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Rethinking What We Wear By Shirley Perez West
tacks of neatly folded tee shirts, arranged by color, teeter on wide tables alongside sale racks crammed tight with last season’s losers. The prices are startling, enticing. What a bargain. But the cost of these new clothes runs deeper than the sale tags let on. From resource-heavy and toxic manufacturing practices to wasteful style trends and throwaway quality, fast fashion has a high impact on the environment.
Beyond the Price Tag Most of us don’t have unlimited budgets for clothing, so finding cool stuff to wear at prices we can afford is important. When it comes to new clothing, though, we aren’t paying the full cost. Producing fabric is resource intensive and usually involves heavy use of toxic chemicals. Polyester is made from
"When it comes to new clothing, we aren’t paying the full cost." petroleum, rayon from wood pulp, wool typically requires chemicals to clean and treat fibers, and conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other single crop, according to Pesticide Action Network of North America. And while organic cotton and wool, hemp, linen, bamboo, and recycled polyester may be more environmentally benign, Greenchoices.org recommends that consumers check labels and go to manufacturers’ websites. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, about 99 percent of shoes and 98 percent of clothing we buy are made abroad. Outsourced clothes manufacturing means U.S. consumers can buy cheaply, while skirting the environmental and social costs (polluted water, low wages, dangerous workplaces) borne by workers in developing countries. And then there’s the waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that Americans disposed of 13 million tons of textiles in 2010, only 15
percent of which could be diverted from the waste stream. Hsiou-Lien Chen and Leslie Davis Burns of Oregon State University compared the environmental impacts of the major classes of textile fiber, taking into account the resources going into fabric; its production; dyeing, printing, and finishing; use and maintenance; and disposal. They concluded that, “… one way or another, virtually all textile products have a negative impact on the environment. Put another way, making a shirt—any kind of shirt—can never be as ecologically benign as not making a shirt.”
Searching for Sustainable Style In 2011, a coalition of retailers, clothing manufacturers, fashion houses, non-profits, and the EPA, formed the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which seeks to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the clothing industry worldwide. Members include Wal-Mart, J.C. Penney, Nike, Gap Inc., Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, and Patagonia, among others. So far, the SAC has created an index, called the “Higg Index,” that gives sustainability scores to products, product lines, and manufacturers. While the Higg Index score hasn’t quite made its way to clothing labels, the SAC’s vision is that it will make the industry more environmentallyconscious and consumers more aware of the real cost of what they’re buying.
That is So Last Year The fashion industry thrives on our short attention spans, our quest for what’s shiny and new. According to the American Apparel and Footwear Association, Americans spent about $340 billion on clothing and shoes in 2010, accounting for 75 percent of the global market. By bombarding us with visions of the latest styles and stocking store windows and racks with variations on last year’s themes, we’re often sucked in. But hey, fashion is fun. It’s self-expression, art even. Local designers and manufacturers are turning heads with creatively repurposed clothes. Kathleen Hogan of Oregon Clothing Design has been upcycling used sweaters into flouncy sweatercoats, and selling them at local craft markets and
BRING Awarded $190,000 Grant BRING’s capital campaign to complete the Planet Improvement Center just got a major boost in the form of a $190,000 challenge grant from Meyer Memorial Trust, a Portland-based regional foundation. We need to match the grant, dollarfor-dollar, to receive the funds. Read more on page 3. online (oregonclothingdesign.com). Mitra Chester of Deluxe and Laura Lee Laroux of Redoux Parlour offer “redesigned” clothes along with new designs and resale at their shops. Both stores sell work by more than 50 local clothing and accessory designers, many of whom use recycled materials and found objects in their work.
Disposing of Duds Eugene/Springfield is teeming with consignment and resale boutiques ready to upcycle your gently used but still fashionable apparel for cash or store credit. Likewise, thrift stores welcome donated clothing for resale or repurposing. Sorted clothing (including shoes and accessories) that aren’t likely to sell locally are baled and sent to developing countries. Items too worn, ragged, or stained may get new life as cleaning rags or carpet padding. Even single shoes are marketable to countries where land mines are present. “There’s a market for all of these things,” says Terry McDonald, director at St. Vincent de Paul, which collects worn out clothes and single shoes at their stores. When it comes to new clothes, there’s no environmentally benign solution (see Chen and Burns study above). With some creativity and a shift in our expectations about clothing prices and useful life, the way we dress ourselves can be a great expression of our values.
Continued on Page 2 To avoid the biggest environmental impacts of the fashion industry, buy used, repurposed, or “up-cycled” clothes, made by local designers. This dress, from Portland’s Junk to Funk collection, is made completely from men’s shirts. It was modeled by Zoe Muellner at BRING’s Garbage Gala, in 2011. Photo courtesy of SeenEugene.
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Shop resale and sell your clothes Shop American and Canadian made Shop local designers and manufacturers (especially repurposed clothing) Update your look with accessories Check out labels then look up resources Adopt a classic or vintage style that will last more than one season Store and launder clothes carefully Mend and repair where possible Invite friends to a “naked lady” clothing exchange or find a clothes swapping website Develop your own style, instead of following the latest trends
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"I'm just trying to change the world, one sequin at a time." — Lady Gaga I have a love-hate relationship with fashion. I love the opportunity for creativity and self-expression, but resent the pressure from the fashion industry and the media to look a certain way. I like a bargain, but am painfully aware that the price tag on most clothes doesn’t begin to reflect their true cost—a cost born by future generations who will inherit the environmental problems and by the people toiling for subsistence wages in unsafe clothing factories. I have a closet full of clothes, but, often as not, nothing quite right for the occasion. Like many women, I’m on a continual quest to find acceptable “business casual” clothes that meet a broad list of requirements. They must look good on camera—you never know when a TV reporter will call for an impromptu interview. They must be bike friendly (ever try riding a bike in a pencil skirt?). They mustn’t require fussy handling, like dry cleaning or ironing, or take hours of time to find. They must be comfortable and reasonably priced, and, if all that isn’t a tall enough order, they must
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Fashion Factoids Resources:
• It takes about 100 gallons of water to grow and process a single pound of cotton. • The average American goes through about 35 pounds of new cotton material each year. • The textile industry is the third largest consumer of water in the world. • Each year Americans purchase approximately 1 billion garments made in China, the equivalent of four pieces of clothing for every U.S. citizen. • Over 50% of U.S. garment factories are sweatshops, run in apparel centers in California, New York, Dallas, Miami, and Atlanta.
Toxins: • Nylon manufacturing emits nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas with a carbon footprint 310 times that of carbon dioxide.
Donate Where You Work Looking to make a difference with your dollars? EarthShare Oregon makes it easy. Through EarthShare’s workplace giving program, you can make a one-time gift or a regular donation from your paycheck. You can support a collection of environmental organizations—or you can choose your favorites, such as BRING. Many local companies already participate in EarthShare, and some of them will match your donation. Here are some of the local employers with active EarthShare programs: • City of Eugene • Datalogic • EWEB • Home Depot • LCOG • Lane County • Lane County Legal Aid & Advocacy Center • Life Technologies • McKenzie River Broadcasting • Mountain Rose Herbs • Neil Kelly Company • Northwest Natural • Oregon Research Institute • Organically Grown • Umpqua Bank • University of Oregon • Wal-Mart If your workplace is not yet involved in an EarthShare campaign, establishing one is easy. Contact Jan Wilson at (503) 223-9015 or [email protected]
Or, visit http://earthshare-oregon.org/.
fit my values. I try to avoid companies producing clothes with big environmental or social impacts. Like most women striving to balance environmental values and professional needs, I end up cobbling together a compromise wardrobe. I find things at the many quality resale stores in town. Used clothes are great for guilt-free shopping, but more timeconsuming to find. I inherit hand-me-downs from friends and my daughters—acquired at “naked lady” parties or pulled out of the donation pile. And I buy some clothes new, attempting to patronize companies that manufacture in America or use recycled content fabrics. However, such dedication is not always maintained. I fall prey to consumer lust, cast morals aside, and buy that sweater I love. Or, just too busy, I head for the mall. Being a conscious consumer is a tough prospect, requiring a level of vigilance and dedication most of us cannot maintain. Since most environmental impact comes from the production of new goods, I try to buy used whenever possible, keeping BRING’s mission in mind whenever I shop. — Julie Daniel, Executive Director
• Cotton uses 16% of the world's insecticides, more than any other single major crop. • Dye fixatives – often heavy metals – wash into sewers and waterways. • Cloth is often bleached using dioxin-producing chlorine compounds. • Most polycotton and all “easy care,” “crease resistant,” and “permanent press” cotton are treated with toxic formaldehyde (also used for flameproofing nylon).
Waste: • Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year. • The clothing industry produces 2 million tons of waste, 3.1 million tons of CO2, and 70 million tons of waste water in a single year. Sources: U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste; Environmental Justice Foundation; U.S. Dept. of Labor; National Geographic.
Meet the Board Brittany Quick-Warner
Our newest board member, Brittany moved here recently to get married and settle down with her new husband, who grew up in Springfield. She comes to us with a master’s degree in public and non-profit management from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an impressive resume of volunteer service. Brittany works as Volunteer Coordinator with United Way of Lane County, a job that feeds her passion for community involvement. She also serves as a volunteer advisor for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. With an undergrad degree in environmental and atmospheric science and an interest in fundraising and event planning, serving on BRING’s board was a natural fit. “When I first stumbled upon BRING’s storefront, as an avid DIY-er, I was like a kid in a candy shop— absolutely mesmerized,” said Brittany. “After a little research, I learned that BRING was a non-profit with a mission focused on environmental education and sustainability, and I was obsessed. Having the opportunity to serve on the board for an organization that aligns so closely with my passions and has such an impact on our community is a dream come true.”
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Capital Campaign—BRING It Home! Major Grant Ignites Campaign BRING’s capital campaign is in full swing, thanks to a $190,000 challenge grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, announced in December. The grant is an important piece of our fundraising strategy for finishing up this 12-year-long, $3.2 million campaign to build the Planet Improvement Center. It represents the second-biggest single gift to the project. There is some sweet symmetry in getting this award, as the Meyer Memorial Trust was the first foundation to take a chance By far the least glamorous piece of develon the project back in 2002, kickopment, the remaining project is essential to starting Phase 1 of the campaign operations—and to the City of Springfield’s with a grant of $110,000. With building code. Not only does it complete this new grant, the Trust becomes development of the site, it also gets BRING our lead donor, with a total out of the construction business, so we can investment of $300,000. turn all our energy and organizational resources toward fulfilling our mission. Help make the match. With your help, we will: The challenge grant is designed • complete our 100%-on-site storm water to help us reach our goal this year. system with a second bio-swale In order to receive the funds, we • pave the last third of the yard (one need to match the grant, dollaracre), making it fully accessible, safe, for-dollar, with new gifts or and functional pledges. This means that nearly • move trash and recycling dumpsters to a every dollar we raise over the next covered and drained shelter year will be matched by the • increase efficient processing of materials grant, essentially doubling each through minor shop renovations new donation. • add interpretive signage, so every The final phase will visitor learns cost $600,000. The City Come see for yourself. Stop by any time, of Springfield already has or call to arrange a guided tour. committed $57,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds. Additional funds will be raised through grants and donations from foundations, individuals, and corporations. All funds must be raised or pledged before we break ground in winter 2014. Please help BRING It Home!
Essential Last Piece
This good-natured customer braved the mud, with toddler in tow, looking for materials to build a play structure. But many customers cannot negotiate the uneven surfaces in our back lot, where you find the big piles of large, bulky items—such as the popular bridge timbers featured on page 5. With your help, the entire facility will soon be safe and ADA-accessible for everyone.
Help BRING It Home! We’re more than halfway to the finish line on this final phase of development, with less than $300,000 to go. Donations will be matched by a challenge grant from Meyer Memorial Trust. Pledges count toward the match—spread your gift out over 2-3 years. Mail, call, or donate online. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Thanks for Your Support November 2012 – January 2013
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS To complete the Planet Improvement Center
RETHINKERS Meyer Memorial Trust
REFORMERS Marion Sweeney
REBUILDERS Evelyn Anderton & Janet Anderson Robin & Roger Best Julie Bryant & William Roach Ann Cahill Fidanque Gail Newton TBG Architects & Planners Inc. Anonymous
REDUCERS Douglas Bovee & Sally Marie Robert Castleberry & Joyce Thomas Julie Daniel Audrey Garrett & Craig Seidman Ken & George Maddox
REUSERS Frank & Dorothy Anderson M. Steven Baker Rudy Berg & Anne Delaney Beth & Andrew Bonamici Cameron McCarthy Landscape Architecture & Planning Liz & Neil Cawood Elaine Twigg Cornett & Zane Cornett Joan & Marvin Cypress Sherri & Keith Dow Cynthia & Tom Dreyer Mary Globus & Gary Harris Nancy Hamren Richard Helgeson & Christina Gryc Elizabeth & Ronald Hjelm Jane & David Huntington Karyn Kaplan Alice Kaseberg & Rob Bowie Nowell King Carole Knapel Richard Larson & Barbara Cowan Larry & Debra Levinson David Lippincott Nena Lovinger & Robert Emmons Steen Mitchell & Sue Dockstader Michael Mooser Paul Nicholson & Virginia Lo Deborah Noble Hugh & Sue Prichard Floyd & Suzi Prozanski
REUSERS (continued) Peter Reppe & Ann Kneeland Ernest & Jane Rimerman R.W. Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation Ken Sandusky Jane Scheidecker & Duane Partaine Emily Shack April Snell & Anthony Tomlinson Sonja & Bill Snyder Bobbye Sorrels Carolyn & Howard Stein Jean & Wayne Tate Sue Thompson Peter & Josephine von Hippel Brad & Marjorie Welch James & Sally Weston David Winship & Lisa Bieber Anonymous (2) RECYCLERS Richard Ahrens Bruce & Edith Anderson Ernest C. Arbuckle Trudie Atkinson Chuck & Gwen Bailey Judy Baldwin M. B. Barlow Richard & Charlotte Barnhart Eugene & Cynthia Biboux Shawn & Melva Boles Erin Bonner John & Betsy Borchardt Kit & Sue Bradley Leslie Brecke Brown Contracting, Inc. Elga Brown Judy Bryant Allen Burton Terry & Anne Carter Robert & Rose Marie Cassidy Stanton & Joan Cook Larry & Diane Dann Shelley Deadmond in honor of Planet Earth Peter DeFazio & Myrnie Daut Barbara Dewey Cynthia Dickinson Kirsten Diechmann Daniel Dietel & Kathleen Jackson Kathie Dolan Bob Doppelt & Peg Bloom Deb Dotters & Vern Katz Karin Edla Debra Ehrman ElderHealth & Living Al Emrick Jr. Anita Engiles Audrey Erickson Nancy Eyster Margot Fetz Jeanne Flink & Herb Matthews Heidi & David Gerson
RECYCLERS (continued) Sylvia Gregory Pete Gribskov & Laurie Swanson Gribskov Joyce Griffith Eldon Haines & Linda Rose Marjory Hamann & Ben Lischner Philip Hanna Indra Stern & Stanley Hayworth Ann Heron Leonard & Phyllis Hockley Judi Horstmann & Howard Bonnett Sandy Itzkowitz Pat Jacobs, as a gift to Brett Jacobs John & Kathleen Jaworski Martin Jones & Gayle Landt Teri & Bob Jones Joan Kelly Karen & Jeff Kline Sue Laks Brick & Lissy Lantz Lana Lindstrom Winston Maxwell Joanne McAdam Steven McClain John & Ardyth McGrath Craig & Marilyn McKern Pamela Miller & Dan Mulholland Charles & Dian Missar Erik & Ann Muller Ed Murphy Jean & Bud Murphy Native & Urban Gardens Inc. Natural Choice Directory Michele Neal & Bill Ekstrand David Northway & Pearl Chang Teressa O'Caer Galen Ohmart Karen Olch Joyce & Louis Osternig Karen Perkins & David Simone Pam Perryman Virginia Peticolas Anita Pierce & Hilary Fisher Sandy Poinsett Chris & Laura Ramey David Richey & Rachel Thiesmeyer Troy Richey Linda Rifkin Dan & Kay Robinhold Janet Robyns & George Jones Donna "LaRosa" Rose Dick & Jeanne Roy Marc & Tina Schnapper Sara & Alan Schwake Rick Schwartz, D.C. Leslie Scott Suzanne & Ted Shannon Monica Shovlin & Chris Baxley Kit Sibert
Support BRING—No Cost to You! Invest in a healthy and sustainable future every time you shop—it costs you nothing! Market of Choice and other participating merchants donate up to 4% of every purchase to BRING. Just sign up online—it takes 3 minutes max. Go to escrip.com. Click on “Sign Up—It’s Free.” Enter BRING as your preferred group, and securely register your debit or credit cards. (Skip steps 3 and 5—they don’t apply in our area.) That’s all you do. Thank you!
RECYCLERS (continued) John & Dene Sihler Rod & Becky Slade Jodi Sommers & Jay Keister Robbin Spraitz & Richard Strunk Pamela & Ronald Swisher Mary Taylor Robert Tearse Paulette Thompson Devon Trottier Alvin Urquhart John Van Landingham & Martha Walters Chris Veloon Judy & Tim Volem Michael Wherley Kurt Willcox Molly Wilson & Jay Janin Robin Winfree & Mark Andrew Maggie Yokum Rob Zako Alan Zelenka & Susie Smith Anonymous (8 Donor categories represent value of cumulative gifts to the campaign. See full donor list at bringrecycling.org.
GENERAL FUND DONORS Supporting BRING programs and operations Kit & Sue Bradley GoodSearch Martin Jones & Gayle Landt Steen Mitchell & Sue Dockstader Tony & Eleanor Mulder Theodore & Laramie Palmer
Floyd & Susan Prozanski Linda Rifkin Royal Blue Organics/Cafe Mam Rick Schwartz, D.C. SeQuential Biofuels Anonymous
About Meyer Memorial Trust When Fred Meyer died in 1978, at age 92, his will established the Fred G. Meyer Charitable Trust, which changed its name to Meyer Memorial Trust in 1990. Although there is no longer a relationship between the present day Fred Meyer company and the Trust, Meyer’s legacy continues to support the communities where he built his successful chain of retail stores. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded more than $580 million to organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
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PlantMobile Comes to BRING Ready for spring planting? Stop by BRING and talk with the experts from One Green World on two Saturday mornings, March 30 and April 20, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Browse the amazing selection of edible plants in their PlantMobile, stocked with a selection of their most popular varieties for sale. Or, pre-order from their catalog, then pick up your order at BRING ($5.00 delivery) on one of these two days. Check out One Green World’s extensive catalog at: onegreenworld.com. Then save the date! One Green World is a Portland area nursery specializing in fruits, nuts, berries, and other incredible edibles. Many of the plants in BRING’s Garden of Earthly Delights were donated by One Green World.
Edible plants, donated by One Green World, flourish in the Garden of Earthly Delights, including currants (above), goumi berries, medlar, columnar apples, jostaberry, strawberries, and pineapple guava. (Left) Look for the Plant Mobile at BRING, Saturday, March 30 and April 20, 9–11 a.m.
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In Memory of Alice Soderwall Founder of the Glass Station
“Whatever she did, it was done with energy and a twinkle in her eye.”
A labor of love, the original Glass Station was the brainchild of Alice Soderwall, devoted recycler, early BRING supporter, and tireless promoter of glass recycling and reuse. In 1974, at 63, an age when most people think about retiring, Alice launched the Glass Station—a place to buy recycled glass containers— in her garage. “I did this as a neighborhood project to see what one neighborhood could do toward recycling,” she said. Her neighbors joined in, and the Glass Station was born. By 1978, her collection of jars outgrew her garage. With help from CETA funds, she moved the Glass Station to a 400-square-foot space in a gas station, on the corner of 24th and Hilyard, where it became a beloved neighborhood fixture. Alice worked tirelessly sorting, washing, and stocking the shelves. She processed two tons of glass a week, and one year sold 60,000 glass jars! Alice didn’t stop at glass. Proud to no longer own a garbage can, she composted food waste; recycled cans, paper, tinfoil and
A work of love: Alice Soderwall sorts jars at the original Glass Station in this photo from a 1987 newspaper article.
other items at BRING (before the days of curbside recycling); and took newspapers and used clothing to the Eugene Mission and Goodwill. She commissioned the video, “Once Is Not Enough,” to be used in classrooms, and she set up a display at the Willamette Science and Technology Center (now the Science Factory). She decried the advent of plastic bottles as “a step backward from the days when almost all glass containers were built for reuse as home preservation containers.” Alice died on December 30, l993, at age 79. A memorial in her honor is nestled between the sidewalk and parking lot of Sundance Natural Foods, near the site of the old Glass Station. We like to think that Alice would be thrilled with the Glass Station’s reincarnation at BRING and with all of us who carry the torch to make our planet and community better, cleaner, and more cooperative.
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Retail Store BRING: Garden Central Start your garden at BRING. Check out our model raised bed, with sample cold frame and cloche, in our Garden of Earthly Delights, then pick up all the materials you need to make one for yourself. For our raised bed (which made its debut at the Good Earth Home Show in January), we selected untreated 8x12 Douglas fir timbers (salvaged from local bridge construction) for the base, and a few short 2x6 sections of redwood lumber (remainders from Cuthbert Amphitheater seating) to create a comfortable and attractive ledge around the edge. The entire project took about four hours and required only a hammer, chain saw, and framing square. We chose Danish Oil in a walnut finish, but any water or oil based finish will do.
Our raised bed was made entirely from items found at BRING. Total cost of materials: $120. Your labor: priceless!
Create shade for baby plants with used PVC pipe, shade cloth, and clips—all found at BRING for just $12.50. Or, substitute plastic sheeting for the shade cloth to create a garden cloche.
Salvaged bridge timbers make sturdy raised beds. SHOPPER ALERT: At press time, we had a huge pile of timbers—but items like these go fast!
For the simplest of cold frames, take two used, single-pane windows and attach them with used hinges. Voila! Material cost $22.50.
Visit BRING’s Garden of Earthly Delights for all kinds of gardening ideas and inspiration.
Mother Earth’s Recycling Machines Composting is one of the simplest, cheapest ways to super-charge your garden and a convenient way to dispose of kitchen scraps and yard waste. It reduces your need for fertilizers and pesticides, improves soil texture, and helps cut down on water and garbage bills, too. In the Eugene area, there are many resources to help you get started, including free workshops throughout the year (see page 7). One of the most convenient ways to compost is with the Earth Machine composter, available at BRING for just $65— the best price in town. Easy and fun to use, it makes composting kitchen waste the perfect chore for kids, and a great learning opportunity. Watch as food waste decays into rich soil, which, when applied to the garden, produces more food
Buy Metro Paint at BRING! • High quality, 100% recycled latex paint • Full line of beautiful colors • Indoor and outdoor use • Save resources, landfill space, and money! to eat. Learn how worms and other small creatures contribute to the process. Composting helps the environment. By composting, the average household can remove more than 500 pounds of organic matter from the waste stream each year. By reducing organic matter in the landfill, we reduce methane gas emissions, one of the nastiest planetwarming greenhouse gases. The Earth Machine comes with a Home Composting Handbook and a website full of useful information. Stop by BRING to learn more.
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RE:think Business Join the Growing List of RE:think Certified Businesses Autohaus Blackburn and Company Catering Brothers Cleaning Services Burley Cafe Yumm! Catalyst Technologies Cawood Creswell Coffee Company The Divine Cupcake ElderHealth and Living Emberex Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Eugene Coffee Company EuroAsian Automotive
Triple Bottom Line People, Planet, Profit. Also known as the Triple Bottom Line, or TBL, these are the three pillars of a sustainable business. TBL broadens the traditional measure of a company’s success to include environmental protection and support for the people and community where a business operates. Here at BRING, the RE:think Business program focuses on the Planet part by helping businesses reduce waste, conserve natural resources, and make more environmentally preferred purchasing decisions—actions which often reduce operational costs and increase Profits. While not formally part of RE:think’s program, the People part is also alive and well among certified RE:think Businesses, as exemplified in the following three companies.
Creswell Coffee Company
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Owned by Seth and Melissa Clark, Creswell Coffee Company is a thriving, full service, café-style coffeehouse. Open seven days, it’s a busy spot for locals and a regular meeting place for a variety of groups. Supporting the community and other local businesses is at the core of Creswell Coffee Company’s business model. “We really like to support local artists and musicians,” says owner Seth Clark. “It provides a sense of community and adds to our customer’s experience.” Each weekend, the coffeehouse features local musicians, including everything from classical guitarist to full-blown rock and roll band. In addition, the owners like to showcase art created by local craftspeople. “Most times, art will be on the walls for a month or two, then change. Sometimes people buy a piece right off the wall, but more often, it just brings awareness to local talent,” says Clark. The owners at Creswell Coffee Company also helped to develop a student lunch program for Creswell High School students. The purpose is to provide affordable, healthy, local food options for students, who regularly drive 16 miles round trip to Cottage Grove to visit fast food chain restaurants for lunch. With
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New Bold Steps BRING’s RE:think Business has joined forces with Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy to bring more recognition to certified RE:think businesses. Companies and organizations that are leading our community in the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, profits) will be eligible to participate in a new and improved Mayor’s Bold Steps Award. The annual award winner will get greater recognition
For Creswell Coffee Company owners Melissa and Seth Clark, creating a sense of community is an important part of their successful business model.
the participation of several other locally owned restaurants, they have developed $5 combo meals as a way to keep kids and dollars in town. At Creswell Coffee Company you’ll find organic, fair-trade coffee and locally sourced products, including Oregon beer and wine, pastries, and seasonal produce. With many sustainable practices already in place, the company was certified with just a few minor changes.
GloryBee Foods Family owned and operated, GloryBee Foods was founded in 1975 and housed for many years in the garage of Dick and Pat Turanski. Nearly 40 years later, the company has grown from a simple honey stand to a successful wholesale and retail supplier of honey sweeteners, spices, dried fruits, nuts, and oils. The founders’ commitment to healthy living is reflected today in their dedication to sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line. The company’s “Earth Works” team publishes and distributes a monthly newsletter to educate employees and customers on sustainable practices. The team is responsible for developing new processes to help reduce waste, conserve resources, and contribute to the local community. Employees are given time off to volunteer and are rewarded for participating in the company’s Healthy Living program. Employees who exercise regularly, commute by bike, or engage in other healthy activities are eligible for prizes. The greater community benefits from GloryBee’s commitment to sustainable practices. Last year, the company donated more than $50,000 worth of products to local organizations, including Food for Lane County. in the community, through media exposure, an award presentation at the Mayor’s annual State of the City address, and a trophy that rivals the Stanley Cup! All finalists will be featured in a promotional video. To be eligible for the Bold Steps Award, your business must be certified by RE:think Business. Watch for more information about the award in the summer edition of the UsedNews.
Want to become more recyclingsavvy? OSU offers a new online course, titled Recycling 101, designed for individuals and businesses wishing to deepen their understanding of waste and recycling. Through eight online modules, participants will learn the life cycle of recycled materials; be trained in waste prevention, composting and recycling;
Jessica Mermis, manager of the UPS Store, Springfield, is committed to giving back to the community.
The UPS Store, Springfield The UPS Store, Springfield, was certified by RE:think Business last August. With many resource-conserving practices already in place, certification was easy. In addition to using carbon-neutral shipping, recycled content in boxes and paper, and re-used packaging materials, store owner Jessica Mermis has made a point of addressing the Triple Bottom Line in her operations. Giving back is important to Mermis. Each Thursday, churches and other nonprofit organizations receive discounted copies. Employees are given paid time off to volunteer at local organizations, and Mermis collects donations for the Red Cross. Her generosity extends to Eugene/Springfield military families that have family members serving overseas. The company ships packages to troops, free of charge. “We try to do a lot for everyone,” she says. “It makes my community my family.”
study commercial and residential recycling; and discover how waste prevention positively affects our natural resources. The course can be used for employee training, businesses wishing to become more sustainable, or anyone wishing to understand how their everyday lives impact the environment and how they can make positive changes in their community. The self-paced course costs $75 for individuals or $50 per individual for groups of five or more. For more information, go to: https://pne.oregonstate.edu/catalog/ recycling-101#introduction-section.
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Dear Goddess of Garbage The Goddess of Garbage is ready to answer your questions about all things wasteful. Let’s talk trash!
Send your questions to [email protected]
We’re all in this together. The first photo of Earthrise, taken from Apollo 8 in lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, 1968, marks the first time anyone had seen the Earth as a whole planet.
Celebrate Earth Week While Earth Day is officially Monday, April 22, we hope you’ll find something to celebrate all week long. Join us at one of these local events, or take some time to hike in the woods or walk on the beach.
Creswell Earth Day Celebration • April 19, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m., Garden Lake Park.
Global Climate Change: So What's a Mother Earth To Do? The Earth's climate is shifting. Learn how to make better choices right now. Speakers, discussion, action steps: • April 19, evening, Lane County Fairgrounds. • April 20, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m., EWEB Plaza. Includes film and school presentations.
A Climate for Change: Eugene Earth Day Celebration • April 20, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., EWEB Plaza. Lane County’s largest Earth Day celebration 15 years running.
BRING Offers Alternatives at EEO “Come willingly, find your purpose, do the work, leave prepared, and live empowered.”
The mission statement of the Eugene Education Options high school says it all. At the Eugene School District’s only alternative high school, it’s up to the students to be responsible for their own success. The traditional education system doesn’t work for everybody, and alternative high schools have existed for decades. Back in the ‘80s, they focused on teaching trades. Today, while that component still exists, they also focus on college prep and necessary life skills to find success after public education. BRING has begun working with EEO, focusing on waste diversion from the landfill, composting options, and what is being done locally. A guided trip to the landfill opened teenage eyes and noses to the consequences of wasteful consumption. It offered the kids a chance to see how their composting program was making a difference by reducing the material that goes into the landfill. BRING is always looking for new schools and classrooms to expand our educational offerings across Lane County. If BRING hasn’t been out to your child’s classroom, your neighborhood school, or to your favorite community group, please let them know about what we do.
Free Compost Workshops The City of Eugene and OSU/Lane County Extension Service sponsor free compost workshops throughout the year. For beginning to experienced composters, these hands-on workshops cover the basics of composting: how it works, which materials to use, and the different methods and types of compost bins available. Preregistration is not required. • • • • • •
Saturday, March 2 Saturday, March 23 Saturday, April 6 Saturday, May 4 Saturday, May 18 Saturday, June 1
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You can't know what it's like. I don't have a lot of money. My choices are limited on what clothes I can buy. Every day I walk around campus, it feels like everyone is staring at me because of what I'm wearing. Freshman Anxiety Dropout Dear FAD, You exist within the confines of the society and culture you are growing up in. You have subconscious biases, which control the choices you think you are making. You have little control over your choices, not because of money, but because of the rigid structure imposed on you by your own brain. You want to look a very certain way, probably the way a group of friends look. The Goddess is not unfamiliar with the local college campuses. One definitely sees some stunningly dull fashion statements. Don't get me wrong, the fashion industry uses college campuses to help design the next “great” fashion wave. Fashion designers go about with cameras, ask questions, then take those unique fashion statements created by individuals and turn them into cookie cutter, mass-produced gruel. You can choose to look like everyone else, or you can choose to look like yourself and ask yourself, “Why do I care what they think of me?” Stop worrying about fitting into the latest trends. That's the brilliance of the thrift store and the vintage clothing shop. Your choices are so much wider, since they represent many years of fashion changes. You get to mix and match and create your own style, and you pay less money for more variety. If your own fashion statement is hip enough, it may become the next big fad. Then you'll look like everyone else.
As for people staring at you, I assure you, people stare at the Goddess all the time. The Goddess does look fabulous, after all. The Goddess Dear Goddess, I prefer natural fiber clothing— organic cotton, wool, hemp, etc. My partner tells me that synthetic fleece, made from recycled content, is a far greener choice. Is she right? I Dress to Kill Dear IDK, I understand your dilemma. The Goddess loves her Peruvian alpaca shawl. But, the Goddess doesn't wear it on back country geocaching trips. The Goddess wears polar fleece for such expeditions. The reality is that all clothing manufacture takes a toll on the environment. What doesn't? Cotton typically requires large amounts of chemicals to grow; even OG cotton needs a lot of water. Synthetic fabrics, even those made from recycled content sources, started off as either chemicals manufactured in some laboratory or as petroleum products. We all heard about the two devastating clothing factory fires that killed hundreds at the end of last year. Wear what you are most comfortable with. Hemp makes amazing fabric. Some of the Goddess’s favorite clothes are made out of hemp, yet there isn't enough of it grown right now to replace cotton. In the end, dress for what you are doing. Don't go into the woods in flip-flops. Don't go into the supermarket in day-glow spandex (unless you are the Goddess). More importantly, take care of your clothes, repair them, hand them down, and buy used. The Goddess
Hazardous Waste Spring Clean-Up
Transition Garden River House Compost Education Site BRING Transition Garden River House Compost Education Site BRING
Transition Garden Project: 905 Flamingo, Springfield, adjacent to Food for Lane County Youth Farm. Parking is limited. BRING: 4446 Franklin Blvd. Parking is limited. Take LTD bus 85 or the EmX to McVay Station River House Compost Education Site: 301 N. Adams, behind the River House (along bike path in East Maurie Jacobs Park).
Old paint and chemicals piling up in the garage? If you live in the Eugene/Springfield area, Lane County's Household Hazardous Waste facility in Glenwood is here to serve you. Call 541-682-3111 weekdays, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., to make an appointment to drop off hazardous waste or for information on what they take. Keep hazardous waste in original labeled containers, if possible, or label items. Secure containers to keep them from tipping over in transit. If you live outside the metro area, take hazardous waste to these round-ups: • Lowell – Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Lowell Fire Station, 389 North Pioneer Street. • Florence – Friday, April 19, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 20, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Florence Transfer Site, 2820 N. Rhododendron Drive. • Cottage Grove – Saturday, June 1, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at South Lane County Fire and Rescue, 233 Harrison Street.
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Reuse and Recycling in Lane County Save money. Save resources. How? By taking advantage of all the opportunities to reuse and recycle in Lane County. A lot of stuff can be taken to one of the 16 County Transfer sites (see map below). Most recycling is not just free, it can PAPER PRODUCTS Corrugated Cardboard and Brown Paper Bags A LL Flatten; only 3-ply; no waxed, no food contamination. Greeting Cards and Gift Wrap ALL Recyclable (if non-metallic) or reusable: MECCA, 541-302-1810 High-Grade Office Pack S OME Computer/copy machine paper, fax paper, envelopes, light-colored office and school paper, etc.; staples, windows, adhesives OK. Low-Grade Mixed Paper A LL Magazines, junk mail, catalogs, egg cartons, gift wrap, cereal and 6-pack boxes, and all high-grade paper. Junk Mail ALL Recyclable curbside; remove any samples. Prevent it—call BRING, 541-746-3023. Milk, Soy and Juice Cartons ALL Rinse and let air-dry; remove plastic parts/straws. Newsprint ALL Loose or place in brown paper bag. The Mission, 541-344-3251 Phone Books ALL Cancel the ones you do not use. Ask your hauler if recyclable curbside. Shredded (not cross-cut) ALL Curbside O.K. Place in paper bag, staple once and label “shredded paper.” Commercial quantities: International Paper, 541-744-4100 Tyvek (see Plastic) Magazines ALL Remove plastic packaging to recycle; donate to social service agency waiting rooms. St. Vincent de Paul, 541-345-0595
METALS Aluminum (cans, foil, trays) ALL Rinse clean of any food/contamination. Wad foil into a baseballsized ball.. Tin Cans ALL Rinse clean of any food/contamination. Labels and lids OK. Aerosol Spray Cans ALL If EMPTY, recycle in County scrap metal bin—remove caps, do not flatten or puncture. If NOT empty, take to County Hazardous Waste, by appointment, 541-682-3111 Scrap (75% or more metal) ALL Barrels, toasters, bed frames, bikes, etc.; containers must be visibly punctured from all sides. BRING, 541-746-3023 Schnitzer Steel, 541-686-0515 Propane Tanks $ ALL St. Vincent de Paul, 541-345-0595 Hot Water Heaters ALL See Electronics and Appliances.
ELECTRONICS, APPLIANCES, COMPUTERS & TVs $
It is illegal to throw away large appliances, computers and TVs as garbage under Oregon law. Air Conditioners $ ALL St. Vincent de Paul, 541-687-5820
Cell Phones and PDAs GLENWOOD NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111; drop boxes at UO Bookstore, ASUO office, UO Telecom office, and Kennedy Middle School. Christmas Lights $ NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 Computers and Peripherals G LENWOOD Illegal to throw computers & monitors in garbage under Oregon law. NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111 Garten Industries, 541-868-1550 Goodwill, 541-345-0769 Dishwashers, Clothes Washers and Dryers ALL Can go in Scrap Metal for free. Schnitzer Steel, 541-686-0515 St. Vincent de Paul, 541-687-5820 Mr. Appliance, 541-343-1698
Motorcycles (wrecked, broken, or unwanted) Cyclepsycho Motorcycle Recycling, 541-461-9279
Motor Oil ALL Illegal to throw away as garbage under Oregon law. Some curbside recyclers accept motor oil in labeled, non-breakable containers with a screw-top lid. Tires $ ALL Illegal to throw away as garbage under Oregon law. Big B Tires, 541-746-4193, many Les Schwab locations
HIGHLIGHTED items are generally recyclable curbside—call your hauler for details.
Tyvek Envelopes Tyvek Recycling Hotline, 866-338-9835
Prescription Drugs DO NOT flush down the toilet. Lane County Sheriff’s Office lobby, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, 541-682-4150 Springfield Justice Center lobby, available 24/7, 541-744-4177 Florence Justice Center, 900 Greenwood Street, Florence, available 24/7, 541-997-3515
“Other” (rigid plastic mix, e.g., lawn chairs, buckets, Rubbermaid® containers, play structures, toys, etc.) International Paper, 541-744-4100
GLASS Bottles, Jars and Jugs ALL For recycling: rinse clean, remove lids. Labels OK. For reuse: BRING, 541-746-3023 (only canning jars, vases, antiques)
Sharps (medical needles, scalpels, etc.) A LL Place in a red, rigid container with a screw-top lid (like a detergent bottle).
Vases, Drinking Glasses, Reusable BRING, 541-746-3023; Thrift stores (see KEY above).
Brush, Yard Debris $ SOME Grass, leaves, weeds, branches 20” diameter and less; compost/mulch at home. Lane Forest Products, 541-345-9085 Rexius Forest Products, 541-342-1835 Grass Clippings and Leaves SOME (See Brush, Yard Debris)
Printer, Inkjet, Fax and Other Cartridges NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 Rapid Refill, 541-334-4465 Redundant Cartridge, 541-302-1444
Pallets Pacific Pallet, 541-688-2887 Eugene Pallet Services, 541-485-0549
Refrigerators and Freezers $ ALL St. Vincent de Paul, 541-687-5820 Mr. Appliance, 541-343-1698
Wood, Dimensional Lumber and Plywood, Reusable Dimensional lumber 4’ or longer. Plywood sheets, nails OK. BRING, 541-746-3023
Small Appliances (toasters, irons, blenders) Thrift stores (see KEY above).
HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AND “SOFT GOODS” Books G LENWOOD Textbooks, hard/paperback, computer manuals; NOT wet or moldy. St. Vincent de Paul, 541-345-0595; International Paper, 541-744-4100 Furniture G LENWOOD For recycling, must be 100% wood and hardware no bigger than a thumb. For reusable non-upholstered furniture, call BRING, 541-746-3023. Carpet THRIFT STORES & GLENWOOD Thrift stores ONLY if new and stain-free. If older and/or stained, use to smother weeds, protect garage floor, soundproof rooms, or list in “freebie” postings. BRING (new or like new) Glenwood (carpet padding only, restrictions apply) Candles, Wax, and Crayons Goodwill Industries, 541-345-1801; MECCA, 541-302-1810 Clothing GLENWOOD Thrift stores (see KEY above)
Wood, Not Reusable (some restrictions apply) $ SOME Rotten wood, pegboard; NO railroad ties. Rexius Forest Products, 541-342-1835; no railroad ties or pressure treated wood. Lead-free painted wood OK. Lane Forest Products, 541-345-9085; no railroad ties, pressure treated and painted OK.
Stereos, Radios, etc. GLENWOOD NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111 Stoves ALL BRING, 541-746-3023 Mr. Appliance, 541-343-1698
CHEMICALS AND HAZARDOUS WASTE
Televisions SOME Illegal to throw away as garbage under Oregon law. NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111
Common household hazardous waste is taken free of charge by Lane County Hazardous Waste. Call 541-682-3111 to make an appointment. Batteries ALL Most batteries (car, watch, rechargeable, NiCad, mercury, lithium, lead-acid) free to recycle. Alkaline batteries less than 10 years old are considered safe in the garbage. Fire Extinguishers (any size) $ GLENWOOD National Firefighter, 1574 W. 6th, Eugene, 541-485-3566, or by appointment at Glenwood, 541-682-3111.
PLASTIC Bottles, Tubs, and Jars ALL Rinse, discard lids, no #6 plastic (#6 = most takeout containers and foam). Plastic Bags ALL Clean and dry only. International Paper, 541-744-4100
Fluorescent Light Tubes and Bulbs $ GLENWOOD Most lighting and hardware stores will take those under 4 ft. long. NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Hazardous Waste, by appointment, 541-682-3111
Plastic film, Pallet Wrap and Lumber Wrap ALL International Paper, 541-744-4100
Paint G LENWOOD paintcare.org Enter in your zip code for a listing of drop off sites County Hazardous Waste, by appointment, 541-682-3111
6-Pack Rings ALL Recyclable as bags/film (see above).
Pesticides and Fertilizers G LENWOOD County Hazardous Waste, by appointment, 541-682-3111
Plastic Plant Pots and Trays GLENWOOD Remove all dirt.
Pesticide Containers (empty) Try Oregon Agriculture Assoc., 503-370-7024
Ceiling Tiles Armstrong World Industries, 1-888-CEILING Luggage, backpacks, totes THRIFT STORES AAA offices in Eugene or Springfield will donate these to a foster care program, 541-484-0661 or 541-741-8200 Mattresses and Box Springs $ GLENWOOD Only if clean and dry. St. Vincent de Paul, 541-345-0595 Shoes (all brands) THRIFT STORES (Athletic shoes only) Recycle at NIKE Store, 541-686-3141 Tile, Broken MECCA, 541-302-1810 Tile, Reusable BRING, 541-746-3023
OTHER Asphalt and Concrete $ GLENWOOD Delta Sand & Gravel, 541-688-2233 Building Materials Lumber, bricks, doors, windows, cabinets, flowerpots, garage doors, hardware, plumbing, and more, BRING, 541-746-3023 Habitat Restore, 541-344-4809 Hearing Aids and Eyeglasses Key Bank, 725 A Street, Springfield, or Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, 800-635-4667 Corks No plastic, composite, or metal closures, BRING, 541-746-3023 Wine Bottle Foil BRING, 541-746-3023
We’re your recycling hotline! You can also refer to the Brown Pages in the front of your Dex phone book, or call the County at 541-682-4120.
Lane County Transfer and Recycling Sites
For information on rural disposal and recycling sites, hazardous waste and paint disposal, or other Lane County Solid Waste Department issues and services, call 541-682-4120.
Cottage Grove: 78760 Sears Road, 541-942-8986 Wed. through Sat., 8-6 All year
Low Pass: 22377 Highway 36, Cheshire, 541-998-8215 Fri. & Sat., S 8-6, W 9-5
Sharps Creek: 74540 Sharps Creek Road, 541-946-1029 Culp Creek, Sat. only, S 8-6, W 9-5
Creswell: 34293 Cloverdale Road, 541-895-3274 Wed. through Sat., 8-6 All year
Mapleton: 13570 Highway 126, 541-953-0217 Sat. only, S 8-6, W 9-5
Swiss Home: 13711 Highway 36, 541-268-4841 S Fri. & Sat., 8-6 W Sat. only, 9-5
Florence: 2820 N. Rhododendron Drive, 541-997-6243 Mon. through Sat., 8-6 All year GLENWOOD Central Receiving Station 3100 East 17th Ave., 541-682-4120 Oct.–Mar. Mon. through Sat: 8am–6pm Apr.–Sept.: Mon. through Sat. 8am–6pm; Sun.: 8am–5pm
Hours and Days subject to change without notice. S = Summer hrs. May–Sept. W = Winter hrs. Oct.–April
THRIFT STORES Goodwill 541-345-1801 The Salvation Army 541-343-3341 St. Vincent de Paul 541-345-0595
WOOD AND YARD-RELATED
Phones and Phone Equipment SOME NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111
QUESTIONS? CONFUSION? CALL BRING AT 541-746-3023.
SOME/ALL indicates that some or all County Transfer & Recycling sites accept this item, always at the discretion of staff. For details, call the County at 541-682-4120 or BRING at 541-746-3023.
No food containers or cups.
Shower Doors Call BRING for details, 541-746-3023
Microwave Ovens $ ALL NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366
Video Cassette Tapes and Cases St. Vincent de Paul, 541-345-0595
GLENWOOD = Glenwood Central Receiving Station (see map below).
Packing Peanuts Try craigslist. Accepted by NextStep Recycling, UPS Stores and other mailing services.
Windows Call BRING for details, 541-746-3023
Hot Water Heaters ALL Recycle as scrap metal at County Transfer Sites. Schnitzer Steel, 541-686-0515
Antifreeze, Oil Filters ALL Highly toxic but free to recycle at all county sites!
Illegal to throw away as garbage.
Styrofoam™ (Block Foam) St. Vincent de Paul, 541-687-5820 The Bear Factory, 541-746-4842
CDs, DVDs and Cases G LENWOOD NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366
Child Car Seats Rigid plastic part only–remove all fabric, straps and foam. International Paper, 541-744-4100
$ Fees may apply. Call for information.
save you $1 on garbage fees when you bring at least 10 lbs. of separated recyclables. Curbside haulers usually offer discounts for recycling, too. Remember: Reusing is even better than recycling.
VCRs and DVD Players GLENWOOD NextStep Recycling, 541-686-2366 County Electronic Recycling, 541-682-3111
Auto Batteries A LL Illegal to throw away as garbage under Oregon law. Battery X-Change, 541-689-9134
London: 73111 London Road, 541-942-0120 Sat. only, S 8-6, W 9-5
Marcola: 38935 Shotgun Creek Road, 541-933-2823 Wed. through Sat., S 8-6, W 9-5 McKenzie Bridge: 55805 McKenzie Hwy., Blue River, 541-822-3748 S Sat., 8-6, Mon. & Thu., 1-6 W Sat., 9-5, Mon. & Thu., 1-5 Oakridge: 48977 Kitson Springs Road, 541-782-3923 Wed. through Sat., 8-6 All year Rattlesnake: 82572 Rattlesnake Road, Dexter, 541-937-3403 Wed. through Sat., S 8-6, W 9-5
Veneta: 24444 Bolton Hill Road, 541-935-1297 Mon. through Sat., 8-6 All year Vida: 44041 Canal Lane, Leaburg, 541-896-3643 Wed. through Sat., S 8-6, W 9-5 Walton: 18585 Transformer Road, 541-935-5348 Sat. only, S 8-6, W 9-5