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What is manufactured demand?

What is manufactured demand?
How the heck did we end up in a place where bottled water is everywhere and people are actually paying for it, when most of us can get clean drinking water essentially for free from our taps? The answer: manufactured demand - the manipulative marketing tactic we should all know.
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9 Tips for Zero Waste Back to School

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Back to School

I may be a wee bit late to the party, but back to school is in full swing! I’ve compiled nine of my favorite tips for a zero waste back to school season, just for you. Or, if you’re returning to your office soon and need a revamp, think of this as your guide to a zero waste back to office season 😉

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What is the Line 3 pipeline?

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog What is Line 3 and what can we do about it?

Zero waste is about more than reducing our waste. It’s also about increasing access to healthcare, advocating for marginalized communities, holding corporations accountable, supporting renewable energy, voting for leaders that act on climate change, honoring indigenous practices, and more. One of the best examples of how these things are interconnected is the current construction and subsequent protesting of the Line 3 pipeline.

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What is PVA and is it sustainable?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog What is PVA and is it sustainable?

In my eternal quest to be completely transparent with you, today’s blog post will take you behind the scenes of running a zero waste shop and how we make our product decisions. Plus, what the heck is PVA (polyvinyl alcohol or PVOH) and is it actually sustainable?

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Is oven preheating really necessary?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Do I really need to preheat my oven?
Every recipe tells us to preheat our oven as step numero uno, but is it really necessary? Or are we wasting resources, money, and energy by turning on our oven too soon?
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An Honest Look at Mental Health and Entrepreneurship

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Mental Health and Entrepreneurship

If we don’t talk about mental health, we keep the stigma alive. When we brush it under a rug and pretend it never happened, we aren’t helping anyone. So instead, I want to share with you - in complete vulnerability - what really happened in my world in the last 10 days as I battled my mental health as an entrepreneur.

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My favorite animal, the okapi.

My favorite animal, the okapi.

Today, I want to tell you all about my favorite animal, the okapi. Because even though we're focused on waste and plastics around here most days, sometimes we could all use some cute animals and wildlife conservation in our lives. So what are okapi? And how can we protect them from home?

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5 Reasons to Switch to Zero Waste Period Products

5 Reasons to Switch to Zero Waste Period Products

Every month, menstruating humans shell out buku bucks for period essentials that we’re just going to throw away three hours later. And those period products are simply not good for our bodies or for the planet. There's a better way to have a period. Zero waste period products - from period underwear to menstrual cups - are the solution. But what exactly is the problem?

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Should you use heated dry on your dishwasher?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Should you use the heated dry setting on your dishwasher
By now we know that it's more sustainable to use the dishwasher than to wash by hand, but let's take it a step further. How necessary is it to use the heated dry setting on your dishwasher, and is it actually costing you extra time, money, and energy?
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3 Ways to Spot Greenwashing

3 Ways to Spot Greenwashing
Greenwashing is rampant in marketing campaigns, and sometimes it's really hard to tell what's actually sustainable. So what exactly is greenwashing, and how can we spot it? Here are three of my go-to ways to spot greenwashing in the wild, plus how to hone your greenwashing-spotting skills.
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How to [finally] break up with Amazon

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog How and Why to Break Up with Amazon plus Amazon alternatives
It's time to do the thing. We’re gonna dive deep into the problems with Amazon, and you can be certain that once we’re through that, there’s gonna be a ton of resources and tips (plus 13 alternatives!) to help you finally break up with Amazon once and for all.
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10 Ways to Celebrate World Ocean Week

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog 10 Ways to Celebrate World Ocean Day
It's World Ocean Week! This year’s World Ocean Day theme is protecting at least 30% of our blue planet by 2030, and we've put together our 10 favorite zero waste wannabe ways to celebrate World Ocean Week - and have fun in the process.
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3 Zero Waste Reasons to Use Your Dishwasher

3 Zero Waste Reasons to Use Your Dishwasher
Dishes are one of those household chores that are never done, and require quite a bit of time, water, and energy. When we're trying to live lighter on the planet, then, what’s the most sustainable and zero waste way to wash our dishes?
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Keeping Local Delivery Sustainable

Keeping Local Delivery Sustainable
From the time I started A Drop in the Ocean, I wanted zero waste and sustainable living to be easy, affordable, and accessible. And one of the ways I wanted to make that happen was with a free local delivery service. But as current delivery system is becoming unsustainable, it's time for a delivery facelift.
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What is reef-safe sunscreen?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog What is Reef Safe Sunscreen and Why Does It Matter?
Summer is coming and that means vacation, beaches, and sunscreen - so let's make it sustainable! But what exactly is reef-safe sunscreen, how can you be sure a sunscreen is actually ocean-safe, and why does it matter, anyway?
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Do we need corporate action or consumer action for zero waste?

Do we need corporate action or consumer action for zero waste?
Last week I posted a TikTok about how plastics aren’t actually recyclable. I very quickly received a comment that said, “Pretending this is a consumer issue is not going to help anything.” And I agree. But these are complex issues. So in our quest for a zero waste world, do we need corporate or consumer action?
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The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Cleaning

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Spring Cleaning

It’s that time of the year! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it’s like straight out of Snow White. Time to clean! So this week, I wanted to share some of my favorite spring cleaning tips and tools to keep our homes, our bodies, and our planet clean.

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Why I don't recommend Seaspiracy.

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Why I Don't Recommend Seaspiracy Documentary
These are big issues. These are complex issues. These are issues that involve governments, corporations, communities, individuals, scientists, and activists. And because of all of that and more, here's why I can't recommend the Netflix documentary Seaspiracy.
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5 Reasons to Hang Dry Your Laundry

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog 5 Reasons to Hang Dry Laundry
Hang drying your laundry isn't just great for the planet, but it's great for you, too. Here are the five reasons I choose to hang-dry nearly all of my laundry.
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21 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home!

21 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day from Home!
Every day is Earth Day around here, so we've put together 21 ways to celebrate the Earth from home! Which will you be doing this year?
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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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