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If you haven't already heard, Portland is expecting quite a few zero waste groceries stores to pop up in the coming years. And if you're wondering what a zero waste grocery store is exactly, you're not alone. Because "zero waste" is a term used in so many contexts and to mean so many things, what these grocery stores will look like varies a lot. They do have one thing in common however: bulk. A hallmark of a zero waste grocery store is providing access to as much as possible
Every year in Portland, Oregon we throw out 50 million disposable coffee cups. Coffee cups, given how they are designed, can neither be composted nor recycled here in Portland, meaning that those 50 million cups head straight to the landfill. And even for a used-to-be-coffee-hater like me (although recently converted), that's still a problem. Whether you're buying coffee, hot cocoa, or chai tea, it always comes in those nasty little cups. On the individual level, we can all b
When people think of Portland, Oregon, they think of bridges, bike paths, microbreweries, and coffee houses. The word “eco-friendly” might even come to mind, which is exactly what I imagined when I moved to Portland last summer. As someone living waste free, I knew that I needed to move to a city filled with bulk bins, second hand stores, and alternative packaging options. If you haven’t heard of the term zero waste or waste free before, it means that I attempt to send as lit
As a relatively recent "Oregonian", it's taken me a little while to figure out the whole bottle take-back program they have going on here. I first encountered the take-back program traveling through East Oregon last summer when my boyfriend and I stopped for some supplies at a Safeway. We had several glass and metal cans that we had been saving along the way to recycle and attempted to put them in the machine. Unfortunately, we couldn't figure out how it worked. After living