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Simplifying the holidays – reducing your waste and your stress

December 3, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Are your holidays too hectic to be enjoyed? Do you want to learn to have a more satisfying and  low-key holiday season?  Join me, Betty Shelley of the Reduce Your Waste Project, as I shares hints about how to reduce your waste and your stress.

From the Portland Tribune, October 2013, for a talk I gave last year:

Betty Shelley is best known as the lady who produces just one can of garbage a year. But she is also an expert on reducing waste during the holiday season.

Shelley first became a guru on garbage reduction. Later, when her husband was briefly laid off just before the holiday season several years ago, Shelley turned her talents to reducing waste and increasing joy at Christmas time. She will discuss many holiday topics, from decorations and food to packaging and presents, and show how to find the many creative and meaningful ways to reduce our waste.

“We changed our practices,” Shelley said. “We had a calmer, more fulfilling time instead of shopping at Toys ‘R’ Us at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

“We need to remember we do have a choice during the holidays. We need to figure out what we like best. Too often moms try to be super moms by doing everything.”

Instead of running themselves ragged, people can roast marshmallows over an open fire or enjoy a cup of cocoa on a cozy couch. Shelley will be sharing her wisdom about waste-free packaging and suggesting alternative gift ideas, something that can be used and later recycled, instead of ending up in a landfill for decades. Shelley will also share her waste prevention/holiday anecdotes.


(Okay, the term “expert” makes me feel a wee bit of pressure, so let’s move on).  I will share lots of tips about gift wrapping, alternative gifting, pre-planning your purchases, etc.

Also, should you care to, bring along one or more items for re-gifting.  For example, I have a scarf I’ve never worn because it isn’t my colors but someone else might love it.  If no one claims your item(s), you may take them home or I will donate them.

Here is a link to an AM Northwest appearance on the topic of Ecofriendly Gift-giving:


Please pre-register for this event.   Because the upper floors of the building are locked in the evening, we need to know how many folks to watch for, and we need you all to congregate in one place.  Please arrive by 6:50 p.m. so we can be sure everyone is able to get upstairs on time and not be left behind.  Email at or phone 503-244-8044.



December 3, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Reduce Your Waste Project


Northwest Earth Institute
107 SE Washington Street #240
Portland, 97214 United States
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