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Earth Day 2021

Please enjoy the following blog in honor of Earth Day written by Ani Kasch, of the Environmental Center who is a friend of Patty’s.


5 Quick Tips To Reduce Waste:

How To Reduce Waste During ConstructionThe EPA estimates that 548 million tons of construction and demolition (C/D) debris (concrete, asphalt, steel, wood products, drywall, brick and clay tile, etc) was generated in the U.S. in 2015 alone — more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste. The reduction, reuse, and recycling of C/D can be accomplished through deconstruction and reclamation. Keeping the materials in the loop is an important part of reducing waste in Deschutes County.

Did you know: 25% or more of Deschutes County’s Knott Landfill consists of construction and demolition waste? This seems daunting, but there are simple ways to reduce this number. Are you thinking about a remodeling or construction project? Here are some ways to rethink construction waste:

1. Are you remodeling? Take the time to deconstruct:Getting rid of old kitchen cabinets? Call the ReStore’s reclamation services. They will remove the old ones out for you and then take the ReStore where someone else can buy them. Keep it in the loop! If you’re getting rid of appliances that still work, try to sell them or donate them.Gently remove old wood and trim rather than using the sledgehammer. Satisfaction will come from passing materials on and you can go hit the punching bag at the gym to get your energy out!

2. Set up a recycling station at the construction site:Get a good idea of what you will need: what materials on site will be good for donation? What different recycling streams can you contribute to? Outline a recycling area on the construction site. Obtain containers for each donatable and recyclable. Make sure you have clear signs for each area! Educate everyone on site so folks know what goes where.

Kor Community Land Trust models this well.
Check out their recycling station below.




3. When designing your new look, take the following into consideration: Use non-toxic options like natural flooring and low or no VOC paints.Can you find the building material you need at your local ReStore? Choose classic designs and finishes that work well over time rather than the trendy new look.

4. Time to paint!? Try a sample before you commit. Buy only what you need! Try a paint calculator. Only need a little paint? Can you find a good color at the ReStore? Don’t toss old paint! Recycle it: donate usable paint, all else take it to Knott Landfill for proper disposal.

5. Get inspired by other people’s reuse ideas:
Broken pieces of concrete can create a unique and interesting walkway

ADU porch showcases reclaimed cedar fence made into house siding
Refreshed old tile with new paint and a stencil.

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Rethink Waste Challenge

The Environmental Center’s Second Local Challenge Kicks off May 11th!

You can join in the challenge that goes from May 11–June 7, 2020. Participants will be entered to win weekly prize drawings that help prevent wasted food, such as glass food-storage containers and reusable beeswax food wraps, plus a $100 gift card to the grocery store of choice. Two grand prize drawings for $250 in farm bucks to a local farm will be awarded to those who complete the whole challenge. Participants will also gain knowledge and feel good about making changes in their own lives to help their greater community.

The challenge asks participating households to weigh or measure then record their cumulative wasted food weekly for four weeks. They will track what ends up as waste in their home, then learn small yet impactful tips to change habits in order to produce less waste.

The Rethink Food Waste Challenge is made possible through a partnership with Deschutes County Department of Solid Waste and our local garbage and recycling service providers. To learn more about the challenge and sign up visit their website:

https://www.rethinkwasteproject.org/Challenge/


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Living Green Issue – Earth Day Edition

Earth Day is April 22, 2020 and this year marks 50 years since it began in 1970. Check out Earth Day’s History HERE.


HELPFUL TIPS TO LIVE GREEN:

Tips for Sustainable Landscaping

Attractive landscaping is key to boosting your home’s curb appeal as well as reducing your impact on the environment. Here are some ways to create landscaping that is both beautiful and functional.

Instead of using a hose or sprinkler to water your plants, try using a rain barrel. You can direct rainwater from your roof’s downspout into the barrel and use that water to irrigate flower and garden beds. If you do use a sprinkler, set a timer to help minimize wasted water.

Growing native species of plants will attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies and moths. If you really want to get the most out of your landscaping, focus on growing edible plants alongside ornamental ones. Fruits, vegetables and herbs can add beauty to landscape beds as well as help you save money on groceries. You can also use any produce scraps to create your own compost in order to continue feeding your garden.

Food Scraps for Your Skincare Routine

Composting may be the most common use of food waste, but did you know you can incorporate several food scraps in your daily skincare routine?

As it turns out, fruit peels are excellent for your skin. For example, banana peels can be used as a naturally exfoliating loofah. Simply sprinkle some sugar onto the fleshy side of the peel and apply in the shower. For your face, avocado skins make an easy, hydrating moisturizer.

To make a citrus body scrub, grind dried orange peels, and mix with sugar and vanilla. The natural oils in orange peels help to moisturize dry skin. Lemon halves are excellent for strengthening and brightening your fingernails. After juicing a lemon, rub the half around your fingers and under each nail. Coffee grounds are especially nourishing for hair and skin, and they make a great exfoliant. They can also enhance brunette hair colors.

Are Compostable Takeout Containers Good for the Planet?

In recent years, restaurants have become aware of the amount of plastic waste generated by takeout containers, and some have begun to package their orders in “compostable” containers made from plants. Also known as “bioplastics,” some research shows that these materials may not be better for the environment overall.

According to CivilEats.com, labeling takeout containers as biodegradable isn’t entirely accurate. Most of these containers and cutlery won’t break down in home compost bins and must be sent to industrial facilities in order to be processed. Of nearly 4,000 compost sites in the U.S., very few can accept bioplastics.

Oregon recently announced that the state’s compost facilities would no longer accept compostable products due to contamination from noncompostable look-alike items. Employees have to separate out the noncompostable containers, wasting time, energy and money.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reviewed lifecycle analyses for compostable food containers and measured the full impact of these products, including the raw materials used, the impact of manufacturing and transit, and what happens once they’re thrown away. Among the comparisons, the Oregon DEQ found that the creation and composting of compostable packaging resulted in a higher environmental footprint versus materials that were recycled, incinerated or sent to a landfill.

While compostable takeout containers may work well in some parts of the country, other alternatives such as checking out a reusable takeout container, bringing your own or eating your meal at the restaurant may do more to reduce waste than biodegradable containers alone.

Improve Your Recycling Habits

Recycling is not a fix-all, but there are steps you can take to improve the process. Whether you’re a seasoned recycler or a newbie, these ideas will help along your green journey.

Know what to recycle. Just because an item has the recycling symbol on it does not mean it will actually get recycled. Research your city’s rules for recycling as some places will not process certain plastics. Unfortunately, if your items have food waste on them, they could contaminate a whole load of recyclable materials and send everything to the landfill. Be sure to thoroughly empty and clean containers before placing them in your bin.

Buy recycled. Industries track consumer patterns and produce what people want to buy. From furniture to household products to clothing, there is an entire subset of items made from recycled materials. Buying recycled paper towels or leggings made from recycled water bottles encourages companies to invest in this technology and helps create a more circular, sustainable economy.

Follow the three R’s. You’ve likely heard “reduce, reuse, recycle” with the emphasis being on the final R. But the first two are more important and actually have a larger impact. Reducing the number of single-use plastics that you buy in the first place is the best way to keep items out of the landfill, and reusing what you already have helps lower the demand for new items. Some environmentalists are also adding a fourth R – refuse – as the first step toward eco-friendly living. For example, if someone offers you a plastic straw or plastic promotional item, politely refuse as a way to begin influencing industries’ behavior and lowering your environmental footprint. Rather than being the focus, recycling should be the last resort.


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Luxury Digital Magazine

The latest edition of the Coldwell Banker Bain Global Luxury Magazine is here!

It includes a special feature on Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing architecture.

Enjoy your cup of coffee as you browse beautiful properties throughout Central Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

To take a private tour of all the luxury homes in an easy-to-navigate online format click on the link below, then simply enter keywords such as city name or property features to instantly locate luxury homes that most inspire you.

Global Luxury | Vol. 20 Issue No. 4

Backyard, Home Fun

6 DIY Backyard Games

Summer has been going well so far. But maybe it’s time to kick it up a notch with some easy do-it-yourself yard games to add some silliness to your backyard BBQs.

1. Cornhole

Cornhole

We’ve never met anyone who doesn’t like cornhole. And how about making your very own set of customized boards? Pick your colors, pick your teams. Patty and her husband, Peter, have a set of civil war boards at home – Ducks vs. Beavers.

2. Backyard Yahtzee

Recently played Yahtzee again for the first time in many years. And boy, that is still one seriously fun game! Bring out your competitive side and make a GIANT Yahtzee set for your backyard shenanigans.

3. Giant Jenga

If you’ve been to J.C.’s in Downtown Bend, you’re familiar with Giant Jenga. But did you know that it’s a lot easier to create one of your own than you might think? Give it a try and add it to your set of yard activities.

4. Flamingo Ring Toss

Flamingos

Snag yourself some pots and flamingos from Fred Meyer and this one is a breeze! How fun for the kiddos as well. It’s silly. It’s adorable. And everyone will want to make their own after spending time at your house.

5. Ladder Ball

A few of our friends have ladder ball in their backyards. It’s always such a blast! But you can also make one of your own, customize it and invite all your friends for a little ladder ball tournament (equipped with burgers and chips).

6. Oversized Checkers

Checkerboard

This one is a little bit more of a commitment. But boy, is it worth it. No one is ever upset to find a giant checkerboard waiting for them when BBQing. Be the friend that offers that kind of excitement for your guests.