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Portland’s 2019 Plastic Straw, Utensil and Condiment Ordinance

By Holly Hummel, RA Treasurer PORTLAND SCORES A HUGE WIN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT!  Plastic Straws, plastic utensils and condiment packages are OUT UNLESS REQUESTED, effective July 1, 2019. The City Council issued findings regarding the pervasiveness and the problem presented by single-use plastic items: “Plastic straws are the sixth most frequently occurring litter in the US … […]

RA founder retires after prolific nonprofit career

by Betty Patton In 1987, Jeanne Roy led the beginning of Recycling Advocates with a small group of like-minded friends. Thirty-one years later she and her husband retired from their many nonprofit organizations. During this 3-decade span, the two of them created 11 other organizations and initiatives focused on teaching, leading and celebrating sustainability in […]

Spotlight on Thatcher’s Coffee

Thatcher's Coffee

By Bonita Davis Serving coffee is what they do at Thatcher’s Coffee, and caring for people (and the planet) is why they do it.  Enter this bright, modern shop in the Grand Central District of Vancouver and you will be greeted by a light, airy sun-filled space featuring gleaming concrete floors, tile and natural woods.  […]

Nossa Familia’s new location on 20th and Division charges 25 cents for to-go cups!

by Brion Hurley Nossa Familia Coffee opened a new location this week on SE 20th and Division at Seven Corners, and those of you following our coffee cup reduction campaign are going to be super excited about this cafe! They are already known for their sustainability efforts. They are a Certified B Corporation, and they were the first […]

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