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Resource links

BI ZERO WASTE's Where to Recycle Stuff - A list of (mostly) island businesses and nonprofits that will reuse, recycle or compost select unwanted items. 

KITSAP COUNTY'S WHAT DO I DO WITH IT?, a reuse/recycle list for locals.

Lots of COMMUNITY IDEAS for ACTION at Eco-Cycle's hub page.

PLASTIC FILM RECYCLING (plastic bags and a whole lot more!: Read this list for what is acceptable and what is not at stores nationwide or in Canada that take back plastic bags and send it to Trex.

CLOTHING - 1) Where to buy second-use clothing
                   2) Where to give second-use clothing                   

STOP FOOD WASTE - How to store 100 fruit and vegetables to prevent spoilage. See pages 4-11 of this guide by Seattle Public Utilities. Wasted food = wasted resources (water and energy used to produce, package and transport) and money down the drain.

STOP JUNK MAIL - From Earth911:

  • Contact the Direct Marketing Association to register your mail preferences. This allows you to remove your name from many national telemarketing, mail, and email lists.
  • Register with the Consumer Credit Reporting Industry’s Opt-Out Program to not receive credit card and insurance offers by calling 1-888-567-8688 or registering online.
  • You can also call the phone number listed on catalogs, or contact the company online, and asked to be removed from their specific mailing list.

MATTRESSES - Eco-friendly buying guide and disposal guide .  
Note: Not all certifications are created equal: Some certifications focus on the human impact of chemicals in mattresses, while others measure the environmental impacts of mattress creation and disposal. Make sure you understand the terminology before purchasing a mattress that’s billed as "green” or "natural.”
Also, not all "green” mattresses are great for the planet: While naturally derived materials have their upsides, they’re also at high risk of breaking down faster, meaning there’s a higher chance they’ll end up being disposed of sooner.

WEDDINGS - Here's a resource guide that covers all aspects in planning a sustainable wedding.
Remember that the BI Zero Waste tableware lending library is a local resource for washable dishware. See more on this page.

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A quote to live sustainably by:
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."  Berkeley Ecology Center