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A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog What is palm oil and can it be sustainable?
Palm oil has become a buzzword in sustainability, and there's a lot of messaging about how it's causing habitat destruction, loss of wildlife, and other harmful environmental impacts. But what actually is palm oil, and is boycotting it the most sustainable option?
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Have we overplayed the straw card in zero waste?
When I launched A Drop in the Ocean, I never wanted to be known for reusable straws. But straws are the poster child for the zero waste and plastic-free movements. Yet if our messaging stops with “Straws suck!”, how will we move the needle with enough magnitude to truly combat climate change?
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Mental Health, Intersectionality, and Zero Waste
We’re about to get very real up in here.  I know that this post is going to be difficult for my parents, grandparents, and other family members to read, but I do feel that it is important to share these experiences, and have honest and raw conversations about mental health, and in this instance, how it relates to living zero waste.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Lessons from Paraguay: Living Your Values
It’s easy to say you care about the environment, and it’s easy to say that someone else should adjust their life to be better for the environment. I was guilty of it my whole life...
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Plastic Free July Confessions
Plastic free is a journey, not a destination.  So while it is always my hope that this little corner of the internet inspires you to make small changes for our planet, it's also important for me to share my own struggles and challenges with you.  None of us are perfect, but we can all do our little pieces.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 1 - Straws
As we begin to think towards World Oceans Day, I want us to focus on the things that we can do to help our oceans.  There are so many facets to conservation. If we each choose one action to protect our oceans, they will thank us. So over the next seven days, I’ll be focusing each day on ways we can protect the waters and the creatures of the oceans.  I’m calling it the #EcoWarriorChallenge - World Oceans Day Edition.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Why Recycling Isn't the Answer
Since I started on my zero waste journey, I’ve found that when I tell people I’m trying to be zero waste, more often than not they respond with “Oh that’s cool! I recycle everything - my recycling bin is always so full!” But recycling isn't the zero waste answer we think it is.  Here's why.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} Zero Waste Musings: Water
In this video I'm bringing to light an issue that isn't often thought of in the phrase "zero waste" - free glasses of water. Please help me in sharing this message about wasting resources and moving forward towards zero waste.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} No Straw November Reflections
No Straw November encourages us to rethink our plastic use by asking for "no straw, please" when we're out and about.  It's these small changes that add up to zero waste and the circular economy.  Here's what I learned from the month.