Earth Day 2017: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World (United Nations)

Today is Earth Day 2017, and my goal for our family this year is to eat more vegetables and fruits, rather than meat. Eating and generally consuming things more sustainably will be an ongoing focus for us.

Every day will be Earth Day!

fruits & vegetables


The United Nations has published “The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World“, which is well worth reading.

End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up?

No! Change starts with you. Seriously. Every human on earth—even the most indifferent, laziest person among us—is part of the solution. Fortunately, there are some super easy things we can adopt into our routines that, if we all do it, will make a big difference.

We’ve made it easy for you and compiled just a few of the many things you can do to make an impact.

Here are some additional helpful links on sustainability:

And here are some excellent sources on climate change:

Finally, here is a fine visual representation by xkcd, A Timeline of Earth’s Average Temperature Since the Last Ice Age Glaciation:

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Zoya’s Annual Earth Day Exchange 2017

Just a reminder to everyone that Zoya’s annual Earth Day Exchange is running from April 10–May 10 this year. Earth Day takes place on April 22, 2017.

Donate or safely dispose of your old nail polish—older polishes are particularly bad for the environment due to toxic chemicals like toluene and phthalates, which leach into the groundwater. You have the option of donating your old polish, mailing your old polish to Zoya, or dropping them off at your local Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) location (EPA link, Canadian link). My city, Toronto, holds Community Environment Days at various locations, and I like to save up my electronic waste and HHW for when an event is held in my neighborhood.

Details from Zoya:

Once you receive your order, decide if you are going to send in your unwanted polishes or donate them to a local cause. We are using the honor code to make sure you get your Zoya Nail Polish as quickly as possible! Offer is not contingent on customer returning polish. If you do choose to send us your old polish, we promise to properly dispose of it according to environmental guidelines. If you choose to ship back polishes, please include a copy of your invoice with your order and make sure to comply with the shipping guidelines by your carrier of choice. You do not have to send us the exact amount of bottles that you are ordering, there is no limit! Please note: You will need to check with your carrier of choice for guidelines and restrictions on shipping nail polish.

Use the code EARTHLUV to receive 50% off your purchase of 6–24 bottles of nail polish (salons must purchase 12–48 bottles). Excluded from the promotion are Zoya Treatments and Naked Manicure Base and Top Coats. Shipping is free, though there is an ~$10 processing fee for Canadian addresses. This promotion is open to Continental US and Canadian customers only.

I’ve just placed my order (Amira, Claudine, Lacey, Logan, Millie, and Zara; I also got 3 “fun sized” bottles—Cece, Neely, and Temperance—from their Easter promo, which are 7 mL and $6 each, though the current deal is 3/$10 and the Earth Day 50% off doesn’t work on top of that; the mini bottle of Remove Plus is a freebie). I didn’t realize until just now that I got a lot of green in my order! Earth Day must have been on my mind! 🌎

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017, fivezero's order

fivezero’s Zoya Earth Day Exchange order, 2017

As I’m not yet ready to organize old polishes to toss/donate, I will be making donations to the Environmental Defense Fund (US-based) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada for my part of the exchange this year.

Today, it has become especially imperative that we fight for our planet.

Climate change is not a hoaxnor is it a joke.

[Relevant xkcd.]

Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2017


New Release: Zoya — Grassy Lips & Nails (April 2017)

Here’s the link. I’m not into fuzzy, textured makeup at all, so I’m definitely going to take a pass on this set!

It’s available on Earth Day, 2017.

Happy Shopping!

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Sale Alert! Zoya Earth Day Exchange 2016

It’s back! Zoya is running another Earth Day Exchange!

Use the code ZGREEN to get 50% off and free shipping on 6–24 bottles of Zoya Professional Nail Lacquer (Canadian orders will have an additional handling fee added). Zoya polishes currently retail for $10 each, though a few special formulas might run a bit more. The offer is good in the US and Canada only, and expires on April 30, 2016.

In exchange, you either mail your unwanted polish to Zoya, or otherwise donate or safely dispose of them.

From Zoya:

The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish—we assume you’re going to do the right thing! Many people donate the polish to a local cause instead, which we fully support. If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish.

I, for one, will have a lot of old nail polish to get rid of! And, here’s the order I just placed (the Canadian handling fee has gone up a bit to $9.95). I picked up Aster, Dillon, Leia, Lillian, Ling, Tulip, and Zahara! Four of those are from the latest spring collection, Petals.

Zoya Earth Day Exchange, fivezero's order, April 2016

Happy shopping and cleaning out!

I Am a Giant Squid (Happy Earth Day!)

This is totally not related to nail polish!

Just took Google’s Earth Day Quiz, and I got this:

Google Earth Day 2015 Giant Squid
You’re a giant squid!
You can achieve anything to which you put your mind and/or your massive tentacles.

What are you? How does this quiz make any sense?

Zoya’s Earth Day Exchange 2015 (April 21–28, Online Only)

Zoya Earth Day 2015 Promotion

In celebration of Earth Day, Zoya is offering 50% off any 6 of their nail polishes with the code EARTHLUV. In return, donate your old nail polishes locally, or send them to Zoya at:

Art of Beauty, Inc.
c/o Polish Exchange
200 Egbert Rd
Bedford, Ohio, 44146, USA

With over 300 shades rooted in a healthy philosophy, it’s no surprise that we’re committed to helping you green your beauty routine! That’s why each year we give you the opportunity to exchange any old nail polish bottles that you may have laying around your house collecting dust, or that are not BIG5FREE formulas, for brand new toxin-free* Zoya Nail Polish shades. You can rest assured that your unwanted polishes will be disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. Helping the earth is easy… all you have to do to get started is pick out your NEW Zoya colors at , apply the code below and checkout. Let us do the rest!