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.


Expiration Dates? Less Food Waste!

Posted by Samala on June 27, 2014
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Did you know that 40 percent of the food we produce in this country never gets eaten, with most of it ending up in the landfill? The waste comes from our homes, grocery stores and farms.  For the average family, that’s a couple hundred dollars’  worth of food being thrown away every year, and a lot of the problem comes …

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Delicious Leftovers, Less Food Waste!

Posted by Samala on June 25, 2014
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The simple act of choosing good recipes can save you time and money and help reduce your impact on the environment.  Here’s another tip as our focus on food waste continues this week.  If you know how much leftovers will come from various meals, you can better plan how to use them. Roasted chicken one night turns into soup, enchiladas …

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Better Meal Planning, Less Food Waste!

Posted by Samala on June 24, 2014
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This week’s green tips focus on cutting back on food waste.  The first step is better food planning and that begins before you hit the grocery store. The average family is busy, even in the summer months, but making a plan in advance saves time, money and the environment.  Write out your week’s meal plan and buy what you need …

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The Price of Food Waste

Posted by Samala on June 24, 2014
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Food waste is a huge problem in the United States, with the average American throwing away about a third of all edible food they buy per year. That’s about a pound of food per person per day and approximately $400 per person per year. Your pocket book isn’t the only thing that takes a hit. The environment does too. Food …

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Sunday Parkways

Posted by Samala on June 20, 2014
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Pump up your bike tires, it’s time for the second Sunday Parkways!  This weekend the nine mile loop goes through North Portland and connects five parks along the way, and best of all, it’s on traffic-free streets.  Sunday Parkways is open to bicyclists of all ages and abilities, and is taking place from 11 am to 4 pm this Sunday.  …

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Foot Traffic Ahead

Posted by Samala on June 19, 2014
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Congratulations to the Portland Metro area!  We were recently ranked 7th in Smart Growth America’s survey of walkable big cities. Washington D.C. topped the list followed by New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.  Portland ranked in the top of the second tier and it’s interesting to note that they found 90 percent of our walkable urban space …

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Energy Hogs

Posted by Samala on June 18, 2014
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Do you have an energy hog in your house?  Many households keep a second refrigerator running 24-7 during the warmer months, not realizing that models built before 1993 can cost $150 a year to operate.  Energy Trust of Oregon offers qualifying residents a $40 incentive, plus free pickup, if they recycle their old refrigerator. Oregon customers of PGE and Pacific …

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Microbeads – Ick!

Posted by Samala on June 17, 2014
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Congratulations to Illinois!  They became the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of products containing microbeads, the synthetic exfoliants found in face wash, body soap and toothpaste. Environmentalists are concerned that the non-biodegradable beads are harming fish and other wildlife.  Tests show a microbead presence in the great lakes. California, Minnesota, New York and Ohio are considering a …

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Oregon Right to Know

Posted by Samala on June 16, 2014
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Do you want to know if the foods you buy at the grocery store contain any genetically modified organisms? The group, Oregon Right to Know is looking for volunteers to gather signatures for a ballot initiative that would require GMO labeling on foods sold in the state. They hope to get the issue on the November ballot, and need to …

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Portland Nursery

Posted by Samala on June 13, 2014
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It may be mid June already, but it’s not too late to plant a vegetable garden. It’s important to keep in mind that at the start of summer, your best bet is to plant heat tolerant veggies. You can still plant things like beans, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce by seed, but look for starts if you’re planting things like eggplant, …

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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
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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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