Creative Reuse: Entryway Organizer

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

As you know, we love reusing materials and keeping them out of the landfill. However, there are some cabinet sets that are past their prime and are ready to be turned into something new! There are countless things one could do with the various pieces of an old cabinet set. Recently, we used the drawer front of an old set and upcycled it into an entryway organizer! Depending on the size of the drawer front, this could be used for anything as large as coats or as small as your keys and handbags. Read on to learn how you can make your own hook organizer, all from reused materials.

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Revamp your Lamp!

By Aliza Heeren, Marketing and High Performance Building Fellow

Do you have an old lampshade that could use a fresh look? Instead of throwing it out and buying a new one, you can save money and reduce waste by redecorating the one you have! We recently revamped one of our old lampshades, and we’re going to show you how you can too! We got ours from our reuse building materials store, EcoBuilding Bargains for under $10 dollars. EcoBuilding Bargains’ inventory is constantly changing, but recently we got a donation of 60 lampshades from a hotel! We have multiple different shapes and sizes, and there are so many different techniques you can use to redecorate them. So stop on by, grab a lampshade, and start redecorating!

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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!


10 Ways to Give Sustainable Gifts

By Chiara Favaloro, Marketing Fellow  

These sustainable gift giving ideas will help guide you through your holiday shopping this year!

1. Help Others Go Green
Give a gift to your friends and family that will encourage them to go green! Reusable water bottles and mugs, decorative tote bags, reusable containers, fun dish towels, or a solar powered charger are all great options.

2. Growing Giftsb1-terrarium
Giving plants, flowers, or terrariums as gifts can be a great way to brighten up a room during these cold winter months.

3. Buy Used
Look for unique vintage or antique items by shopping at thrift stores, antique stores or used books stores.

4. Buy Local
Try to buy goods from local businesses and artisans that are made of sustainable materials: cotton, bamboo, wool, or recycled materials.

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