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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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Ideas for a Low-Waste Spring Celebration

Written by: Jenni Keniston It’s that lovely time of year when the days are getting longer and warmer and many caregivers are gathering goodies to gift to their little ones in celebration of the Spring season.  If your childhood was like mine, this meant that you received a large plastic basket, wrapped in plastic film, stuffed with colored plastic “grass” and filled with wrapped candy, a chocolate rabbit in plastic (that I would never eat...), ANOTHER stuffed bunny, and a bunch of little plastic eggs and toys that soon would break and end up in the trash.  When the time came for me to be the adult who was responsible for assembling Spring holiday baskets, I decided to take a...

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Let's Grow this Together

Hey there! I have fallen behind on my weekly updates. Partly because there hasn't really been much to update you on, and partly because I have been trying to figure out the best way to share this message. I do best in one-on-one conversations, so I figured that the only way to share what has been on my heart, is for us to just have a chat about it. So if you've got a few minutes, can I share something with you? (you can watch the video or read the post below) So here's the thing, funding a small business is incredibly challenging. I thought I had this planned out, and I felt confident that we would be able to make...

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Palm Oil: Our Non-Negotiable

By Taylor Stirling  Here at Scoop Marketplace, we have very high standards for our vendors and their products! We prioritize organic, plastic-free, vegan, and local, among others. One of our non-negotiables is palm oil. Nothing on our shelves will ever contain any direct or indirect forms of palm oil. Why is this? Palm oil is an extremely destructive industry, and the demand for this incredibly efficient and versatile crop is only growing. Palm oil plantations require massive inputs of fossil fuels- first for deforestation, then for planting, and finally for harvesting and producing the palm kernel oil itself. Not only is this industry energy intensive, but it also affects many critically endangered species and indigenous tribes in the lush habitats of...

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