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

Zero Waste Mouthwash: Homemade Mint + Tea Tree Recipe

zero waste mouthwash

By: Ariana Palmieri
My mom is a dental assistant, but she absolutely loves the homemade toothpaste I make. So much so, that whenever she runs low, she's always asking me to make more. If a dental assistant approves of it, its got to be good. That made me think: What if I took it a step further and replaced our conventional mouthwash with zero waste mouthwash? My mom had no objections to this. In fact, she even admitted she doesn't like traditional mouthwashes, saying "mouthwash with alcohol in it is too abrasive anyway". 

How to Freeze Food Without Plastic (Using Glass Jars)

freeze food without plastic

By: Ariana Palmieri

When you think of frozen foods, you probably think of those plastic bags containing mixed vegetables (that probably aren't even in season) and plastic covered meats you stuff in the freezer. Let me start off by saying that my freezer (at the moment) does have these items in them. I live with my folks, and I can't necessarily control what they buy (though I do make plastic-free suggestions where appropriate). Still, I've noticed a shift: My mom is starting to feel more and more comfortable with the idea of freezing food without plastic. On Sundays when she makes her delicious pasta sauce, she always reaches for a mason jar first to store the leftover sauce, then freezes it. I'm proud of her for that. She's done that with more than just sauce too: Soup, broth, chopped vegetables. All because I taught her how to freeze food without plastic. And honestly, it's really not that hard.

Zero Waste Makeup Remover: DIY Oil Cleanser

zero waste makeup remover

By: Ariana Palmieri

Removing your makeup doesn't have to be wasteful. I like to keep things simple at night, so I use a DIY oil cleanser and an organic facial cloth to do the job. I store the cleanser in a little upcycled glass dropper bottle, making it the perfect zero waste makeup remover. Just a few drops of this stuff works wonders and practically melts my makeup off with minimal effort. When I'm done rubbing it in to my skin, I just rinse it off with some water and wipe it off using my facial cloth. Easy, simple and effective. The best part is making this makeup remover didn't cost me a thing: I used oils I already had in my pantry.