Category Archives for "Recycling"

Permaculture Principle 7 – Design From Patterns to Details

The permaculture principles of patterning emphasizes the benefits of working from the general to the specific. It is akin to finding your purpose in life and then going about finding a way to manifest it. In a Permaculture system, the natural patterns in nature form the basis of the design.  

Blame Nature
Nature constantly creates breathtaking landscapes that man has no hand in.  These beautiful landscapes follow a greater natural order creating their pleasing aesthetics and consistent balance.

Mimic the Original
If we are going to mimic the natural world, we need to understand that nature is using patterns and cycles to maximize the benefits of interconnecting systems.  Our first goal then is to look deeper into…

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Permaculture Principle #6 – Produce No Waste

This principle’s name says it all. Undoubtedly you are starting to see how the principles are woven together to support the greater whole. Creating no waste seems like such a simple concept that it’s easy to dismiss. However, we are wasteful beings, and we must consciously be aware of the waste we create.

It’s not enough that we all agree that producing less waste is a promising idea but understanding doing so is a complex problem.

In our personal lives, we can easily see ways in which we can immediately reduce or stop wastefulness such as by sharing the abundance from our gardens, lowering the heat to use less energy, or not wasting money by overpaying for products and services.

This is not a mindset of scarcity but one of responsible management of resources.

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Environmental Hypocrisy: Are We Doomed?

Hypocrisy 101

In a local paper, the Willamette Week, I first came across the idea of environmental hypocrisy back in 2019 in one of their columns by Mr. Know.

The article is short but puts forth some observations that require thoughtful consideration and meaningful action
In the article, a reader asks Mr. Know:
“The Port of Portland is expanding PDX’s flight capacity with nary a whisper about the pollution those extra flights will generate. Shouldn’t we worry less about bike lanes and more about willy-nilly jetting around the globe?”

Mr. Know responds by saying that the reader has indeed identified why we are “all doomed.”

Environmental hypocrisy: “People will follow their environmental conscience unless it requires giving up something they really want.” ~Mr. Know

Suppose I offer you a round trip two-week vacation to a faraway exotic location, and you know that the plane trip will dump excessive emissions into the environment thus affecting climate change. Would you turn down my offer? It’s highly probable you…

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Upcycle Old Clothing: 10 Inspiring Ideas

What is Upcycled Clothing?

To upcycle old clothes is the creative transformation of a used piece of clothing into something new that has value again. Fast fashion brand manufactures and sells clothing quickly and cheaply. The industry negatively affects the environment and often violates workers’ rights.

Refusing to contribute to the fashion industry can lower your carbon footprint substantially. Instead, learn how to upgrade clothing to prolong their lifecycle so they don’t need replacing. Transform old clothing into new beautiful bespoke pieces you’ll be proud to wear and the planet will thank you.

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The 4 Best Sustainable Plastic Free Toothpastes

Most major brands of toothpaste contain various forms of harmful micro-plastics, but there are great natural alternatives you’ll love.

My wife told me she heard that recent studies indicate ‘micro-plastics’ have been found in our bodies. In our blood, in our livers, our muscles, and in our brains. She was listening to the radio while driving between appointments when she heard this and was astounded.

These studies were conducted by leading national and international medical organizations. After I did some follow-up research on her comment, I was blown away.

I have heard micro-plastics have been found in rivers, in the oceans as well as in sand on our beaches, which is all terrible. But micro-plastics in our bodies?

But where did all this micro-plastic come from and how did it get in our bodies?

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