Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Halloween Costume

EUGENE, Ore. — Go green this Halloween. St. Vincent de Paul is offering a brand new line of re-fashioned costumes. They aren’t just donated items, St. Vinnie’s Upstart designer created Halloween looks using recycled items. She created creepy, cut up tee-shirt with spooky designs, wigs from dacron, zombie fashions, and a collection of hats. “I … Continue reading »

City Hall Reconstruction Begins

EUGENE, Ore. — Reconstruction on city hall was underway after the city celebrated the old building Wednesday afternoon. The city says talks over rebuilding city hall have been underway for two decades, which is why the building tear down is a major step toward plans for the new city hall. But some community members want … Continue reading »

Reusing Materials from the Old City Hall

EUGENE, Ore. — The city says it’ll be reusing 95 to 99 percent of the old city hall building during construction of the new city hall. The project manager says the wood from the outside and pieces of the steel structure will be used to construct the new building. All of the concrete will be … 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 »

The Clothes Horse Opens New Shop

EUGENE, Ore. — A local used clothing store that likes to make shopping and trading fun and easy. More than 20 years ago, The Clothes Horse opened shop near the University of Oregon campus. But earlier this month, the store opened its doors at a new location. Co-owner Ann Hathway says the university area has … Continue reading »

Eugene Store Reuses Forgotten Wares

EUGENE, Ore. — A local store is going a little beyond just reusing old forgotten wares. Out on a Limb on Broadway in downtown Eugene is all about repurposing things. Bowling ball lamps, driftwood decorations and furniture–the shop is filled with relatively ordinary items turned into something a bit more unique. The store’s owner says … Continue reading »

Home Show Offers Recycled Flooring

EUGENE, Ore. — The Lane County Home and Garden show is all about improving homes, but also reducing carbon footprints. Several vendors at this weekend’s show will showcase products to help use less energy and reuse material. Quick-Step Flooring, for example, carries flooring that’s made from 74 percent recycled material. “The material is something that … Continue reading »

Get Crafty with Holiday Gifts

EUGENE, Ore. — A lot of us are in a tight spot when it comes to spending this holiday season, so why not make gifts instead of just buying them? Staffers at the Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (M.E.C.C.A.) suggest having a craft party to create things like bottle cap earrings, bulletin boards out … Continue reading »

Two Nonprofits Recognized for Environmental Work

EUGENE, Ore. — Two local nonprofit organizations were rewarded for their work in bettering the community. Both BRING Recycling and NextStep Recycling were awarded $2,500 from Ruby Porter Marketing for their extensive environmental work. Winners were voted on by the public, and the marketing group made the final decision to pick both. “They help educate … Continue reading »