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

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Trash

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Looking to reduce the trash that comes into your home? I don't blame you: The average American creates approximately 4.4 pounds of waste per day. That's about 29 pounds of trash per week. Crazy, huh? Well, there's definitely hope. I recommend practicing a zero waste lifestyle. For those who aren't aware, zero waste doesn't necessarily mean you'll never create trash again. Sadly, we live in a linear economy, instead of a circular one, so creating no trash at all is kind of impossible. Things are designed for the trash can, instead of longevity. The system sets you up for failure so you'll continue to purchase single use items over and over again. However, there are plenty of ways we can fight this and embrace an economy that promotes reducing waste. Here's how to reduce trash, save money and go green. 

10 Deforestation Solutions to Save The Amazon

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It's time we seriously sat down and talked deforestation solutions. Why? Well...By now, I'm sure most of you are aware of the huge forest fire taking place in the Amazon rainforest. It's been burning at a record rate and scientists are warning that it could strike a devastating blow to the fight against climate change. That's no surprise, considering the Amazon is often referred to as the lungs of the planet, producing 20 percent of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. The trees capture carbon from the atmosphere, so when they burn, they release the carbon into the atmosphere, only adding to our climate change problem. Sadly, this isn't the first time the Amazon has been set ablaze: There have been 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, with more than half in the Amazon region. That basically means fires are up over 80 percent, compared to last year. 

Zero Waste Salsa Recipe

Zero Waste Salsa

If there's one thing I've been itching to make all summer, it's definitely been zero waste salsa! I have a serious love for salsa and chips - not gonna lie. And, while I can totally buy salsa pre-packaged in a glass jar (and just reuse the glass jar) I was totally itching to make some from scratch. Also, as we all know, chips come in wasteful plastic bags. Thankfully, I have a way around that (which I share more on later, so stick around). I try to live by the seasons, so I tend to buy only in-season produce from my local farmers market. And guess what? Summer (AKA June, July and August) are full of all the ingredients I could ever want to make salsa. I can find practically all of these ingredients at my market right now, which is why I waited until summer to make it. Incorporating the freshest produce at their peak season only makes your dishes taste better, after all. Plus, it's much easier to shop plastic free at the farmers market (here are my zero waste farmers market essentials, if you're curious). There aren't any of those little plastic stickers on produce at the market, and farmers at the market are generally more accepting, even downright encouraging, of reusable totes and produce bags. So, this weekend I made it a mission to grab all the ingredients for salsa at the market. My cousin Sydney was staying over and helped me make it! We both love salsa, so it was honestly a blast. For our first time making it, it certainly didn't come out bad at all. We learned a few things, got to bond over good food, and of course satisfied our craving for homemade salsa. I love how it came out, so I figured it'd be fun to share the recipe on my blog! Want to learn how we made it? Here's my recipe for zero waste salsa (you're welcome).

Zero Waste Floor Cleaner for Wooden Floors

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Looking for an awesome zero waste floor cleaner? I've got you covered. This DIY, natural floor cleaner is perfect for shining up your hard wood floors. I love using it on mine because it makes my home smell lemony fresh without irritating my nose. Not sure about you, but conventional cleaning products really activate my allergies. I always feel like my throat gets sore and like I can't stop sneezing after just one whiff of artificial fragrances found in most cleaning products. Thankfully, natural cleaning never ever does this to me, and nor will this floor cleaner DIY I'm sharing today. Also, if you don't have wooden floors, no worries, towards the end of the article I share a really cool DIY carpet cleaning recipe you can give a go. Plus, I've included other zero waste floor cleaner options for you later in the article, in case this one isn't what you had in mind. I come prepared, after all. Ready to grab your cleaning supplies and hop to it? Here's how to make zero waste floor cleaner for wooden floors.

5 Zero Waste Makeup Brands Worth The Money

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Hunting for the best zero waste makeup brands? I've got you covered. I'm happy to say the future of cosmetics looks promising with these brands around. Free from questionable ingredients, sustainable by nature, and plastic free, all these brands exemplify what the makeup industry should look like. Sadly, the United States isn't the best at regulating makeup, or any skin care products for that matter. Literally, you could put *almost* anything into beauty products and sell them to people just to make a profit. Well, I'm sick of that. And I'm sick of all the damn plastic. It's no secret that makeup can be incredibly wasteful: Have you seen the amount of empties just one beauty junkie alone can make?  It's unfortunate, but recycling makeup isn't easy because it's such a small product, so most of those makeup items just end up in the landfill, or worse, the environment. Well, not anymore. Say goodbye to the wasteful conventional makeup, hello to zero waste makeup. These are the zero waste makeup brands you're going to want to get behind.