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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Where Is Away?

February 5, 2021

This week’s Lunch Bites Highlight focuses on sustainable living and specifically, where our garbage goes once we throw it away. Helping our young learners understand the journey garbage takes can help them make conscious decisions about what to throw away, and what to recycle. Each day, the average person will dispose of around 5 pounds […]

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Lunch Bite Highlights: Recycling Activities & Read-Aloud Story

January 29, 2021

Lunch Bite Highlight 1 One of our lunch bite highlights this week focuses on the process of recycling. Recycling is when we take our old things like paper bags or plastic bottles and turn them into something new! Reusing our old materials can help protect our environment. This Lunch Bite includes a video which focuses […]

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Preventing Food Waste with Roommates

January 20, 2021

When you’re living with roommates, you probably don’t get the option to store your food like this food storage guide suggests. In my house, we have five people and one refrigerator. Each person gets their one shelf and sometimes the fridge is so packed it’s difficult to keep tabs on your food and not let […]

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Wrap it up: we’re talking about the holidays.

January 4, 2021

Holidays happen all the time. So does gift giving. These tips are great for the great, grand holiday season we tend to celebrate in December each year, but they also work for thinking about gift giving year round. Birthdays, for example? Single-Use Wrapping Paper Alternatives Reuse your paper! One local family has been reusing wrapping […]

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Recycle your Holiday Tree

December 28, 2020

As our Deschutes County Knott Landfill continues to fill up (it is anticipated to be full by 2029), we want to do our best to keep what we can out of it. And that includes your holiday tree! Trees can be turned into compost or mulch for reuse rather than rotting and decomposing into methane […]

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Update on Rethink Waste Project’s multifamily recycling project!

December 10, 2020

Remember WAY back in 2019, that The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Project won a grant from DEQ? Well, despite all the challenges this year has brought we’ve still been able to move forward with the project. Here’s what we’ve been up to so far. Recycle Right Toolkits We began the project focusing on two different […]

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Single Use Disposables. Are they actually better than reusables?

November 30, 2020

What’s better, paper or plastic? Single-use foodware made of petroleum-based or compostable plastics? A reusable canvas bag or a single-use plastic bag? A plastic-lined paper coffee cup or a durable reusable stainless steel Hydroflask? Many studies have been done comparing different product materials using what’s called a life cycle analysis or LCA. This is a […]

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What do you do with broken crayon bits? Don’t toss ’em!

November 23, 2020

Ya know when you’re using a box of crayons and they break into little bits to the point where they are just hard to use anymore? Well Julie A. C. Wilson of Jactra Studios showed me a way to re-purpose or re-use them without tossing them. You could do it too! How to make new […]

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