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Greenify Me

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

6 Zero Waste Health Tips to Keep You Healthy Year Round

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Want to stay healthy and zero waste at the same time? The two are actually quite interconnected. Giving up all that plastic exposes you to less toxins, that's for sure. And when you stop buying food packaged in plastic, you force yourself to give up a lot of processed junk, opting for real food instead. So, being zero waste on its own already gives you a much needed boost in health. Here's how to take it to the next level with 6 of my favorite zero waste health tips.

Zero Waste Lunch Essentials (+ Zero Waste Salad Recipe)


As a freelance writer and blogger, I pretty much work out of home. That said, I still make and pack a zero waste lunch for myself, usually at night for the next day. Very rarely am I scrambling to make an impromptu lunch last minute. I tend to use fresh, locally grown produce to make my meals. My mom and I go every Saturday to the farmers market to stock up on food we mainly use for our lunches. We're salad addicts, so most of the produce we buy gets used to make that. We always buy everything plastic-free too, thanks to our handy tote bags and produce bags. We tend to make our salads the night before, that way my mom can wake up and take hers to work hassle free and I can eat mine whenever I get hungry. In order to keep my lunch as waste free as possible, I'm also very conscious about what I store it in and how I eat it. Here are my favorite zero waste lunch essentials. As a bonus, I've also included a zero waste salad recipe I have been loving lately. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

How to Care For + Clean Cast Iron

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Are you curious about how to care for and clean cast iron? Many people are, but believe it's too much work and upkeep. The honest truth is cast iron skillets require very minimal care, are pretty cheap, and can last a lifetime. All you have to do is know the basics to caring for them and they'll become your most prized kitchen tools. I would know: My trusty Lodge 8-inch cast iron skillet is pretty much my go-to in the kitchen now. I use it to make everything from omelets to stir fries. It's super easy to clean, low fuss, and practically unbreakable. What's not to love?

Zero Waste Vegetable Broth from Food Scraps

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Ever since I was little my mom has always called me a soup head. For good reason: I love my soup, no matter the season or occasion. But you know what I don't like? Most store-bought broth. If you check the ingredients on store bought broth, you'll more than likely find loads of salt. Not exactly healthy. Plus, store-bought broth is typically packaged in containers lined with plastic, and BPA free or not, I'd rather not expose my soup to plastic. Not to mention even organic broth comes in wasteful single-use packaging. That's why I've found a way to make my own broth at home, without spending any additional money. Using food scraps, instead of discarding them, I've started making some zero waste vegetable broth worthy of my soups. This isn't a new idea by far, so I can't claim this is something I started (its been done for years by many a wiser person than me). But I can say it's definitely worth sharing.