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10 Ways to Combat Wildfires and Protect Our Climate

10 Ways to Combat Wildfires and Protect Our Climate
Wildfires - both natural and human-caused - are burning longer and hotter as a result of climate change. Our global temperature is rising, our precipitation is decreasing, and it's creating the perfect storm for these massive fires to run rampant. Here's what we can all do to help.
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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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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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Eco-Friendly Travel Tips: What are carbon offsets?

Eco-Friendly Travel Tips: What are carbon offsets?
I'm a conservationist, but I'm not giving up flying. So when I talk about traveling, especially air travel, I often mention carbon offsets. But what exactly are carbon offsets, and why do they matter?
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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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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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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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The 5 Things You Need to Know to Recycle Right

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The 5 Things You Need to Know to Recycle Right
“I feel like your recycling bins have become a main character in your life,” my friend chuckled after I relayed to him - again - the day’s non-recyclables overflowing in the community bin. I don’t talk about recycling much, but I think it's time to address the elephant in the room.
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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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How to Go Plastic Free in One Month

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog How to Go Plastic Free in One Month

One of my biggest pet peeves with plastic-free messaging is how often I hear “Refuse single-use plastics!” And, yeah, we should do that, but if you’re new to sustainable living or just becoming aware of the problems with plastics, how do you know where to start? Here's my favorite tool for jumpstarting or continuing any plastic free journey.

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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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Finding Resiliency in Mangroves

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Finding Resiliency in Mangroves
Three summers ago, I embarked on a journey that would change my life. I had just started grad school, and was traveling to Baja, California for my first study abroad experience of the program. I reopened my Baja travel journal today, and I was reminded of the resilient mangroves.
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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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Is your expired food actually expired?

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Sustainable Living Blog What do expiration dates actually mean

There are many ways to reduce our food waste, first and foremost being to simply buy less. But once that food is in our fridge or our pantry, what do we do with all of those expiration dates? First, we must learn what these dates mean. Because we’ve been bamboozled and all expiration dates are not actually the same.

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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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{{Video}} DIY Zero Waste Face Powder (It only takes 3 minutes!)

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} DIY Zero Waste Face Powder (It only takes 3 minutes!)
Sometimes we're made to believe that zero waste DIYs have to be difficult or time-consuming, but that is simply not the case. In this video, I demonstrate beginning to end how I make my own face powder using only four ingredients in three minutes.
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What's It's Like to Quit Your Job, Move Across the Country, and Start a Business (Part 2)

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog What's It's Like to Quit Your Job, Move Across the Country, and Start a Business (Part 2)

This is Part 2 in the series reflecting on my journey to moving to the Pacific Northwest and opening my own zero waste shop. This week digs into business ownership and how I really feel about living in Tacoma.

 

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What's It's Like to Quit Your Job, Move Across the Country, and Start a Business (Part 1)

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog What's It's Like to Quit Your Job, Move Across the Country, and Start a Business (Part 1)
I recently packed up my life and moved from Ohio to Tacoma, and I’m taking time to reflect on this journey, how I got here, and what it’s really been like. Because honestly, it hasn’t been easy, but when I look at my life now, this is the life I want to live, and anything worth having is worth working for.
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The Ultimate Guide to Zero Waste Pets

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The Ultimate Guide to Zero Waste Pets
Our furry friends can create a lot of waste, and while we may not be able to get them fully zero waste, there are small adjustments we can make to keep them as low waste as possible.
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Safety Razor Care + Maintenance 101

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Safety Razor Care + Maintenance 101
The switch to a stainless steel safety razor from a plastic one can be intimidating. Believe me, I know. But once you do it, I can almost guarantee you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. But just like any quality product, sometimes safety razors need a little TLC. Here are some super low-effort ways to keep your safety razor gliding smoothly for life.
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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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My Emergency Toolkit for Wellness

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog My Emergency Toolkit for Wellness
I woke up this morning in a mood. It happens sometimes, you know? I just woke up and immediately was feeling kind of out of place, maybe a little sad for no reason, unmotivated. I suddenly remembered a Yoga Girl podcast about creating an Emergency Toolkit for Wellbeing for these moments. Today I'm making my own.
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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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