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Our blog tells the stories of the people and organizations, the programs, tools and technologies, that make sustainability real every day.  You’ll find the inspiration and resources you need to put sustainability into action in your life, at home or at work.

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DIY Halloween Costumes

  Using some fuzzy math, I figured I have 30 kid Halloweens under my belt. That’s adding…

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Cartons, Containers, Coffee Oh My!

You recycle paper, and you’ve done it for ages.  Newspaper, magazines, office paper, you’ve got it all…

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Recycle Right

Recycle Right, For a Cause

The Environmental Center is excited to announce our latest efforts to raise awareness regarding resource use in…

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Less Is More: Getting Down to One Garbage Can A Year

“A decision to switch from paper napkins to cloth, led Portland resident Betty Shelley and her husband,…

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Do you know where your garbage goes?  After it leaves the curb most people don’t give it…

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Reduce Waste, Chemicals & Cost with DIY Laundry Soap

Non toxic eco-friendly cleaning products are an important way to reduce your daily chemical exposure, but the…

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Recycling Station Banners Available to the Community

Organizing an event, throwing a big party, hosting a fundraiser?  Make it Low Waste Event!  Download our…

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Rethink Waste Community Presentation Now Available

  Ever wonder what’s up with the recycling symbol on your Styrofoam take out container? Or why…

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compost scraps

Newport Ave Market Awarded for Commercial Composting Program

Talk about reducing waste…since they started the commercial composting service with Cascade Disposal last May, Newport Ave…

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The Less You Have, the Less You Have to Organize.

This is the lesson I am learning in my quest to reduce the amount of clutter –…

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New Year’s Evolutions for Your Waste Line.

New Year’s Resolutions never seem to stick.  I want to get beyond resolving and start evolving.  So…

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Green Holiday Tip #10: Spend Time, Not Money

Spent all your money but still have a few people on your list?  Try a different currency…

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