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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.