Change Yourself Change the World

Sometimes I think, “Wouldn’t it be great to change the way things are?”  Well, yes it would, aside from the huge responsibility were it possible. It isn’t possible, of course – and just as well. But we can change ourselves and how we interact with the world. In fact, the only way we can really … Read More.

The Afterlife of a Junked Car

It happens to the best of vehicles. Regardless of how many times they were lovingly polished or blissfully neglected, all cars eventually reach the end of their useful lives (aside from the timeless, restored classics). Although most of us do not like to imagine what happens to our beloved set of wheels after we say … Read More.

Are Commercial Car Washes More Eco-Friendly?

In the last decade, Americans have been encouraged to take a second look at their recycling habits, what eco-friendly products they buy and how they are supporting environmentally friendly companies. Did you know cleaning your car in a commercial car wash is considered far more eco-friendly than washing it in your driveway? Located in the … 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.

Portland Garden Cottages – Intimate Spaces from Recycled Building Materials

 

There’s an ongoing debate in my house over what constitutes a “too small” dwelling, so I’m always on the prowl to bolster my position that we can live well in small spaces. Evidence: The Portland Garden Cottages designed and built by Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom.
Gantert and Bloom built two small, (364 square-feet) cottages from … Read More.

Columbia Sportswear and A Box Life

A Box Life is a Columbia Sportswear-sponsored initiative that encourages communal effort to reuse cardboard shipping boxes. The goal of A Box Life is to keep cardboard boxes in use longer, reduce shipping impacts and encourage people to personally reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Portland-based Columbia Sportswear offers customers the option of receiving their merchandise in a … Read More.