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 […]

Although the unofficial American mantra seems to be “Bigger is Better”, thankfully there is a strong cultural trend swinging the other way towards downsizing. And while tiny homes aren’t for everyone, they are assisting a cultural shift towards at least looking at, or considering, the idea of smaller space. What we put in it. What […]

Whatever your plans are for the upcoming eclipse, it’s inevitable that you’ll be joined by – or impacted by – a large number of people in our area. And with more people visiting our communities, more trash will be generated. So let’s be a little proactive as hordes of people hit our state, region, and […]

Food waste is a big deal in the United States, with global implications when it comes to climate change.  On a day to day basis, you might feel like you don’t waste much food, but here are a few quick facts. 40% of food in America is wasted. 90% of us throw away food too […]

As mentioned in an earlier post, we create an additional 25% more waste over the holiday period, and a part of that can be attributed to the increase in holiday parties this time of year.  Food waste in America is actually a big problem – some statistics say that 40% of food is wasted between […]

The holidays – a time to get together with friends and family, share laughs and spread joy, give and receive gifts, and create a ton of waste in the process.  Sorry, TONS of waste. Across the country, an average of 25% more waste is brought to the curb between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. Here […]

It’s always busy come springtime here at The Environmental Center, but this year there are even more events to participate in thanks to our partnership with COCC and our collaborative month of events called Sustain Central Oregon.  The last week is themed Consumption & Waste, and here’s everything going on you don’t want to miss! […]

With America’s biggest shopping day of the year creeping into Thanksgiving, it seems like a good time to step back and think about how we want to spend our holidays. Before we get caught up in holiday shopping it’s a good time to remember that as consumers when we shop is when we have the […]

There were quite a few reasons to go shopping last weekend: Labor Day sales, end of summer sales, and back to school sales. Maybe you took advantage of some and got good deals while supporting local businesses, or maybe you just felt compelled to buy new stuff because, and let’s be honest here, it feels […]