A  Waste Free Life  in PDX 

By Jenica Barrett 
When people think of Portland, Oregon, they think of bridges, bike paths, microbreweries, and coffee houses. The word “eco-friendly” comes to mind. This is exactly what I imagined when I moved to Portland last summer. As someone living zero waste, I knew that I needed to move to a city filled with bulk … Read More.

Become a Certified MASTER RECYCLER

Learn from the experts.

Connect with others. Make a difference. Take an eight-week course on the latest informa- tion on consumption and recycling. Then, promise to volunteer 30 hours to share what you learned with neighbors, coworkers and community.

WHAT: Clackamas County course and volunteer program
WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in April and … Read More.

The Impact of Recycling

Americans spend and average of $51,000 on household expenditures per year.  Most are for items which end up as trash and goes to the landfill.
Currently, the average person recycles 1.14 pounds per day-if-everyone doubled what they recycle from 1.14 to 2.28 pounds, our nation could be recycling 30 million tons annually. 65 million more tons … Read More.

Cradle to Cradle Carpeting

Faced with a having to renovate a small office space, I decided to learn more about the sustainable options that are available for insulation, floor coverings, heaters, lights, etc., but where to begin?
As luck would have it, Classique Floors was hosting a “Sustainable Saturday” event that included free seminars on a whole array of green … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling Part III:

The Future of Recycling
What does the future hold for recycling? Two words: zero waste. Or to be more explicit, the future of recycling will be a closed loop system where all discarded materials become resources for others to use. The growing population and the rising standard of living around the world will continue to put … Read More.

The Mysteries of Recycling Part II:

The Business of Recycling
Why Recycle?
What is 35 miles wide, 35 miles long, and 300 feet deep? Well, according to an article posted on the Popular Mechanics website on November 13, 2008, that is how big the landfill would be if America put all of its garbage for the next 1000 years in one place. As … 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.