Zero waste the easy way.

Indoor Container Gardening: 3 Fruits to Grow This Summer

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By: Ariana Palmieri

To me, there's nothing better than eating watermelon on a hot summer day. The juice that drips down your chin is sublime, and for a moment you can almost forget any woes of the day. That's probably why I love fruit so much: Their sweetness comforts me without making me feel guilty (can't say the same after eating ice cream). In summer, fruit is at their peak, and there's an overwhelming abundance of it that needs savoring.

Zero Waste Lifestyle: 20 Ways to Have a Zero Waste Kitchen

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By: Ariana Palmieri

Take a quick look at the items in your kitchen: What items do you use over and over again, and which do you toss after one use? For me, paper towels and napkins come to mind. For the longest time, my parents and I would constantly toss both those single use items in the trash, dooming them to a landfill. Well, not anymore! Thanks to learning more and more about the zero waste community, I decided to invest in a compost pail. It fits on my kitchen counter and is great for collecting food scraps...but that's not all it collects. I put used paper towels and napkins in there too! The guy we donate our food scraps to every Saturday (he's at our local farmers market) said it's completely fine to add these because they decompose. So, while it's not a completely zero waste solution, it's definitely better than tossing them in the trash. This is just one way to make a small adjustment towards a more sustainable, zero waste kitchen.

My Top 5 Zero Waste Travel Essentials

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By: Ariana Palmieri

I love eating out. Something about it is just so much fun: You don't have to worry about cooking and you can pretty much eat anything you want based on what you're craving. Japanese anyone? There's only one problem: Waste. At most eateries, they'll serve the food with silverware, cloth napkins, and reusable cups, but not every restaurant is the same. I've encountered my fair share of restaurants (and food courts) that use plastic straws, paper napkins, and even plastic cutlery. Since I eat out at least once a week, I decided it was time to create a zero waste travel essentials kit for myself. That way, I'd be prepared for (almost) anything that was thrown my way. I hope by showing you what's in mine, it will inspire you to make your own, or improve upon the one you already have.

Review: The Little Flower - A Peak Inside My (Nearly) Zero Waste Nail Polish Bag

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By: Ariana Palmieri

Are you the sort of girl who loves getting her nails done? I'm not. In fact, the last time I got my nails done was back in February of this year. I know, crazy right? Thing is, I hate the smell of nail polish and also, as a green beauty blogger, know that nail polish can never be all natural. At least, not if you're looking for a diverse set of colors. That said, you can come close, and I particularly love using Pacifica's 7-free nail polish. They're free from 7 toxic chemicals typically found in most nail polishes, such as parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals. They also come with a vegan brush and are completely cruelty-free.