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

Zero Waste Easter Ideas

zero waste easter


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

zero waste junk food

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.

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.