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Wondering what product stewardship is and how you can be a better advocate for it in Oregon and beyond? We’ve put together a basic toolkit to help people educate themselves and others on product stewardship and its related idea, extended producer responsibility (EPR). The toolkit contains: A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document Tips for product stewardship advocacy A primer on grassroots organizing, which is helpful for those of us without millions of dollars to put toward advocacy efforts A primer on the circular economy A sample letter to your Legislator We will keep adding to the toolkit, so check back

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15 gifts that will help eco-conscious consumers cut waste around the house and while they’re on to go The holidays are quickly approaching. For most of us, that brings things we love into our homes: family, holiday decoration, good food, and a chance to relax before the first of the year. The other thing we tend to bring into our homes this year is stuff, stuff, and more stuff. Holiday gifts, hostess gifts, white elephant gifts, well-intentioned gifts from bosses and co-workers and clients… you name it, it’s flooding our homes and kitchens this time of year. If you’re looking

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Imagine a world without waste, a world where all products are designed to be reusable, repairable, and easy to recycle. We see a world where manufacturers are responsible for products at all points in their lifecycle, from the moment they’re made until the day they’re disposed of for good. As a loyal BRING supporter, you do all you can to reduce waste, reuse, and recycle. You compost, buy in bulk, and reject excess packaging and single use items. You donate reusable items to BRING. You support common sense Product Stewardship programs like the Oregon Bottle Bill, Paintcare, and Oregon E-Cycles

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by Sophia McDonald Bennett Under our current economic system, the process of making products goes something like this: We extract resources from the earth, whether it’s cotton, wood, ore, petroleum or something else. We make a product, sell it to a buyer, and that buyer is responsible for disposing of it when they’re done with it. Although they may be able to give the product a second or third life by passing it on to a friend or thrift store, most of the time the disposal process involves putting it in a landfill or incinerator. This process is hard on

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By Phil Farris, Grassroots Landscape Company Photos of some of the beautiful gardens shown on this year’s BRING Home + Garden Tour Have you ever walked by a neighbor’s garden and been struck by how beautiful it looked? Great gardens delight the senses and can have a profound psychological impact on us – even without us consciously knowing we are being effected. But what is it about these spaces that makes them so fantastic? How can we, as home gardeners, create these spaces for ourselves? Professional garden designers look to some of the elemental principles of design to create spaces

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The view from the back porch of Melinda Bruce’s Eugene home. Bruce engaged in the process of downsizing to fit in a smaller, more eco-friendly house. She found the process of downsizing cleansing and loves her clean, easy to maintain residence. Downsizing is a way to declutter your home and life by discarding unneeded possessions. Sometimes people choose to downsize because they want less stuff and fewer complications in their lives. Sometimes they do it because they’re moving to a smaller or lower maintenance home. The practice has become common among Baby Boomers who have become empty nesters. But even

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This year, learn by doing at BRING. We’re hosting hands-on workshops on select Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Materials are provided while supplies last. Workshops are free to participate, with a $5 suggested donation for cost of materials. Make it! Skull Crafts This October we’ll pay respect to the Mexican calavera with a community D-I-Y skull crafting workshop. Give discarded, dead materials new life in your very own decorated calavera. This event is part of Lane Arts Council’s Fiesta Cultural, a celebration of Latino art, culture, and heritage. Location: BRING’s Planet Improvement Center 4446 Franklin Blvd, Eugene, OR

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Submitted by the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) You don’t need to spend a fortune or make drastic lifestyle changes to have a more sustainable, climate-friendly home. These simple, everyday actions can have a big impact. Here in Eugene, we are fortunate to have access to clean, abundant power and water. But climate change poses risks to our community’s energy and drinking water supplies and infrastructure. As the climate changes, rising temperatures and extreme weather events impact the availability, reliability and costs of the energy and water our community relies on. You might be surprised to learn that you

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by Sophia Bennett BRING’s 11th annual Home + Garden Tour is right around the corner. At every stop, we’ll help you answer an important question: What does it mean to live sustainably in the modern world? When we look to a future where climate change has an ever-increasing impact, the answer may not always seem rosy. Far from a dystopian world, we see one where people live with abundance thanks to reusable materials; know and work with neighbors and family members of all ages; raise their own healthy, delicious food; and eschew clutter in favor of a simpler, more streamlined

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Buy your tickets to the BRING Home + Garden Tour TODAY and save $4 per person at the door. Modern living is more than an aesthetic. It is a lifestyle that allows us to live well with less stuff, prepare for the future, and anticipate and adapt to a changing planet. This year’s BRING Home + Garden Tour features everything from modest urban infill to pollinator-friendly gardens and urban agriculture. In between are creative and thoughtful answers to the question: What does it mean to live sustainably in the modern world? Reducing our use of natural resources — through energy

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