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 […]

In a meeting recently I heard about a wonderful gift idea. A jar filled with 365 slips of paper, each with it’s own memory, given to a parent. It turns out, memory jars are really popular projects on Pinterest and have a variety of applications. It’s too late in the month for me to realistically […]

In the past we’ve written about 10 things to do other than shop on Black Friday. 4 years ago REI started their #OptOutside campaign, and began closing its doors on Friday to make a pretty bold statement about using this day as an opportunity to choose being outdoors over our cultural push to just keep.buying.more.stuff.  Oregon State Parks recently […]

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, it was exactly nine years since Martine Postma organized the very first Repair Café in Amsterdam. Today there are over 1,600 Repair Cafés in 33 countries on six continents. Here in our own backyard, The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project organized the first local event five years ago at Pakit […]

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 […]

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, […]