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.

So if you want these kinds of tips every week, without even leaving your inbox, join the EcoWarriors for Make Waves Mondays - because that's one thing we don't get behind on. Pinky promise.


Lessons from Nature
I went for a walk in nature today, friend. And I was reminded of some beautiful lessons we can all learn from nature.
What's Your Eco-Footprint?
My ecological footprint has actually grown over the last two years! Gahhhhhhh!! But...what the heck is an ecological footprint and why does it matter? And how can we use it to fuel our own eco-journeys?
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste How to do a Personal Waste Audit Template

We all want to do our part to protect our home, but sometimes we don't know where to start. So in honor of the new year, let’s start with the very beginning. The one thing that will really kickstart our sustainable journeys - whether you’re just getting started or you’re a veteran EcoWarrior. A personal waste audit.

5 Sustainable Gift Wrapping Ideas
On average, we create about 25 million tons of trash during the holiday season - most of which is gift wrapping supplies. So let’s make some waves with our gifts this year!
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop The Ultimate Gift Guide
I’m ready to cozy up next to a tree with a cup of hot chocolate. (Who am I??!) And in case you are also one of those people that tends to wait until December 23rd for gifts, I gotchu this year.
A Drop in the Ocean Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop Gratitude
This year has been hard. There is no denying that. But this week - this week of giving thanks - I want to use this space to practice gratitude together. Because I think we could all use some light about now.
A Drop in the Ocean Tacoma Sustainable Living Zero Waste Shop Ditching Trash Bags

I don't actually own a garbage can - not because I don't produce any trash, but because I don't produce much and because of the kinds of waste I produce. Here's how I've ditched plastic garbage bags in my life, and how you can, too.

5 Pieces of Paper That Are Surprisingly Unrecyclable

Last week I shared a video on Instagram about a common paper product that’s surprisingly not recyclable. I got sooo many comments that I decided to dedicate this week’s blog post to the top five surprising pieces of paper that aren’t recyclable. Because as we’ve discussed before, recycling right really does matter - otherwise we could be doing more harm than good.

How to Invest in Renewable Energy
Today, I want to explore how to invest in renewable energy, and break it down into an easy-peasy beginner's guide. Because investing in sustainability doesn’t have to be scary or expensive - no matter your age or your financial education.
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.
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.
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.

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?
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.
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.
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...
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.