of waste prevention is to reduce first, reuse next and last, but not least,
to recycle. This has been the industry mantra for years. When it comes to the
Portland food cart scene there aren't many options to reduce. The nature of the
business prevents reduction -- your food is sold in a to-go container after all.
As this article explains, one Portlander is starting her own business, Go Box, tackling
the reuse portion of the heirachy. If successful, this will cut tens of
thousands of pounds helplessly headed to the landfill. I know what you're
thinking -- what about all those biodegradable and compostable containers?
Unless you are set up for commercial scale composting at home (which you
aren't), those to-go containers are trash.
remains to be proven, but where there's trash there's still a living to be made.
I attended this conference last year. It was very well organized and did an amazing job of harnessing the expertise of both professionals and job seekers. In sum, I witnessed valuable networking and real jobs being offered! Here's the description
The Green Professionals Conference (GPC) is an event for students and professionals; providing learning, networking, and employment opportunities within the sustainability industry.