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Zero-Waste Gift Inspiration

Written by: Jenni Keniston During the months of May and June, I find myself scrambling to come up with gift ideas for several special occasions that happen this time of year.  There is Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, end-of-year teacher’s gifts, family birthdays, and even my wedding anniversary!  If you are like me and trying to come up with the perfect zero-waste gift to express your appreciation for an amazing person in your life, here are some of my favorite suggestions to hopefully inspire you: The Gift of an Experience The fathers in my life, especially, just love an excuse to get out of the house and experience something exciting or new.  Some local suggestions that have been a big...

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Upcoming Zero Waste and Sustainability Events

In a recent episode of our podcast Green Stuff, Ep 7 Why I Opened Scoop, Stephanie talks about her personal zero waste journey and what led her to opening Scoop Marketplace. A large part of her motivation was love for the zero waste community she found in Washington and her interactions with communities in other cities around the world.  Here are some incredible community events coming up over the next couple of weeks that we wanted to share with you! Know of other great upcoming events we should share? Send Avery a message at podcast@scoopintelligence.com  Wednesday, May 19th Zero Waste Wednesdays from Reusable Solutions5/19, 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT), FREEConversation with Shannon Kenny of MamaEco and Madeline Wiseup from the Wise Consumer...

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Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Tips

Written by: Jenni Keniston There is something about the first warm days of Spring that inspires me to want to purge, organize and clean my entire home.  Anyone else?  Luckily, at Scoop Marketplace, I can find everything I need to help get my home squeaky clean.  Best part about picking up all my supplies at Scoop is that I don’t have to worry about any unnecessary toxic chemicals or plastic packaging waste coming into my home. Contrary to what most grocery store home-care aisles would try to make us believe, it only takes a few products to tackle most household cleaning tasks.  Even better is that most of these natural, eco-friendly ingredients are items you probably already keep stocked in...

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Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Any Amazing Caregiver

Written by Jenni Keniston (an Earth-loving Mama of 3) There are all kinds of loving, hard-working and selfless caregivers in this world who definitely deserve a little extra recognition this Sunday (and everyday).  If you are struggling to come up with a fabulous way to say "thank you!", we put together a list of gift ideas here that might help. Thoughtful, Low-Waste Mother's Day Gifts:  Provide a Home Cooked Plant-Based Meal or Support a Local Restaurant (Make sure to cover all prep and clean-up!) A Potted Plant or Terrarium Herb Garden in Jars or Recycled Containers (Don't miss the Rising Sign Farm plant sale at Scoop this month!) Jewelry Made by a Local Artist (Bonus if made from up-cycled materials.) Personalized Loose...

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Understanding “Carbon Neutral”

Written by: Taylor Stirling   The term “carbon neutral” is getting thrown around a LOT nowadays, and companies boast their neutrality (as they should!) on their marketing platforms. So what does it actually mean, and why is it important?  Our increasingly eCommerce-centric shopping habits are placing more of a carbon burden on the planet through shipping and transportation logistics. This industry has become one of the top polluting services at about 10% of global CO2-e emissions. Carbon neutrality is helping relieve that burden.  Carbon neutrality means having net zero emissions from business activities. Neutrality is essentially “cancelling out” the emitted carbon through offsetting. Offsetting can look like many different avenues of carbon sequestration, like planting regenerative agriculture, investing in carbon...

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