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A Drop in the Ocean What is Earth Hour plus 8 ways to spend Earth Hour

Earth Hour was founded in 2007 as a call to awareness about our climate crisis. It’s a simple, symbolic way we can all take a stand and make a difference. To participate in Earth Hour, on March 26th, for one hour, beginning at 8:30pm, turn out your lights and choose how to spend Earth Hour. Here's how I'll be spending the hour this year.

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Store: Composting vs. Recycling - Which is more sustainable?

Today we're chatting all about recycling versus composting, which is better, and why. This topic was inspired by one of our EcoWarriors when she commented on a post in our EcoWarrior Pod that pizza boxes are compostable, and that’s better than recycling. I realized that this is something many of us assume in the sustainability space, especially with how much we hear about how broken our recycling systems are, but is it really true?

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Blog How sustainable are roses?
For centuries, the rose has been the symbol for love and beauty. Today, more than 250 million roses are grown annually, just for Valentine's Day. But how eco-friendly are these flowers, and can we show our affection more sustainably?
A Drop in the Ocean Shop 3 Reasons to Ditch Paper Towels

How much more sustainable are reusable items versus disposable? What a great question! Let's take a look at paper towels and how much water we can save by making the switch to reusables.

Phantom Energy: Why we need to unplug our chargers.

What do phantoms and vampires have to do with zero waste? It’s all got to do with energy use. Because remember, zero waste is about more than physical waste. It’s about wasted time, wasted energy, and wasted resources. Phantom energy, or vampire power, is the energy your electronic devices are always consuming, even when they’re turned off or not in use, and all that phantom energy can add up quickly. 

What's the environmental impact of one pound of meat?

It takes intention to change food habits. They’re ingrained in our culture. So rather than use this space to say we should all go vegan or we should all go vegetarian, what if instead we each ate one less pound of meat each week? How much would it really matter?

5 Ways to Drive Less + The Impacts for Sustainability

Nearly a third of all of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions are from transportation. About a sixth are from our everyday vehicles. That’s a huge portion of our emissions just from one aspect of life - getting from Point A to Point B! The good news is, we don’t need everyone to stop driving to make a sustainable difference. Do this instead.

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?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?