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Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays quickly approaching, we wanted to give you a simple guide for zero waste gift giving at Scoop! In my family, there is a broad range of interest and awareness in sustainability. I made the resolution for myself this season to only purchase small, local, and with as minimal waste as possible. For me, this meant visiting some local craft markets, making my own gifts, and buying gifts at Scoop Marketplace!  1. Zero Waste Starter Items First thing on the list is the items for the zero waste newbies in your life. These are things like our glass and stainless steel straws, reusable grocery bags, and a nice little set of utensils for eating out. Each of these...

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Detox Bath

My husband is a firefighter and he recently sent my a message while at work saying that he really should start taking detox baths when he gets home from work. This should have been totally obvious considering everything that he is exposed to while at work, but we had never made it a part of our regular routine. I started doing a little research and began to see the same, or at least very similar, detox bath recipes popping up all over Pinterest.  Here is what I came up with: 2 cups Epsom salts 1 cup baking soda ½ cup apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp of Ginger Essential oils *All of these ingredients are available at Scoop!* Forgot to include...

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Spice Cookies

0:00 / 0:21 I am pretty adventurous in the kitchen and I love trying new recipes, but my husband likes to stick to the favorites: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Spice Cookies, Cherry Pie, Baklava, Victorian Sponge Cake - that’s it. Those are the options, and they are totally delicious options! The spice cookies make my house smell like Christmas, so at this time of year, that’s definitely my go-to!  My kids and I were recently making these spice cookies, and I realized that almost all of the ingredients for this recipe can be purchased at Scoop! I got this recipe from my mom. We made these cookies quite a bit while I was growing up, and I have only made a...

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Gift Wrapping |12 Tips to reuse what you have creatively and still make a great impression

What’s your experience with gift wrapping? Do you always pay for gift wrapping service? Or it is something you enjoy doing? Have you put much thought about the wrapping materials? Since I enjoy crafting so much, gift wrapping is a way of gifting my joy to others in addition to the gift itself. When I slowly shifted to living low waste, I have brought gift wrapping to another level - not in a luxurious way but in a more creative way. Because the baseline here is to make less waste or no waste at all.  What I did before was wrapping with old newspapers. I’d start off by placing the gift box, or unpackaged gift on wherever I wanted on...

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Our Online Shop is Officially Open!

We have some very exciting news to share with you today: Our online shop is officially open! We know that the Scoop family extends far beyond the Seattle neighborhood that our brick & mortar store is nestled into, and we are thrilled to finally have a way for our out-of-town community members to get the products that they need while supporting Scoop.  If you've been around for a while, you know that I do my best to be as transparent with you as possible. So I have to tell you that I went back and forth about the decision to open an online shop. I was concerned about the sustainability of packing and shipping products to my customers. I didn't...

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