For those with a guilty ‘green’ conscience, recycling ain’t gonna cut it anymore. While certainly an important everyday action, it’s being overtaken by the other two Rs – reduce and reuse. But even in Portland, where green sprouts from every crack in the sidewalk, finding local, environmentally sound alternatives to your monthly Target shopping spree can be an overwhelming undertaking. These businesses and organizations are reconsidering the way we consume.
Recyclery @ 1417 SE 9th Ave, offers great deals on bikes made from recycled parts.
The Green Microgym @ 1237 NE Alberta St, calories are converted into precious watts. Equipped with retrofitted ellipticals, spin bikes, and treadmills that convert your energy to electricity and “plug out” into the building!
Scrap @3901 N Williams Ave, is a crafter’s paradise. Stocked full of miscellaneous paper, buttons, stickers, yarn and all sorts of other odds and ends, it will ignite the wheels of reuse in even the most dormant of creative minds. In 2009, individuals and businesses donated over 64 tons of supplies. That’s 64 tons that didn’t go to the landfill!
Be sure to check them out.