This past Thursday was a big one - Earth Overshoot Day. It's the day each year that marks when we have used as many resources as the earth can provide us. But what does that actually mean, why does it matter, and what can we do about it?
If you ever feel like your actions don't matter, let me tell you a story. Because this life lesson was hugely impactful for my own sustainability journey, including how I structured A Drop in the Ocean and this blog.
Let's talk about one of my favorite topics - the history of plastics and how we became such a plastic society. How did a material that is literally designed to last forever end up surrounding us in the form of straws, bags, bottles, utensils, and packaging that’s intended to be used for just minutes? The answer, my friend, is...
It's Plastic Free July! So let's talk recycling. It's one of my favorite things to talk about, especially because I’m a firm believer that we should be recycling less, not more, when it comes to going zero waste. But in order to do that, we need to have access to better products and we need to know how to recycle right - wherever we are. So today I’m debunking five common recycling myths so you can be confident that your recycling efforts are anything but in vain.
As a consumer, it can be so incredibly difficult to sort through what’s actually sustainable and what’s greenwashing. And I am always trying to help you cut through the noise to make the best choices for you and your family. I know that going up against greenwashing is just part of this job. I’ll step up to the big guys any day. But I never…ever… imagined that it wouldn’t just be the big guys we’d have to watch out for.
Lemme tell ya, the sustainable mascara journey has been a frustrating one. So after waiting for FAR too long, I finally decided it’s time to stop using the same mascara I’ve been using for three years. And in my quest to find the best products out there, I was excited to finally give Izzy zero waste mascara a try, and I’m excited to share with you my experience!
While standing behind my display at a recent market, I realized just how sustainable our booth setup is. We’re committed to zero waste in all ways, but it wasn’t until this moment that I fully realized how much our zero waste values are translated into our display. So here's a peek at some of my favorite booth setup essentials and how we keep things zero waste.
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.
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?
Boxed Water is a brand of prepackaged water in cartons rather than plastic bottles. When I first heard of them in 2017, I was totally on board, because at the time in the zero waste world, all plastic was bad. But, is boxed water really better, as they claim?
Today, on our third anniversary, I'm looking at our little zero waste shop and I’m reminded of this journey - and how you have helped shape A Drop in the Ocean into what it is. So I thought I’d take some time to share five zero waste swaps we've added to the shop because you, our EcoWarriors, asked for them.