What do you do with your old clothes? There are lots of ways to make more space in your closet without throwing clothes in the trash. According to the Oregon DEQ, Americans throw away over 32 billion pounds of textiles a year, but over 90% of clothing and shoes are recyclable. Textile recovery is an […]

Upcycling is the practice of taking material that has no value in its current state, and turning it into something that does.  Some entrepreneurs are turning discarded material into a business venture. Local business SaraBella turns plastic bags into fashionable bags, purses, pouches, and even dresses. Green Guru Gear, out of Colorado, makes backpacks, bike panniers and […]

I love reuse. From creatively upcycling, to avoiding disposables and shunning ridiculously over packaged goods, on any given day I’m usually reusing something. It has a big impact on reducing what we contribute to the landfill every month, but I know the bigger impact is upstream when all those disposable goods are produced. So here’s […]

Like many Bend locals, we were sad to hear about Pakit Liquidators upcoming closure. For over 20 years Pakit has been a staple in Bend’s Do-It-Yourself scene, inspiring people to Rethink Waste by turning leftover, discarded, broken or outdated items into art, furniture, gardens, greenhouses, green buildings and more.  It’s an alternative reuse site, over flowing […]

  Want to bring attention to your school’s recycling program, your business’ green efforts, or your organization’s earth month project? The Rethink Waste Project’s “Art of Recycling” display is now available for community members to borrow for temporary set up.  The  display spells RETHINK WASTE using common leftover, discarded, or scrap items and was built […]

  So you’ve mastered the recycling of your household or office waste:  paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, and even plastics.  Is there something more you can do to promote recycling? Why, yes! You can BUY recycled or recycled content products. Buying products that are recycled (or will be after you buy them) or that contain recycled […]

  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 […]

OK this won’t work for everything or everybody, but from books to gear to gadgets you can find a ton of great items on the cheap when you buy used. To this day one of the best presents I gave my husband was a sewing machine off Craigslist. Save money and save on waste! What […]

My husbands grandparents have a Christmas tradition that I discovered the first one I spent with them.  Upon tearing into the wrapping paper of my present it was like the music stopped and everyone looked at me.  What no one told me was that they have been reusing wrapping paper for years, some of it […]