Meet Krystina. Krystina is the owner of “A Drop in The Ocean”. A Drop In The Ocean, is a zero waste store. She sells sustainable alternative products. Krystina sells : Hair Care, Body Care, Botanical waters, Body Butter, Laundry Care, and household items. Learn more about Krystina below!
How did you come up with this?
I Recognized there was a need for more zero waste stores. I talked to other people in the area, to see if there was a need for something like this. Everyone was overjoyed with the idea. We need to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can.
What is the most Challenging part of starting this business?
Raising awareness and spreading the message. Finding local companies to source the products from. I buy most of my bulk soaps from a company in La Conner, WA – these soaps are package free, vegan and mostly palm oil free. Instead of shipping the soaps, I go and pick them up and put them in my own containers.
What is the best part of starting this business?
Seeing the community reaction. I love the excitement people get about the the concept.
Lets learn more about Krystina
Describe yourself in four words
Optimistic, confident, and wanna be hippie
Where are you from?
I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I was in Columbus, Ohio for the last 8 years. I moved here in December and live in the 6th Ave neighborhood.
Are you an Introvert / extrovert?
I am a huge introvert
What does your sense of humor look like?
I appreciate puns and bad jokes.
What does your average weekend look like?
Days all run together now. I am in the process of getting my masters, working part time and running my online store. When I have time, I enjoy sitting at home watching Netflix and recharging.
What does your favorite outfit look like?
High waisted jeans, booties, and a comfy shirt
Do you have any family traditions?
My mom and I used to go to the Cincinnati zoo a lot. This lead me down my path of conservation.
What are the favorite things you sell?
Plain clear glass straws with whales on them. The straws are a little spendy, but it goes towards the “Save the Whales” non profit. I also love the laundry detergent ( also made in La Conner ) you only need 1 tablespoon per wash. I do like the charcoal mint tooth powder too.
Do you have any Pets?
A cat named Ellie
What is your favorite restaurant?
Favorite coffee shop?
Blue beard & Red elm Cafe
Do you give back to Tacoma? If not what do you want to do to give back?
Yes. This is built into my business. With every purchase 10 trees are planted, and 1% will be going to non profits ( I haven’t decided which one yet). I work a lot with Yoga Wild. I want to start Volunteering more too. I want giving back to the community to be huge part of my business.
Tell me a story
My mom and I went to the Cincinnati zoo on Labor Day. I was about 12 years old. We wanted to go see this Cheetah encounter show. When we showed up, we had just missed the show. We decided to stay and talk to the Cheetah keepers. The keepers told us how they took care of them and how they train them. We didn’t get to go in with the Cheetahs, but we got to see them behind the fence. I looked into the Cheetahs eyes. We connected. I knew right then and there that I wanted to do conservation work.
Let me mention that Krystina is 25. 25 people. She is going to change the world, weather it be big or small. She will make a change. Krystina is a very determined, smart, and a cool girl. Krystina is doing GREAT THINGS! I am excited to support her, and watch her grow into this community! Support Krystina and our planet by learning to buy natural, and sustainable products!!!
Until Next Time,