Astute ‘Adoornment’

Cabinet Doors Become Artist’s Canvas
Bright colors, a love of nature, a sense of delight, and a practiced hand all contribute to the look and feel of Elizabeth See’s oil paintings. At first glance, her work appears to be rendered on traditional materials. Closer examination will reveal that she uses discarded cabinet doors and cut-offs from … Read More.

Hawthorne Auto Chosen for Think EV Warranty Repairs

Hawthorne Auto Clinic at 4307 SE Hawthorne Blvd has announced that they are now Portland’s authorized local warranty repair facility for the Think City electric car.
Owners Jim Hauser and Liz Dally have been strong advocates for the adoption of electric drive vehicles and have been working on both hybrid and battery electric vehicles for many … Read More.

Greening That Printer

Business leaders are realizing the sustainability advantages as well as the long-term economic benefits of shifting more things to an eco-conscious choice. Small things in your office such as reusable kitchen supplies and recycled paper can be adjusted quite easily.
What about your printer? Typically, it’s on all day, using energy, consuming paper, putting toxins in … Read More.

An Ecology Based Education

Interview with David W. Orr
What is the purpose of education? What exactly are we trying to achieve by sending kids to school for twelve years? Dr. David Orr, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, sees a direct connection between how we teach children and the disastrous impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels. … Read More.

3rd Annual John Day or Bust EV Caravan

Imagine three Nissan Leafs (one red, one white, and one blue), and a couple of converted Toyota Yarises (one with a splashy Monavie ad), all caravanning 290 miles from Portland to John Day, OR. We were taking our electric vehicles (EVs) to SolWest, a yearly enduring renewable energy and sustainability fair, to show them off … Read More.

Co-ops Build a Better World

In the wake of a global recession that continues to devastate communities and livelihoods, people are hungry for alternatives to corporate greed and stock market speculation. As we look at challenges such as climate change, unemployment and growing disparities of wealth and ownership, many of us feel discouraged and unsure of how we can make … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling:

Part I Understanding the Problem
What’s so mysterious about recycling? We dutifully put our waste paper, cardboard, empty cans, plastic containers, and glass jars into our recycle containers and then set them at the curb. Some of the more conscientious of us even give some thought to the rules for what can be recycled and how … Read More.

Studded Tires

Studded tires have bothered me for years. The driving on ruts, the road noise, the dangerous hydroplaning, and the costs to repair the roads are all concerns for me.
As a citizen activist, I contacted my legislator and the Oregon Department of Transportation, but couldn’t get any justifiable answers as to why studded tires are still … Read More.

Inner (tube) Beauty

Artful Accessories from Recycled Bicycle Inner Tubes
When Julia Garretson looks at bicycle inner tubes, she sees jewelry. When others look at her jewelry, they see- well… Jewelry.
As a member of Portland’s Trillium Artisan Etsy Team, Julia is one of several local artisans dedicated to using recycled materials in her work. The end result is a … Read More.

Simplicity Is the Way

When I started my journey beyond the borders of my upbringing, I learned that simplicity was the way.
courtesty flickr user Rosino
I built a cabin on the back of a flatbed truck with a six-cylinder engine. You know, the kind of engine where you could see the parts and knew what they did. I found my … Read More.