I’ve been reading a lot about spring cleaning lately. Maybe in part because Marie Kondo has become so popular in the main stream? It’s great that she has really encouraged people to downsize and get rid of all the stuff they have purchased that no longer brings them joy. However, it recently came to my […]

Just don’t put it in your curbside bin! Plus: What do you think are the 3 very common contaminants in curbside recycling? Recycling! It’s a buzz word. Often times what we think of as “recyclable” and “not recyclable” has to do with what you can and can’t put in your curbside bin. But just because […]

Everybody has an opinion and not everyone’s opinion is the same. I have the opinion that plastic is an amazingly versatile and useful substance. It is ubiquitous in our lives; but I am also under the opinion that we do not need to use it nearly as much as we do. I’m speaking specifically to […]

What do you do with your old clothes? There are lots of ways to make more space in your closet without throwing clothes in the trash. According to the Oregon DEQ, Americans throw away over 32 billion pounds of textiles a year, but over 90% of clothing and shoes are recyclable. Textile recovery is an […]

There are so many amazing food waste prevention initiatives happening in the world right now. Below are some incredibly positive changes happening from businesses and individuals that are really making a difference! THE EPA-DEVELOPED “FOOD: TOO GOOD TO WASTE” CHALLENGE Here in Deschutes County, 213 households have participated in the Rethink Food Waste Challenge. Folks have been learning all […]

Smart storage is a lot of things. The main idea is, however, to store stuff correctly and store it in a place where you will find it. So we need to concentrate on methods of storage AND organization! Tip #1 – Know how to store different kinds of produce First, check out this Store Smarter […]

Week 4 RFW Challenge Prizes

The Rethink Food Waste Challenge is headed toward its final days: Week 4 (June 4-June 11). The challenge began on May 14th: 213 households signed up to participate! Learn more about the challenge here. If you enter your week’s wasted food data, you will automatically be entered in the prize drawing, which will happen on Tuesday, […]

Give yourself a little time after getting back from the grocery store to put your food away properly! Learn how to Prep Smarter. Tip #1: Prep It Now If you are using your Shop Smarter Menu Plan, you hopefully have an idea of what  figure out if there is anything you can prepare right now.  When […]