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Greenify Me

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

DIY Zero Waste Laundry Detergent

zero waste laundry detergent

By: Ariana Palmieri
Most laundry detergents come in plastic containers that are hardly zero waste friendly. Plus, have you read the ingredients in conventional laundry detergents? They're pretty toxic and unnatural if you ask me. That's why I decided to create my own zero waste laundry detergent that I could fit into a 4 oz. glass jar. No more packaging waste, and no more unnecessary chemicals. I particularly love using this detergent on my zero waste essentials, such as cloth napkins, face towels and reusable pads. I just wash them all in the sink using this stuff. That said, it's definitely strong enough to hold its own in a laundry machine. This recipe was inspired by The Simply Co's laundry detergent, which is amazing, but can get a little pricey with each new purchase.

How Does Construction Affect the Environment?

construction affect the environment

By: Ariana Palmieri

Recently, my local mall has undergone a few pretty big renovations. They just added a parking garage to it that has two floors. They're also going to be adding a whole new wing to my local mall with new, more up-scale stores. The work for that is still in progress, still uncomplete. While the whole idea sounds nice, it got me thinking: How does construction affect the environment? I'd imagine it's not the greenest, most eco-friendly job, but to what extent? Well, I decided to a little digging. Suffice it to say, construction definitely has a big impact on the environment, in more ways than one. Here's what I learned and what you need to know.

10 Natural Immune Boosters (+Elderberry Syrup Recipe)

natural immune boosters

By: Ariana Palmieri

It's so important to stay healthy when the cold weather comes around. Our immune system can take a serious beating during this time of year, and with all of us crammed inside, germs spread like wildfire. That's why I decided to create this list of 10 natural immune boosters: These natural remedies are sure to keep you healthy all winter long. As an added bonus, I've also included the recipe for elderberry syrup (a powerfully delicious immune booster) at the bottom of this article. Feel free to check it out immediately by scrolling all the way down.

3 Zero Waste Gift Wrapping Alternatives

zero waste gift wrapping

By: Ariana Palmieri

Gift wrapping is a tedious task. You spend so much time making it look perfect, but it only takes seconds to be ripped off and chucked in the garbage. It certainly says a lot about consumer culture: We're so used to creating waste that we don't even think twice about throwing something away. Sadly, the holidays are the most wasteful time of year: Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the Thanksgiving to New Year period. Considering the average American generates 4.4 pounds of trash per day, that's a huge increase (25 million tons of extra garbage to be exact).