Archive for February, 2009

Grassroots aren’t Green

February 25, 2009

posted by Cheryl

Grassroots…they’re more of a brown color, eh? Green…there are many shades. Without the roots there’d be no green, though…without green, there’d be no roots. I cringe when I hear “green” used as the way to describe products that will save the environment, maybe because in high school English I learned that green was a gentle way to say “naive”. Those were formative years.

In case you’re wondering, it is a good day to be part of the plastic-free push. Six people inquired about the next LNPB episode in less hours. Thanks to CNRG, I believe that’s a new record I’d love to break tomorrow. We’re moving into our first physical address with an office space, with one of the most respected reuse centers in Portland, the School and Community Reuse Action Project, (a.k.a. S.C.R.A.P.). With a space we’re envisioning more programs and imagining more volunteers, perhaps a few paid positions are on the horizon. We’re talking about more workshops to help kids and adults see convenience through the telescope of sustainability and create art to inspire more art and less demand for this version of chemical dependence.  

I’m excited to have been invited to be part of an upcoming Mother Jones article. After I experienced my first magazine article “fact check” ever I thought about how many different directions this project has taken this group. Taking the good with the bad, I don’t feel burn out, but a constant, gentle prodding to keep going. I do a little bit every day. My advice: don’t depend on green. Take matters into your own hands. You just have to be willing to get your fingernails dirty.

We are specializing in the fun side of change-making. Finding people where they are and supporting them on their journey. The hands-on and particularly imaginative one. The rooty, earthy, gritty road.

Nope, I really don’t feel green, don’t really see much of it around me even and certainly don’t have much. I feel pretty rich, though.

Jessica L, Cheryl, Andrew and Jessica W after the music

Jessica L, Cheryl, Andrew and Jessica W after the music


Call for Artists – Episode 5 of LNPB!

February 10, 2009

Episode 5 – CALL FOR ARTISTS – Apply here by March 15, 2009

WHO: Artists, Performers, Filmmakers, Groups, Families, Community Leaders and political leaders interested in being active, making art, and creating change from the angle of plastic awareness! Videomakers and Musicians are welcome to contribute a square or offer up talents for a special event. Send your proposals!

WHERE: In Portland, Or, Olympia, WA, or Wherever You Are.

THEME: United

ENTRY FORM: Apply to  by March 15, 2009. We’ll email you a form.

HOW IT WORKS: The plastic-avoiding & art-creating happens between March and May 2009, with opening events beginning in June 2009. All artists are asked to create a 12 x 12″ piece which may initially be displayed separately, then added as part of a large quilt to travel around the city, country, world! See below for specifications.

All artist participants agree to live plastic-free for the same three-month time period. A plastic-free lifestyle challenges you to refrain from purchasing items that are packaged in any sort of single-use plastic, including: to-go coffee lids, plastic cups or cutlery, water, prepackaged foods, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, dish soap, laundry soap, utensils…

Any plastic accumulated must not be trashed or recycled curbside. During the course of these three months, artists make squares “inspired” by the collected plastics. Poetry, photography? Put it on the square! Paint it, draw on it, sculpt it (two dimensionally). 


Each 12 x 12 piece must not weigh more than approximately one pound and must have a base of fabric, plastic, or other lightweight material that is approved by us. We’ll be connecting them all together at some point, so weight and attachability are crucial! You may make: more than one; several smaller squares as long as you connect them so they add up to 12×12″; more than one 12×12″ piece!

Please note: LNPB is more than an art opening! Our goal is to offer chances to take part in innovative projects toward plastic independence and all the good stuff that comes with it. Artist-participants are strongly encouraged to participate in these and/or volunteer and community building opportunities. Share what you know, learn what you don’t! Change things!