Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion coming to you from Central Oregon.

Zero Waste Guide - Bend and Central Oregon

Zero Waste City Guide to Central Oregon by Conscious by Chloé

So I moved to Central Oregon (remember the last page of my quaranzine?!).

It all happened really fast, our landlords gave us notice as they are planning on selling the house we were renting, there wasn't anything interesting to rent in the city, and we had been considering moving to a rural area for a while, so when the perfect tree house popped up on Craigslist, we jumped on the opportunity (though I was convinced it was a scam).

A couple days later, we took a trip South to visit the house and meet the landlord (turned out he wasn't a scammer) and 3 weeks later we were moving to Central Oregon!

You know me, it didn't take me long to research everything Zero Waste related in the area, and though it will take forever for me to be able to visit any shops that is not my local grocery store, I thought I'd still put together a little Zero Waste Central Oregon guide, because Zero Waste is not dead, bringing reusables is safe and even though we might have taken a step back during the pandemic, Zero Waste is here to stay!

The Zero Waste Central Oregon Map, also available in full page.

Above is a map of businesses, organizations and markets in Central Oregon that support our zero waste lifestyle.

I've created various layers so that the map is not overcrowded.

You can show them by clicking on the arrow on the top left of the map and selecting the ones you're interested to see.

Then click on each of the locations to have more information about which products they sell in bulk, which items they accept for donation or what can be recycled there.

And you will find below Conscious by Chloé's Ultimate Zero Waste Guide to Central Oregon!

1. Zero Waste Essentials made locally

2. Buy in Bulk

Is this your first bulk shopping trip? Check out this Shopping in Bulk 101 Guide. And keep your eyes peeled for refillable beer bottles.

Bend

Redmond

Sisters

3. Shop Second Hand/Donate

The most sustainable way to shop, is to not shop, but if you really need something, second-hand is an earth-friendly option (according to the amazing Buyerarchy of Needs).

Bend

Redmond

Sisters

Tumalo

4. Repair / Renovate

Make it last! I recently discovered my passion for darning socks, but sometimes, you need to let a professional do the work.

Bend

Sisters

5. Recycling / Composting

Check out your local recycling (and composting) curbside services. Other items can be diverted from the landfill through the following organizations. Or you can also find a recycler or reuser, find a PaintCare drop-off location.

6. Sharing Economy

Sharing is caring. And do you really need to buy your own tablesaw? Check out these free sharing resources and never buy another item you'll only use once.

Gardens

Libraries

7. Skill Learning

Learning how to do or make something is really empowering and those skills can then be passed along to friends or future generations!

Find more activities ideas here.

8. Chemical-Free Self Care

Self care is so important, but you want to make sure that it is as good for you as it is for the people who provide it and... the planet.

Bend

Sisters

9. Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants

Do I really need to tell you how hurtful mass animal exploitation is for the ecosystem?

Check out the map, there are so many great restaurants in town :)

Bend

Redmond

Sisters

  • Nourish - Vegan Food Cart (coming soon)

10. Green Lodging

11. Central Oregon Zero Waste Heroes

Because Central Oregon wouldn't be the green hub it is without these every day eco-warriors, I wanted to give them a shout-out!

Get involved

And volunteer in the many organizations and community stores mentioned above.

More resources

Podcasts

  • Talking Trash with Peggy LaPoint - A Green Tips podcast diving into the world of sustainability by talking to people in business and non-profits, and folks knee-deep in the field of sustainability
  • The Ecopreneur Show - A podcast about entrepreneurs and leaders that are creating real life solutions for a more sustainable future

Join the Zero Waste Community!

  • Join the Zero Waste Central Oregon Community on Facebook

Zero Waste City Guide to Central Oregon by Conscious by Chloé

And don't miss the Portland Zero Waste Guide.


I hope you'll find this guide useful. I'll try to keep it updated. Please share your suggestions in the comments below.