Green Tips

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What are YOU doing at home, work, in your daily life, to keep your carbon footprint light, keep it sustainable, green, eco-friendly. What’s working for you in your home, family, backyard, for your pets? Share with us and we’ll share it with the KINK Community.


7 Awesome Reusables

Posted by Samala on October 23, 2014
reusable bags

Your reusable grocery totes are always available when you need them, you never forget your reusable coffee mug and disposable water bottles are a thing of the past.  What’s next?  Well, what’s in your purse to help reduce waste?  Here are a couple of suggestions, some items that I keep handy.  Mesh bags to hold produce. Bananas don’t need a …

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The Waterpebble

Posted by Samala on October 23, 2014
waterpebble

If you love gadgets, you’re competitive and looking to take steps to live a greener life, let me introduce to you the Waterpebble.  The idea is simple, the Waterpebble sits at the bottom of your shower and the first time you use it, it measures the amount of water you use.  Each shower after that, your water usage is compared …

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Oregon Zoo’s “Small Actions”

Posted by Samala on October 23, 2014
small actions

The Oregon Zoo has launched an interactive web portal that shows how everyday actions can help a number of species.  “Small Actions” allows you to explore the connections between your actions and the species they benefit.  It’s the first time an American zoo has created an interactive guide for actions people can easily take to help protect wildlife. Like this …

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Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair

Posted by Samala on October 22, 2014
garden home

Tomorrow is the 5th annual Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair.  The family friendly event is free from 4 – 7 p.m. and organizations onsite include Toxic Reduction Outreach, Green Living Journal, Solar Oregon and Washington County Recycling.  There will also be a recycled craft station for kids, a Tesla electric car on display and other events are planned.

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Pinkwashing

Posted by Samala on October 14, 2014
pink

It may be the worst and most offensive case of pink washing yet.  Baker Hughes, a large hydraulic fracturing service company, has donated $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation and created a pink fracking drill to promote it.  Environmental exposure to certain chemicals is associated with a higher risk of breast cancer and there are over 700 chemicals commonly …

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Dirt Ball Fashion

Posted by Samala on October 13, 2014
dirt ball fashion

Kudos to Dirt Ball Fashion!  They just came out with a jacket made from 100 % recycled materials, including the equivalent of 50 recycled plastic water bottles.  The jacket, called “The 50” can also be recycled at the end of its life. “The 50” is made in the United States and it may be the first jacket that closes the …

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Flushable Wipes

Posted by Samala on October 10, 2014
wipes

One of the more recent products on the market, billing itself as flushable, is causing some major problems for septic systems. Flushable disposable wipes are not flushable and have caused sewer overflows, clogs and overall disruption within treatment plants. The wipes don’t disintegrate easily or quickly in real-world sewage systems and the build-up is driving up costs. It’s best to …

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What to Do With Old Paint Cans?

Posted by Samala on October 10, 2014
old paint can

You’re cleaning out your garage and you stumble upon a bunch of paint cans.  What do you do?  A general rule is that empty and dried paint cans can go in your recycling bin.  Make sure you remove the lid so that your hauler knows that the can is empty.  If there’s still quite a bit of paint inside and …

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Front Loading Washing Machines

Posted by Samala on October 8, 2014
washing machine

Front loading washing machines are energy and water efficient, and gentler on clothes … what’s not to love? The cost of repairs, that’s what.  So here are some tips on keeping your front loading washing machine in tip top shape.  Always use the minimum amount of soap, this is a case where less is more.  Forget the liquid fabric softeners, …

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Plastic Bag Ban

Posted by Samala on October 8, 2014
plastic bags

Last month, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that makes his state the first in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags.  Under the bill, grocers will be required to charge at least 10 cents for each recycled paper bag or reusable bag provided to a customer.  In Oregon, Portland, Eugene and Corvallis each adopted plastic bag bans after …

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7 Awesome Reusables
The Waterpebble
Oregon Zoo’s “Small Actions”
Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair
Pinkwashing
Dirt Ball Fashion
Flushable Wipes
What to Do With Old Paint Cans?
Front Loading Washing Machines
Plastic Bag Ban
The 4Liters Challenge
Skin Products for Babies
Seattle’s Composting Laws
Factory Farm Free Friday
Recycling and Food Residue
Kitchen Tool Libraries
The Last Sunday Parkway
Bikin’ in the Rain
Drug Takeback Day
Friends of Trees
Zero-Packaging Grocery Store
Metromile: Drive Green
Lease a Jeans!
Northwest Children’s Nature Play Week
NEI EcoChallenge 2014
Don’t Toss Those Eggshells
Don’t Let That Fruit Go Bad!
The Clean Bin Project
Forest Stewardship Council Labels
Natural Stain Remover
Palm Oil
Bike Commute Challenge
Nourishmat – Garden Easy!
Avoiding “Phantom Load”
Glean Art Show
Mercury in Seafood
Apple Gets Greener!
The Transit Diet
Sunday Parkways
Green Your Life
Environmental Superpowers
Cool Schools
Seed Bombs Away!
Thermal Paper BPA
Microbeads in Toothpaste
Oregon’s Energy Efficiency
Trackers Earth
The Many Uses of Baking Soda
We Can and We Will
Lawn Watering Alternatives
Conserve H2O
Sandy River Clean-Up
Garden Insects Guide
Junk Mail Dieting
Your Car’s Footprint
Be the Change
We Heart Parks
eEcosphere
Spare the Air
Community Supported Agriculture
Clean Tech in PDX
Clean Energy in PDX
Master Recyclers
Summer Weather Tips
Portland Tool Libraries
DIY Laundry Detergent
Marine Animal Rescue
Pesticides and Declining Bee Populations
Why Morning is the Best Time to Water
Urban Agriculture Ordinances
Saving America’s Pollinators
Here’s To a Better School Lunch
Oregon Beaches Water Quality Report
Expiration Dates? Less Food Waste!
Delicious Leftovers, Less Food Waste!
Better Meal Planning, Less Food Waste!
The Price of Food Waste
Sunday Parkways
Foot Traffic Ahead
Energy Hogs
Microbeads – Ick!
Oregon Right to Know
Portland Nursery
Repair PDX – Working Together
Oregon Food Bank’s Plant a Row Program
KINK Better Living Show 2014
America Recycles Day
Be apart of Schoolyard Farms
Clean The Beach This Weekend!
Paddle to Preserve Ross Island
PCC Course Goes Green
Turn Your Career Green!
Find your Dream Chicken
Green Tip: Clean Energy Works Oregon
Green Tip: Organicology
Green Tip: Free Geek
Green Tip: Homemade Dog Treats
Winter Trail Days



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