Eastside Greendrinks, a volunteer organization that promotes sustainability and community on the Eastside, is part of a global Greendrinks network of self-organizing groups. We meet monthly at different locations around the area to connect, share green-focused stories, build community and enjoy a refreshment that is typically donated by a sponsoring organization.
This month, a group of about 30 met in Issaquah, WA, at a novel new-concept retailer called CleanScapes. Owned by a waste management company, CleanScapes gives new meaning to “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
The store boasts products that are reused, repurposed or repaired. Some of the store’s offerings include pendant light shades out of sail cloth, picture frames made of bicycle chains, and candle holders repurposed from cut-down wine bottles. Bicycles of all sizes are salvaged from curbsides, rebuilt by Seattle non-profit Bike Works, and then sold in the store.
Store visitors can drop in and drop off hard-to-recycle items such as e-waste, and then purchase a unique gift for themselves or someone else on their shopping list.
CleanScapes spreads the word by participating in community education programs: hosting school group tours where kids learn about recycling and how to be active environmental stewards.
To learn more, visit the store [map] and enjoy a chat with their friendly knowledgeable staff. Let us know what you learned, dropped off or picked up at the store; share your story with our readers. We ALL have a role in closing the loop on managing waste!