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The Ecological Footprint of a Zero Waste Wannabe

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The Ecological Footprint of a Zero Waste Wannabe
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 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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Plant-Based, Vegan & Vegetarian - What's the Difference?

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Plant-Based, Vegan & Vegetarian - What's the Difference?
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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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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Mental Health, Intersectionality, and Zero Waste

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Mental Health, Intersectionality, and Zero Waste
We’re about to get very real up in here.  I know that this post is going to be difficult for my parents, grandparents, and other family members to read, but I do feel that it is important to share these experiences, and have honest and raw conversations about mental health, and in this instance, how it relates to living zero waste.
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6 Zero Waste Travel Tips

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog 6 Zero Waste Travel Tips
Tis the season for travel!  School breaks, family vacations, holiday visits - the works.  I don’t fly frequently, but I fly enough to have a few tricks up my sleeve that keep the trips low waste and low stress.  I hope that these 6 tips help you keep your holiday travel as zero waste as possible as well.
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DIY Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog DIY Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub
With the holidays upon us, I'm sharing my favorite zero waste DIY gift - a coffee and sugar body scrub.  Just three ingredients, and only moments to make!
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The Ultimate Zero Waste Gift Guide

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog The Ultimate Zero Waste Gift Guide
After the pie has been devoured and the tryptophan-induced naps have been had, the whirlwind of Black Friday madness and holiday gift-giving begins.  To help us all navigate the craziness that is coming upon us, I have compiled the ultimate list of zero waste gifts.
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{{Video}} A Zero Waste Life Update

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} A Zero Waste Life Update
Big things are happening!  Find out what's coming next for A Drop in the Ocean and be part of the zero waste process.
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{{Video}} Adventures in Zero Waste Grocery Shopping

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} Adventures in Zero Waste Grocery Shopping
I had a pretty sweet experience while doing my weekly grocery shopping that had me reflecting on my food choices and how zero waste has encouraged me to try new things.
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Lessons from Paraguay: Living Your Values

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Lessons from Paraguay: Living Your Values
It’s easy to say you care about the environment, and it’s easy to say that someone else should adjust their life to be better for the environment. I was guilty of it my whole life...
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DIY Zero Waste Heating Pad

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog DIY Zero Waste Heating Pad
Like many people, I carry all of my stress in my neck and shoulders. I decided I needed some way to ease the tension but I didn’t feel like spending the money on a heating pad - so instead I searched my apartment (and the bulk bins of my local grocery store).
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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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Plastic Free July - Getting Started

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog Plastic Free July - Getting Started
Plastic Free July is here!  Not sure where to start, or need a little inspiration?  I've got the tool for you!
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#EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 5 - Children

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 5 - Children
Guest post! For the past few years, I have been on a journey to reduce the amount of plastic waste that I produce. More recently it is a journey that I am able to embark on with my 6-year-old son. Here are my tips for reducing plastic when you have kids.
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#EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 4 - Litter

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 4 - Litter
You’ve likely heard of the gyres of plastic floating around in the ocean, or at least the most notable Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  These gyres are massive areas of plastic collecting and swirling around, making a sort of “plastic soup.”
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#EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 3 - Bottles

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 3 - Bottles
Seabirds are a keystone species in oceanic regions. Where there is ocean, there are islands.  And these islands can be lush, beautiful jungles teeming with life, singing beautiful melodies each and every day.  Without seabirds, these island ecosystems could collapse. Seabirds distribute seeds and nutrients from island to island.  They are responsible for these lush ecosystems.
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#EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 2 - Bags

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 2 - Bags
While coral reefs are not often discussed in the context of ocean pollution, they are some of the most critical species that inhabit our planet.  Coral reefs are not only home to about a quarter of our planet’s fish species, but they also provide immense advantages to human beings.
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#EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 1 - Straws

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog #EcoWarriorChallenge - DAY 1 - Straws
As we begin to think towards World Oceans Day, I want us to focus on the things that we can do to help our oceans.  There are so many facets to conservation. If we each choose one action to protect our oceans, they will thank us. So over the next seven days, I’ll be focusing each day on ways we can protect the waters and the creatures of the oceans.  I’m calling it the #EcoWarriorChallenge - World Oceans Day Edition.
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{{Video}} Zero Waste DIY: Blush + Face Powder

A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Plastic Free Blog {{Video}} Zero Waste DIY: Blush + Face Powder
It is possible to keep our makeup zero waste, inexpensive, and good for our faces!  I tried two simple DIYs and am sharing them today in my most recent video.
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