Welcome to the A Drop in the Ocean blog!

Every Monday we're popping into our EcoWarrior community's inboxes with practical + actionable tips for living more sustainably, and we're always working hard to add those emails to our blog as well. But we're a small team and sometimes we get behind because, hey, we're human.

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A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Blog: Everything you need to know about wool dryer balls

Let’s dive into one of my very favorite and very first zero waste swaps - wool dryer balls. Whether you’re trying to reduce waste, cut out fragrances, avoid chemicals, save time, or save money…wool dryer balls are an absolute necessity. So let’s break down what exactly dryer balls are, why they’re so great, and how to get the absolute most out of them.

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Blog: 22 Sustainability Buzzwords You Need to Know
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell the difference between a company that’s actually doing the work of being as sustainable as possible and a company that’s just slapped a green label on the box. But you're gonna be armed with this list of 22 sustainability buzzwords and what they mean so you can make the best decisions for you, for your family, and for the planet 💪
7 Creative Ways to Reuse Old Toothbrushes

One of my favorite zero waste tools for deep cleaning? An old bamboo toothbrushI mean, we gotta brush our teeth anyway, right? So today I'm sharing some of my favorite ways to reuse bamboo toothbrushes around the house once they're retired from cleaning our teeth.

A Drop in the Ocean Blog: Why Small Businesses Should Always be Held Accountable
Listening to feedback and staying transparent is critical, but sometimes we can forget that when our business is our baby. So today I'm sharing with you a really important lesson I learned as a small business owner on a mission to do things differently - and how it impacts you. 
A lesson in doing nothing: A Drop in the Ocean Shop
Yesterday afternoon I arrived in San Diego, a few days ahead of the start of our annual Baja EcoWarrior Retreat. Arriving in a new place, completely away from product inventory, house chores, and the people I spend all my time with, everything in my soul told me to stop moving. And yet, I felt guilty...
4 Reasons to Stop Using Foaming Hand Soap: A Drop in the Ocean Shop
Foaming hand soap is a waste of money. Yep, I said it, and I stand by it. Here's why you should ditch the foam, or if you're not ready to give it up, how to save buckets of money by making your own.
A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Shop 5 Simple Tips to Make Soap Bars Last Longer in the Shower

Two weeks ago, I shared my top 7 reasons to switch to shampoo and conditioner bars. They’re some of my favorite, easy, zero waste swaps, but if you’ve never used them before, you may not  know the best ways to take care of them. So today I’m sharing five ways to care for bar soaps and make them last as long as possible.

A Drop in the Ocean Zero Waste Blog: Sustainable Lawns
The American lawn is iconic, but more and more people are starting to question if constantly maintaining these little green squares is worth it. Where did the American lawn come from, how did it become so ubiquitous in our culture, and can we replace the lawn with something better? EcoWarrior Robb joins us to write a guest post on the subject.
7 Reasons to Switch to Shampoo + Conditioner Bars

If you’re anything like me, one of the first zero waste swaps you heard of was shampoo and conditioner bars. But sometimes the idea of switching from a liquid bottle of shampoo from Target to a sustainable, package free shampoo bar can be a bit uncomfy. So today, I sat down and made a list of seven reasons I love shampoo and conditioner bars, and why they’re such a great swap to keep your bathroom waste free ✌️

A Drop in the Ocean Shop What is Earth Overshoot Day and why does it matter?

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?

How zero waste is A Drop in the Ocean Shop?

For every pound of waste we, as consumers, throw out, seven more pounds are thrown away upstream. So you may be wondering, if you’re buying a zero waste product from us, is it actually zero waste for us, too? Or are we just taking things out of packaging and reselling them as “zero waste”? Take a peek behind the scenes with us!

The Ultimate History of Single-Use Plastics: How did we become a disposable society?

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...

A Drop in the Ocean Online Zero Waste Store Blog: 5 Common Recycling Myths Debunked

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.

A Drop in the Ocean Shop Zero Waste Deodorant Vendor Spotlight with Bai-li Essentials
We’re turning the mic over to our zero waste vendors! This week, get to know Bailey Noble, who makes our zero waste all-natural deodorants. In this video, we’re chatting about everything from how Bai-li Essentials got its start, to the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant, to our personal searches for effective deodorant.
A Drop in the Ocean Why transparency is essential for sustainability

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 neverever… imagined that it wouldn’t just be the big guys we’d have to watch out for.

A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Store Vendor Spotlight with Meli Wraps Beeswax Wraps
We’re turning the mic over to our zero waste vendors! This month, get to know Melia Foster of Meli Wraps who makes our zero waste beeswax wraps in all their colorful glory. In this video, we’re chatting about everything from how Meli Wraps started in a kitchen, to Melia's passion for ocean conservation.
A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Zero Waste Store Izzy Mascara Review

Lemme tell ya, the sustainable mascara journey has been a frustrating oneSo 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!