Resale Is Recycling-But What About Zero Waste?

Tiptoeing Towards Zero Waste

At Here We Go Again, keeping our footprint light on the planet is one of our most fundamental core values. We’re constantly examining our practices and searching for alternative approaches to do better, and generate less waste.

Single use packaging, even when recyclable, is still waste. As a result, we’re looking at ways we can reduce the trash AND recycling that we generate at the shops.

Reusable bamboo flatware - definitely zero waste!New Products

You bought us out of our reusable bamboo cutlery sets over the holidays and we’ll be restocking those asap. So, obviously Zero Waste has hit a nerve with you too. We’ll also be adding cute little collapsible straws in their own convenient mini carrying box.

Pop Up Shop Coming February 8th!

We’re excited to announce a partnership with Utility Zero Waste Portland, and our first ever pop-up shop with them on February 8, 2020. They’ll be bringing some of their wonderful bulk detergents for laundry & dishwashers, as well as bulk personal care products. We’ve tested some of them already, and they’re wonderful with fresh, natural fragrances. At HWGA, we’re perhaps most excited about the clothing brushes for easily removing pet hair and lint from clothing.

Sweater Stones - No batteries required, gets us closer to zero waste

These will make a perfect pairing with our practical and affordable Sweater Stones that we’ve carried for a decade or more. Clothing care without the disposables!

Utility Zero Waste will also be bringing  wool dryer balls, a fantastic alternative to chemical-laden dryer sheets. You can use natural fragrance oils with them if you like, or stay fragrance free. I use these at home adding just a few drops of lavender oil every month or so. Either way, an easy way to ditch the disposable dryer sheets. Sign up for our twice-ish monthly emails, or stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details as the date approaches. We’re hoping to feature as many natural, bulk cleaning products as we can fit! The Pop-Up shop will be at our Johns Landing shop from 12-3, on Saturday, February 8th.

Oregon’s New Bag Fee

We applaud the new ban on single-use plastic bags, and generally approve of the required bag fee passed into law in Oregon. When you shop with us, we’ve always asked if you’d like a bag, and so many of you say no. You’ve brought one with you – good for you! Most of us are forgetful, but we believe that the new fee will help us establish a more consistent habit of remembering to bring our bags!

100% post consumer recycled bags, not zero waste, but better than virgin paperStarting in 2020, in keeping with the new law, Here We Go Again will be charging a 10¢ fee for a bag. Our bags are 100% post-consumer recycled content and always have been. (Here’s a shocking number – our bags cost us 50¢!) Using fewer bags helps us keep our prices down, and reduces our carbon footprint with fewer boxes of bags shipped.

We hope you’ll commit to making small changes too, and Here We Go Again is planning some informational events and new products to help us all do better in our goals to get closer to zero waste in 2020 and beyond!

Want to learn more about the zero waste movement? Click the link on this graphic to learn more about the movement. Or read more on this blog about small and easy ways to adapt your lifestyle to be more sustainable and earth-friendly.

Author: Chris Gauger

Chris is a self-confessed resale fashionista. A fashion recycler from an early age, she learned the consignment business from her mother, Jan Gauger, at omt divine resale in Lincoln, Nebraska. Chris moved to Portland, Oregon in 1990 and immediately felt at home, among her people. She started Here We Go Again Deluxe Resale Boutique in 1992 and has never looked back. The second location of her store opened in 1997. Chris loves pretty much everything about clothes and fashion, but she has a serious boot and shoe addiction that is fed by the two stores. It's doubtful she will ever be recovered. In addition to clothes, Chris loves mentoring young women and teaching them about what it takes to run and manage a small business. She has employed some pretty remarkable women over the years and is grateful for all they've done to help grow Here We Go Again. She is a Hoosier by birth, but was raised in Nebraska. She has two sisters who continue to run the consignment store there, and one brother who has sense enough to stay out of the way. Her husband of twenty-seven years, is a land use planner and the fix-anything-guru that Chris relies upon more often than she'd like.

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