5 quick tips: how to reduce waste during construction

September 23, 2020

The EPA estimates that 548 million tons of construction and demolition (C/D) debris (concrete, asphalt, steel, wood products, drywall, brick and clay tile, etc) was generated in the U.S. in 2015 alone — more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste. The reduction, reuse, and recycling of C/D can be accomplished through deconstruction […]

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Rethink Waste in and around your garden with Bend Urban Gardens

July 29, 2020

There is so much waste that can happen in backyard gardening: building materials, toxic chemicals from herbicides and pesticides, not to mention water, energy, and food waste potentials that can occur. I had a chance to sit down with a professional to learn about some best practices around waste reduction in the garden. From non-toxic […]

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Size Matters: How ADUs Can Help Prevent Waste

March 7, 2018

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 […]

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DIY Upcycling Projects

September 28, 2016

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. Green Guru Gear, out of Colorado, makes backpacks, bike panniers, and more with old bicycle inner tubes, wet suits, tents, and more. But the […]

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Green Building 101

February 5, 2013

  Sustainable building (also called “green building”) offers great opportunities for reducing waste and saving money, energy and natural resources, resulting in a better environment for all of us. Sustainable building makes sense – it is more than just a “feel good” factor. The main principles of green home building are: Optimize the use of […]

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