In Eugene — and across the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region — many local businesses make sustainability and environmental values an integral part of their business plan. As a community, we celebrate "Earth Day" year-round with innovative approaches to conservation, recycling and equity. Visitors can do their part by supporting and patronizing the small businesses that esteem living in harmony with our natural and social world. Here are just a few highlights of local shops and services that live up to their values.
This eco-friendly boutique in South Eugene is built around their refill and recycling stations. Bulk refill for household cleaners and personal care products makes it easy, sustainable and affordable to stock up on needed products without packaging waste. Bring in your own containers to refill with your favorite "green" products. Bhumi's website maintains a list of available bulk products. Additionally, as a Terracycle Drop-off location, Bhumi collects those "hard to recycle" items that may be haunting you at home. Bring in single coffee pods, plastic or paper straws, plastic and metal bottle caps, disposable razors, drink pouches and toothpaste tubes. See their website for specifics on recyclables. What else is cool about Bhumi? They have a plant potting bar and a start swap wall! And while you are here, sign up for a tarot reading.
NextStep ReUse Store
With every new gadget and every updated operating system, software or program; the previous season's electronic wonders face obsolescence. NextStep ReUse Store rescues these discards and maximizes their service potential by refurbishing and repairing electronics from toasters to televisions. Not only do they keep electronics out of the landfills, they help provide technology to those who do not have access. The resale store is stocked with refurbished products at lower prices, and the organization offers tech skill training programs and educational opportunities for children and adults. If you are shopping for an iPad or a desktop computer, stop in here first and support their mission for a cleaner environment with less waste.
Urban Lumber Co.
Salvaging scrap wood, tear-down projects and fallen urban trees, this innovative company creates artistic and memorial pieces of furniture and household products from dining room tables to fruit bowls. Many of our local Eugene - Springfield restaurants and businesses showcase gorgeous slab bar tops, walls, floors or desks made by Urban Lumber Co. Visit their warehouse showroom to see what is for sale, take a factory tour or order a custom piece for yourself from a fallen sentimental backyard tree.
The Gone Rogue Boutique
Striving to uplift small businesses from marginalized communities, The Gone Rogue Boutique in the heart of the Whiteaker Neighborhood has created a vibrant artisan space. Purchasing products direct from West Coast small businesses, Gone Rogue invests in them directly, and then sells delightfully crafted cards, soaps, candles, jewelry and fabric arts alongside complimentary (by application) dedicated artisan spaces provided to local artists who need a venue to show and sell their work. In addition, workshops and community gatherings are held here regularly.
Mosaic Fair Trade Collection
On a worldwide front, Mosaic Fair Trade Collection offers home goods and gifts that are certified by the Fair Trade Federation, ensuring that the artisan workers make a living wage, have safe working conditions and equal opportunities. This is an import store that you can feel good about!
The big blue bicycles around town offer a low impact and environmentally-friendly transportation option for locals and visitors alike. Just download the Peacehealth Rides app on your phone and you are able to partake in the bike share program at low cost for short rides. Also a heathy way to move, Peacehealth Rides helps individual take care of their own bodies.
Local builders and artisans know this is a source for magical and cost-saving supplies. Find everything from small drawer pulls, nails or flower pots to sky lights, shower stalls and garage doors. Antique treasures can be unearthed here. Along with a warehouse of donating parts and pieces from tear-down projects, BRING offers unique event space and training programs for businesses and schools. Come here to see recycling made beautiful!
Doing Your Part
There are many more eco-friendly businesses throughout our community. From wholesaler Hummingbird offering bulk grains and foods, Mountain Rose Herbs with bulk herbs, and Sundance and Kiva grocery stores to the many farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries, distilleries, wineries and artisan food producers and manufacturers. Take a ride on an electric vehicle, volunteer for a beach clean up or shop at a farmers market and you'll be participating in our sustainable community efforts!
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