Now that we’re in the thick of the busiest time of year for shopping (and hence, waste making) it’s the perfect time to think about how as consumers, when we shop is when we have the most control over the most important “R” of Reduce Reuse & Recycle. REDUCE. (AKA: Waste Prevention!) Each of these […]

With the gift of experience, you give memories that contribute to happiness way more than just accumulation of more stuff. Here’s a few ideas to get you going: Give Kids Fun Winter Outings Swim pass or lessons at Juniper Swim & Fitness or Cascade Swim Center. Play punchcard at Central Oregon Gymnastics or Bouncing Off […]

  Ironically, Black Friday – the day that has come to symbolize our culture’s obsession with more and more stuff – has now officially crept into Thanksgiving – the one day we have set aside to gather and celebrate our gratitude for our relationships, our health, and all the things we already have.  Not surprisingly, […]

  With the holidays approaching, I find myself looking for unique, upcycled or handmade gifts ideas I can make for others. Handmade gifts are fun to make, can be personalized and thoughtful, and avoid the waste and consumerism most associated with this time of year. These are some of the best sites I found because […]

There’s something about a gift that is hand-made by a friend or a family-member that just gives you warm fuzzies. It’s probably a combination of the time spent, the thought expended, and the love that goes into it that makes hand-made gifts so appealing. Hand-made gifts are usually much more ecological than store-bought, as the […]

  Good things come in small packages, right? The best things, however, come in reusable or recyclable packaging. At least that’s what we believe here at Rethink Waste Project. Years ago someone gave me a box of fine Belgian Chocolates. As a chocolate lover the gift was welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed. The box, however, became […]

  ‘Tis the season – to create about 25% more garbage! Seriously, that is how much more trash Americans create between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day according to the Environmental Protection Agency.  Ready to do your part in reducing that number? Follow these tips for less to no waste: Start with the invitations – e-mail […]

  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 […]

  Using some fuzzy math, I figured I have 30 kid Halloweens under my belt. That’s adding up each Halloween, times the three kids who are now teenagers.  Although in recent years I’ve had less and less costuming to do, when the children were younger, creating their Halloween costumes was an important annual tradition.  It […]

Happy New Year

New Year’s Resolutions never seem to stick.  I want to get beyond resolving and start evolving.  So my New Year’s Evolution is to be okay with letting things go.  Like cool metal objects that I find in the street and want to turn into something else, and then a year later I still haven’t done […]