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Creative Reuse Project: Door Knob Picture Holders

For our latest creative reuse project, we have transformed door knobs into vintage picture holders! This simple DIY project utilizes many items you already have around your house; we got our salvaged crystal door knobs from EcoBuilding Bargains in Springfield! A vintage photo holder is a great way to display family portraits, yearbook photos, notes, invitations, and more.

Materials:

  • Door knob
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scrap felt or fabric
  • Optional: paint, other decorative supplies

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BioCycle: Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Tackle Food Waste

We were recently featured in an article in BioCycle magazine about our efforts to tackle the issue of food waste.

“The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), with support from the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), conducted an analysis of existing and proposed organic waste bans, studying the policies themselves as well as the experiences of states and localities in implementing and enforcing these policies.”

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Read the full article

Organic Waste Bans And Recycling Laws To Tackle Food Waste

published by BioCycle Magazine.

How to be a Smart Recycler

Massachusetts residents have long been known to recycle – in fact, a 2015 Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) report shows that nearly 95% of MA residents say they recycle on a regular basis! In the spirit of the new school year and starting fresh, we have some tips and tools on how to recycle even better and smarter in your home, business, or community.

What’s the deal with contamination?

You may have heard through the grapevine that there is a problem with contamination in our recycling industry. Contamination occurs when incorrect items are put in the recycling bin or sorted wrong. Down the line, this can lead to machinery malfunctions, increases in recycling costs, and unsafe work environments for the 13,000 MA employees working in the industry. This video shows the process of where your recyclables go after placed in your bin. When recyclables are contaminated, entire truckloads can be thrown away. The challenges of contamination have led to the implementation of China’s National Sword Policy. Some common contaminants include plastic bags and films, food waste, Styrofoam, and hazardous waste.

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DIY Salvaged Wood Ring Toss Game!

Looking for ways to entertain your guests at outdoor parties? Look no further! Recently, on Mass Appeal, Olivia Horwitz and Chiara Favaloro showcased a DIY ring toss game, made up of several products from EcoBuilding Bargains. The DIY game was intended as an event for a Labor Day BBQ, but it is also perfect for upcoming fall parties! Read on to learn about what materials are needed and how to create this awesome upcycled game!

Materials needed

    • Tall, flat piece of salvaged wood
    • 3 plant holders (small, medium, large)
    • Paint/Paintbrush
    • Stencils (optional)
    • Drill
    • Screws
    • Mason jar top
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Green Team, Green Team, Learn All About It!

It’s that time of year again: GREEN TEAM registration for the 2018-2019 school year is now open! If you are a Massachusetts student, teacher, or parent interested in school programs that foster environmental and sustainable learning for all ages, GREEN TEAM registration may be the perfect opportunity! This environmental school program can help with handling the often chaotic process of planning, organizing, and running an environmental program for your school.

What is THE GREEN TEAM?

THE GREEN TEAM is a state-wide environmental education program, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and administered by the Center for EcoTechnology. THE GREEN TEAM offers interactive, engaging, and fun educational programming while at the same time providing tools for students and teachers to learn more about how to address key issues of environmental sustainability.

THE GREEN TEAM provides teachers with lesson plans and activities aligned with current Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Curriculum Frameworks including: Science and Technology/Engineering, Mathematics, and English Language Arts.

This free program is available to students in grades K-12 and teachers are able to register online.

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