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Greenify Me

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

Zero Waste St. Patrick's Day

zero waste St. Patrick's Day

By: Ariana Palmieri

Are you doing anything for St. Patrick's Day? While I'm a full-blood Italian, I like to live by the phrase "everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day". I mean, come on, I am "Greenify-Me", after all. That said, I want to have a zero waste St. Patrick's Day too. I've always felt like holidays were especially wasteful, and (sadly) St. Patrick's Day is no different. A lot of people go out of their way to buy lots of green items: This includes green plastic cups, utensils, plates, and accessories. But where does it all go when the day's over? In the trash. So, in order to have a greener, less wasteful St. Patrick's Day, I've devised a few tips and tricks that will help. That way, we can all go green together (in multiple ways)! Here's how to have a zero waste St. Patrick's Day (and still have a good time).

DIY Zero Waste Lip Balm

DIY zero waste lip balm

By: Ariana Palmieri

I'm always disappointed with conventional makeup aisles. For starters, Burts Bees is the only natural option typically offered. Secondly, everything's packaged in plastic: The actual makeup container and the protective plastic surrounding it. Even lip balm. I mean seriously: If you want to see how plastic-obsessed we are as a society, go down a makeup aisle. It will change you. That's why I decided enough was enough: It was time to make my own DIY makeup. First up - DIY zero waste lip balm.

Zero Waste Food Shopping: How to Use Bulk Bins Without Creating Waste

zero waste food shopping

By: Ariana Palmieri

Does your local health food store have a bulk bin aisle? Mine does, and up until a few weeks ago, I never used it. I live in Staten Island (New York) and Tastebuds (my local health food store) is pretty much the only zero waste grocery store near me that has bulk dry goods. They have one big aisle dedicated to bulk grains, coffee, herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, snacks, dried fruits, baking goods and more. I've known about that aisle ever since I was little, but never actually knew how unique and essential it was to zero waste living until recent. Now, thanks to Tastebuds, I'm able to go zero waste food shopping whenever I want without creating waste. And guess what? I'm going to show you exactly how I do it.

Zero Waste Dish Soap

zero waste dish soap

By: Ariana Palmieri

Do you know what's in your dish soap? I can confidently say what's in mine (just 3 harmless ingredients), but it wasn't always that way. Just recently, I convinced my parents to let me make some zero waste dish soap so they'd stop buying conventional products. I'm not sure if you're aware, but not only are conventional brands packaged in plastic, but they're also filled with water-polluting chemicals. Nasty ingredients like fragrance, methylisothiazolinone (what the heck right?), sodium lauryl sulfate, and more chemicals you can't even pronounce are in conventional brands. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), Dawn's Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Liquid (Original) has these harmful ingredients (and way more), which poses a high environmental concern. These chemicals enter waterways (and get on human skin!) every time we wash dishes with them. I'm just not comfortable letting those chemicals touch me, my family, or waterways, so I gave this DIY dish soap a try.