Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter

August 2018 | |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Campaign Update: Annual Meeting Invitation!
By Brion Hurley, RA President

You are invited to our 2018 Annual Meeting at the Sierra Club on October 24th.

OBRCWe're excited to have Jules Bailey coming to give us an update on OBRC's activities, including opening BottleDrop centers around the state and adjusting to the 2018 bottle bill expansion. 

We'll give a progress report on our BYOC campaign, and speakers from Thatcher's Coffee in Vancouver will share insights on waste reduction practices from a coffee shop's perspective (see BYOC Spotlight for more about Thatcher's Coffee). 

As always we'll provide snacks and drinks, and all of our members and supporters are welcome. More information to follow, so stay tuned! 
For details of local area events like this see the new Events Calendar on our website.
If there's an event you think we should add please drop us a line at info @
BYOC Spotlight: Thatcher's Coffee
By Bonita Davis, RA Board Member

Thatcher'sServing coffee is what they do at Thatcher’s Coffee, and caring for people (and the planet) is why they do it. Enter this bright, modern shop in the Grand Central District of Vancouver and you will be greeted by a light, airy sun-filled space featuring gleaming concrete floors, tile and natural woods. A colossal and colorful blackboard asks you to consider your intentions for 2018, and then share them in writing!

Opened eight years ago by Jamie Erdman, Thatcher’s features excellent coffee and pastries. Thatcher’s quickly became a popular local shop when their coffee drinks made with Roseline or Heart coffee were discovered. Order “for here” and your food and beverages will be served on or in durable ceramics.Tempting pastries are made from locally sourced ingredients. Bring your own travel mug for “to-go” and receive a discount. 
Do Just One Thing: Give Old Shoes New Life
By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Americans throw “away” over 300 million pairs of shoes each year. These shoes end up in landfills, where they can take 30 to 40 years to decompose.

If you have gently used shoes, you might consider donating them to Goodwill or to the Salvation Army.

Another option for doing some global good is by donating gently used shoes or clothing comes through a partnership between Zappos and Tennesse based Soles4Souls, which has collected more than 30 million pairs of shoes since 2006 and distributed them to children in need from 127 countries. Soles4Souls accepts all types of shoes, even flip-flops and dance shoes, as long as they are new or gently worn. Zappos provides free shipping for up to 50 pounds of new or gently used shoes or clothing! Here’s a link to the Zappos site.

See what they're doing around the US to help out families in need: 
Soles4Souls Video

If your athletic shoes are just plain worn-out, you have a wonderful local option of recycling them with Nike. Nike has had a Reuse-A-Shoe program since the 1990s in which they have collected worn-out athletic shoes and salvaged materials to make Nike Grind, which is composed of nearly every part of an old running shoe: rubber from the outsole, foam from the midsole and fabric from the upper. Nike Grind also contains pre-consumer material, including manufacturing scraps and shoes with manufacturing defects.

“The recycled shoes are given new life,” says Simon Lofts, director of Nike Inc. Sustainable Business & Innovation. “They are reborn into sports and playground surfaces around the world.” These surfaces range from neighborhood playgrounds to professional athletic surfaces for the NFL and MLB.
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Division Clinton Street Fair

The Division Clinton Street Fair was a lively affair! The RA crew joined in the parade, connected with lots of people to talk about our organization and recycling issues, and collected many new pledges to "Bring Your Own Cup"
Our thanks to volunteers Bill Crawford and family, Marie Robes, Carolina de Aguiar Martins and Cheyenne Cleeton. Also a special shout-out to board member Bonita Davis for spearheading RA's participation in the event. 

Join the RA crew! Let us know if you are interested in volunteering for future events.

Thanks to Jeff Lynott for the pics.
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Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread the word about waste prevention.  

Ways to Contribute:

  • By Mail: print and complete our Membership Form, mail it with your check to PO Box 6736, Portland, OR 97228-6736.
  • Visit our Website's Membership page
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Membership Levels 
Advocate $25 - Friend $50 - Supporter $100 - Sustainer $250
Gifts of any amount gratefully received.

Join at "Friend" level or above to be eligible to receive a Recycling Advocates/Rooster reusable coffee cup.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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