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 Shop What is zero waste and a circular economy?

What is zero waste? It’s a simple question, but I’m not usually one for simple answers. I don’t believe there are black-and-white solutions to most things, and I don’t believe there are one-size-fits-all ways to be sustainable. So let’s take a closer look at this question. What exactly is zero waste...and what is it not?

Small Changes. Big Impact.

This year, we introduced a mini-series of blog posts where we focused on just one small thing we can do in our everyday lives that has a big impact for our planet. To wrap up this mini-series, we're taking a journey back through them to see just how big of an impact we could have making these changes for just one month.

A Drop in the Ocean Shop 8 Tips for a Low Waste Wedding

This past weekend I was away at a wedding that was so beautiful, so full of love and happiness, and so...low waste! I couldn't help but document the whole thing to share with you. So today, here are 8 tips for a zero waste wedding, inspired by Kirk and Meghann’s big day.

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.
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?
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.

Low Waste Grocery Shopping Without Bulk Bins
The number one thing people tell me they struggle with when trying to live more sustainably is food packaging, especially now in the middle of a global pandemic. So, today, let’s chat about my favorite ways to reduce waste at the grocery store without access to bulk bins - one of the most sustainable options in non-COVID times.
What's Your Eco-Footprint?
My ecological footprint has actually grown over the last two years! Gahhhhhhh!! But...what the heck is an ecological footprint and why does it matter? And how can we use it to fuel our own eco-journeys?
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.

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.
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.

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The 5 Most Impactful Zero Waste Habits to Reduce Your Eco Footprint

Zero waste doesn’t demand perfection, but it does demand we start...somewhere. There are so many little (and big) changes you can make in your life today that can bring about real positive impact, which over time cannot be understated. These are the top 5 things that we've changed in our life that have made the biggest dent on our waste generation.

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Top 10 Swaps for Plastic Free July (and all year long)
It's Plastic Free July! So this week I'm sharing my Top 10 Favorite Plastic Free Swaps. The best thing about all of these swaps is they’re mostly swaps you make once and then you’re good to go. If you don’t know me yet, I’m all about efficiency :)
A Drop in the Ocean Online Zero Waste Store How to Store Produce Without Plastic

Did you know that in the United States we throw out 25% of edible food produced? Let’s change that! Here are 4 of my favorite tips for storing produce with zero waste and zero plastic to keep them fresh, longer, so we can stretch our dollars and fight food waste.