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A New Way to Stay Cool 

To cut down on plastic consumption, a bid for a new piece of equipment at Central Oregon Locavore

Nicolle Timm Branch, founder of Central Oregon Locavore, shows off "Bartholomew," the current cooler that will be replaced with a mister. - NICOLE VULCAN
  • Nicole Vulcan
  • Nicolle Timm Branch, founder of Central Oregon Locavore, shows off "Bartholomew," the current cooler that will be replaced with a mister.

When contemplating ways to cut down on the consumption of plastic, cutting out straws, take-out containers and grocery store bags may be some of the first things to come to mind. Another big one—though not often in the mind of the average consumer—is to cut out the bags used to transport produce or bulk items from store to home.

That very scenario is the reason behind the current fundraising campaign at Central Oregon Locavore. The nonprofit marketplace is raising funds to buy a new misting produce cooler to replace "Bartholomew," a cooler donated by Expressway in 2013. While the current cooler still functions, it doesn't have a misting feature—one that would help staff and volunteers avoid putting produce in plastic bags, says Nicolle Timm Branch, Locavore's founder.

In the dry high desert climate, the current system of placing produce in plastic helps the goods stay fresh. A mister would do the same thing, without the use of "hundreds" of plastic bags each week, estimates Timm Branch.

"If we don't put veggies in plastic bags they just wilt right away, and then the farmers aren't happy because it's not representing their product, and the customers aren't happy because they're wilted," Timm Branch said. She says they tried using compostable bags, but that didn't work, as those bags are more permeable and moisture isn't held in.

Locavore is about a third of the way toward its fundraising goal of $12,000, raising about $3,500 since the effort began May 4. Once they've replaced the cooler, they'll encourage people to bring in their own mesh bags for produce—much like what customers currently do for other bulk items.

Efforts to cut down on the consumption of single-use plastic are popping up around the region. Seattle's ban on plastic straws and utensils in bars and restaurants went into effect July 1. In Bend, activists launched the "Un-Bag Bend" initiative earlier this year, with a City Council work session forthcoming to consider the issue.

Timm Branch sees the effort at Locavore as one more piece of the overall effort.

"I think it's a huge piece of the conversation," Timm Branch said. "You go to any grocery store you know there's just rolls of plastic bags that we use once and throw away."

Central Oregon Locavore
1841 NE 3rd St., Bend
Centraloregonlocavore.org

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Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. (Blame her for everything since then.) Favorite car: A Trek commuter bike. Favorite cat: An adopted dog who looks like a Jedi master. Favorite things, besides responding to your comments: Downton Abbey re-runs, Aretha Franklin albums, and pink wine.
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