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How your stuff affects the climate (and your life)

Did you know that 35 percent of the total carbon emissions in Multnomah County come from the mining, making, moving, using and tossing of the stuff we use everyday?

By making small changes in your everyday choices about purchasing goods and services, you can significantly lower your carbon footprint.

Take action now for the climate

  • Buy durable goods and clothing, and repair them when they become worn or damaged.
  • Compost in your backyard or use a worm bin.
  • Recycle at home and at work.

These actions will help you:

  • Save money. The Be Cart Smart collection system is set up so you pay less for a smaller garbage can or less frequent pickup.
  • Reduce clutter and get organized. Say no to unwanted junk mail and excess packaging, and pay bills online.
  • Spend more time with family and friends. Support Portland’s arts, crafts and restaurant communities.
  • Explore your neighborhood. Take a trip to your local library, a street fair, park, community center or swimming pool.

Resources

Climate friendly actions you can take at home!

Ready for more? View the full list of climate-friendly actions!

Reduce waste and recycle at home

Garbage and Recycling at Home

Reduce waste and recycle at work

Sustainability at Work

Find recycling centers for non-curbside items

Metro Find A Recycler

Properly dispose of old electronics

Oregon E-Cycles

Stories and resources around thoughtful consumption

Be Resourceful

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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.