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

10 Natural Immune Boosters (+Elderberry Syrup Recipe)

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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

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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).

Zero Waste Shaving: My Experience With a Safety Razor

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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?


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

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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.