Greening Your Spring Cleaning

By Kevin Pink, Marketing & Development Specialist

It’s been a long winter, but spring is finally here. For many of us, the arrival of buds on the trees and the ability to leave one’s windows open without freezing brings with it a renewed dedication to scouring our homes of all the accumulated dust, sand, and other debris they’ve acquired during the winter. Check out some of our favorite tips for cleaning house in a sustainable way!

There are several approaches to household cleaning that will allow you to make your home sparkle while limiting your impact on the environment and saving you some money.

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New Uses for Your Spruces: Creative Reuse for your Christmas Tree

By Kevin Pink, Marketing and Development Specialist 

The holidays have come and gone, and with 25-30 million fresh-cut Christmas trees being purchased in the United States every year, there are soon to be a lot of spruces and firs that need to be disposed of. We’ve got some helpful hints about ways you can put your tannenbaum to good use once you’ve taken the lights and decorations off. 

Create an animal shelter.

If you don’t have your own pond, your tree makes a great shelter for land animals as well! You can also coat some branches in peanut butter or margarine to give animals a little snack along with their shelter. Squirrels, birds, rabbits and others will all appreciate a safe, warm place to ride out the winter!

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EcoBuilding Bargains’ Newest Reuse Rockstar!

By Kevin Pink, Marketing and Development Specialist

Allison Wyman stopped into EcoBuilding Bargains looking for a vanity. She didn’t find the vanity she wanted, but what she DID find was pretty special: a bright orange sink.

“Even though it wasn’t practical at all, I fell in love with it and we brought it home,” she said. It’s a story we hear quite often at the store, and it left Allison feeling like she “won the lottery.”

When you buy a bold sink like that, it’s the kind of item you build a room around. The Wymans worked with a local countertop and cabinetry shop to build a custom countertop. This left them with a somewhat unusually-sized piece, so Allison’s husband built a custom cabinet and drawers to fit underneath the sink and countertop.

The bathroom makeover wasn’t finished there, however. They added tile and a light fixture to the wall above the sink.

What’s next? Allison tells us that the next step is to replace the linoleum floor with tiles, for which they plan to return to EcoBuilding Bargains. Fortunately, they are the new owners of an EcoBuilding Bargains gift card as a result of winning the Reuse Rockstar contest!

Watch as Allison and her sons William and Sam tell you more about their project! Congratulations, Wyman family!

 

Greening Your New Year’s Party

Your Guide to a Green New Year’s Party

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

Follow this guide to throw a fun and sustainable New Year’s party while also saving money and reducing waste!

  • Invitations: Be sustainable from the start by sending your guests paperless invitations! You can easily create a Facebook event or design an electronic invitation that you can email, but will looks just as fancy as a paper one.
  • Decorating: When setting up your festive space, decorate sustainably by having soy or beeswax candles, strings of LED lights hung around the room, festive flowers or plants, and an organic edible fruit basket centerpiece! You can also make your own confetti out of old magazines and newspapers to throw when the clock strikes 12.
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Celebrate Giving Tuesday with the Center for EcoTechnology!

On Giving Tuesday, November 29, we hope you consider making a donation to support our community-based outreach and education work and our EcoFellowship program. Giving Tuesday is a worldwide celebration of charitable giving, and is powered by social media and collaboration. This year, the Center for EcoTechnology is participating for the very first time!

For 40 years, the Center for EcoTechnology has helped people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. Each year, through our outreach and education work, we speak to more than 6,000 people – at farmers markets, festivals and other community and business events – and help them make green changes in their lives.

Much of our outreach and education is done by our EcoFellows. Our EcoFellowship Program allows us to help the next generation of environmental professionals gain the skills and experiences needed to tackle tomorrow’s environmental challenges. While they learn and grow with us, they make an impact on the Center for EcoTechnology and in our communities and are a fundamental component of our education and outreach efforts.

 

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