Keeping Waste Local: Need a Garbage Can?

Lotioncrafter cans

ORS was recently approached by Lotioncrafter, one of our awesome local companies, about what to do with the excess 55 gallon steel drums they have as a by-product of their business. They are beautiful barrels, brand-new,…

Three tons of Household Hazardous Waste cleaned up!

Household Hazardous Waste

After years of once-a-year pickups that most of us missed, ORS and San Juan County have finally introduced quarterly collection events managed on-island. And after just two such events, we got the results of our collections…

Anniversary and Holiday Sale Success

Exchange on Orcas Island

On Saturday December 8th, we hosted our first anniversary with a big holiday sale—and it was awesome! In fact, one of our top-ten sales days of the year! Thanks to all who shopped, and all who…

My Exchange: A Holiday Hound Success Story

The success of the first year of operation of The Exchange can be measured several different ways. One way is how much it contributed to the well-being of the greater Orcas Island community. We saw a…

Be Mindful of Holiday Packaging

It’s that time of year again when you order stuff online (yes, most of us do it) and we get inundated with retailer packaging materials and gift wrapping products that are, unfortunately, not recyclable. We’re reminding everyone…

Exchange Online Store Launches

The Exchange online store

For months we have been discussing how to launch an online store that would first take into consideration our local community. And now we have a solution! We recently launched The Exchange Online Store where unique…

WATCH: How The Orcas Exchange Became a Zero Waste Model

Watch the story of how a rag-tag island swap meet turned into a model non-profit, zero-waste reuse and recycling facility.

My Exchange Story: Mount Baker Farm

Mount Baker Farm on Orcas Island

When Ruth, Cheryl and Barb bought the Mount Baker Farm property on Orcas Island, they were determined to offer a unique experience for islanders and tourists, alike. They did this by creating 58 campsites that sit…

Creativity Shines at Trashion Fashion Show

This year’s “Trashion Fashion” show was so much fun! The creativity from all you local artists and designers was inspiring. Thanks to all who participated (humans and animals alike), and to Asifa Pasin for running the…

Exchange at The Grange a Success

The Exchange was hopping on Memorial Day weekend as vendors and visitors gathered for this year’s Exchange at The Grange SWAP Meet. Thanks to generous donations, we took in almost $4,000 in our silent auction. Special…