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

4 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Everyone has a carbon footprint. Simply by living, we all produce carbon (aka CO2). It's unavoidable because we literally breath out carbon. However, the true problem lies in the carbon created due to human activity. The reason this is a problem is because CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Carbon dioxide traps heat in the atmosphere, thus warming the planet. This leads to rising temperatures that affect wildlife, sea levels and crops. However, there are certain actions we can take to reduce our overall carbon footprint and thus better our environment. While there are some really big changes we can (and should) make - like driving less, flying less, and switching to renewable energy - there are smaller, easier changes we should make first. These changes are easy, quick and affordable. Here are 4 easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint.

Zero Waste Body Lotion

Zero Waste Body Lotion

Looking for a zero waste body lotion your skin will adore? So was I: For a long time, I combed the internet for lotion recipes that I felt good about putting on my skin. There were so many different DIYs floating around out there, it was honestly overwhelming. Also while researching, I found out there's actually a difference between body butter and body lotion. Apparently, body butter is made up of oils and butters, while lotion is made with water. Both moisturize your skin, but a lotion is better suited for sensitive skin that cracks easily in the winter (aka, me). After digging around some more, I finally came up with something I'm super happy with. This body lotion is loaded with good for you ingredients your skin will thank you for. If you're like me and suffer from dry skin in the fall and winter, you're going to want to try this recipe. It's definitely moisturizing and helps nourish sensitive skin. And best of all? Making this generated little to no trash. It was hard to find all the ingredients completely package free, but I encourage you to do your best! Without further ado, here's how to make zero waste body lotion.

Zero Waste Bliss Balls

Zero Waste Bliss Balls

I'm a sucker for these zero waste bliss balls. Technically, they're basically vegan truffles. But hey, they're delicious either way. I love the fact these are no-bake too. You can make these as a dessert, or as a snack. They're great for either or. I can definitely see kids enjoying these alongside their lunch. They're easily portable: just stick a few of them into an air-tight container. With the school season here again, it's always nice to pack a few (healthy) snacks along the way. Why not some bliss balls? If you don't have kids (like me haha) then you can always just enjoy these on your own, or with friends and family. They're just that versatile. Here's how to make these yummy zero waste bliss balls (and keep them waste free).

Zero Waste Pantry Essentials

Zero Waste Pantry

Anyone looking to have a zero waste kitchen knows they have to tackle their pantry at some point. I'll admit, it's not easy crafting a zero waste pantry. It took a while for me to get my pantry looking the way it does now. Part of that has to do with the fact I live with my folks, and I don't necessarily control everything they bring into the house. That said, I've drastically helped them reduce the amount of packaged goods they buy and our pantry is honestly pretty impressive! Thankfully, I have access to bulk bins at my local health food store, which greatly helps me keep my pantry plastic free. It might not be the MOST Instagram worthy pantry on the block, but it still gets the job done. I go to the bulk food store with my glass jars almost every two weeks, give or take, to refill on things. Sometimes I'll also use my produce bags too (it depends on the items I'm grabbing). First I'll make sure all my jars are tared, then I'll fill them up with whatever I need. I carry them all in a cute wine bag so they stay put and don't clink together too much. Then I get everything weighed up front and pay for it! It's super simple, but if you're new to bulk food shopping, I have a whole guide on how to use the bulk bins without creating any waste. Today though, lets talk about stocking your zero waste pantry!