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In solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

March 18, 2021

We grieve the loss of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Ae Yue.* The murder of eight individuals, including six Asian women, in the Atlanta area on March 15th is heartbreaking and horrific. This is not an isolated incident. Over the […]

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2nd Annual Rethink Waste Community Grants: $7,000 Awarded!

March 10, 2021

Four organizations / businesses have won a grant from The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Community Grants Program to support waste reduction efforts in four categories: increased diversion through recycling, expanded reuse, education in single-use waste reduction, and finally increased food waste diversion through composting. During this time of COVID, waste has been a tough topic […]

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Teaching Reusable Habits: Saving Energy

March 5, 2021

One of the main components of living a sustainable life is learning how to conserve resources. Saving energy is a simple way to help protect the environment, and this week’s Lunch Bites Highlight focuses on tips to teach your students how to save energy both at home and in the classroom. Learning how to be […]

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Thoughts on Recycling with Terracycle

March 2, 2021

A common question we get at Rethink Waste is what about TerraCycle? Why doesn’t The Environmental Center sign up to get some collection boxes for hard to recycle items such as candy wrappers and Keurig cups? I thought it would be good to address this in a post for everyone to see. Bottom Line: Yes, […]

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5 Reasons You Should Pay Attention to Plastic

March 1, 2021

Everyone should care about plastic. It’s true the stuff is a miracle to human health — plus it’s cheap for us to buy as individuals. However, plastic has a dirty, negative side in that it’s also terrible for human health, global finances, and is a bane to our environment. The manufacturing, existence, use, and disposal […]

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Your favorite shirt: new life when it’s beyond repair.

Although there may be some places in the world where textiles recycling exists, the sad truth is that Deschutes County isn’t one of them. The ubiquity of fast fashion combined with the lack of responsible disposal options for textiles means clothing has a large environmental impact. Once clothes are in our closet, the best thing […]

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Forest Explorers Learn about Oregon Trees

February 26, 2021

One of the beautiful things about Oregon is the diverse number of habitats and ecosystems throughout the state. This week’s Lunch Bite Highlight focuses on Oregon’s state tree, the Douglas Fir! The Douglas Fir is commonly used as Christmas trees, and also provides many helpful resources for surrounding species. Learning about trees is an important […]

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New Year, New Leaders

February 23, 2021

New Opportunities for Sustainability and Justice A letter from our Executive Director, Mike Riley.  It’s a relief to have adults back in The White House. It’s hard to imagine a more disturbing start to a new year than an armed insurrection incited by a sitting president and carried out by a mob that paraded the […]

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Waste that’s worthy of attention 

February 12, 2021

Oregon’s legislative session is underway and there are over a dozen waste-related bills that have been introduced. Here are two bills that we support. Right to Repair (HB 2698): Overview If you can’t repair your own things, do you really own them? In a time of planned obsolescence where stuff is made to be broken, […]

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How Can Reusable Bags Teach Eco-friendly Habits?

Sometimes living a sustainable life can seem a little intimidating. Many common household items seem to be harmful to the environment which might scare us away from developing sustainable habits. This is a totally normal feeling to have when thinking about sustainable living. For our Lunch Bites Highlight, we are focusing on a small and […]

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