I Live Here: Lane’ Richards

I Live Here:PDX

Name & Age: Lane’ (pronounced “Lay-nuh”) Richards, 35

Hometown: Born in Seattle but raised in Alaska

Current Neighborhood: St. Johns

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Good ol’ unemployment slash Master Recycler / eco-educator / volunteer extraordinaire / model / event coordinator / social networking guru / green living blogger.

What do you create? All my own personal body products, household cleaners, jams and jellies and pretty much any other fruit or vegetable a person can preserve.

How did you land in Portland? I was raised in Nome and Anchorage Alaska and decided it was time to venture south.  Stopping briefly in Portland, a business opportunity came up in Phoenix and I took it.  Feeling like a fish out of water and dreading the endless sunny days (they do get old after a while), I decided it was time to head back to the Northwest.  I’ve been back in Portland since 2008 and I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else.  It’s just enough Alaska to keep a country girl calm and just enough city to keep a girl on her toes.

What is the last book you read? “Backyard Skills: A D.I.Y. Handbook” and am currently reading “American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of its Food” by Jonathan Bloom.  I’m addicted to any eco-themed, sustainability or green-beauty book.

Name your favorite tattoo. My last half sleeve tattoo, a beautiful koi, swimming upstream with cherry blossoms and the Bushido (seven virtues of the samurai).  I’m in the process of getting another half sleeve that will be just as beautiful: a geisha, which is fitting considering my nickname is “Geisha Lane’” (having spent time and studied Japanese).

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? We don’t eat at food carts much since we live so far away from them and only recently were blessed to get a handful in St. Johns.  So, I’m ashamed to say I’ve only ever eaten at one and it was an Asian infused “something” – it was so long ago I can’t even remember!

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I get the Oregonian {green} delivered to my inbox weekly otherwise I’ll read a Willamette Week if I stumble upon one.

What is your favorite bridge and why? The St. Johns Bridge, I’d probably be hunted down and skinned if I didn’t considering I live in St. Johns.  Besides, it truly is beautiful… I thought so years ago when I drove over it at 3am, lost, wondering if I was still even in Portland.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Anything from Anna Bannana’s.  They’re always open, always friendly and always have something delicious to quench my thirst and appetite.

Coast or Mountains? I’m a water girl by nature but after a snowboarding trip to the mountains last year, I do make exceptions.

Only in Portland moment? When I moved here from Phoenix I wanted to make some eco changes in my life.  I started researching recycling and came across the Master Recyclers Program.  I thought “only in Portland would there be a Master Recyclers Program”.  Not only that, but they are over 1000 strong!  I became one in all its eco-geekiness and at one volunteer event, found myself digging through garbage, sorting food from waste and recyclables.  Besides Portland’s green scene, I’ll never forget my first: SantaCon sighting, Voodoo Doughnuts sampling, and Naked Bike Ride invitation.

A favorite local business? I’ve become a huge fan of an adorable shop in St. Johns, The Salty Teacup.  I love the fact that the store is 100% local, with local designers that use recycled/upcycled materials. To curb my sock fetish, I often frequent Sock Dreams and I get my tea on at the Tao of Tea.

Are you a car person or a bike person? Because of how far away we live from everything, I’m unfortunately reliant on my car.  It’s the one sacrifice I make.  I do, however, try to take mass transit when I can and when feasible.  I will be getting a bike soon (Burning Man honeymoon this summer) so I’m hoping to break out of my shell a little more when I do.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? A food co-op in each neighborhood offering locally sourced, affordable, organic produce.  A co-op that encourages customers to B.Y.O.-bag, accepts and encourages recycling and community involvement and puts warehouse stores bulk to shame.  A dream, a wish but maybe one day a reality!

And finally, where can we find you on the web?




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