Green Tips

Hear KINK Green Tips with Peggy La Point. Monday through Friday at 6:15am, 1:30pm and 7:30pm. Quick tips on the environment and what you can do to protect it! HAVE A SUGGESTION?

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.


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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The 4Liters Challenge

Posted by Samala on October 6, 2014
water

The average American uses 400 liters of water per day at home, even in drought effected regions. That number may not seem like a lot until you consider that the average Haitian gets by on just 4 liters.  Billions of people across the globe deal with the scarcity of water. Last year, the non-profit group DIGDEEP launched their first 4Liters …

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Skin Products for Babies

Posted by Samala on October 3, 2014
baby products

Buying for a new baby? Baby’s skin doesn’t need a lot of products to be clean and healthy.  Mainstream baby products contain a bunch of toxic ingredients, so the best option is to stick with natural products. When you’re buying baby products, or really any products for your skin, there are seven key items to avoid including talc, mineral oil, …

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Seattle’s Composting Laws

Posted by Samala on October 3, 2014
seattle compost

Seattle is cracking down on residents who throw too many food scraps and other compostable items into the trash.  The new ordinance would fine residents a dollar if trash collectors spot trash cans that contain more than 10 percent compostable waste.  the fee isn’t meant to generate a lot of money, but rather a way to meet the city’s goal …

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Factory Farm Free Friday

Posted by Samala on October 3, 2014
4f pledge

Every purchase you make is a statement, especially when it comes to what you put on your plate.  The majority of meat and animal products come from factory farms, so by choosing them, you support that industry.  The Organics Consumer Association wants people to start paying closer attention to where their food comes from and have launched a new campaign …

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Recycling and Food Residue

Posted by Samala on September 30, 2014
greasy

When it comes to curbside recycling, a common question is, why can’t I recycle something with food on it.  Food residue gets burned away from plastic, glass and metal pretty easily, but it’s not as easy when it comes to paper.  Oil and fat from food reside mingles with the paper pulp and in the end, produces poor quality paper. …

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Kitchen Tool Libraries

Posted by Samala on September 29, 2014
preserves

Is the cost of buying expensive equipment keeping you from canning or dehydrating your own food?  You could always borrow one from a friend or neighbor, and if you’re a Portland resident, there’s also a network of kitchen tool libraries.  These libraries work similarly to traditional libraries except, instead of books, they offer items like dehydrators, canning equipment, ice cream …

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The Last Sunday Parkway

Posted by Samala on September 26, 2014
sunday parkway

This Sunday is the fifth and final Sunday Parkways and it’ll take you around Southwest Portland. The 6 mile route will let you explore the SW Trails, take you by Gabriel Park, Multnomah Village and Hillsdale Shopping Center, and you’ll find food, music and other activities along the way.  There’s also a walk-only trail. The Southwest Portland Sunday Parkways is …

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Bikin’ in the Rain

Posted by Samala on September 26, 2014
rain face

We’re nearing the end of the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge and with the rain, the challenge got more challenging.  If you’d like to bike more throughout the year, but not sure how to prepare for bad weather, there’s an all-season cycling class next week.  The class is interactive with experienced riders sharing tips and techniques for staying dry, comfortable and …

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Drug Takeback Day

Posted by Samala on September 24, 2014
drug takeback

This Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day.  As you know, unused medicine can be abused if it gets into the wrong hands and it’s a threat to the environment.  Wastewater treatment facilities are very effective at removing solids and harmful bacteria, but aren’t designed to filter medications. Medicines that are flushed down the drain or that leach from landfills …

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