Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

How to Stop Spam, Junk Mail, and Targeted Ads

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Every time I move to a new place, I try to make sure that junk mail will not follow me.

So, to the best of my abilitites, I do not give out my personal information unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. the spa does not need my mailing address).

I've recently been getting unsollicited credit card offers and did a deep dive into privacy protection.

If you live in the US, here are a couple steps to make sure you won't be bothered too much with unwanted marketing material.

  • DMAchoice.org offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they do and do not want such as Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You’ll have to pay a $2 processing fee, and your registration will last for 10 years.

  • OptOutPrescreen.com is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance.

  • Yellow Pages Opt Out allows you to select the number of directories you wish to receive (or not). You are able to select individual books only, select multiples and opt out of receiving any or all directories.

  • Catalog Choice is a non-profit organization working to stop junk mail for good. Gather the unwanted catalogs and other junk mail that clutter your home or office. Search for the sender, and submit the opt—out request.

  • WebChoices is a tool that scans your browser and allows you to opt out of website cookies and avoid targeted ads from participating companies.

  • The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.

You might be interested in reading my 10 Ways to Stop Junk Mail too.

The Conscious List

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I took some time offline to focus on life and to volunteer in my community but kept a bunch of links in my bookmarks to share when the time felt right to come back online.

This weaving workshop. I wish I has a loom and some experience to be able to attend it.

What is laundry stripping?. I feel like my pillow covers and kitchen towels need a little TLC - but I don't have a bathtub :)

The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks. I have a Sodastream and sometimes buy syrup, but I really want to learn how to make my own flavored waters.

The 2nd Annual Oregon Zero-Waste Conference (online, August 27 - 28). I co-organized the first edition and I'm so happy that someone was finally able to take over!

Bruno makes one-of-one handmade garments from repurposed goods. I can't wait to make another quilt jacket!

This rhubarb galette with lemon rosemary simple syrup is on my to-bake list.

I signed up to be on the waitlist for next year's OSU Master Gardener™ Program.

This How to Gather Fabric and Make Ruffles tutorial saved me when I was making my repurposed linen bedsheets dress (pictures to come).

This Handcrafted Wooden Cornhole is my next DIY project!

I keep these Nature-inspired kits and art supplies in my bookmarks for friends' kids' birthdays.

Picture by Taylor Simpson

Recycling Resources in Portland Oregon

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Portland residents have access to curbside recycling, but many other items that are not recyclable curbside can be diverted from the landfill through the following organizations.

"When in doubt, throw it out", but also do a little research of your own or call the amazing experts at the Metro hotline.

This list is always evolving, feel free to add resources in the comments and I'll make sure to update it on a regular basis, thank you so much for your contributions!

And you can always head over to the Portland Zero Waste Guide, Zero Waste PDX and the Zero Waste PDX Facebook group for reference.

Find a Recycler

Use Metro's Find-a-recycler tool to locate drop-off sites near you.

Recycling Programs & Collection events

  • James' Neighborhood recycling - Curbside collection with subscription ($15/month) or drop-off events ($3/grocery bag of sorted recycling (or similar 5 gallon container) and $3/39 gallon garbage bag of Styrofoam)
    Items collected: Plastics, Electronics, Small appliances, Wine corks, Cereal bag liners, Empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers and toothbrushes, Ink jet and toner cartridges, Empty deodorant containers (non-aerosol), Empty lipstick and chapstick containers, Empty cosmetic compacts, mascara tubes, eyeliner and brow pencils and many more items

  • The Give Bin (free)
    The Give Bin collects and delivers all reusable goods except batteries to local nonprofit organizations.

  • Terracycle - Public drop-offs for various products (Tom's of Maine, L'Occitane en Provence , etc.)

  • Ridwell - Hard-to-recycle items collection

Bottles and cans

Car Seats

  • Target hosts trade-in program events a couple times a year.

  • Terracycle has a baby gear recycling box. Keep an eye for maybe another partnership with Wallmart for a trade-in event in the future (this link dates back to 2019).

Clothing

  • H&M - Textiles (free)
  • Madewell - Denim (free)
  • Nike Factory Store - Athletic shoes (free)
  • Gaia boxes - Gaia receives clothes and shoes donations. Put items inside the box in a closed bag.
  • Ecoworld boxes (formerly Gemtext) - Gently used clothing and shoes
  • SCRAP - Check their website for items they are or are not currently accepting.

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Styrofoam

  • Agilyx - Plastic #6s: plastic trays, clamshells, styrofoam (free)
  • gogo eco - Polystyrene foam collection recycling ($10 for two trash bags)

Local resources

  • New Seasons - plastic film, cork, aluminum cans and Paktech plastic handles

  • Target - Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, Aluminium Cans, MP3s, Cellphones, Ink Cartridges, Plastic Bags (free)

  • Ikea - Metal, Glass, CFL Bulbs, LED Bulbs, , Incandescent & Halogen Bulbs, 9V Batteries, AAA, AA, C, D Batteries (free) also mattresses and furniture ($25)

  • Far West Recycling


Know of more recycling resources in Portland? Please share them in the comments below!

The Conscious List

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm learning how to make soap!

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

The Valley Jumpsuit

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I'm back with a new sewing project. It's probably my favorite so far, after the quilt jacket. Just because jumpsuits are kinda my uniform - even though they're not the most practical (the bathroom trip struggle is real) - they're just so darn comfy and cute!

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I love the color blush but tend to forget that I like it better in my house than on my body. So I might try to experiment with natural dyes again this summmer.

I have lots of fabric left from the sheet set I got at the re-store so I'll be able to experiment on scraps before throwing my new jumpsuit in the vat.

Wise move on my part: I chose neutral buttons so whatever color I end up with should work. At least I hope so...

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I haven't made any alteration to the Valley Jumpsuit pattern by Raphaëlle Bonamy of Readytosew for Peppermint Magazine, except for forgoing the back opening (I figured the front buttons would be enough to put the jumpsuit on and take it off - and they are).

I am not yet comfortable and patient enough to alter pattern and make adjustments but might try to do so in the future. I would really like to make a tiered dress with the rest of the fabric and would love to hack the Loungewear Set top and the Bardon Dress.

I had the A0 pattern printed at my local print shop and got to work. It is a fairly easy project, as long as you know your sewing machine well enough to sew buttons and buttonholes.

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Do you have a sewing projects in the works? Please share pattern links and ideas with me in the comments below!