Plastics are a problem Is the image of a sea turtle with a single use straw up its nose or a beach completely blanketed in plastic trash burned into your brain like it is in mine? No need to stab the fallen. But seriously: plastic (especially the single use variety) is a problem. And sometimes […]

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 are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?  Stuff, stuff and more stuff? Probably not.  I bet on top of your list you have family, friends, your health, this beautiful place we call home, having work, or something alike.  Now, if you were a five-year old, stuff in the form of toys might very well […]

Make Local Habit

What is it you appreciate about living in Central Oregon?  Whether it’s the mountains and rivers, family and community or our high desert weather, chances are it’s not because we have big box stores located here.  Our communities are made up of small businesses that are owned by people invested in our region.  They provide […]

On average, 10 percent of what we pay for a product goes towards the packaging…often that same packaging that maybe persuades us to buy that product over another, and then often enough ends up in the garbage as soon as we get home. By The Numbers According to the EPA, of the 250 million tons […]

Quality over quantity: a common expression, But won’t one item instead of twelve, end in depression? “No, no, no”! I sing, for that one item will last Whereas everything else may fall apart so fast! So if we spend a little extra we’ll have less to store, And at the end of the year, less […]

With goblins and ghouls competing with jingle bells in October, it seems the holidays creep up on us sooner and sooner every year. Is it just me, or was the weather outside frightful in July? July has quickly turned to August which has turned to November and it has officially been time to start thinking […]

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 […]