Posts Categorized: Green Tip

Jiminy Crickets!

As our world’s population grows, our demand for resources becomes more difficult to sustain. This especially goes for meat production, which requires significant land use, incredible amounts of water and food needed to raise the animals, creates conflict with wildlife concerns, and is responsible for so much pollution, especially surrounding large-scale Confined Animal Feeding Operations…. Read more »

Tips For Reducing Plastic Waste

Part Three of a three-part series – Part one was an announcement about the loss of many kinds of plastic recycling, and what plastics are still able to be recycled. Part Two focuses on why China has recently stopped importing recyclable plastic, and why attempting to force recyclers to take materials we wish they would… Read more »

No More Wishful Recycling!

Part Two in this three-part series: Have you heard that we can no longer recycle many kinds of plastic in the US that we’ve gotten used to being able to recycle? We were so disappointed when we heard the news that China has stopped importing post consumer plastic waste. We try hard as a Green… Read more »

Unfortunate Changes to Plastic Recycling in Portland

Part one of a 3-part series By Guest Blogger Barbara Ballew, Master Recycler, class of Feb. 1997 China has been the buyer of our post-consumer plastics and other used commodities. They have just announced to the World Health Organization adoption of new environmental regulations, under which they are no longer allowing importation of recycled plastics,… Read more »

‘Tis the Season For Fleas!

We’re coming up on a time of the year when fleas start to become more active. Here are a few quick tips to stay ahead of fleas (and ticks) effectively without harmful chemicals: Protect your yard Nematodes: When soil temperatures rise above 45 degrees for at least 2 to 3 weeks (spring, summer and fall… Read more »

Green Tip – Why You Should Avoid Farmed Salmon

When we are evaluating a pet food or treat to sell at the store, there is an (ever-expanding) list of ingredients that we will not carry, and farmed salmon is definitely one of them. Some items we don’t like because the ingredients are harmful to the environment, some because practices are inhumane or these animals… Read more »

Green Tips for Portland Holiday Recycling

Holiday Recycling Tips & Why Some Items Can’t Go In: Portland allows us to recycle a lot of things curbside, including plastic plant nursery pots, empty spray oil cans, motor oil (next to bins in a clear milk jug) and food waste. (In fact, in 5 years of curbside composting, we’ve been able to turn… Read more »

Reducing Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

By Christine Mallar. When we go grocery shopping, many of us have learned to make choices that are both healthier for the planet and healthier for our bodies. We look for organic, locally grown produce, non toxic cleaners, and paper products made with recycled materials. But how many of us realize that we can apply… Read more »

Recycling Tips for Portland Folks

(and some handy links at the end for everyone!)   Happy Earth Day Month!! We’re continuing with green tips this week to help people find simple ways to live more sustainably.   Amp up your recycling! Portland helps us recover a lot of our waste at curbside. Curbside composting really has decreased the amount of… Read more »