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10 Ways to Reduce Your Waste Without Spending a Dime

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Store - 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 Tacoma Zero Waste Store - 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 Shop - Mari Kondo KonMari Zero Waste
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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The Ecological Footprint of a Zero Waste Wannabe

A Drop in the Ocean - Ecological Footprint of a Zero Waster
Earth Overshoot Day is the day each year that we use more resources than the planet can support. In 2018, Earth Overshoot Day fell on August 1. I calculated my personal Earth Overshoot Day and ecological footprint for the first time last January, and revisited the tool this week to see how far I’d come in the last year. The results were surprising...
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6 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started Going Zero Waste

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Store - What I've Learned
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 Zero Waste Shop - What I've Stopped Buying Since 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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Plant-Based, Vegan & Vegetarian - What's the Difference?

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Store - Plant-Based
If you haven’t seen the buzzword “plant-based” somewhere on your social media or news feed, I’m impressed. It’s being used everywhere from the diet sphere to the zero waste sphere. But what does it actually mean? Is it the same as “vegan”? What about “vegetarian”?
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