is definitely my favorite one. I've always loved how uplifting and refreshing it felt. The themes of renewal, new beginnings and celebrating life were always appealing to me. Plus, I'm in love with spring, and Easter celebrates all things spring (think tulips, daffodils, babies, etc). But there is one problem with Easter: All the dang plastic! Just like most holidays, waste is amplified through plastic Easter eggs, plastic wrapped baskets, plastic Easter grass and so much more. There's a part of me that wishes I could go back in time to celebrate Easter like my grandmother did, just to avoid all the plastic. That said, celebrating a zero waste Easter (in modern times) certainly is possible, which is why I decided to create this blog post.

Zero Waste Junk Food: Homemade Potato Chips

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By: Ariana Palmieri

One of the struggles with going zero waste is that you can't exactly pig out on junk food anymore. Most junk food is packaged in single-use plastic (e.g. potato chip bags). Thing is, you don't necessarily have to give up on junk food entirely when you go zero waste (though, that is certainly the easier and healthier choice). There are some bulk food stores that carry candy (and even chocolate) in bulk, so you could always shop package-free using glass jars and pick some up. That said, zero waste potato chips are not exactly a thing: Can you imagine walking into a bulk food store and seeing chips in the bulk bins? I feel like as soon as you went to scoop some up they'd break and you'd be left with nothing but shattered remains by the time you reached the cashier. Enter homemade potato chips: The zero waste junk food solution to all your chip-related needs.