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Tips to go green in 2016: Your stuff

The “stuff” we buy has a big impact on the environment. Making, shipping, and packaging goods accounts for 22 percent of our county’s household carbon emissions.

Borrow more than books

Borrowing items you seldom need will save you storage space and money. Did you know that Portland has lending libraries where you can check out home and garden tools, kitchen gadgets and kids’ toys?

Your Stuff Climate Action Now


Home improvement projects? Gardening projects? Borrow tools from a tool library!


Kids getting bored with their toys? Borrow new toys, or swap their old toys for new!


Want to try your hand at making jam? Borrow a big pot and supplies from a local kitchen library.

Buy used and de-clutter

When you need something, look for it used before buying it new—you’ll often find a higher-quality item for less money. Many stores that sell used items also accept them, so you can also drop off items you no longer use. You’ll de-clutter your home and get still-usable items into someone else’s hands.

Home remodeling supplies

And more

Find more resources and ideas from Portland’s Resourceful PDX.

Graphics and information from the City of Portland’s Climate Action Now as well as Resourceful PDX.