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.

Summer Weather Tips

Posted by Samala on July 14, 2014
summer window

According to PGE, 80 percent of residential customers have air conditioning of some kind, but while they keep your home cool, they cost money to run.  So here are some tips to help you keep your home cool with or without air conditioning.  Open windows when it’s cool outside (nights and early mornings) and close them when temperatures start to …

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Portland Tool Libraries

Posted by Samala on July 11, 2014
tool library

The average power tool spends more time sitting in its case than it does being used. Instead of having a garage full of unused tools gathering dust, there are alternatives. Borrowing tools has become a popular alternative and Portland is home to four tool libraries where you can borrow home and garden tools if you live in the tool library’s …

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DIY Laundry Detergent

Posted by Samala on July 10, 2014

When it comes to going green, you may not stop to think about your laundry detergent. But there’s a host of chemicals, including phosphates and sodium lauryl sulfate, that are harming your health and the environment. There are a variety of safe and natural detergents available, but if you’re on a tight budget or love to DIY, I’ve found a …

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Marine Animal Rescue

Posted by Samala on July 10, 2014
marine animal rescue

Do you know what to do if you find a stranded marine animal on the beach? First, keep your distance.  If the animal is in distress, approaching them could cause them to attack. Some also carry diseases.  Watch from a distance and look for injuries or markings. Is it thin, wounded or does it have a tag?  Those will be …

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Pesticides and Declining Bee Populations

Posted by Samala on July 8, 2014

The bee population has been declining for the last 8 years, the reported losses are so steep that it’s been dubbed Colony Collapse Disorder. There are a couple of threats to the bee population with pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids (NEO nicotine OIDS), doing the most damage. The application of neonicotinoids to plants isn’t directed at bees, but they’re innocent bystanders. The …

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Why Morning is the Best Time to Water

Posted by Samala on July 7, 2014

We’ve hit the time of year where it becomes necessary to water your veggie garden regularly. The best time to water is in the early morning hours. Winds are lighter and temperatures are lower, and that means more water gets into the soil and doesn’t evaporate. If your plants are drooping, it’s usually fine to water them in the afternoon, …

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Urban Agriculture Ordinances

Posted by Samala on July 3, 2014
urban ordinances

Small growers and urban farms are popping up around the country, changing the way cities look at these would-be farmers.  Ordinances are being adopted to guide these farms and give them a sense of legitimacy.  Seedstock, a social venture that fosters sustainable food systems, highlights 10 cities leading the way with urban farms and yes, Portland is one of them. …

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Saving America’s Pollinators

Posted by Samala on July 2, 2014

Buyer beware … many bee-friendly garden plants sold at big retail stores have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees. More than a half million Americans signed petitions demanding they stop selling these plants and many retailers are taking steps to eliminate the pesticides from their plants and stores. Last year, Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer helped introduce …

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Here’s To a Better School Lunch

Posted by Samala on July 1, 2014
healthy school lunch

School lunch programs get a bad rap. But recently, the website One Green Planet highlighted 10 high schools across the country making healthy choices. Franklin High School in Southeast Portland was one of the schools featured. The website mentioned their Farm to School programs, fruit and veggie bar and the gardens on school property. Congrats to Franklin and here’s to …

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Oregon Beaches Water Quality Report

Posted by Samala on June 30, 2014
beach water quality

The 24th annual Vacation Beach Water Quality Report is out and Oregon beaches scored poorly.  Oregon beaches ranked 18 out of 30 states for overall beach water quality. Common pollutants include viruses, bacteria and parasites in the water.  So what can you do? Right now the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers are taking public input on their Clean Water …

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NEI EcoChallenge 2014
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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
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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
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