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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to Invest in Renewable Energy

How to Invest in Renewable Energy
Today, I want to explore how to invest in renewable energy, and break it down into an easy-peasy beginner's guide. Because investing in sustainability doesn’t have to be scary or expensive - no matter your age or your financial education.
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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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Is bioplastic the answer we've been looking for?

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Is bioplastic the answer we've been looking for?
"Greenwashing” is when companies spend more time and money making you think they’re doing something good for the planet than actually doing good for the planet. And there's one that I see so many well-meaning people fall into...
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Palm Oil: What is it, why is it a problem, and can it be sustainable?

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?
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Is eating locally actually better for the planet?

Is eating locally actually better for the planet?
Eating locally has a myriad of benefits and aligns with the values I choose to live by - but like anything in sustainability, it's not a silver bullet. Let's dive into what the benefits of eating locally are and the easiest ways to get started.
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Organic vs. Conventional - Does it really matter?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog Is organic worth the price and better than conventional?

There’s a lot of information surrounding organic foods and whether or not they’re actually “better” for us. Understandably, this can cause confusion and distrust. I’m hoping today not to clear up all of the confusion - because even the scientific community does not have a clear consensus - but instead provide some straightforward insight to why I choose organic when possible.

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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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4 Reasons I Don't Have a Trash Jar

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog 4 Reasons I Don't Have a Trash Jar
Ah, the mason jar. Like any zero-waster, I adore mason jars. They’re great for nearly everything. I use them for beverages, leftovers, as a toothbrush holder, for lunch transport - the list really is endless. The one thing I don’t use them for? My trash. Here's 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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