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 […]

A Repair Cafe is an event that pairs people with broken stuff, with people who like to fix stuff. Our fabulous fixers will be at the Redmond Public Library on October 30th to fix your broken stuff! Small appliances and electronics, clothing and outdoor gear, small furniture, and jewelry.  These repairs are free and performed […]

The Rethink Food Waste Challenge is on! Hundreds of households in Deschutes County have taken the challenge: because we want to rethink food waste. Too much food goes into the landfill every year and we want to change that in our community. You can too, it’s easy! If you haven’t already, sign up here. The first week, […]

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 […]

Once again, I’m kicking off the year with a re-energized burst of wanting less stuff, and more time.  More stuff breeds more stuff, which has huge upstream impacts in terms of waste, greenhouse gasses, toxins, water use etc. Here at the Rethink Waste Project, we recognize that materials matter, that the biggest impacts are upstream, […]

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 […]

This is the lesson I am learning in my quest to reduce the amount of clutter – on my desk, on the mantle, in my closet, in laundry room cabinets – the less extra stuff I have the less organizing I have to do.  This is great news for disorganized people like myself.  I’ve been […]