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Note: Additional ecoconsumer media clips are on the KOMO4 news segments archives, the Seattle Times column archives, and the green holidays campaign's media page

Feb. 5, 2018
Fix Your Stuff. For Free! external link
The King County EcoConsumer program's community repair events, aimed at keeping stuff out of the landfill and conserving resources, continue this year. The Kirkland Repair Café featured here was held at Lake Washington Institute of Technology on Oct. 21, 2017 – by John Prentice for the Seattle Refined show on KOMO4.

April 26, 2017
Reduce, Reuse... Repair? Pacific Northwest Fix-It Movement Grows external link
The King County EcoConsumer program’s free community repair events included this one at the City of SeaTac Community Center. These TV and radio segments have run on public stations around the Northwest this spring and summer – by Ken Christensen for KCTS9 and EarthFix.

July 21, 2016
Swimming in stuff? Join our ‘Buy Nothing Month’ external link
Think about how not to throw anything away, as well as how not to buy anything—Sarah Stuteville's Seattle Globalist column in the Seattle Times quotes King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 4, 2016
Repair, Don't Toss, for Earth Day! external link
Learn how to embrace the rising repair movement in an article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the AgeWise King County newsletter.

March 29, 2016
Sustainability careers external link
The rewards and challenges of environmental careers - UW 360 TV program segment filmed at a recent University of Washington green careers event, featuring Alaska Airlines’ Jacqueline Drumheller, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and host Carolyn Douglas — from UWTV.

March 29, 2016
Fix it, don’t toss it, at free community repair events in Renton, Kent and Federal Way
Everyone knows the saying, 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,' but with Earth Day coming up soon, it’s a great time to embrace a fourth 'R', repair — King County press release.

Feb. 21, 2016
Eco Friendly Tips with Tom Watson Youtube
Mary Diggs-Hobson with AARTH, the African Americans Reach and Teach Health program, interviewed EcoConsumer Tom Watson in late 2015, for three segments for a Seattle area cable TV program.

Sept. 29, 2015
King County pushes to help limit waste external link
People are throwing away items that can easily be used again, in one form or another. These seemingly useless items can have a new purpose with the new "threadcyle" program — from KING5's New Day.

July 30, 2015
Decluttering Just Got Easier
Free home collection services for seniors are featured in an article by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson in the AgeWise King County newsletter.

April 29, 2015
Book Review – “Climate Shock” by Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman external link
Review by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—Real Change newspaper.

April 22, 2015
KCPQ TV ? Earth Day external link
Earth Day events and toilet-paper roll crafts! Kaci Aitchison and M.J. McDermott have fun with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 22, 2015
Don’t let your food scraps go to waste: Consumer Minute for Earth Day external link
Herb Weisbaum talks to King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—ran on KOMO Newsradio-1000AM and 97.7FM.

April 19, 2015
Earth Day: iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) Public Affairs radio show external link
Luciana Bosio De Bartes’ and Pedro Bartes’ interview with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and InterConnection’s Rasmus Mortensen—ran on KUBE-93FM, KISS-106.1FM, The Jet-95.7FM, The Brew-104.9FM, Now-102.9FM and KJR-950AM.

April 19, 2015
Earth Day: Hubbard Radio Public Affairs show external link
Gary Shipe’s interview with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—ran on KLCK-98.9FM, KQMV-92.5FM, KIXI-880AM and KKNW-1150AM.

Feb. 27, 2015
KOMO TV First News at 4 – Threadcycle Youtube
Kris Beatty talks to KOMO’s Mary Nam about Threadcycle—how torn, worn or even stained clothes, shoes and linens are okay to give for reuse and recycling.

Feb. 25, 2015
KCPQ TV – Threadcycle Youtube
Newscast reports on Threadcycle—that damaged clothes aren?t garbage anymore, and all clothes, shoes and linens can be given for reuse and recycling.

Feb. 24, 2015
KING TV Evening News – Threadcycle Youtube
Environmental reporter Gary Chittim speaks with Solid Waste Division’s Kris Beatty and reports on King County and Seattle thrift stores that want all clothes, shoes, and linens—not just those that are “gently used.”

Nov. 12, 2014
Book Review – “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate” by Naomi Klein external link
Review by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—Real Change newspaper.

Oct. 31, 2014
KUNS Univision Seattle Evening News external link
(In Spanish/en Espanol News segment showing Halloween costumes made from reused and recycled materials, with KUNS' Gabriela AlcalᮠFrom the El Centro de la Raza after school program, Paulina, Alex, Victoria, Leslie and Iv⮠model the costumes, accompanied by their teacher Maria Rico. The theme is plants and animals. Alejandra Garcia, representing the King County EcoConsumer program, joins in the fun.

Sept. 8, 2014
KCPQ Morning News ? Safer cosmetics external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson joins Kaci Aitchison for one of her segments at Dr. Jen's House of Beauty in Seattle, highlighting health and environmental issues with many personal care products, and showing fun alternatives.

Aug. 12, 2014
Tool lending library starts up on Vashon Island external link
Story by Sarah Low—Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber newspaper.

July 30, 2014
Book Review – “American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival” external link
Review by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—Real Change newspaper.

July 24, 2014
Food: Too Good To Waste on New Day NW: Smart shopping and storing tips to eliminate food waste external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares fun food-waste reduction ideas with New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson—from KING5 news.

June 17, 2014
"Get Jesse" goes after unwanted catalogs external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson helps Get Jesse's Jesse Jones look into a case of catalog overkill—from KING5 news.

May 14, 2014
Earth Day is Every Day: Local Solutions to Global Problems external link
The national ClimateMama climate change awareness blog features the King County EcoConsumer program's new videos.

April 30, 2014
Five Questions with Tom Watson external link
From the King County Employee News “Five Questions” series, answers from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 22, 2014
Bellevue College Earth Day event external link
Instagram video from the Bellevue College sustainability department, showing quick shots of student groups and local organizations, including the King County EcoConsumer program, at this annual event.

April 22, 2014
KCPQ Morning News external link
Tom joins news anchors Bill Wixey and Kaci Aitchison for a fun live Earth Day segment about recycling plastic and reducing plastic in products.

April 22, 2014
Bob Rivers Show on KJR-FM external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson joins Bob, Spike, Joe and Jodi live in the radio studio for Earth Day (April 22 Podcast, Part 2, clip with Tom runs 39:20 to 51:10).

April 21, 2014
Paint that doesn't have that terrible smell external link
Herb Weisbaum KOMO News article, which was also a brief radio report, with quotes from EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 21, 2014
Nonprofit Technology News – The Green Issue external link
Article about EcoConsumer Twitter feed and related project (scroll down to last item).

April 20, 2014
Climate change and more: Gary Shipe’s Public Affairs radio show external link
Interview with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson for Earth Day—Hubbard Radio stations KLCK-98.9FM, KQMV-92.5FM, KIXI-880AM, KKNW-1150AM.

April 18, 2014
Local celebrities speak out on environment
King County EcoConsumer Earth Day campaign addresses climate change with action, fun—King County press release.

April 16, 2014
Book Review – “Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science” external link
Review by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson for Earth Day—Real Change newspaper.

March 10, 2014
10 Creative Green Ways Families Can Save Some Green external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares easy tips to save cash and resources—from ParentMap.

Jan. 2, 2014
Best Recycling Advice: Don't Agonize Over It external link
How clean does your recycling need to be? Are plastic bags and lids okay? King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson answers recycling questions from host Steve Scher on "The Record" radio show—from KUOW 94.9 FM.

Sept. 4, 2013
KCPQ Morning News – "Green" back-to-school external link
News anchor Kaci Aitchison and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out fun ways to conserve resources, reduce waste and save money by changing a few of your back-to-school purchasing practices and habits.

June 17, 2013
Green your summer – Weekday on KUOW radio external link
From grilling to lawn care, King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares tips and answers questions from listeners on Weekday with host Marcie Sillman. Click on "Listen." The EcoConsumer segment runs from 10:20 to 28:20.

April 24, 2013
USA Today: Clothes recycling goes curbside as demand rises external link
Ever toss a stained T-shirt in the trash? So many Americans do that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills each year. Wendy Koch of USA Today spoke with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

April 22, 2013
KCPQ Morning News Youtube
For Earth Day, anchor Kaci Aitchison and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson check out some fun and money-saving ways to reduce climate change at home.

April 19, 2013
KUNS Evening News Youtube
(In Spanish/en Espanõl For Earth Day, news anchors Jaime Mꯤez and Teresa Gonzalez talk to Lilian Hurn about how sharing services, such as car sharing and clothes swaps, can help us go green and save money. Lilian, a Renton resident who writes a national Spanish-language frugal living blog, tested a few sharing websites and services for the King County EcoConsumer program.

April 17, 2013
Book Review – “Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change” external link
Review by King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson for Earth Day—Real Change newspaper

Jan. 7, 2013
Sustainable Seafood ? KOMO AM/FM radio (MP3 audio file, 2.86 MB)
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson joins anchors Jane Shannon and Brian Calvert to talk about what the regional seafood industry is doing to protect fisheries, and what consumers can do.

Dec. 13, 2012
Five Questions for You external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson answers five questions from Ivan Vukovic in this Seattle-based blog.

April 21, 2012
Shoreline Area News external link
Coverage of the King County EcoConsumer "Supermarket Sweep" competition at Central Market in Shoreline.

April 21, 2012
Súper Baratísimo Gratis blog external link
(In Spanish/en Espanõl Coverage of the King County EcoConsumer "Supermarket Sweep" competition at Central Market in Shoreline, by blogger Lilian Hurn, one of the contestants.

April 20, 2012
Bob Rivers Show on KJR-FM external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson joins Bob, Spike, Joe and Jodi in the radio studio for a fun chat about Earth Day, highlighted by Tom’s close-up look at Joe’s garbage (April 20 Podcast, Part 3, clip starts about 2/3 of the way through).

April 20, 2012
KCPQ Morning News external link
Anchors Kaci Aitchison and Bill Wixey interview King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson for Earth Day, discussing consumer choices and King County’s EcoConsumer Zero Waste Earth Day campaign.

April 17, 2012
KING5 Morning News external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and KING5 features reporter Christie Johnson check out green packaging and products at the grocery store, live at Central Market in Shoreline.

April 17, 2012
Go green at the grocery store for Earth Day

March 21, 2012
Northwest Focus on KWPX external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson talks zero waste and shows host Erin Michael some innovative examples in this half-hour interview.

April 22, 2011
How to detox your home (external video)
Gary Chittim's Earth Day report on an Issaquah family’s efforts to reduce the toxics in their home and yard, with the help of King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—from KING5.com

April 20, 2011
New Day Northwest on KING5 external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and Margaret Larson look in the bathroom medicine cabinet and under the sink, for the EcoConsumer Earth Day Detox campaign.

April 18, 2011
The Marty Riemer Show podcast external link
Tom Watson talks about the EcoConsumer Earth Day Detox with KMTT radio host Marty Riemer on Marty’s independent podcast.

April 17, 2011
"Good in Your Neighborhood" interview external link
EcoConsumer Tom Watson is interviewed about the Earth Day Detox by KMPS radio’s news director Stephen Kilbreath on his weekly public affairs show, "Good in Your Neighborhood."

April 15, 2011
King County EcoConsumer encourages six-step Earth Day Detox for homes

April 3, 2011
Dispose of household hazardous waste the safe way external link
Tom Watson's EcoConsumer column in The Seattle Times.

March 16, 2011
Celebrate Earth Day at King County Earth Day Expo April 22
King County's annual event at Westlake Plaza in Seattle will include an EcoConsumer Earth Day Detox display.

Oct. 20, 2010
King County’s new EcoCribz video makes green remodeling fun (MP3 audio file, 2.08 MB)
Herb Weisbaum’s weekly segment with King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson features info about the new video and the Eco-Cool Remodel Tool – audio file from KOMO radio.

Aug. 6, 2010
Following trash external link
A report on KCTS9 Connects takes a look at what’s in our garbage and where it goes. Featuring national waste reduction expert Annie Leonard, the story also includes King County’s Cedar Hills Regional Landfill, the landfill’s methane recovery system and a comment from landfill manager Dean Voelker. It’s followed by a panel discussion including Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—from KCTS9.org.

Aug. 4, 2009
What can you do with those plastic nursery pots? external link
Herb Weisbaum's "Consumer Minute" report includes comments from Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—audio file from KOMO radio.

July 15, 2009
Teams pull pounds of recyclables from garbage external link
Nine Kent-area residents competed in sorting recyclables in a contest that promoted recycling and revealed common mistakes that consumers make—from The Seattle Times.

July 14, 2009
Trash talk: Garbage-sorting race spotlights recycling external link
From The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

March 26, 2009
King County EcoConsumer expert featured at 2009 Green Festival, March 28-29
For those people who have questions about how to cut waste and conserve resources, King County's EcoConsumer has the answers.

March 23, 2009
KOMO4 TV and KOMO1000 Radio: Save money and go green with your home printing external link
Herb Weisbaum's stories about reducing consumption of paper and ink feature info from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

Feb. 18, 2009
Video: Inside the Northwest Flower & Garden show external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson and Ladd Smith from In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes show some cool props to reporter Tim Robinson—from KING5.com

Dec. 29, 2008
KOMO1000 Radio: Don't throw away that old TV or computer - E-cycle it! external link
Herb Weisbaum's "Consumer Minute" features info from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson about the new state electronics recycling law.

Dec. 25, 2008
LEDs light the way to the future external link
Gary Chittim's report on LED (light-emitting diode) energy-efficient light bulbs features King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—from KING5.com

Dec. 25, 2008
What does organic dry-cleaning really mean? external link
A report on green dry cleaning by Gary Chittim includes comments from Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—from KING5.com

Oct. 17, 2008
New hope, help to stop unwanted phone books external link
This weekly column by Shelby Wood in the Portland Oregonian (which is also an entry in her green blog) includes comments from King County Solid Waste Division's Tom Watson.

Oct. 8, 2008
Five ways to save energy this winter external link
Gary Chittim's report features King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson showing some energy-saving products—from KING5.com

Oct. 7, 2008
Lots going into recycle bins is actually trash external link
Brian Calvert's story includes comments from Tom Watson, King County EcoConsumer—audio file from KOMO1000 radio

September 30, 2008
Montreal Gazette teen section - Bottled water story external link
This article about teenagers' views on single-use water bottles includes comments from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson.

July 23, 2008
UW researcher: Toxic scents hiding in air fresheners, detergents external link
Reporter Eric Schudiske's story includes a comment from King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson–from KOMO4.com

July 20, 2008
"Good in Your Neighborhood" interview external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson is interviewed by KMPS news director Stephen Kilbreath on "Good in Your Neighborhood," their weekly public affairs show. The interview covers various topics and lasts about 20 minutes–audio file from KMPS 94.1 FM.

July 16, 2008
Eco-friendly living external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson responds to questions from listeners-audio file from Weekday on KUOW 94.9 FM. Under "Listen to Weekday," click on RealAudio. The EcoConsumer segment starts at 14:00 and runs for 40 minutes.

April 30, 2008
Some recyclers getting greenwashed external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson helps explain how some packaging may deceptively carry the recycling symbol, even though it is not actually accepted by residential recycling programs—from KING5.com

April 22, 2008
Living Green! Experts Answer your Green Living Questions external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson responds to questions from listeners—audio file from Weekday on KUOW 94.9 FM.

April 22, 2008
Evening Magazine goes green external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson does an "eco-intervention" at the home of Evening Magazine reporter Michael King—from KING5.com

April 22, 2008
Green spring cleaning – Where does it all go? external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson helps a Shoreline family go green as they spring-clean - Part two in a series—from KING5.com

April 2, 2008
Do Yellow Pages have you seeing red? external link
National report includes interviews with Renton resident and King County's Tom Watson—from MSNBC.com

March 21, 2008
Can anything be done about unwanted phone books? external link
Herb Weisbaum's report includes interviews with irate County residents and King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson—from KOMO4.com

March 20, 2008
Green spring cleaning easier than ever external link
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson helps a Shoreline family go green as they spring-clean—from KING5.com

Dec. 5, 2007
What's Your Holiday Gift Giving Policy? external link
King County's EcoConsumer Tom Watson shares some tips on reducing your carbon footprint while shopping—from The Converstation on KUOW 94.9 AM.
note: The EcoConsumer segment starts 34 minutes into the show.

Aug. 6, 2007
Consumer Smarts: Calls go out to stop phone book waste
National efforts are under way to find a way to reduce phone book waste, and King County is at the forefront—from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Aug. 1, 2007
King County EcoConsumer helps spread the word about ‘green living’ on new national TV show
King County news release

Spring 2007
King County's EcoConsumer project helped a Shoreline family make its footprint lighter. View the KING5.com video series (external) to learn more:

  • Part one – the Travis family gets started.
  • Part two – family reduces carbon output through subtle changes.

Jan. 3, 2007
Trying to stamp out unwanted junk mail external link
It's not your imagination. Your mailbox is filling up faster with unsolicited missives—from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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