In considering whether or not to buy in bulk, there are many pros. And in my book, there are also some challenges. (To clarify, for the purposes of this posting, bulk is when you can get any amount of something you want.  Pre-packaged items do not count.) First, here are some benefits: Less packaging waste […]

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 […]

Just because you’re heading out in the wilderness, doesn’t mean you have to eat poorly. It also doesn’t mean you have to throw your Rethink Waste lifestyle out the window. Don’t you find it frustrating when you see that little corner of someone’s Clifbar wrapper that fell out of their pocket along the trail? There […]

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a staple in Bend’s Do-It-Yourself scene, inspiring people to Rethink Waste by turning leftover, discarded, broken or outdated items into art, furniture, gardens, greenhouses, green buildings and more.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 […]