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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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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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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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Where do we source our products?

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Where do we source our products?
I always say that we prioritize locally-owned businesses when we’re looking for products to feature in our shop, but I was curious what percentage of our products actually reflect those values? So...I did some math, and I'm pretty proud of the results.
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The 5 Things You Need to Know to Recycle Right

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The 5 Things You Need to Know to Recycle Right
“I feel like your recycling bins have become a main character in your life,” my friend chuckled after I relayed to him - again - the day’s non-recyclables overflowing in the community bin. I don’t talk about recycling much, but I think it's time to address the elephant in the room.
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How to Go Zero Waste - The Right Way

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog How to Go Zero Waste - The Right Way

I’ve been living a zero waste life for two years now. I’ve learned a lot along the way. So today, I’m here to tell you the groundbreaking secret to living a zero waste lifestyle the right way.

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10 Ways to Reduce Your Waste Without Spending a Dime

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog 10 Ways to Reduce Your Waste Without Spending a Dime

I’m saving lots of money in the long run by going zero waste. But in the short term, some of the alternatives can be a bit pricey. So what if you’re on a ramen-noodle-every-night budget, with save-the-planet aspirations? Here's 10 ways to reduce your waste without spending any money at all.

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In Defense of Marie Kondo (and What To Do With the Things That No Longer Spark Joy)

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog In Defense of Marie Kondo (and What To Do With the Things That No Longer Spark Joy)
As I watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, I found myself wondering about the environmental impacts of this movement sweeping the Western world, and whether the KonMari method addresses the root of the “stuff” problem - overconsumption and devaluing of our possessions. I spent hours pondering this question, and now I am jumping on the Marie Kondo and KonMari bandwagon.
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Why Plastic Isn't the Problem

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Why Plastic Isn't the Problem
With the plastic free, zero waste, and low impact movements gaining traction, plastic has become vilified, but plastic isn’t really the problem. By only addressing the plastic problem, we ignore the root cause. Here's what we need instead.
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{{Video}} Zero Waste vs. Low Impact

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} Zero Waste vs. Low Impact
Many zero waste influencers are moving to the phrase "low impact movement" but I'll be sticking with zero waste for now.  Watch my newest video to find out why!
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Why Recycling Isn't the Answer

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.
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{{Video}} What is greenwashing and what does it have to do with Starbucks?

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} What is greenwashing and what does it have to do with Starbucks?
In this video I'm discussing a topic I'm very passionate about - greenwashing. Specifically, what it is and how we can avoid it, and the huge greenwashing efforts of Starbucks happening right now.
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{{Video}} Why I Love Zero Waste

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} Why I Love Zero Waste
In this video I'm sharing my zero waste "why." As with most things in life, we all need a "why" to keep us going. Mine came to me while I was out to dinner with a friend, and I couldn't wait to share it with you all.
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{{Video}} No Straw November Reflections

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.
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