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

Zero Waste Easter: Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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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


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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


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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

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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

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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.