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 […]

Although the unofficial American mantra seems to be “Bigger is Better”, thankfully there is a strong cultural trend swinging the other way towards downsizing. And while tiny homes aren’t for everyone, they are assisting a cultural shift towards at least looking at, or considering, the idea of smaller space. What we put in it. What […]

By now you’ve probably heard of China’s impacts on US recycling markets through their more stringent recycled material standards. Due to increasing environmental awareness in China, they are cracking down on imports of scrap material by refusing contaminated loads and potentially banning certain materials outright.  This program, called ‘The National Sword’, is a strong message […]

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, […]

OK,  not mantras exactly, but choose just one of these “R” words to hang your hat on for the new year. Like mantras, they’re easy to remember, and can kick start a new habit for a simpler, greener, year to help you live with less stuff and more fun! This year, resolve to: REFUSE free […]

There were quite a few reasons to go shopping last weekend: Labor Day sales, end of summer sales, and back to school sales. Maybe you took advantage of some and got good deals while supporting local businesses, or maybe you just felt compelled to buy new stuff because, and let’s be honest here, it feels […]

2015 offers us all another bright chance to start fresh. Make this the year you increase your health and happiness with less stuff and less chemicals. Here’s what a Less Is More approach to 2015 could look like for you! Less Stuff. Buy less, organize less, straighten less, declutter less. All of it results when […]

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 […]