SVdP Creates Up-Cycled Bags

EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent de Paul is making use of damaged donations with their new UPSMART brand. They use damaged cargo pants and leather jackets to make bags. The up-cycling is helping to create jobs. St. Vincent de Paul plans to outsource the production to areas with poor employment rates. The use of up-cycled … Continue reading »

Recycled Fashion Line at St. Vinnie’s

EUGENE, Ore. — St. Vincent de Paul is known for making one person’s trash, another person’s treasure but now they’re doing that with a twist. Mitra Chester isn’t your typical fashion designer. “These were made from damaged belts, leather belts. these are old vinyl LP’s. These were pants that maybe had some damage or were … Continue reading »

Recyclemania Civil War

EUGENE, Ore. — There’s another battle going on between the Ducks and Beavers back here at home. The University of Oregon and Oregon State are competing in a national competition called Recyclemania. Both schools have participated for a number of years but made a civil war out of it in 2010. “One thing the school … Continue reading »

Thrift Store Challenges Local Designers

EUGENE, Ore. — Some local designers are gearing up for a fashion show, but they won’t be stitching together new designs. ¬†They’ll convert used clothing from St. Vincent De Paul into the latest runway fashions. It’s all part of the first ever Metamorphose Challenge. Designers shopped the racks of clothing at St. Vincent De Paul … Continue reading »

OSU to Host Free Repair Fair

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Do you have a broken toaster or clothes with holes in them? Well, if you were thinking about throwing them away, you have a chance Wednesday night to get them repaired for free. Oregon State University is hosting a repair fair Wed., Feb. 19 for household goods or appliances including bikes, jewelry, … Continue reading »

Tree Recycling Options

EUGENE, Ore. — ‘Tis the season for Christmas tree recycling. This year, Lane County is making holiday clean up easy and green. Lane Forest Products on Prairie Road in Eugene is just one of the places where you can unload your Christmas tree. Last year, they got 5,000 trees. If you can’t drop it off, … Continue reading »

Bring Master Recycling Program to You

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Master Recycler Program is now letting the community decide where it should head to for its next set of classes. The program has been around since 2000, but it began extending its reach to rural communities just a few years ago. Normally, they rotate which ones to go to, … Continue reading »

Businesses Named Finalists for Award

EUGENE, Ore. — Three Eugene companies are in the running for the Bold Steps Award that recognizes efforts in sustainability. It was started by the City of Eugene, Mayor Kitty Piercy, and BRING’s Re-Think Business Program a few years ago. The award that was given out once a month is now given out once a … Continue reading »

Artists Work With Recycled Materials

EUGENE, Ore. — Some artists will be showing off their work at the Eugene Celebration this weekend. It’s part of the Object Afterlife Art Challenge Exhibit. Artists were given mystery materials from the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts and had two months to create their pieces. Materials included dryer lint, leather scraps, circuit boards … Continue reading »

Eugene Emeralds Mascot Goes Green

EUGENE, Ore. — If he wasn’t already the mascot for the Eugene Emeralds, Sluggo would be a natural for NextStep Recycling. The big green bear is proving his green is more than what you see on the outside. Sluggo stopped by NextStep Recycling Wednesday to drop off a few items and help promote this Sunday’s … Continue reading »

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