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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.


Thermal Paper BPA

Posted by Samala on August 14, 2014
receipts

You’ve heard about the chemical BPA that’s been linked to health problems.  It’s found in food and water containers, but not just there.  BPA is found in a lot of receipts too. The thermal paper ones contain the most.  You can protect yourself by declining receipts or have them emailed to you instead.  Stash your receipts in a plastic bag. …

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Microbeads in Toothpaste

Posted by Samala on August 12, 2014
microbeads

Plastic microbeads are bad news. They’re found in some face washes and when they go down the drain, they enter our lakes and oceans, and eventually fish.  You can also find them in some toothpastes and those nasty microbeads can get lodged in your gums.  Any foreign objects in the gumline can lead to infection, gingivitis or periodontal disease.  What’s …

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Oregon’s Energy Efficiency

Posted by Samala on August 12, 2014
wind turbines

Here’s some good news on the environment.  The United States is making progress towards more sustainable energy usage. The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy ranked states based on six policy areas in which states typically pursue energy efficiency and Oregon ranked fourth. We scored high for our building energy code, along with our policies on energy efficient heating …

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Trackers Earth

Posted by Samala on August 7, 2014
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You don’t have to live off the grid to learn how to live off nature. Trackers Earth presents a workshop from Tom Prang called “Subsistence Hunting and Foraging: How to get Started.”   Prang has lived a subsistence lifestyle for almost 30 years, bottling wine from wild fruit, preserving fruits, mushrooms and roots and even making stone and bone tools.  The …

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The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Posted by Samala on August 7, 2014
baking soda

Baking soda might just be the best thing hanging out in your kitchen.  Besides the fact that it’s a key ingredient in your favorite cookie, baking soda has so many other uses around the house.  Use baking soda to unclog drains.  A cup of it, followed by a cup of white vinegar and boiling water poured down the drain will …

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We Can and We Will

Posted by Samala on August 6, 2014
canning

It seems like everyone is canning these days and with good reason.  Canning produce from the garden or farmers market reduces waste and saves money.  But there are other great reasons to start canning.  It’s one of the best ways to preserve the freshest local produce, it keeps additives out of your food and, if you can a lot, you’ve …

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Lawn Watering Alternatives

Posted by Samala on August 5, 2014
lawn watering

If you water your lawn regularly, the EPA estimates that one third of your water usage goes to keeping your grass green.  If you can’t live with a brown lawn for a couple of months, there are alternatives.  First of all, you can go with a lawn-free landscape, planting drought tolerant plants instead of grass.  Edible landscaping is also greener …

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Conserve H2O

Posted by Samala on August 4, 2014
conserve h2o

When it’s hot outside, it’s normal to turn on the hose to protect your garden and lawn.  Just don’t waste water and raise your water bill in the process.  Here are some conservation tips.  Water before 10am or after 6pm, when temperatures are cooler and water evaporation is limited.  Add organic material to help your garden retain moisture and raise …

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Sandy River Clean-Up

Posted by Samala on July 31, 2014
sandy river

The good folks from SOLV are leading a clean-up effort at the Sandy River where it crosses through Lewis and Clark State Park in the Troutdale area on Saturday, August 2nd.  You can join them and by simply picking up trash, you’ll help improve water quality, protect wildlife and make the area more beautiful.  Saturday’s event is from 10 a.m. …

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Garden Insects Guide

Posted by Samala on July 31, 2014
garden insect guide

Every garden has bugs that can damage plants and those that are helpful. But how can you tell which is which? Now there’s an app for that. Mother Earth News profiles 15 of the most common garden pests, so you can take your smartphone or tablet into the garden to figure out who’s who. Then, when you find the pest, …

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Thermal Paper BPA
Microbeads in Toothpaste
Oregon’s Energy Efficiency
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The Many Uses of Baking Soda
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Lawn Watering Alternatives
Conserve H2O
Sandy River Clean-Up
Garden Insects Guide
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