Wearable Food Trimmings

Food Waste is Fodder for Fashion in the Bio-trimmings Project
By Katie Cordrey
Bio-trimmings images courtesy of Hoyan Ip
London-based Hoyan Ip, a 2012 MA Fashion graduate, observed that food waste could help offset fashion industry waste. So, she set about using discarded food to make buttons, buckles, and other garment trims.
Ip says, “Fashion represents change. Bio-trimmings are … Read More.

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.

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.

Farm to School

The ABCs of Fresh Food
An innovative effort to bring locally-grown foods to Oregon’s school children and to help them understand where their food comes from received a big thumbs-up when the Oregon State Legislature unanimously passed House Bill 2800 in July.
HB 2800, aslo known as the “Farm to School and School Gardens” bill provides $200,000 … Read More.

Sustainable Schools-Sustainable Solutions

The Zero Waste Alliance’s Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative, SOSI (pronounced “so see”) has taken a systemic approach to fostering healthy school environments by engaging, educating and inspiring individual schools, districts, and the organizations that support them.
Oregon’s schools comprise an infrastructure large enough to house one-fifth of Oregon’s population and that means they have a large … Read More.

Skin is No Obstacle for BPA

Bisphenol-A, also known as BPA, is an industrial chemical component of many widely-used items including plastics, resins, canned food linings, and paper goods. Studies have suggested that long-term or high-dose exposure to the organic, estrogen-like compound disrupts the body’s endocrine system and may be linked to cancer, heart disease, intestinal damage, reproductive problems, erectile dysfunction, … Read More.

Purple Wind Turbines May Be Less Likely to Harm Birds

photo flickr user Stuart Yeates

Researchers Chloe Long, Dr. James Flint,  and  Dr. Paul Lepper , all colleagues at the Loughborough University in the United Kingdom,  conducted experiments to learn whether color might play a role in attracting insects to wind turbines. They measured how many insects were attracted to different colored cards laid out in … Read More.

The RINSE Project Helps Wineries Reuse Wine Bottles

Cowhorn Winery in Applegate Valley, Oregon has teamed up with Wine Bottle Renew to establish a powerful new bioregional program called ‘The RINSE Project.’ The project cuts per-bottle cost and reduces wineries’ carbon footprints by recycling used wine bottles and preparing them for industry reuse.
Some 300-million cases of wine are sold in the United States … Read More.

Fiber Cells + Pokeberries = Solar Power

Here’s an exciting article by Alicia W. Roberts, Wake Forest University and posted on RenewableEnergyWorld.com website.
Seems Wake Forest University holds the first patent for fiber-based photovoltaic, or solar cells, granted by the European Patent Office in November. A spinoff company called FiberCell Inc. has received the license to develop manufacturing methods for the new solar … Read More.

SoupCycle Delivers Organic Soup-Based Meals Made from Locally Sourced Foods

A couple of years ago, a couple of college students made a business plan to make and sell locavore soup and deliver it by bicycle. The students came to Portland and set up their business, SoupCycle.

Jed Lazar and Shauna Lambert are the creative cooks and bicycle peddlers behind the food service business. They source local … Read More.