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

Zero Waste Hair Spray

zero waste hair spray

Does zero waste hair spray exist? Yes, yes it does my friends, and I'm here to tell you all about it. Stop whatever you're using right now and switch to this. Please. It will save you SO much money and you'll question why you even decided to waste money buying hair spray to begin with. Plus, not to mention, conventional hair spray is loaded with a bunch of questionable ingredients. It's also terrible for the environment. While aerosol cans aren't depleting the ozone layer anymore with CFCs, according to Scientific American, they still contain hydrocarbons and/or compressed gases infamous for their contribution to global warming. So, essentially, every time you go to spray your hair, you're just raising your own carbon footprint (albeit slowly). You know what I say to that? Lets eliminate that risk entirely by making our own non toxic hair spray! 

18 Tips for Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July

Plastic Free July will be here before you know it. That means thousands of people around the world will ditch plastic the entire month (and hopefully, longer than that). I really love this movement and last year, I hosted a Plastic Free July challenge on my Instagram feed (#GreenifyJuly). It was a huge success and really inspired me! I figured it would be a fun, really cool idea to kind of just compile all the things I posted about in that challenge on my blog. That way, it can live on the internet forever, and you can access it any time you like. Without further ado, here are 18 tips for Plastic Free July!

5 Zero Waste Summer Activities to Do This Season

Zero Waste Summer Activities

Summer is finally here, which means longer and warmer days are abound. I love living in tune with the seasons, and summer is definitely my favorite season. Summer is just so full of life - everything is green, the roses are in full bloom, and there are so many delicious fruits and vegetables in season at the farmers market. Truly, it is a time of the utmost abundance. Summer brings to mind roses and wildflowers, fragrant honeysuckle blooms creeping along fences, juicy peaches straight from the tree, and languid beach days spent soaking up the sun. There's something about summer that makes you feel so full and wholesome. It conjures up feelings of vitality, reminding us to tap into our youthfulness and enjoy life. It's also a time when produce is at its peak: I absolutely love seeing SO many different fruits appear at my farmers market, particularly peaches and raspberries, which I will definitely be talking about later on in this post. So, if you want to celebrate summer, reduce your waste and live seasonally, you're in the right place. Here are 5 zero waste summer activities to do before the season ends!

Zero Waste Produce Wash

Zero Waste Produce Wash

Zero waste produce wash doesn't have to be complicated to make. I've seen a lot of DIY produce wash recipes online that leave me scratching my head. There are so many elaborate recipes out there that require several ingredients. But who wants to spend time making a long, drawn out produce wash when they could just use one ingredient and be done with it? Today, I'm going to show you exactly how I wash my produce. I only use one ingredient and it works like a charm. Now, if you purchase your food pesticide free and organic, you don't necessarily have to use anything but water to wash your produce off. However, this produce wash is so simple that you may want to use it just to air on the safe side. I do recommend washing produce that files under the Dirty Dozen list. I'll explain which produce items fall under that category in a moment. Without further ado, here's how to make zero waste produce wash.

Zero Waste Dry Shampoo

Zero Waste Dry Shampoo

Zero waste dry shampoo is so easy to make. It's also fantastic for giving your hair some much needed life between washes. I don't wash my hair every day, I do it every other day. I tend to have oily hair, so even the day after washing it, it can start to grease up. Zero waste dry shampoo is my secret weapon for keeping grease at bay. I just sprinkle some dry shampoo onto my roots and spread it into my hair. It does a good job of giving my hair some volume, and getting rid of grease. 

Zero Waste Perfume: 6 DIY Roll On Scents

zero waste perfume

Zero waste perfume is so easy to make and smells absolutely amazing. I used to really love conventional perfume, but even before I went zero waste, I noticed it would always irritate my nose or make my throat feel scratchy. That's because conventional perfume utilizes fragrance, or "parfum", a term on the product label that represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals. Most of these scent chemicals are synthetic, and Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that 75 percent of products that list fragrance contain the hormone disrupting chemical, phthalates. Phthalates, used to make fragrances last longer, have been linked to so many health problems, such as breast and liver cancers, reproductive malformation, diabetes, and reduced sperm count. Is that really what we want to be spraying onto our skin, let alone in the air? I don't think so. Not to mention, anything with fragrance in it can trigger intense allergic reactions, even triggering migraines and asthma. I think it's safe to say we should all avoid synthetic fragrances as much as possible. 

Zero Waste Floss: 4 Plastic-free, Sustainable Alternatives

zero waste floss

Ever heard of zero waste floss? Yes, it exists! When I first went zero waste, I was determined to get rid of every single piece of plastic in my life (which I now realize is idealistic and unrealistic). So when I realized floss was made of plastic, I got really excited because it gave me a good excuse not to floss anymore. I've always hated flossing! But when I found out there were plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to conventional floss...well, I didn't have an excuse anymore. Plus, my mom's a dental assistant, so there's no way I'm getting away with no flossing under her roof. 🤣  Needless to say, plastic-free, zero waste floss solved both these issues flawlessly. My mom's happy, and now I'm happy (well, sort of - at least in terms of avoiding needless plastic). In all seriousness though, it's estimated 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased per year in America alone! Plus, it takes up to 1000 years to decompose, and during that time, it can wreck havoc on the environment by seeping toxins into our earth. Here are four zero waste floss brands worth checking out. Lets ditch plastic floss together! 

How to Filter Water Without Plastic

filter water without plastic

Want to filter water without plastic? Rest assured, it can be done. In fact, one of the first things I ever did, when going zero waste, was filter water without plastic. You see, I really wanted a stainless steel water bottle, but they don't come with built-in filters. Unfortunately, I don't have access to the smoothest, purest drinking water, so filtering my water was essential for me. After doing a little research, I stumbled upon a zero waste water filter I could get behind: Charcoal sticks! It may sound odd at first, but did you know most filters, Brita pitchers included, rely on activated charcoal to filter water? So using charcoal sticks to purify your drinking water really isn't that big of a leap. Plus, using a charcoal water filter will help you avoid tons of plastic - plastic water bottles, plastic pitchers, and even plastic faucet filters. Here's how to filter water without plastic, and why you should to begin with.

Zero Waste Mother's Day Gifts: 3 DIY Last Minute Gift Ideas

zero waste mother's day gifts

Looking to have a zero waste Mother's Day? If you're anything like me, you sometimes wait until the last second to buy or DIY a gift. But that doesn't mean it has to be wasteful, or any less from the heart! To me, the best type of gift is the one you give while thinking about the other person. What will they like? What will they appreciate most? Personally, I know from previous holidays my mom loves my DIYs, so I can't go wrong making her something. If your mom is the same way, then you're in luck. Today I'm sharing three zero waste Mother's Day gifts you can whip up last minute. Not only are they really fun, easy DIYs, but they will definitely communicate your love for your mom. These are also great gifts to hand out to aunts or grandmothers as well. Especially since you can just double the ingredients to make a bigger batch. All of the ingredients I used to make these gifts I already had on hand in my home, so it was completely zero waste and budget friendly. You'll probably have most of the ingredients needed in your home already to make these, but if you don't, get creative and find a substitute! For example, lets say you don't have dried rose petals - that's okay. Omit them or use something in place of it, like lavender buds, dried hibiscus petals or dried calendula petals. The possibilities are endless. Without further ado, here are three zero waste mother's day gifts you can whip up last minute.

Zero Waste Deodorant: 6 Plastic-Free, Sustainable Alternatives

zero waste deodorant

Zero waste deodorant is a must, especially in warm weather. I mean, who wants to be all stinky, right? Unfortunately, most commercial brands of deodorant come packaged in plastic and have questionable ingredients in them. Most people are familiar with the fact aluminum lurks in a lot of antiperspirants nowadays. Aluminum exposure is linked to Alzheimer's disease and interferes with estrogen levels. Worse yet, when your body cannot process estrogen properly, there's a higher risk to develop breast and prostate cancer. Is that really something you want to put on your armpits? Along with aluminum, conventional deodorants are made with a host of other nasty ingredients like parabens, steareths and artificial colors. Does any of that sound good to you? Nope, didn't think so. It's time we ditch conventional deodorants and opt for zero waste deodorants that are both plastic-free and all natural. I have 6 amazing deodorants lined up for you. Which ever deodorant you pick, you'll wind up making a better choice for the environment and your health.

Zero Waste Laundry Detergent: DIY Liquefying Lavender Gel

zero waste laundry detergent

I've made zero waste laundry detergent before, but in powder form. I really love that recipe, but I've been wanting to broaden my horizons and expand a bit, try new things. Thus, this DIY liquefying lavender gel was born! One batch of this gel can make 3 and a half jars full of liquid detergent, if not more. And it works like a charm on your clothes. Not only did it clean my clothes, but it also made them smell like a lavender field. Who wouldn't want that? You can use this in your washing machine, or use it to hand wash your items. It's HE and standard safe, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Here's how to make this unique zero waste laundry detergent.

3 Reasons to Reduce Food Waste

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Have you ever opened your fridge to find the strawberries you bought two weeks ago molding in the back? Sadly, most Americans can relate: 40 percent of food in America goes to waste. There's a number of reasons for this, like improper storage or meal planning, but I won't talk about that too much today. My main point of discussion today is...why should we care? Sure, food waste isn't a nice or pleasant thing, but why is it so important? Isn't the main goal to reduce single use disposable waste? Well, yes and no. As a zero waster, you start out focusing on reducing your consumption of disposables, but you quickly realize there's so much more to zero waste than just refusing plastic straws. It's important to look at waste from all angles, if we really want to call ourselves zero wasters. That's why today's post focuses on three reasons to reduce food waste: I want to show you why reducing food waste is so important and broaden your horizons a bit.

5 Zero Waste Alternatives to Plastic Wrap

zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap

Looking for some zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap? Can't say I blame you: Plastic wrap is such a huge money drainer and terrible for the environment. Plus, it's super annoying. Way before I went zero waste, I always hated plastic wrap. It never cooperated with me when I went to rip a piece off. I always ended up using more than I cared for because it would stick together. Ugh. I'm so glad there are zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap. In fact, there are so many options to choose from it can get a little overwhelming. That's why I decided I'd show you guys my favorite plastic wrap alternatives so you can decide for yourself which is right for you. There's no right or wrong necessarily, it's just a matter of your own personal preference. That said, it's imperative you make the switch away from plastic wrap - if not for the sake of the planet, then for your own health. Plastic leeches into everything it touches: Is that really something you want sitting on your food? Worse yet, plastic wrap tends to be made from PVC (Polyvinylidene Chloride), which contains a number of toxic chemicals that releases into the surrounding environment. Doesn't exactly sound appetizing, does it? Instead, give one of these zero waste alternatives to plastic wrap a try. You won't regret it!

The Ultimate Guide to Composting in an Apartment

composting in an apartment

As a fellow apartment dweller, I get it: You want to start composting in your apartment but don't have a lot of space. That hasn't stopped me though! When I first went zero waste, one of the very first things I did was compost. I took an old Chinese food container and stuffed my food scraps into it, then put it in the back of my fridge. It totally worked too! But then I noticed my mom adding some of her food scraps to it and it became very evident we needed a better solution. Now, I use a compost pail which has been one of the best investments ever. But more on that later. I guess what I'm really trying to say is, you have more options than you may think in regards to composting in an apartment. In this blog post, I'll cover four of my favorite ways to compost indoors, and why you should start right now. Without further ado, here's the ultimate guide to composting in an apartment!

Zero Waste Easter: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

naturally dyed easter eggs

What's my favorite zero waste Easter tradition? Making naturally dyed Easter eggs! It's a tradition my mom and I have held for about three years now, and it only gets better with practice. When I was a little girl, we used to use those kits that were full of plastic and fake food dyes, but we stopped when I became a teenager, too cool to color eggs anymore. Ironically, just a few years ago we picked it back up again, but now we use a much better method that doesn't harm the planet. I'm sure I don't have to tell you how detrimental plastic is to the environment, but food dyes are another topic entirely. They pollute our waterways whenever we toss them down the drain. I'm happy we no longer use them in our home. Instead, we use plant dyes. My mom and I always look forward to making these amazing multi-colored eggs using plants every year. I love using plants as dyes because it's so impressive to see them in action. You would never guess red cabbage could make such an intense blue color, or that yellow onions make orange dye. Truly, nature is so wondrous and has so much to teach us.

5 Ways to Reduce Water Waste

reduce water waste

Water waste is just as big a problem as plastic waste. Did you know only 1 percent of the Earth's water is actually drinkable? Fresh, drinkable water isn't an infinite resource: There's only so much of it, and we aren't making any more. That's why it's so incredibly important we reduce water waste in all areas of our life.

5 Zero Waste Spring Activities to Do This Season

zero waste spring activities

Can you believe spring is finally here? Well, almost here. It officially begins March 20th, but still! So exciting. I love living in tune with the seasons, and spring is definitely one of my favorites. Summer will always be my favorite season (warm days and delicious fruits abound), but spring is always a welcome change of pace. After a long, cold winter, I can look forward to longer days filled with more sunlight, strawberries making their appearance at the farmers market, and flowers and trees bursting to life. Spring brings to mind tulips and daffodils, fragrant cherry blossom trees, fresh leafy greens, and chirping robins. There's something about spring that makes you feel renewed and full of vigor. It conjures up feelings of new beginnings, inspiring us to start fresh. It's also a time when more produce starts to come into abundance: I absolutely love seeing strawberries and asparagus appear at my farmers market, which I will definitely be talking about later on in this post. So, if you want to celebrate spring, reduce your waste and live seasonally, you're in the right place. Here are 5 zero waste spring activities to do before the season ends!

10 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps

 zero waste kitchen swaps
Having a zero waste kitchen isn't impossible, but it can be a little tricky. The kitchen is honestly one of the most wasteful areas in the home, along with the bathroom. I will admit there are still some single use items that sneak their way into my kitchen (mainly because I live with my folks and I cannot control what they buy). That being said, we've managed to cut down on so much waste in the kitchen that I can't really get mad. And not just plastic waste either, food waste too. I've cut back on so much waste simply from composting my food scraps, or saving my veggie peels to make zero waste broth (yup, that's a thing). You would not believe how many times I've saved food odds and ends from heading to the landfill in my house. Sometimes my dad will still throw egg shells into the trash and I will snatch them up and put them in the compost pail. Sorry, not sorry. I don't want more methane in the atmosphere, thanks dad (I love him though, I promise). Now, without further ado, here are my favorite zero waste kitchen swaps.

Zero Waste Snacks: 33 Plastic Free Snack Ideas

zero waste snacks

Yes, zero waste snacks exist. No, they aren't hard to make. It just takes a bit of prep and planning ahead. I totally love snacking - it's definitely my weakness - so having a bunch of zero waste snacks prepared is key to my success. That is, assuming my parents don't get to them first. Can't tell you how many times I've cut up veggies to snack on and found their stash depleted in the morning. I'm looking at you dad (he's a midnight snacker). That aside, there are some zero waste snacks that require a lot less prep, while others require a lot more. It all depends on your own preferences and how much time you have. In this post, I give you not only alist of zero waste snacks to consider, but also waste free ways to store them (and take them with you to work or school). Without further ado, here are 33 plastic free snack ideas and how to store them.

Zero Waste Tub + Sink Cleaner: Orange Soft Scrub

zero waste tub and sink cleaner

 This zero waste tub and sink cleaner is such a star cleaning agent. I can use it to clean my kitchen sink and scrub my tub clean, without holding my breath. Not sure about you, but most conventional cleaners always make the bathroom and kitchen smell like a hazard zone. I always feel like I have to hold my breath while using them. Not with this stuff: It smells like oranges, and there's no harmful, questionable ingredients to fret over. I don't have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes, wearing gloves - none of that. This orange soft scrub is tough enough to eliminate grime, but also gentle enough not to trigger your allergies. Plus it's waste free. What could be better?

10 Zero Waste Bathroom Swaps

zero waste bathroom

 Having a zero waste bathroom isn't so hard, if you have the right tools for the job. I firmly believe you should use up whatever you have in your bathroom already before purchasing a zero waste option. This way, you're not wasting a product just because it's packaged in plastic. That being said, when you are ready to make a swap, by all means go for it! These are my personal favorite zero waste bathroom swaps, but they are highly recommended. You really don't need that many products to have a functional bathroom. I've cut down on so many products it's not even funny. I'm sure I could cut down on even more, but it's harder to do that while living with other people. Sometimes my folks still buy conventional toothpaste or mouthwash for example, while I stick to my guns and use my DIY options. That said, I've definitely rubbed off on them in the best way possible and because of that, our bathroom is a lot less wasteful now.

Zero Waste Valentine's Day

zero waste valentine's day

Having a zero waste Valentine's Day can be a little tricky. After all, pop culture would have you convinced you need a stuffed animal and a box of chocolates to participate. But you know what? I say that's bogus. You can totally enjoy Valentine's Day without the conventional stuff that winds up becoming junk. This holiday celebrates love, right? So all you have to do is spread love to those you care about! I've listed a bunch of fun, ethical, zero waste ways to celebrate the holiday. I cover everything from baking treats to lingerie to intimate time. It's all there. Even if you don't have a special sweetheart, you can still bake something for your friends (or yourself) and enjoy the day. Use it as an excuse to show those around you how much you care. Without further ado, here's how to have a zero waste Valentine's Day.

Zero Waste Dishwasher Detergent

zero waste dishwasher detergent

I've been meaning to make some zero waste dishwasher detergent for a while now. Whenever my mom loaded up the dishwasher, I  always cringed at the detergent she used. It was full of questionable ingredients and costed a lot of money, not to mention packaged in plastic. Surely, there had to be a better way. I combed the internet for an efficient option that didn't hurt the environment, our health, or our wallets. And then it hit me: DIY Dishwasher powder! This powder is so easy to make, it's full proof. Plus, it's an all natural dishwasher detergent that only consists of ingredients I trust and can source plastic free. 

Zero Waste Air Freshener: Citrus Room Spray

zero waste air freshener

Zero waste air freshener is so easy to make. It will literally take you not even 5 minutes to whip up. Plus, it smells so nice. I personally love the smell of citrus - it boosts my energy and is powerful enough to override icky smells. That's why I decided to make this citrus room spray. This DIY air freshener will brighten any room, without causing a coughing or sneezing fit. 

Zero Waste Almond Pulp Hummus

Zero Waste Almond Pulp Hummus

Who's up for some zero waste almond pulp hummus? Me! *both hands shoot up*. Seriously, this stuff is delicious and helps prevent a lot of waste. If you've ever made homemade almond milk before, you already know about the leftover pulp. Instead of just tossing it away, why not turn it into hummus? It's garlicky goodness makes the most satisfying snack, plus it's healthy! I love dunking some sliced carrots into it. Yum. 

Zero Waste Toilet Cleaner: Citrus Toilet Fizzies

zero waste toilet cleaner

I've been on the hunt for a zero waste toilet cleaner that was both easy and fun to make. Because, lets face it, who likes cleaning toilets? Well, I finally found a recipe I can wholeheartedly enjoy: Citrus toilet fizzies. They're so simple to make, easy to use and leave behind such a nice smell in the bathroom. Plus, it's really fun to watch them fizz up when you plop them in the toilet. If you love bath bombs, you'll love using these. 

Zero Waste Almond Milk + 5 Ways to Use Almond Pulp

zero waste almond milk

I finally decided to give in and make some zero waste almond milk. Normally, I stick to making cashew milk (it's quicker and doesn't require any straining), but I wanted to switch things up. So, I went to the bulk food store, grabbed some raw almonds, and got busy. This is my first time making almond milk, and I think it turned out pretty good. It does require a lot of patience and straining, but once you taste that almond milk it's like "oh, right, that's why people do this." It's just so good. The only problem is figuring out what to do with the leftover nut pulp. Thankfully, that stuff is pretty useful and there are a bunch of recipes you can use it in, believe it or not. I'm planning on turning mine into almond flour, or turning it into almond pulp hummus. At the end of the article, I talk about more ways to use almond pulp so be sure to check that out. You don't want to go wasting it - it's very useful!