Less Wasted Food on Farms featuring Boundless Farmstead and Rainshadow Organics.

June 6, 2020

We in Central Oregon, despite our fame as a semi-desert, are incredibly lucky to have dozens of local food proprietors. From dairies to alpaca farms, from egg-specialists to vegetable gurus. If we’re intentional, we really can live off of only locally sourced food. That is special. Our national food supply chain has been tested and […]

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Composting when you don’t have a yard or a public service.

June 2, 2020

I live in a small apartment and there is no composting on the property. I have a yard, but my HOA says I can’t have a compost pile. I live outside city limits so I don’t get yard debris service and I don’t want to deal with a compost pile. Do any of these statements […]

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Rethink Waste: DIY Beeswax Wrap!

May 27, 2020

We’re up to our armpits in our second Rethink Food Waste Challenge! Folks are learning all about ways to reduce their household food waste through shopping with a list, keeping their refrigerator organized with an Eat First shelf (a place to keep all the food that needs to be eaten soon!), and only buying what […]

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Join the Spring 2020 Rethink Food Waste Challenge!

April 20, 2020

Join over 700 households who have taken the challenge! In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we are bringing you a FREE home challenge to reduce your household’s wasted food. This interactive challenge (May 11 – June 7) will help you understand what is going to waste in your own household with tips and tricks […]

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Community Grants Awarded For Waste Reduction

February 24, 2020

Five organizations / businesses have won a grant from The Environmental Center’s Rethink Waste Community Grants Program to support waste reduction efforts! Out of 30 compelling applications, there were three winning projects tackling single-use disposables, one working on diversion of wasted food, and one that addresses recycling contamination. The grants totaled more than $7,000. We […]

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Buying in Bulk: What’s the Big Deal?

October 22, 2019

In considering whether or not to buy in bulk, there are many pros. And in my book, there are also some challenges. (To clarify, for the purposes of this posting, bulk is when you can get any amount of something you want.  Pre-packaged items do not count.) First, here are some benefits: Less packaging waste […]

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4 Trail Food Ideas With Rethink Waste In Mind

June 11, 2019

Just because you’re heading out in the wilderness, doesn’t mean you have to eat poorly. It also doesn’t mean you have to throw your Rethink Waste lifestyle out the window. Don’t you find it frustrating when you see that little corner of someone’s Clifbar wrapper that fell out of their pocket along the trail? There […]

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Back to School Lunches Zero Waste Style

September 20, 2018

Back to school means school lunches! In our house we have a 5 year old Food Hero (she’ll try it, but she often just doesn’t like it), whose tastes are not reliable. When I took these photos she decided she didn’t like yogurt covered raisins anymore (cause raisins are on the outs, at least for […]

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Sign up for the Rethink Food Waste Challenge

September 4, 2018

Food waste is a big issue here in the United States! About 1/4 of what people bring home from the grocery store ends up in the trash. In this episode of EnviroAnswers, Ani provides some tips on how to organize your fridge and shop smarter – in ways that will reduce your waste. Are you up […]

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Combating Food Waste: Deschutes County and Beyond!

June 6, 2018

  There are so many amazing food waste prevention initiatives happening in the world right now. Below are some incredibly positive changes happening from businesses and individuals that are really making a difference! THE EPA-DEVELOPED “FOOD: TOO GOOD TO WASTE” CHALLENGE Here in Deschutes County, well over 900 households have signed up to take the Rethink Food Waste Challenge. […]

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