Creative Reuse: Sink Planter

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Are you looking for a creative way to spruce up your garden? Do you love upcycling? We have the perfect project for you! We turned this old pastel sink into a beautiful garden planter in just a few easy steps.

Materials: 

  • An old sink
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Soil
  • Compost (optional, but will help your plants grow!)
  • Flowers
  • Water

Steps:

  1. Pick out your sink

You can do this project with an old sink that you have lying around your house, or you can purchase a used sink and help keep waste out of the landfill! We got ours from EcoBuilding Bargains for only $25! They have a wide variety of pastel sinks available. We chose this pretty pink sink because it went best with the rest of our garden.

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How to Plan a Zero Waste Event

By Lexie Vining, Outreach and Education Fellow 

At CET, we are proud of the work we do to help people and businesses reduce their waste. When planning our recent 2nd Annual EcoBuilding BBQ, we made sure that it was a zero waste event from start to finish! The theme was to connect with community members to celebrate spring, going green and re-use. We had a variety of ongoing events such as vermicomposting, crafts and upcycling demonstrations. It was all conveniently located at EcoBuilding Bargains, which is the largest used building materials store in New England. Listed below are the steps we took to create a zero waste event! If you are interested in reducing waste at your events, please consider the suggestions below!

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Second Annual EcoBuilding BBQ!

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow

EcoBuilding Bargains is hosting its annual public barbeque to celebrate spring and reusing and upcycling materials next Saturday, May 20 from 12:00-2:30pm! This free event will feature a multitude of family fun activities, such as composting and reuse workshops, along with live upcycling and composting demonstrations and crafts for kids. Participants can also enjoy free food from the Holyoke Hummus Company while listening to music provided by local DJ Kevin Legends.

Join us in learning from salvage craftsman, Palo Coleman who is returning for a second time to the EcoBuilding Barbeque for a live demonstration of the Japanese charred wood technique of coloring, finishing and preserving siding. Coleman is a talented salvage craftsman based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who specializes in turning reclaimed materials, such as trees, industrial machinery and old furniture, into useable, aesthetically pleasing items. Coleman will be joined by Joe Rosatti, an experienced local upcycler and frequent customer at EcoBuilding Bargains. Rosatti will demonstrate how to upcycle an old bureau into a new piece of furniture.

Come meet our red wiggler worms! CET’s outreach specialist, Ed Rutledge, will give vermicomposting demonstrations throughout the day. He will show how to create a simple compost bin and explain how the worms help turn food waste into productive, finished compost. This event will also have family-friendly projects at the kid crafts table. Attendees can learn how to transform tiles into coasters and decorate bricks to display in the garden.

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Creative Reuse Project: Make a Wall Planter!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start planting! We recently learned how to upcycle a cabinet door into a hanging wall planter, and we’re going to show you how you can too. This is the perfect project to bring a little life into your indoor spaces, whether it is flowers in your living room, or basil and parsley in your kitchen, this wall planter can be used in so many ways!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Deconstruct Not Demolish

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow 

Why use demolition when you can give your building materials new life? At EcoBuilding Bargains, we work with contractors who will carefully take apart your house and save the valuable construction materials so they won’t go to waste. We then take those deconstructed materials and make sure it goes to someone who needs it!

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should deconstruct:

You Save Money: Deconstruction can save you more money than demolition in the long run. Items that you deconstruct from renovations and remodels, and then donate, are tax deductible! Disposal costs will be much lower, and many facilities offer free pick up services.

Keep Materials Out of Landfills: Last year
EcoBuilding Bargains diverted 430 tons out of landfills! Even if a deconstruction seems small, when each item is put together, the environmental impact is huge. You also get the benefit of not having to keep unwanted items around your home.

Variety of Accepted Items: At EcoBuilding Bargains, you can donate a variety of different used building materials, furniture items, or appliances! As long as it is in good condition, we take doors, windows, cabinets, toilets, flooring, sinks, lighting, lumber, and more! See what we accept to get a better idea of what we’re specifically looking for.

You Help Others: By deconstructing, we are able to salvage items that others can reuse in their homes! Because they are donated, these items can then be sold affordably at 1/2 to 1/3 of the original cost.

Donation Pick-up is Free: EcoBuilding Bargains offers free pick-ups 5 days a week! We can come to your home, job site, or business to pick up large volumes of deconstructed materials. Just call 413-788-6900 to schedule or use our online donation form.

 

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