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6 Ways to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Shopping Habits

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog 6 Ways to Reduce the Environmental Footprint of Shopping
We can't consume our way into a sustainable future for all living things, but, of course, we can't just not buy anything ever again. So how do we minimize the environmental impacts of our shopping?
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3 Reasons to Wash Laundry on Cold

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog 3 Reasons to Wash Your Laundry on Cold
Many of us, myself included, choose the hot setting for some loads because we believe the hot setting will sanitize our laundry. But apparently that's not the case. Washing your laundry on cold benefits the planet, but maybe it benefits you too.
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What's the Environmental Impact of Online Shopping?

What's the Environmental Impact of Online Shopping?
I want to take a little deep dive into the impacts of online shopping versus in-person, and how we are optimizing our systems to get you the essentials you need, as fast as possible, as safely as possible, and with the smallest carbon footprint possible. Because the answer to "which is more sustainable - online or in person?" may surprise you.
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Is a reusable straw better than a plastic one?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Is a reusable straw better than a plastic one?

Straw messaging is generally seen as the gateway swap to a more sustainable lifestyle, which is great! Everyone’s gotta start somewhere, right? And while I do believe that we’ve overplayed the straw card, it’s still an important topic. Because the 500,000,000 straws used every day add up. FAST. So if you’re new to the zero waste and sustainable lifestyle, here’s what you need to know about straws.

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Low Waste Grocery Shopping Without Bulk Bins

Low Waste Grocery Shopping Without Bulk Bins
The number one thing people tell me they struggle with when trying to live more sustainably is food packaging, especially now in the middle of a global pandemic. So, today, let’s chat about my favorite ways to reduce waste at the grocery store without access to bulk bins - one of the most sustainable options in non-COVID times.
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Reflecting on 2 Years of A Drop in the Ocean

Reflecting on 2 Years of A Drop in the Ocean
A Drop in the Ocean just celebrated our SECOND BIRTHDAY! 🥳🥳🥳 I can’t believe it’s been two years already since I pressed “Publish” on our little corner of the interwebs. So much has changed and evolved in the last two years. So today, I’m reflecting on the 12 things I’ve learned so far as a sustainable and zero waste business owner.
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How to Save Water Without a Shorter Shower

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog How to save water without taking a shorter shower
We all love our long, hot showers. We know they're not great for the planet, but they're just so nice. So when a colleague said, "We need to stop telling people to take shorter showers," I was hooked. Here's how we can save water every day without taking a 5-minute shower.
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7 Tips for Writing to Companies About Sustainability

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Blog How to Write to Companies About Sustainability and Packaging

I’m a huge advocate for living by your values, voting with your dollar, and making changes in your life to leave a smaller footprint on our planet. But we can’t reach a sustainable future for all living things in a vacuum. We need bottom-up and top-down change. So let’s talk about reaching out to companies to improve their practices.

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We are but guests on this planet

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog We Are Guests on this Planet
When I started babysitting, my mom taught me to always leave the home better than when I arrived. I was a guest. And we are all but guests on this planet, trusted with its life.
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The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry
Apparently there’s a lot happening in the jewelry space. I knew NONE of this before digging into the research and HOLY MOLY, friend. But knowing the problems with traditional jewelry options can help us all make better choices in the future.
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The Carbon Footprint of Unwanted Emails

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Carbon Footprint of Unwanted Email
We’re BOMBARDED with emails, all day every day. And how many of them do we actually read? How many of them do we actually value? And what's the carbon footprint of all those unwanted emails?
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Lessons from Nature

Lessons from Nature
I went for a walk in nature today, friend. And I was reminded of some beautiful lessons we can all learn from nature.
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What's Your Eco-Footprint?

What's Your Eco-Footprint?
My ecological footprint has actually grown over the last two years! Gahhhhhhh!! But...what the heck is an ecological footprint and why does it matter? And how can we use it to fuel our own eco-journeys?
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How to Perform a Personal Waste Audit

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste How to do a Personal Waste Audit Template

We all want to do our part to protect our home, but sometimes we don't know where to start. So in honor of the new year, let’s start with the very beginning. The one thing that will really kickstart our sustainable journeys - whether you’re just getting started or you’re a veteran EcoWarrior. A personal waste audit.

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5 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas

5 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas
On average, we create about 25 million tons of trash during the holiday season - most of which is gift wrapping supplies. So let’s make some waves with our gifts this year!
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Real Tree vs. Fake Tree: Which is the more sustainable option?

Real Tree vs. Fake Tree: Which is the more sustainable option?

Are you a real tree person, or a fake tree person? There’s actually quite a lot of debate around this, and I get asked about it every year without fail. Like anything in sustainability, the answer isn't so cut-and-dry.

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The Ultimate Sustainable Gift Guide

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop The Ultimate Gift Guide
I’m ready to cozy up next to a tree with a cup of hot chocolate. (Who am I??!) And in case you are also one of those people that tends to wait until December 23rd for gifts, I gotchu this year.
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An Exercise in Finding Gratitude in 2020

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop Gratitude
This year has been hard. There is no denying that. But this week - this week of giving thanks - I want to use this space to practice gratitude together. Because I think we could all use some light about now.
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My Best Advice for Ditching Trash Bags

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop Ditching Trash Bags

I don't actually own a garbage can - not because I don't produce any trash, but because I don't produce much and because of the kinds of waste I produce. Here's how I've ditched plastic garbage bags in my life, and how you can, too.

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5 Pieces of Paper That Are Surprisingly Unrecyclable

5 Pieces of Paper That Are Surprisingly Unrecyclable

Last week I shared a video on Instagram about a common paper product that’s surprisingly not recyclable. I got sooo many comments that I decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to the top five surprising pieces of paper that aren’t recyclable. Because as we’ve discussed before, recycling right really does matter - otherwise we could be doing more harm than good.

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How to Invest in Renewable Energy

How to Invest in Renewable Energy
Today, I want to explore investing in renewable energy, and break it down into an easy-peasy beginner's guide. Because investing doesn’t have to be scary or expensive - no matter your age or your financial education.
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10 Ways to Combat Wildfires and Protect Our Climate

10 Ways to Combat Wildfires and Protect Our Climate
Wildfires - both natural and human-caused - are burning longer and hotter as a result of climate change. Our global temperature is rising, our precipitation is decreasing, and it's creating the perfect storm for these massive fires to run rampant. Here's what we can all do to help.
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Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + What We Can Do About It

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Why Sustainable Fashion Matters + What We Can Do About It
I used to imagine our clothes were made by big industrial machines. But they’re not. They’re made by real life, living, breathing, humans. And fast fashion is creating huge problems for both our planet and those very real people. We can do something about it.
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The 5 Most Impactful Zero Waste Habits to Reduce Your Eco Footprint

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The 5 Most Impactful Zero Waste Habits to Reduce Your Eco Footprint

Zero waste doesn’t demand perfection, but it does demand we start...somewhere. There are so many little (and big) changes you can make in your life today that can bring about real positive impact, which over time cannot be understated. These are the top 5 things that we've changed in our life that have made the biggest dent on our waste generation.

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