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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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Do we need corporate action or consumer action for zero waste?

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?
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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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Is a reusable straw better than a plastic one?

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.

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Low Waste Grocery Shopping Without Bulk Bins

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.
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What's Your Eco-Footprint?

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?
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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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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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The 5 Most Impactful Zero Waste Habits to Reduce Your Eco Footprint

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.

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Why I Don't Have Eco-Guilt {{Confessions of a Zero Waste Wannabe}}

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Why I Don't Have Eco-Guilt {{Confessions of a Zero Waste Wannabe}}
A few weeks ago, a friend asked me if I ever feel guilty when I create trash. He was surprised when I answered that I don’t. But if there ever was a time that I would expect to feel guilty about trash, it would be now, in the time of COVID and frappuccino season colliding.
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Top 10 Swaps for Plastic Free July (and all year long)

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 :)
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3 Tips for Living Zero Waste - Without Sacrificing Your Sanity

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog 3 Tips to Make Zero Waste Living Easier
Changing your habits to live more sustainably can be hard, but with these tips and a little bit of discipline, zero waste living will be part of your daily routine in no time!
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How to Find Zero Waste Grocery Stores in Your City

How to Find Zero Waste Grocery Stores in Your City
Don't feel like zero waste grocery shopping is possible for you? I've been there, too. Here's my best advice for finding zero waste options near you - even if it seems impossible.
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Have we overplayed the straw card in zero waste?

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?
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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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6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Going Zero Waste

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog 6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Going Zero Waste
It was almost exactly two years ago today that I embarked on my first ever zero waste grocery shopping adventure. I’ve learned a lot in the last two years, and I’m still constantly learning as I go. Looking back on my journey, here are six things I wish I had known then.
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12 Things I've Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog 12 Things I've Stopped Buying Since Going Zero Waste
There’s so much that I’ve stopped buying since I started on my zero waste journey two years ago. Some were easy to ditch, and others took a bit of adjustment, trial, and error. Some were a success immediately, and others needed some tweaking. But overwhelmingly, I feel more at peace with my life as I live in line with my values, and I’ve saved a ton of money in the process.
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No, Not All Zero Wasters Are Willing to Pay Double for Groceries

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog No, Not All Zero Wasters Are Willing to Pay Double for Groceries

An article was recently published in the New York Post arguing, in summary, that zero waste is expensive and zero wasters won’t settle for “regular” grocery store foods, and instead want to pay $10 a pound for pasta. As a zero waste wannabe myself, I’m saying oh hell no to that.

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My Problem with "I Tried Zero Waste for a Week" Videos

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog My Problem with "I Tried Zero Waste for a Week" Videos
I've been seeing more and more "I tried zero waste for a week" videos, and I have such a love/hate relationship with them. Here's why we can't - and shouldn't - go zero waste within a week.
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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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Plastic Free July Confessions

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.
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