Lotioncrafter Offers Up FREE Barrels

Lotioncrafter LLC, is a local, raw cosmetic materials distributor. We receive a lot of materials in 55-gallon drums, both plastic and metal, every month. Our goal is to be more sustainable as our business continues to…

A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Volunteers

Our docents have done a super job this year working at the “Z-wall” to help customers understand how to correctly separate cardboard for recycling.  Our customers get it and we have very little contamination in the cardboard bin. The docents…

Great Islands Clean-up Spring 2021 Results

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in this year’s Spring 2021 Great Islands Clean-up! Almost 5,500 pounds of litter was picked up and properly disposed of by 343 volunteers! See below for the full breakdown!

Cleaning up Litter Around the Island

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 5th annual fall Great Islands Clean-up! For the first time the event spanned a full week, and was largely self-organizing due to COVID protocols. However, we still had at…

Reuse of the Highest Order

One day in the fall, before the new Exchange opened, an incredible item showed up at the dump: a 1963 Rowe Ami JAL 200 jukebox—full of classic vinyl records. It sat on the tipping floor for…

Consider The Exchange When Making Life Changes

Transitions in life can be difficult. Whether it’s a move, a death in the family, or a need to downsize, there are times when you just need to get rid of items. On some occasions The…

ORS Responds To Racial Injustice

“It is ORS policy that all decisions involving any aspect of the employment relationship will be made without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, marital status, national origin, citizenship, the presence of any sensory,…

Sew4ZeroWaste Helps Coordinate Orcas Mask Makers

Sewing face masks during COVID-19

Sew4ZeroWaste is a sewing and recycling craft workshop run by Asifa Pasin, a Board Member at ORS/The Exchange. The group has recently pivoted their focus and has been providing PPE for our local Island community.  It…

Islanders Keep Great Islands Clean-Up Alive!

Great Islands Clean Up Orcas Island

The Great Islands Clean-Up (“GICU”) has been a County-wide celebration for the last seven years. Participants band together and scour the islands to pick up all the litter along the roads and beaches on Orcas, Lopez,…

The Compost Pile Explained

There is a difference between soil creation and a moldering heap. Composting is a process that works to speed up the natural decay of organic material by providing the ideal conditions for detritus-eating organisms to thrive….