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.


Natural Stain Remover

Posted by Samala on September 4, 2014
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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
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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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Avoiding “Phantom Load”

Posted by Samala on August 28, 2014
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Here’s a way to save money and reduce your energy use.  Unplug your electronics.  Many appliances consume energy even when you’re not using them.  It’s called ‘phantom load’ and it can cost you up to $100 or more per year. You can prevent it by unplugging electronics or by plugging items into a surge protector and turning the entire strip …

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Glean Art Show

Posted by Samala on August 28, 2014
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Trashed and neglected items get turned into art at the Glean Art Show.  All art pieces were created from things found at Metro Central Transfer station, items that people had thrown away. The art show is in its fourth year and each artist created art in different ways.  Come see what’s on display at Disjecta Gallery Friday through Sunday from noon …

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Mercury in Seafood

Posted by Samala on August 28, 2014
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If you’re pregnant or looking to become pregnant you should avoid all tuna.  That warning doesn’t come from the FDA, which simply recommends that you should reduce your intake of fish that may contain mercury.  It comes from Consumer Reports which recently tested tuna samples and found mercury in every one.  Research shows that even small quantities of mercury can …

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Apple Gets Greener!

Posted by Samala on August 25, 2014
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Score one for the green team!  Five months ago, two activist groups launched a petition to ask Apple to investigate the use of two chemicals in the production of its iDevices.  This month, the agency said they decided to explicitly ban the two chemicals from the iPhone and iPad assembly.  Let’s hope this motivates others to follow.  Keep on keeping …

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The Transit Diet

Posted by Samala on August 25, 2014
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Here’s another reason to ditch your car, at least occasionally on your commute… 5-7 pounds.  A study in the UK found that transit commuters along with people who biked and walked to work weigh less.  What’s interesting is that it’s not just those active commuters, but people who take public transit are also feeling positive effects from their greener choices.

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Sunday Parkways

Posted by Samala on August 25, 2014
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This Sunday is the 4th of 5 Portland Sunday Parkways and the weather will be perfect for a day of walking or biking around Southeast Portland.  Explore Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks and join in on activities along the way.  If you’re not interested in biking it, you can sign up to volunteer!

Click here to learn how.





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Natural Stain Remover
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Apple Gets Greener!
The Transit Diet
Sunday Parkways
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