POL Government Special Projects Portland CAN! Your Stuff
Your Stuff: Make a difference by starting at home. - Printable Version - July 21, 2010
Bookmark and Share

Your “stuff” plays a big role in your life. You are surrounded by it! From your clothes and furniture to those old computer parts and tools taking up space in your basement. What about all of that disposable packaging from your recent trip to the store? Or the food scraps from dinner?

It turns out that 35 percent of carbon emissions in Multnomah County come from the making, transporting and disposal of our stuff.

Getting a grip on how we think about and manage all of that stuff can help curb climate change. The good news is there are lots of ways to reduce these impacts and improve our lives at the same time!

Check out the stuff that you have around your home. Is it meaningful and durable? Does it add enhancement to your life? Are there things around you that just add clutter or distract from quality time with family and friends?

Questions to ask yourself to re-evaluate how you use the containers you place at the curb:

  • How often do I fill my garbage and recycling containers?
  • How large are these containers?
  • If I created less garbage and recycled more, could I downsize to a smaller garbage container?
  • Are there materials in my garbage can that could be placed in the blue Portland Recycles! roll cart, or the green Portland Composts! roll cart?
  • Are there materials in my garbage can that could go to a local recycling center such as film plastic/plastic bags?
  • What could I do differently to avoid having to put materials in the garbage and recycling containers in the first place?

Set some achievable waste reduction, recycling and composting goals based on how you’ve answered these questions. Check back for future blog posts with more information and resources to help you reach your goals!


Please review our Code of Conduct rules before posting a comment to this site. Your comment will be visible to site administrators only.

Submit a Comment
Name (optional)
E-mail (optional)
 Remember Info Yes   No
Spam Prevention
In order to prevent blog spam from automated scripts,
please answer the following question.
In the Pacific Northwest, what state is Portland in? 
Your Stuff

Your Stuff icon

Facebook icon   twitter icon   RSS Icon
Your Stuff Articles
Plan ahead for memorable holiday experiences | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - With simple planning and creative thinking, tackle your shopping and to-do lists while saving money, reducing waste and enjoying the experience just a little more.
Save resources and still get what you need for back-to-school | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - School days are coming and with them a chance for creativity and resourcefulness to get kids off to a great start
Portland joins the repair movement | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - Community events are taking place in Portland to extend the life of what you have with basic maintenance by repairing items instead of replacing them
Spring cleaning for the Earth | Climate Action Now | Your Stuff - Cutting clutter from your home, basement or garage. Swapping and sharing useful goods. Creating community with local resources. All of these options are possible at this time of year.
Your Stuff: Reduce your junk mail this year - Free online services help you cut the clutter and stop the waste.
Your Stuff: Green holiday gift guide - The green holiday guide offers creative, eco-friendly tips to save more and live more this holiday season
Your Stuff: Find ways to celebrate Halloween without all the stuff - There are lots of ways to reuse, swap and share this Halloween
Your Stuff: Back-to-School - Create new sustainable routines for the start of the school year
Your Stuff: Buy Used! - Buy second hand, salvage, or repurpose something you already have to save money and avoid waste
Your Stuff: Spring Community Cleanups - Reuse is the cornerstone of neighborhood cleanup events.
Your stuff: Where You Live - Condo and apartment living can significantly reduce your carbon footprint
Your Stuff: Rethinking the Holidays - Make new memories by rethinking all aspects of your holiday season
Your Stuff: Make Compost, Not Greenhouse Gases - This Halloween, scare your food scraps out of the garbage and turn them into valuable compost
Your Stuff: Make Reusables Part of Your Every Day Habits - Learn ways to remember your reusable bags and other items.
Your Stuff: Best Practices for the Workplace - Small actions have big climate impacts in the workplace
Your Stuff: Moving Your Stuff! - Finding ways to manage your belongings.
Your Stuff: Earth Month - Control the clutter and save resources.
Your Stuff: Neighborhood Cleanups - One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!
Your Stuff: Recycling Makes a Difference - Climate benefits from recycling are significant
Your Stuff: Resolve to Manage Your Stuff - Start the New Year with a resolution about your stuff.
Your Stuff: Holiday Giving - Make your giving more memorable this year by shopping local and for gifts of experience.
Your Stuff: In the kitchen - Actions you can take in your kitchen to minimize your climate change impacts.
Your Stuff: Get More of the Good Stuff - Make a difference by being thoughtful about the amount of stuff you have.
Your Stuff: Make a difference by starting at home. - How we think about and manage all of our stuff can help curb global warming.