Want to learn more about sustainability initiatives and how you can get involved? Here are a few great resources to get you started:
GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION:
We’re always learning more about what parts of our business and personal choices affect climate change. These resources are our favorite for understanding how to make the biggest impact.
- – Project Drawdown is a world-class research organization that reviews, analyses, and identifies the most viable global climate solutions, and shares these findings with the world.
Packaging is a complex issue. These resources provide insight into various sides of the equation.
- – The Story of Stuff Project seeks to educate people about the plastic industry’s myths and to hold up bold, local solutions to the plastic pollution crisis.
- – Upstream Solutions work to identify, make, and celebrate practical solutions that help people, businesses, and communities shift from single-use to reuse.
OREGON DEQ REPORTS:
We rely on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to help us make science-based decisions.In 2018, Oregon DEQ released a series of reports that answered the question: How well do popular packaging attributes correlate with net environmental benefit?
- – Compostable packaging: The truth about compostable packaging and food service ware.
- – Recyclable packaging: The truth about recyclable packaging.
Recycling has changed drastically in the U.S. in recent years. For some insights into the current state and possible solutions, we recommend:
- – Effective 2022 and with program changes beginning in 2025, the Plastic Pollution and Recycling Modernization Act was created to update Oregon’s outdated recycling system by building on local community programs and leveraging the resources of producers to create an innovative system that works for everyone.
- – America has a recycling problem. A segment from Consider It on Vox Media, which walks through the idea of life cycle analysis to understand the environmental footprint of coffee.
- – Metro is our area’s regional governing body responsible for recycling and garbage; visit their site if you have questions about proper waste handling for your home or business.
Reducing food waste has numerous environmental and community benefits. Learn more from some of these resources:
- – World Wildlife Fund’s food loss and waste practice is working to create a world in which food’s true value is recognized and wastage is dramatically reduced to end hunger, cater for a growing global population and reduce the pressure on our planet.
- – Save the Food is a great resource to learn more about food waste and find tools, tips, and resources that empower you to do something about it.
- – NRDC on Food Waste: NRDC works to make America’s food system more efficient and less wasteful.