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! […]

We’re so excited about Bend ReStore’s new annual event – Furniture Flip! The ideas is this – artists/designers/upcyclers compete over a limited time to upcycle 3 pieces of furniture from reStore and other resale outlets to turn them into really cool items that you will want for your home! The items will be sold at […]

On Tuesday, September 16th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, The Gear Fix and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project are hosting a Fall Repair Café.  A repair café is a free event that connects people with broken stuff, with people that like to fix stuff.  Volunteers will be on hand to repair – and share […]

FREE Composting 101 Class! Join us in The Environmental Center’s Learning Garden to get an overview of composting. We’ll go over what to include and what not, pros and cons of different methods, and address common questions and concerns. This is a great intro class for the novice composter, or for those needing to address […]

  Stepping into Gear Fix, formally known as Repeat Performance Sports, one might be fooled into thinking the outfit is just an outdoor consignment store. Not so. Bringing a six year dream to fruition, in the past several months, owner Joshua Sims has overhauled the operation to fulfill a market need for gear repair, a […]

Sitting amongst towers of fabric Alison Murphy, owner of Utilitu commands a kind of seamstress royal prowess. When asked what “Rethink Waste” means to her, Murphy says craftsmen like her have no choice but to reuse. She proceeds to explain there can be a discrepancy in value of discarded goods and collecting those goods can […]

Dare To Repair? Repair Cafe Helps People Fix Broken Goods Ripped backpack? Busted toaster? Wobbly coffee table? Don’t just replace it, repair it! On November 7th, from 6-9 pm, Pakit Liquidators and The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project is hosting Central Oregon’s first Repair Café  – a free event that brings together people who like […]

Mel Parker always recycled, but now thanks to the Rethink Waste Toolkit she can compost and clean green too. “This is such a great opportunity to go beyond just recycling. With all of the support and tools that The Environment Center has provided to my family, we are sure to have a positive impact.”  The […]