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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.

Northwest Children’s Nature Play Week

Posted by Samala on September 15, 2014
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Here’s a jaw-dropping statistic.  The amount of time that kids play outside is down 50 percent in just one generation. Today there’s a symposium for teachers, parents, policymakers and community members with the goal of identifying and addressing the barriers that prevent our kids from getting outside to play.  There are morning and afternoon sessions, along with a screening of …

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NEI EcoChallenge 2014

Posted by Samala on September 15, 2014
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The Northwest Earth Institute is holding their 2014 EcoChallenge October 15th through the 29th.  It’s an annual event that challenges participants to set one goal to reduce their environmental impact and stick to it for two weeks.  Past EcoChallenges include going paperless at work, kicking the bottled water habit and doing a 100 mile diet.  Be inspired by checking out …

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Don’t Toss Those Eggshells

Posted by Samala on September 10, 2014

Eggs are full of protein and vitamins.  But after you’ve cracked the shells, do you just put it in the curbside compost bin?  If so, you’re garden’s missing out.  Egg shells are mostly calcium carbonate and are a great addition to your backyard compost bin.  No backyard compost bin? That’s okay, just crumble the shells as you use them and …

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Don’t Let That Fruit Go Bad!

Posted by Samala on September 9, 2014

Did you know that 25 percent of calories grown for human consumption doesn’t get eaten?  It’s not only a waste of resources like water and energy, it’s a drain on your pocketbook.  Here are some tricks to help keep your produce lasting longer. Store avocados with some onion slices and if you store a half avocado, keep the pit in …

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The Clean Bin Project

Posted by Samala on September 8, 2014
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The Northwest Earth Institute will host a viewing of “The Clean Bin Project” tomorrow night at 7.  “The Clean Bin Project” is about the competition between partners Jen and Grant to see who can produce the least amount of garbage in a year. The video features TED lecturer Chris Jordan and presents the serious topic of waste reduction with optimism, …

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Forest Stewardship Council Labels

Posted by Samala on September 8, 2014
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When you’re picking up paper or wood products, look for the Forest Stewardship Council certified label. The FSC label insures that the wood was sourced with environmental and social protections in place in forests that have been managed responsibly. Commercial printing companies can also earn the FSC label.  Check out the Forest Stewardship Council’s website for information on how and …

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Natural Stain Remover

Posted by Samala on September 4, 2014

Stains on clothes and carpet can be a challenging to get out, but before you reach for those conventional stain removers, check out what’s already in your cupboards.  Make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub into carpet stains.  Once the powder dries, vacuum it up. Toothpaste, lemon juice, white chalk, rubbing alcohol, coconut oil, salt and even …

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Palm Oil

Posted by Samala on September 3, 2014
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Palm oil is primarily used for cooking in developing countries and used in food products, detergents and cosmetics in the U.S. It’s a productive crop and demand has grown, but expansion comes at the expense of tropical forests and all of the animals that live there.  You can help save these ecosystems by avoiding products with palm oil or buying …

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Bike Commute Challenge

Posted by Samala on September 3, 2014
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The Bike Commute Challenge takes place through the month of September and it’s not too late to sign up or to start your bike commuting!  The Bike Commute Challenge is a friendly competition between workplaces, co-workers and friends to see who can log the most commutes by bike. If you’re new to bike commuting, the BTA will help you get …

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Nourishmat – Garden Easy!

Posted by Samala on September 3, 2014

Does the idea of starting your garden overwhelm you? A company called Earth Starter has put together the Nourishmat, essentially taking almost all of the guesswork out of planting. the mat is divided into plant sections and there are pre-cut holes so you know exactly where to place the pre-planted seedballs. the Nourishmat also has a built-in irrigation system. There …

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Garden Home Community Sustainability Fair
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
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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